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Old 10-01-2019, 01:32 AM
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Thank you. It has taken longer (we submitted 9 months ago) but we moved to several countries after getting together/before submitting (we work overseas so that that an be together), so that may contribute to the longer time frame; I thought that immigration looked at evidence before asking for health checks and biometrics. I am quite sure we have enough evidence, as we had to be highly selective on what we gave. Twelve years worth of evidence is a lot.

Just realized that biometrics was May. So we have waited just as long (marginally longer) *since* doing biometrics than we did prior. This makes no sense to me, but clearly the biometrics request doesn't mean you are moving any faster.


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Thank you. It has taken longer (we submitted 9 months ago) but we moved to several countries after getting together/before submitting (we work overseas so that that an be together), so that may contribute to the longer time frame; I thought that immigration looked at evidence before asking for health checks and biometrics. I am quite sure we have enough evidence, as we had to be highly selective on what we gave. Twelve years worth of evidence is a lot.

Just realized that biometrics was May. So we have waited just as long (marginally longer) *since* doing biometrics than we did prior. This makes no sense to me, but clearly the biometrics request doesn't mean you are moving any faster.
That sounds frustrating. Hopefully you’ll hear something soon.

I’m not sure being asked for the health check is reflective of whether they’ve looked at your application. We received that request when I know we had yet to upload a few essential documents (20 days after payment).

I have a question: When you say biometrics, what does that mean? Is that just the required background checks for places you and your partner have lived for over 12 months, or is that a separate submission altogether?


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I have a question: When you say biometrics, what does that mean?
'Biometrics' from: homeaffairs.gov.au/help-biometrics

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take a photo of your face with a digital camera
scan all 10 of your fingertips with a digital finger scanner
We may check your biometrics with other Australian or international agencies to verify: your identity; your criminal history; your protection status.

I am not sure that everyone is required to provide biometrics, from reading that biometrics page.


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That sounds frustrating. Hopefully you’ll hear something soon.

I’m not sure being asked for the health check is reflective of whether they’ve looked at your application. We received that request when I know we had yet to upload a few essential documents (20 days after payment).

I have a question: When you say biometrics, what does that mean? Is that just the required background checks for places you and your partner have lived for over 12 months, or is that a separate submission altogether?

This was our timeline:

Lodged in January, we had several background checks started, and loaded each as they arrived (we have lived overseas for work, it was what we were both doing when we met; it was the easiest way to work and live together and we were unsure when we wanted to move home for a long time); additional info requested for background checks in April, with a 28 day deadline; medical requested as well; biometrics requested with a new 28 day deadline (note: I wish our agent had us do both, doing this round trip twice was extremely burdensome and we did know this would happen). Got the photo and fingerprints done and uploaded (the centre does it) in May. No word since.

I was under the impression that biometrics meant that a decision was close. Of course, decisions got made and need to be made. I do not know if/when biometrics run out. Hopefully not, it would just be wrong (should be illegal) if immigration makes people spent hundreds/thousands for things that expire and don't make a decision!


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That sounds frustrating. Hopefully you’ll hear something soon.

I’m not sure being asked for the health check is reflective of whether they’ve looked at your application. We received that request when I know we had yet to upload a few essential documents (20 days after payment).

I have a question: When you say biometrics, what does that mean? Is that just the required background checks for places you and your partner have lived for over 12 months, or is that a separate submission altogether?

This was our timeline:

Lodged in January, we had several background checks started, and loaded each as they arrived (we have lived overseas for work, it was what we were both doing when we met; it was the easiest way to work and live together and we were unsure when we wanted to move home for a long time); additional info requested for background checks in April, with a 28 day deadline; medical requested as well; biometrics requested with a new 28 day deadline (note: I wish our agent had us do both, doing this round trip twice was extremely burdensome and we did know this would happen). Got the photo and fingerprints done and uploaded (the centre does it) in May. No word since.

I was under the impression that biometrics meant that a decision was close. Of course, decisions got made and need to be made. I do not know if/when biometrics run out. Hopefully not, it would just be wrong (should be illegal) if immigration makes people spent hundreds/thousands for things that expire and don't make a decision!
Jeez, that is frustrating. Sounds like you had two indications you were making process, and now...nothing.

I’m hoping we don’t get asked to do biometrics after having done the medical. That absolutely seems like a waste of time - I’m surprised they aren’t always done at the medical.


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I suggest asking if immigration needs both and getting them done together if it makes sense.

In my case, I had to book a flight to another part of the country where we were living to get these both done. The first one wasn't too much trouble, because we had a term break (we both teach at uni) coming up, so we booked a hotel room, flights and had paid vacation to get it done. The second time I ended up doing a massive round trip in one day because I refused to pay for another hotel room, etc., to do it again. My spouse asked for the time off for me (my boss had become verbally abusive by this point, pardon the tangent), and there was only ONE available non-teaching/test day that I could use, unpaid, to get it done. I was actually worried I would get fired, not that immigration cares! Given that the requests were less than a month apart, this was enormously frustrating. I hope your situation is easier!

And yes, the progress, as stressful as it was, meant we were getting somewhere and now...ugh. I don't need to explain to anyone on this board-we all get it!


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Iím hoping we donít get asked to do biometrics after having done the medical. That absolutely seems like a waste of time - Iím surprised they arenít always done at the medical.
It seems some countries do.

I just asked my wife if she remembered doing biometrics, as I didn't recall anything. Hers were done at the start of her medical. But that was in the Philippines.

It would make sense if all countries did the same.

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FYI, when I did them, they were not in the same place and certainly not in the same building! There is only one city in the entire country that does this for Australia (most countries have these services in capital city, Australia never moved these services to the capital). So, for me at least, the major savings would have involved not having fly to and stay in another city. Edited to remove idiom so it's not taken literally.


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FYI, when I did them, they were not in the same place and certainly not in the same building! There is only one city in the entire country that does this for Australia (most countries have these services in capital city, Australia never moved these services to the capital). So, for me at least, the major savings would have involved not having fly to and stay in another city. Edited to remove idiom so it's not taken literally.
That makes sense! I'm being a bit reactionary having just heard about the possibility of requested to complete biometrics. In a perfect world you could complete them with the physical, but if there's only one location to do them nationally (Washington D.C. for the U.S....?), then I'd much rather not have to do them at all!


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IAtoWA, I am sure there are many more options in the US. I was living in Eurasia.


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