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Old 08-11-2014, 03:21 PM
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My wife of over 10 years is an Aussie, I am an American we got married when I was living there (on a child visa - that expired a few years ago) we have 2 girls (both Aus/ US citizens- 1 born in Perth the other here in Dallas) and a son we fostered then Adopted 2 years ago from CPS.

Seeing that we couldn't get a descent visa for my son as he is adopted, and I really don't have a "good" reason for letting my old visa expire, we applied for the 309-100visa.

My time line is I applied online May 20 2014
medical was done on July 5th
Police clearances from TX, Australia, and FBI were received by Washington on Aug 6th

* side note Texas took 3 days to get back my full report, Australian fed police processed my request in 1 day and I had it here in 7 days, FBI took 35 days.

I don't know who my CO is, when I called yesterday to make sure someone had got my clearances I asked and was told "when the CO wants you to know their name they will tell you"

I will let you know. what happens along the way. I know we have to go to DC to a passport for my daughter (how silly is it they send me a cert declaring her an Aussie but make us take that cert right back to them in person to get a passport) - we are planning a trip up there in NOV . hope our visa is approved by then... but if not maybe I meet the CO...

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depending on where you live, is the consulate you go to for your child's passport, i made both my kids aussie citizens and got their passports from the LA office. which is closest to me, but yeah washington deals with the passports but check which office you should send your application to cause it might be closest to you instead of Washington.
we're still waiting on hearing from our CO - we dont know if we've been assigned one yet or not all we know is that the medicals have been recieved by them and they have my husband's FBI check. .. we've been married 7 years and have 2 kids both of which have now dual citizenships... 6 weeks waiting is sooo much fun (not) .... good luck to you!!

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Yes the waiting in silence sucks... that's why I am glad I found this forum... Yes DC covers Texas.. its cool, wanted to take the kids there before we move back down under anyway.


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Heats, Good luck! The hardest part of the process is the wait. Well that and the fees.

Last year my family took the trip to Washington DC in early November. It was great. We had perfect weather, cool, but not too cold. We let the kids plan where they wanted to go and we had a great time and learned lots about our nation, well one of them. We stayed at the courtyard marriot right across the street from the Aussie embassy.

We had been married 15 years when we applied in January for 309/100. 3 dual citizen kids. I didn't hear a thing from a CO until May when they wanted one more piece of paper. I provided it that day and they granted me a couple of days later when I left Australia (I had applied offshore but, I was in Australia visiting my family who had moved already.). It took 4 1/2 months for us.


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I am lucky I guess, my wife has a green card and my kids are all US citizens so we don't have to be apart for any time. We are "planning" on going in May or June next year , when the kids get out of school but are willing to go sooner if we need to or if I get a Job lined up. I was reading that after you get approved you have until the 1 year mark from your medical or background (what ever one happened first). Is this true? Or will we be required to move faster?

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we live here in new mexico - i have a permanent green card - and we're planning on using a ETA to go to australia (my mom is really sick) and use that so that we can stay ... with my husband going offshore every 3 months then coming back etc rinse and repeat until his visa is approved - we applied for the 309/100 as well.

yes you have until one of those expires (reaches its one year mark) to get into australia i believe.

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We thought about doing something like that but not being able to work on an ETA and the cost of flights in and out of WA would put us in a bind. I understand the need to be there for family, we are lucky we have time.

We will actually be in NM in oct for the balloon festival. We are looking forward to seeing all that as well as visiting with friends that have moved out that way. Oh and eat my weight of green chillies

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Heats, You do have one year from date of medical or police check to make the initial entry. When my family made the move, I travelled on ETA. We moved in January to have the kids here for the first Aussie day of school. I still had to settle affairs, sell vehicles, pack belongings to ship over, so I travelled on ETA until my residency was granted. Airfare is expensive and I was nervous about not being able to work, but the wait was pretty short compared to many and I went straight to 100.

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Who did you use to ship your stuff? We have already sold most of our stuff and moved into a small apartment to save cash - trying to get down to 2 bags (50lbs each) but the way my kids collect things we will most likely be over that. Not sure if we should just ship a crate or pay the extra baggage fees with qantas..

Man I hope we get approved in the 5-7 month range like I see the others. That will give me heaps of time to clean up everything, sell the cars, and hopefully land a job before we go... Don't want to have to live with the inlaws too long...

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