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Old 10-20-2009, 08:52 PM
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Disparity of Visa Processing

I am so happy to hear of the visas being issued within a reasonable time frame to those lucky people, they are spared the anxiety and heartbreak of endless waiting.

When I originally called immigration about processing times I was informed that the particular embassy was processing visas at that time within 21 weeks and we set our wedding date accordingly (now long gone ) I believe that to be a reasonable timeframe and therefore did not consider any other alternatives for example travelling to my fianees country to be married and then make a decision where we would live

We are not young people and realise that life is short and neither of us has time to waste.

In the middle of the process I was informed in writing that the processing time was more like 6 months and sometimes more. Ok so 6 months seemed ok so we wait, then just recently we where informed at the interview that the Police check alone can take up to 6 months.

From reading this forum I can see that some have waited longer but in the majority it seems that most are processed fairly quickly.

Our application is from a HR country and I know there are delays because of that. I don't know many Australians who would well accept their wedding being delayed indefinitly.

I am just real sad today and know that there is nothing to be done except wait, if ours is not processed within what I now believe to be 10 months for offshore applications then I will leave Australia and get on with our life together and we may well have done that way back in March if we were not told 21 weeks for processing.


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Old 10-21-2009, 04:00 PM
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It is an unfortunate fact of life Lenore that visas for some may take far longer than what occurs with other people and as the Client Service Charter indicates, that is quite normal without going into a lot of detail.
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Perhaps whoever told you of 21 weeks in the first place gave you the LR time.

Best wishes for it to get through ASAP.





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Old 10-23-2009, 02:58 AM
 
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Well, the good thing nowadays is that processing and application for visas and immigration are made easier and faster. There are even tons of websites that offers assessments and application for different visas to and from Australia. Although they may come with a fee, it is application made easier and more comfortable.


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Old 10-23-2009, 09:05 AM
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Thank you for your responses Martino and dexternicholson.
We are just really affected by this process and prior to this I had no clue as to the complexity of immigration in this country or any other for that matter, just a real big surprise.


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Hi Lenore

That sucks that it is going to take so long. Will the police check be what will hold up the visa even further now? I'm not sure which country you need this check from, and I have seen on this forum that some countries do take ages. I'm wondering though--have you checked to see if there is anyone you can contact at the agency where the police check will be needed? Not to get your hopes up, but sometimes, you can get a police check "rushed" due to it being needed for immigration. Might be a long shot, but, im just wondering if it would be possible for you--the FBI allows (for U.S residents) you to ask for your certificate to be rushed for immi. I did and got it back within 2 and a half weeks rather than the usual 2+ months.

Basically, if the police cert is going to be slowing the process even further, do some research and see if there is anyway to put a rush on it?

It is a shock to the system to hear how long and how complicated applying for a visa in oz is--it took me two months to fill out my WHV application when i first went (due to an online form problem, long story)! I think a lot of the people who posted who got their visa's quickley were from low risk countries....

Anyways, here's to hoping something happens with yours soon!!! Don;t worry, you'll get there eventually =)


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Old 10-26-2009, 03:25 AM
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Thank you for your support elkitten

I am not sure if immi gives out the information about the agency conducting the security check but I will ask them.

The form 80 and original police certificate where lodged in June when they requested them.

I am curious why this takes so long from what they classify as a HR country as opposed to a LR one as I am assuming (maybe I should not assume) the process is the same for the police check and information provided within the form 80 that everyone has to complete


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Old 10-26-2009, 03:56 AM
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Hi Lenore,

What HR country is your Fiance(e) applying from?

My Fiancee is applying from Central America.

We submitted our Form 80 with the application, but i'm hoping the process isn't delayed because she hasn't lived elsewhere for more than 12 months.

I have heard that these Form 80 checks are to to Australia for DIAC to do there own checks...not sure if this is the case or not. Do you know?

I hope there are some posts on here from HR countries who had their applications processed quick!!

Good luck!

Michael.


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Old 10-27-2009, 06:10 PM
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Hi Michael and Maria,

I do not know who conducts the security check and they don't say just that it is an external agency and for HR countries can take up to 6 months and sometimes longer.

Best wishes for your application.


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Old 10-28-2009, 06:27 AM
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Hi Lenore,

Thanks for the reply.

I was just reading some posts from some people in India (HR country) and they were all saying that the visa's were being granted in approx 3 months.

They were saying that Character and Medical checks get reviewed in Sydney and then the visa is granted (provided everything is ok).

Also, interestingly, it seems to be a 3 month cycle for them, so for people apply in the beginning of April for example, they are getting their visa's granted in the beginning of July, and so on.

This must all just depend on the Embassy dealing with the application.

Anyway, just thought I would let you know,

Michael.


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Old 10-28-2009, 08:44 PM
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Thank you Michael and Maria,

Yes I am aware it depends on the country where the application is lodged that was the reason for my initial post about Disparity.

I am happy for them but it really sux for us, as I said before had we known earlier we would have made other arrangements.

My best wishes that you do have yours processed in 3 months that would be great


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