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Old 09-14-2013, 11:56 PM
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Hi To everyone who is out there and waiting for their VISA..

I recently finally lodged my PMV visa in London. I went through a mirgation agency who after being given really good reviews after realised the little work they had to do I am yet to see how good they are....

It was sent to the embassy 22nd August, they told me it can take up to 4 weeks for the application to be acknowledged. Not heard anything but was told the easiest way to check is to see if the payment as been taken. This was taken on 29 August. Though still not heard anything. I am feeling quite anxious however I do realise I will probably have to wait a few months before knowing too much more.. I do not hear much on here from people applying from London, wondered if anyone had any experiences of timelines etc. I have been told anything from 6 to 9 months.. I am hoping there might be a chance it will come sooner than later as its just me I have no children and have never been married.

Can anyone tell me how long approx it is until a CO is allocated?

Many people state they have completed their police check and medical, though is this not normally request when the process is almost complete?

Has anyone had experiences of using a mirgration agency.

Do you get much of an update at where they are at with processing your application? I'm just concerned as I need to plan as much as possible so when my visa is granted I can go. Only thing I need to sort is my house to sell or rent which will take a bit of time to plan.

Forum is great to understand the process and see that other people are in the same position. My Fiance as just booked a flight to see me at xmas so happy we can be together for 2 weeks we will have been apart 6 months.. I want to be with him to plan our life time is not on our side I want a family so can't wait to hope this will happen. Positive thoughts to everyone waiting xx


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Old 09-15-2013, 12:53 AM
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Hi To everyone who is out there and waiting for their VISA..

I recently finally lodged my PMV visa in London. I went through a mirgation agency who after being given really good reviews after realised the little work they had to do I am yet to see how good they are....

It was sent to the embassy 22nd August, they told me it can take up to 4 weeks for the application to be acknowledged. Not heard anything but was told the easiest way to check is to see if the payment as been taken. This was taken on 29 August. Though still not heard anything. I am feeling quite anxious however I do realise I will probably have to wait a few months before knowing too much more.. I do not hear much on here from people applying from London, wondered if anyone had any experiences of timelines etc. I have been told anything from 6 to 9 months.. I am hoping there might be a chance it will come sooner than later as its just me I have no children and have never been married.

Can anyone tell me how long approx it is until a CO is allocated?

Many people state they have completed their police check and medical, though is this not normally request when the process is almost complete?

Has anyone had experiences of using a mirgration agency.

Do you get much of an update at where they are at with processing your application? I'm just concerned as I need to plan as much as possible so when my visa is granted I can go. Only thing I need to sort is my house to sell or rent which will take a bit of time to plan.

Forum is great to understand the process and see that other people are in the same position. My Fiance as just booked a flight to see me at xmas so happy we can be together for 2 weeks we will have been apart 6 months.. I want to be with him to plan our life time is not on our side I want a family so can't wait to hope this will happen. Positive thoughts to everyone waiting xx
Hi Beckyfacer,

Usually you hear fom a CO 2 weeks after the payment was taken, however I think you'll find due to changes to fees and what not on the first of September there may be a backlog. Have you double checked your spam to make sure an email didn't go there?

The official processing time for London applicants is 8-9 months and it really is best to go on that...HOWEVER...another forum which is soley for UK applicants has set up a time processing spreadsheet shich you can add your details to if you wish: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...2TWJoLVE#gid=0

You will see on there *some* partner visa's get approved around 7 marks but there is no clear indication of why or how, so again its best to rely on the 8-9 month mark. It is very highly unlikley that it will be any sooner than 7 months, let alone 6.

Once a CO is assigned they will request your medicals and police checks. Some people get a request to wait for 3 months, some are asked to complete within 28 days of the request. Its hard to tell why or how again but its always toward the start of the process rather than the end.

