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Old 07-09-2019, 03:19 PM
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Hey JandE, do you have any recent stats based on the info from this forum on applications through DC?

Additionally, as it’s a new tax year, the ROI pdf of stats of grants per consulate is now a year old. Do you know if someone has to file a new ROI to get this years?

In case you’re not sure what ROI document I’m talking about: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/foi/f...t-released.PDF
Not enough to make much sense, for US grants.

That FOI was requested on 12th September 2018, and only issued on the 5th December 2018.

I suppose anyone can request an FOI, and I would guess that if someone requested it again, for 2018-19, they might get it around December 2019.

The question asked last time was: 'May I know under the FOI Act the average processing time for partner visas for each overseas post.' I would suggest adding 'for the year 2018-19', to that for any new request.
Thank you! It’s all really helpful to have you and your stats here!

I’m at 10 months waiting, personally, with no contact and starting to get very frustrated - especially when it seems like every other consulate (minus Pretoria) is now granting visas to people who applied after me.


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Old 07-09-2019, 10:49 PM
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Thank you! Itís all really helpful to have you and your stats here!

Iím at 10 months waiting, personally, with no contact and starting to get very frustrated - especially when it seems like every other consulate (minus Pretoria) is now granting visas to people who applied after me.
I must admit, from what I have seen, the grants for people from the US are taking a long time, some from Africa are even faster. It doesn't really make any sense.

I would have thought that getting all the checks etc., done from the USA, would be similar to most other countries.

From what I have seen, the average for 309 grants (2019) from the US is 12.2 months, but is only 8.2 from other countries.

I went through some US 309 grants and have this:

309 Grant Date: (15th date is used when actual date of month is not known)
06/07/18 Salmon1411 from USA was granted the 309 after 5.7 months. Applied: 15/01/18
15/01/19 Kayj from USA was granted the 309 after 12 months. Applied: 15/01/18
08/03/19 Paigey0110 from USA was granted the 309 after 11.8 months. Applied: 15/03/18
15/03/19 Tony121 from USA was granted the 309 after 12 months. Applied: 15/03/18
03/05/19 limousineandapeetzah from USA was granted the 309 after 13.6 months. Applied: 15/03/18
21/06/19 Watever16 from USA was granted the 309 after 14.8 months. Applied: 29/03/18
21/03/19 KTE711 from USA was granted the 309 after 11.2 months. Applied: 15/04/18
30/05/19 carcrashearts from USA was granted the 309 after 12.2 months. Applied: 25/05/18


309 still waiting or grant not mentioned in forum:
YankeeAussie is still waiting from 23/04/18
wembacr is still waiting from 22/05/18
Wazza100 is still waiting from 15/06/18
aussieinamurka is still waiting from 29/06/18
willbeoldandgrey is still waiting from 15/07/18
nyctombe is still waiting from 13/09/18
M&A is still waiting from 25/01/19
WA_Wannabe is still waiting from 15/03/19
Iv85 is still waiting from 15/04/19


Going by averages for 2019, yours would be maybe early October, but, as we know, there are too many variables to have even a realistic estimate. eg: going by that average, the first 3 in the still waiting (above), would have been granted by now.


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Thank you so much. It seems to make ZERO sense as to why American applications are taking so long.

We’re considered a low-risk country, no translations are needed for most applications, the two countries work closely together (there’s even a US visa specifically for Australians!) and parade their great relationships. There’s nothing that would stand out as to why the DC consulate has a hard time processing applications in the same time as other countries.


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Thank you so much. It seems to make ZERO sense as to why American applications are taking so long.

We’re considered a low-risk country, no translations are needed for most applications, the two countries work closely together (there’s even a US visa specifically for Australians!) and parade their great relationships. There’s nothing that would stand out as to why the DC consulate has a hard time processing applications in the same time as other countries.
There's been a massive influx since 2016, they wouldn't of put any extra staff on to deal with it, checks sent to America would take longer as people applying for other countries as well so checks from the American side have increased.
Just throwing out possible factors.
There is the fortunate aspect that Americans have the option of applying onshore.


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From what I’m aware of - which has been backed up by my immigration lawyer as well as an Australian family friend who is in the police force - the checks won’t really incur longer waits. Both countries have immediate access to criminal records via Interpol, and there aren’t any roadblocks with access to information as the countries have such a strong relationship.

It does seem like Home Affairs just doesn’t want to staff up the DC consulate or even expand processing to the NYC consulate to help with visa applications. It’s incredibly frustrating.

While Americans (and anyone actually) can apply onshore, after entering on a tourist visa, that’s not advised or preferred by Home Affairs. It’s a large part of the reason why there are so many people on bridging visas and onshore applications are taking so long.


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There's been a massive influx since 2016, they wouldn't of put any extra staff on to deal with it.
Based on this forum, there has definitely been a slow down since 2016. I had my offshore approved within about 3 months and then shortly after it seemed they started to increase to 6-9 months and then to where they are now.


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Using info from the FOI request of 309 grants per consulate from the 2017-2018 tax year, the info shows something is seriously wrong with DC.

DC: 502 grants, average of 358 days
Berlin: 435 grants, average of 191 days
Dubai: 621 grants, average of 227 days


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Finally some great news!!!!!!!
I got my golden email!!!!!
It's been 11 months and 2 days. Just in time also, my fiance lands in the states on July 25th and returns to Australia on Aug 9th, with me in tow.

It's been the longest and hardest year of my life but it's been worth it. The only advice I can give is when it gets tough and you think you can't handle it, just hold on tighter to each other. Grow stronger knowing that if the two of you can survive this, you can survive anything.

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Finally some great news!!!!!!!
I got my golden email!!!!!
Congratulations!


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Finally some great news!!!!!!!
I got my golden email!!!!!
It's been 11 months and 2 days. Just in time also, my fiance lands in the states on July 25th and returns to Australia on Aug 9th, with me in tow.

It's been the longest and hardest year of my life but it's been worth it. The only advice I can give is when it gets tough and you think you can't handle it, just hold on tighter to each other. Grow stronger knowing that if the two of you can survive this, you can survive anything.
Huge congrats!! So so so happy for you!


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