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Old 02-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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Angry what is going on?!!


Ok so basics:

I am sponsoring my fiance (Prospective Marriage Visa) he is from Iran.

We applied last april.. C.O was appointed late april/early may. Interview was held in August along with medicals and police clearance.

Application then sent to australia for Character checks (also in August)

Problem: Still waiting on these damn character checks?! I have contacted anywhere and everywhere and to no avail. Immi has advised that the only person who can contact the government agency in charge of these checks is the C.O however I have contacted her a few times and have had no response (typical embassy issues over in Iran).

Have contacted Commonwealth ombudsman who said they will open up a case if we still havn't had a response by end of February 2010 (so in a few weeks).

What I don't understand is... my partner has no criminal history..no politcal involvement.. absolutely nothing. Not even a driving fine lol.. We were told standard character check processing takes 6 months.. well.. it has been six months.

What is frustrating is that there seems to be NO WAY to get in touch with anybody who can follow up our case with the specific agency?? How can this be possible?!

I left my job and everything last October to go to Iran to be with my fiance but found it very difficult to live over there especially considering the conditions at the moment. I have since come back (early january) and it's just getting very very frustrating. please excuse my lack of grammar.. it is 2:20 AM and 5 red bulls + no sleep = not making much sense.

Please can anybody shed some light on this situation or tell me about their experiences/time lines?

I swear.. every partner going through this deserves a couple of the year award after all the stress and anger that this process puts you through!!

Please help

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:59 PM
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Your title in What is going On is ironically you could say very apt if you added " in the region that Iran is very central to " as well as in Australia.

Be it questionable as to how high a risk is put on high risk countries, I'd suspect that anybody involved in doing character checks of nationals from any country that is viewed politically as Iran is will tread very cautiously [ Call it A covering if you like ] and that's just the nature of bureacracies and then you need to add on to that just what the process may be, any Iranian involvement and that may have been in a bit of turmoil given the unrest there in recent times with elections.

And then you can add in if you like What's going on downunder [in the overall immigration scene]?
Like, though there are indicative processing times in the Client Service Charter - Client Service Charter , you might also note variability factors re staffing/workload and just a couple of things in the immigration area will have been adding to workload, eg.
. more and more arrivals and detention/assessing at Christmas Island.
. Student visa issues with investigations on the go.

Immigration do so much themselves and then also rely on other departments for some things to be done and so that is why any Immi processing times should always be looked upon as indicative only and the process will run its course.

Though I can understand you being anxious, frustrated and upset with the process, it'll not change even with input from the Ombudsman and so acceptance of what will be may be better than stressing about it.

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:27 PM
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Thank you for your response.

Like I said above; I completely understand that immi here in australia have thousands' of other applications to process on a daily basis.

I'm just curious as to how communication with the government agencies that undertake the character checks is done as it seem's no one can talk to these people. If the C.O is the only person who can follow up a case and she won't even do that.. then do we just sit back and let it take as long as it likes? What if these character checks take another six months? Is that acceptable?

What's even more frustrating is knowing that the character checks are the last requirement for his visa. Our c.o advised us that as soon as they get the results back they will then issue his visa.

Sometimes it's just better not knowing any information and letting it all happen.. because the more you know and are aware the harder it can be because you know that there is nothing you can do about it

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:49 PM
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Where you have one government department dealing with another, it is not really appropriate to have members of the public contacting the second department, a department just like Immigration that has functions to perform, they being governed by legislation.

If that was allowed, just how much chaos would it cause with people making contact in hoping whatever process they were querying would occur faster.
The nett result would be a slowing just as it is with Immigration being overly contacted for everytime any COs or support staff are answering queries, it is time when they will not be involved in the processing.

And do you not think the COs know that other departments have their procedures to be followed and it'll not do the processing nor their reputation any good if they are regularly attempting to find out what other government departments are up to. They probably are under direction not to.

Yep, best thing to do is just let the process occur.

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:53 PM
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hmm and now I just sound like a whinging woman with pms.

anyway thanks

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