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MrandMrs 09-24-2013 11:31 PM

OK...I am seriously concerned on what is going on here. Especially since CMcDerm waited six months and heard from ML questioning at that late date about their medicals. What is going on and someone needs to find out for all of us. Why do some of us get to email our CO's and others are not allowed?

bjch 09-24-2013 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by CMcDerm (Post 179857)
For what it is worth, we have been together for four years, married for two, my wife has an American green card, and we submitted a large amount of documentation (4 years worth of e-mails, pictures, travel stubs, joint bank info, joint insurance statements, etc.). I thought we would be a very low risk, quick to be approved application, but that has not been the case. Ah well, nothing to do but wait.

You sound similar to us. We thought we'd be low risk.. together for 10 years, living together for 7, I have had a green card for almost 5 years (but it was 4 years when I left America). We thought we'd be SO low risk! It doesn't even seem like that matters. At least we should both hopefully go straight to PR.

CollegeGirl 09-25-2013 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by MrandMrs (Post 181433)
OK...I am seriously concerned on what is going on here. Especially since CMcDerm waited six months and heard from ML questioning at that late date about their medicals. What is going on and someone needs to find out for all of us. Why do some of us get to email our CO's and others are not allowed?

Like I said on the other thread, there are three plausible theories:

1) ML is about to go on vacation (or maybe out for medical or family reasons or something... COs ARE human, so they do these things occasionally. :)) As a result, she is transferring all her cases to RM.

2) Due to the continual upswing in the number of partner visas, ML is overwhelmed with her caseload and transferring some to RM so they can get them processed more quickly. This would also explain why we're seeing an upswing in people waiting 5+ months.

3) RM is a Senior CO and looks over all cases right before they're decided.

I'd put my money on numbers 1 or 2, though I keep hoping it's #3. All of these are perfectly valid explanations, though it doesn't make waiting any easier!

And MrandMrs, anyone can e-mail their CO anytime you want. It's not recommended to do so without having a reason, as they can get irritated if you contact them too much. But you absolutely are able to.... [email protected].

CollegeGirl 09-25-2013 12:16 AM

Oh, thought of a fourth possibility - I was thinking it was strange that so many of us got assigned to ML - maybe RM has been out for an extended period and is just now returning, so ML is giving her her share of the cases.

bjch 09-25-2013 05:32 AM

I'm wondering how many of the visas in the 5-8 month wait group would be conceivably eligible for going straight to PR. Perhaps that is the hold up - perhaps they require an extra layer of authorisation?

I know we are hoping/expecting it.

CMcDerm 09-25-2013 08:59 PM

I am definitely concerned about the medicals. Pure speculation, but if I had to guess, the reason that my application has been languishing for more than 6 months is because the CO didn't see the medicals as having been received. From speaking with the processing center, I know they have been received (back in May no less). Perhaps a CO won't review a file until "complete" though, and because the medicals appeared to be missing, the application was never reviewed.

I am surprised that I actually heard back from ML. I just went ahead and tried the first name.last [email protected] method at I heard from her the next day. I tried a similar tactic with RM, but have not heard a peep. Really hoping to hear something in the next three weeks--in order to make final preparations for our dog so that she clears quarantine just as we get there right before Christmas, we really need decision in hand by October 25th. If we don't have it by then, will have to push back plans.

CollegeGirl 09-26-2013 01:41 AM

It could be that it was there and she just hadn't gotten to it yet, and that she just pulled it out when you emailed and somehow missed it then. That might not be what held up your application. But as of now it's at least a possibility.

bjch 09-26-2013 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by CMcDerm (Post 182977)
I am definitely concerned about the medicals. Pure speculation, but if I had to guess, the reason that my application has been languishing for more than 6 months is because the CO didn't see the medicals as having been received. From speaking with the processing center, I know they have been received (back in May no less). Perhaps a CO won't review a file until "complete" though, and because the medicals appeared to be missing, the application was never reviewed.

I am surprised that I actually heard back from ML. I just went ahead and tried the first name.last [email protected] method at I heard from her the next day. I tried a similar tactic with RM, but have not heard a peep. Really hoping to hear something in the next three weeks--in order to make final preparations for our dog so that she clears quarantine just as we get there right before Christmas, we really need decision in hand by October 25th. If we don't have it by then, will have to push back plans.

Could you not make the plans for your dog and one of you to leave as planned.. and then the other follows as soon as the visa is in hand? I expect you would have the visa before Christmas, so you'd still be together.

amccarron 09-26-2013 03:39 AM

I was talking to an immigration agent in Brisbane today who was also previously an Immigration Officer and he told me some disturbing news. Although the website and official word is that there is no capping or quotas on partner visas in fact there are internal quotas on both approvals and refusals. He said that they are set not only by the department but also each embassy's managers. Could be why things have slowed right down at the moment as they have reached a certain number. Also why we can see applications changing CO's. Maybe that particular CO has reached a certain number.

I certainly hope that this is not the case but certainly sounds like the Australian Government at play.

On a good note he said that the election would not have stopped processing and processing times.

bjch 09-26-2013 03:45 AM

If that IS the case, I have to say it would be even more infuriating to see applications that have only been submitted mere weeks ago get approved, when 8+ month cases are still waiting. If they are going to cap visas, they simply MUST process in order.


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