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Old 05-10-2019, 02:26 PM
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Congrats to all who have received their grants!

I'm a long-time lurker, never really posted much because waiting is the name of the game, but I'm a June 2018 applicant for the 309/100 so hopefully we'll hear something in the next month or two. We had a request for medicals in December 2018 but I think that came from the system, not a CO. Haven't had any contact with an actual person and no RFIs. I'm hoping that's not a bad sign!

I'm the Aussie sponsor, so from reading this thread I see that I should be doing an Aussie police check as well as both state and FBI checks in America. Should I just go ahead and start those now, or is there a benefit to waiting? Hubby (applicant) hasn't done his checks yet... we're nervous about his because he has to do a Honduras police check and there seems to be no way to do it other than to send your passport in the mail to Central America (-_-) or to actually go in person... plus their police checks are only valid for 6 months. So we're holding off on doing his.


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Congrats to all who have received their grants!

I'm a long-time lurker, never really posted much because waiting is the name of the game, but I'm a June 2018 applicant for the 309/100 so hopefully we'll hear something in the next month or two. We had a request for medicals in December 2018 but I think that came from the system, not a CO. Haven't had any contact with an actual person and no RFIs. I'm hoping that's not a bad sign!

I'm the Aussie sponsor, so from reading this thread I see that I should be doing an Aussie police check as well as both state and FBI checks in America. Should I just go ahead and start those now, or is there a benefit to waiting? Hubby (applicant) hasn't done his checks yet... we're nervous about his because he has to do a Honduras police check and there seems to be no way to do it other than to send your passport in the mail to Central America (-_-) or to actually go in person... plus their police checks are only valid for 6 months. So we're holding off on doing his.
Sounds like you’re getting pretty close! My husband is my Aussie sponsor, and we opted (as per my lawyer) to front-load our police and medicals. The state and FBI checks took less than 2 weeks to get - we used Accurate Biometrics, and simply went to their office here in NY.

The drawback, which we are aware of, is that they can expire and we may have to get them redone if that happens. In some cases, home affairs doesn’t ask for updates if they expire. For us, we were willing to take the risk and do it before being asked.

While I have no idea about the Honduras system, since you’re at 11 months, i’d gather it’s probably a safe bet to get them done - who knows how long it would take!

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From 36, subclass 309, visa grants in 2018/19 from a different public source, the fastest 6 grants took between 15 and 20 months and every one of them was front loaded. They did not receive a s56 Request for further information.

From the rest, 5 out of 6 did get a s56 request, and had processing times between 20 and 35 months.

It indicates that a decision ready application might be faster, as immigration say it would be.


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Congrats to all who have received their grants!

I'm a long-time lurker, never really posted much because waiting is the name of the game, but I'm a June 2018 applicant for the 309/100 so hopefully we'll hear something in the next month or two. We had a request for medicals in December 2018 but I think that came from the system, not a CO. Haven't had any contact with an actual person and no RFIs. I'm hoping that's not a bad sign!

I'm the Aussie sponsor, so from reading this thread I see that I should be doing an Aussie police check as well as both state and FBI checks in America. Should I just go ahead and start those now, or is there a benefit to waiting? Hubby (applicant) hasn't done his checks yet... we're nervous about his because he has to do a Honduras police check and there seems to be no way to do it other than to send your passport in the mail to Central America (-_-) or to actually go in person... plus their police checks are only valid for 6 months. So we're holding off on doing his.
It's certainly not a bad sign. I've had all three of my partner visas go to grant without a request for information. Just means you supplied everything required for them to make a decision.

Police certificate requirements are the same for sponsor and applicant. Any country lived in for more than 12 months (cumulative, not consecutive) in the last 10 years since turning 16. If that includes the U.S., then yes on the FBI check (can use a channeler if you're eligible but the FBI does them just as fast these days and cheaper). The state check is required for any state lived in for 3 months in the last 12 months (use date of application) and so the state check doesn't necessarily apply for every person.

My understanding about the police checks is it doesn't matter how long the police check is valid for in its own country, immigration considers them valid for 12 months from date of issue listed on the check for the purposes of the visa.

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Thanks, everyone! I think we'll get started on our police checks then. I sent off my application for the Australian ones yesterday. Appreciate all the advice


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Maybe a bit of hope for us who are all still waiting: After a chat with my immigration lawyer, we were told that the outcome of the upcoming election will certainly affect existing applications, as when Labor had come in to power in years past, they were quick to get to work on outstanding pending applications. Fingers crossed!

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While I am aware that each case is different, and different countries have more (or less) staff, on another thread on the forum, user JandE posted the following self-collected data:

These are the times for the last 2 months standard 309 grants, that I have seen on this forum:
3.0 months from India
5.3 months from Ghana
6.2 months from India
7.3 months from Canada
8.1 months from Canada
8.1 months from Beirut
8.4 months from Saudi Arabia
9.0 months from Chile
10.9 months from Canada
12.8 months from Iraq
17.3 months from USA

While all of these are under the (current) 20 month processing time from Home Affairs, it seems like there’s something seriously wrong with DC. Has anyone gotten any recent info or intel on what is going on?

As Australia and the US herald their close relationship and “mateship”, this seems utterly ridiculous.


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As Australia and the US herald their close relationship and “mateship”, this seems utterly ridiculous.
There has been a very steep rise in applications since 2016


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As Australia and the US herald their close relationship and “mateship”, this seems utterly ridiculous.
There has been a very steep rise in applications since 2016
Right, but if they are continuing to process applications at other consulates (like the grants we’ve seen from Santiago) - that should lessen the burden on DC, no?


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Well, looking at the Australian Embassy website in DC, it looks like everything goes through the Department of Homeland Affairs. With things being such a mess right now in DC, I can see why it would be taking a ridiculous amount of time.

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