Your CO will not update you. Generally there is nothing to update you on. Once you have provided what they need from their first correspondance (police check, medical and sometimes further evidence) you will not hear anything until its your turn to be approved months down the track. Yes it makes it hard to plan but you're not alone and sometimes this visa business requires us to takes leaps of faith and make plans anyway (nothing to dramatic of course, just in case).

Best of luck!

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Old 09-23-2013, 08:21 PM
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Thank you for your reply Kmarees, its been a delay only just started to really use the forum.. Though find it difficult as I haven't seen many people on here apply for a PMV from London, difficult to compare it to other spouse visas.

Immigration took payment 29 Aug, still not heard anything. Though at least I can say that I am in the queue. Wonder if it is normal not to hear anything now its been a month.. I just hope the migration company get in touch if they do hear anything as they will respond to them.

So I can presume then the only time I will hear from the CO is when they request the medical and police check? At least then I will know things are moving forward. How is this requested ? Do they send a form with where it will take place?

My Fiance is coming over to see me for xmas for 2 weeks. Was wondering if I should add this as extra evidence, not sure if this is even possible....I'm just anxious mirgration company said we have enough evidence couldn't bear it if it was declined. Though from the stats I have seen very few do.


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Old 09-23-2013, 11:05 PM
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Thank you for your reply Kmarees, its been a delay only just started to really use the forum.. Though find it difficult as I haven't seen many people on here apply for a PMV from London, difficult to compare it to other spouse visas.

Immigration took payment 29 Aug, still not heard anything. Though at least I can say that I am in the queue. Wonder if it is normal not to hear anything now its been a month.. I just hope the migration company get in touch if they do hear anything as they will respond to them.

So I can presume then the only time I will hear from the CO is when they request the medical and police check? At least then I will know things are moving forward. How is this requested ? Do they send a form with where it will take place?

My Fiance is coming over to see me for xmas for 2 weeks. Was wondering if I should add this as extra evidence, not sure if this is even possible....I'm just anxious mirgration company said we have enough evidence couldn't bear it if it was declined. Though from the stats I have seen very few do.
If you have used the mirgation agent, all correspondance will go to them, unless you specifically requested otherwise. Once a CO is assigned, they normally snd an email with a formal letter attached acknowledging the reciept of your application and outline what they need you to do next (ie complete medical and police checks).

While there aren't many PMV applications from London the process is generally the same for all spouse visas and there are many who have applied for defactor or spouse partner visa's. There is also another helpful forum speciifcally for UK applicants called PomsinOz which you can see some more specific info for London applicants.

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Thank you for your reply Kmarees, its been a delay only just started to really use the forum.. Though find it difficult as I haven't seen many people on here apply for a PMV from London, difficult to compare it to other spouse visas.

Immigration took payment 29 Aug, still not heard anything. Though at least I can say that I am in the queue. Wonder if it is normal not to hear anything now its been a month.. I just hope the migration company get in touch if they do hear anything as they will respond to them.

So I can presume then the only time I will hear from the CO is when they request the medical and police check? At least then I will know things are moving forward. How is this requested ? Do they send a form with where it will take place?

My Fiance is coming over to see me for xmas for 2 weeks. Was wondering if I should add this as extra evidence, not sure if this is even possible....I'm just anxious mirgration company said we have enough evidence couldn't bear it if it was declined. Though from the stats I have seen very few do.
If you have used the mirgation agent, all correspondance will go to them, unless you specifically requested otherwise. Once a CO is assigned, they normally snd an email with a formal letter attached acknowledging the reciept of your application and outline what they need you to do next (ie complete medical and police checks).

While there aren't many PMV applications from London the process is generally the same for all spouse visas and there are many who have applied for defactor or spouse partner visa's. There is also another helpful forum specifcally for UK applicants called PomsinOz which you can see some more specific info for London applicants.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:51 PM
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Hi Kmarees.

I finally had contact from immigration a few days ago. Through the agency I have gone with. Just like you said they emailed a letter introducing herself and stating processing times are at least 8 - 9 months. Though the additional information they request has annoyed me. 47SP to be on the correct version and q74 to be completed. This should have been done by the mirgration agency that is the reason I instructed them to complete the paperwork to avoid delays or further information.

She requested 3 stat decs from family and friends. I did question this with the migration agent a few months ago because I had read this in the booklet which states it is standard procedure. I was told by the man dealing with my application that he did not think it was necessary with the evidence we have. Now they have requested this information within 28 days which is left to my fiance to sort and send back to the UK.

So annoying when this could have been done with the application and all sent together without a restricted timescale. I am happy that they have made contact so I know it is in progress. I am lucky that we have plenty of people in Australia friends and family who can verify our relationship is genuine. With hindsight, I would have been better off saving my money.

It is surprising as the agency is very well known with very good reviews wonder if its just me who feels let down. Or maybe its because my application is so straighforward they have failed to check it correctly not good enough.

I have attempted to attach the timeline I updated the information but it does not seem to appear? Thank you for your responses..


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Old 09-26-2013, 10:54 PM
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Is it a MARA-registered migration agency? Can you PM me and tell me which agency it was? Just curious. That is disappointing.

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Hi Kmarees.

I finally had contact from immigration a few days ago. Through the agency I have gone with. Just like you said they emailed a letter introducing herself and stating processing times are at least 8 - 9 months. Though the additional information they request has annoyed me. 47SP to be on the correct version and q74 to be completed. This should have been done by the mirgration agency that is the reason I instructed them to complete the paperwork to avoid delays or further information.

She requested 3 stat decs from family and friends. I did question this with the migration agent a few months ago because I had read this in the booklet which states it is standard procedure. I was told by the man dealing with my application that he did not think it was necessary with the evidence we have. Now they have requested this information within 28 days which is left to my fiance to sort and send back to the UK.

So annoying when this could have been done with the application and all sent together without a restricted timescale. I am happy that they have made contact so I know it is in progress. I am lucky that we have plenty of people in Australia friends and family who can verify our relationship is genuine. With hindsight, I would have been better off saving my money.

It is surprising as the agency is very well known with very good reviews wonder if its just me who feels let down. Or maybe its because my application is so straighforward they have failed to check it correctly not good enough.

I have attempted to attach the timeline I updated the information but it does not seem to appear? Thank you for your responses..
Oh no Becky thats disappointing. I would be complaining to the agent if I was you. They charge an arm and a leg, the least they can do is submit the correct form!!! Its not too late to drop them from the process if you feel you cant trust them. There is a specific form to do this.

Anyway as you say its great that you know they have the application.

Curious, did the agent send you the letter or did they just relay the info. Id be interested to see what the date in the letter is and if they took their time forwarding it to you.

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My agent forwarded me my acknowledgment from DIAC, and they forwarded it immediately. They left the forwarding info intact so I could see exactly when DIAC originally sent it...

I mean DIBP. Blast. I have to get used to this new darn acronym!

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
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Hi,

Just to let you know we're in the same position. We have not used a migration agent as we thought everything was too straightforward - no children, neither of us have been married before, no criminal history and the only health problems are with me, the Australian. We are both very employable in our professions (if there were any jobs where we could get employed that is!).

Lodged the 300 visa application in London on 10 May, with the request that medical and police check be done after 10 August which my fiancÚ has done. J received an email letting us know that they had received all documents now and the processing time remained at 8-9 months from date of lodgement and we were asked not to contact them in the meantime.

So now the waiting game has started. J has reconsidered his position and is now thinking of coming to Australia on a tourist visa (if a tourist visa gets approved that is) and we are thinking of just heading over to New Zealand or Fiji for 5 days when the visa is finally granted not only to activate it but sort of a honeymoon before the wedding.

The waiting for the visa is just horrible but we will all get there in the end, our relationship is actually stronger because of the separation but in all honesty it' been tougher than I thought it would be.

Good luck and believe me when the visa is granted I will be letting everyone in the entire world know.

F

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