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Old 12-15-2013, 06:42 AM
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Hi everyone. I posted here a few months ago about my partners issues with fingerprint checks in the states. We are applying for the partner visa in Australia. She had her fingerprints done by Brisbane city police and sent to fbi in America (she lived there 3 times and in total adding up to about 1 year). Anyways.. The fingerprints were rejected 4 times. The most recent time we sent 4 cards full of prints but still no good. Brisbane cops said they looked fine, but fbi guys said they weren't good. Couldn't read the lines, not clear, the machines couldn't read them etc. I tried to get live scan but the chief of police said she couldn't get them because she wasn't white (don't get me started on that!). Immigration say this is uncommon and that I need to wait for a case officer. Fbi say they don't know of any alternatives. They are simply trying to provide what is asked from Australia. We really don't know what to do. We have invested so much time and money into this its getting near able frustrating. We have been waiting 11 and a half months now and still no case officer. We really want to get in with our lives. I was hoping that if these fbi prints came through then we would be ready to rock once we got the case officer. A separate question... Generally once a case officer is assigned how long until our visa is granted? I have no worries about getting granted, our application was solid. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks guys. Hope all is well. Shane.


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Old 12-15-2013, 07:45 AM
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The fingerprint issue is happening a lot recently, so it's not uncommon. Make sure you keep a record of all applications, receipts and correspondence. Then contact the DIBP processing team and give them copies of it along with asking for advice on the next course of action. You can't be expected to wait indefinitely because of a faulty system.

Have you submitted a US state level or local police clearance as well?

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Old 12-15-2013, 07:55 AM
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Hi Shane! Getting the FBI clearance is absolutely infuriating. I was rejected twice and just found out that on my third application, my fingerprints were readable, which means my clearance is on its way. It sounds like you're doing everything necessary to ensure a good application. The only thing you can really do is supply even more fingerprints and do another application, which is frustrating, but I don't see an alternative. Some tips I've found around (that you are probably already following) are: send in a lot of cards, make sure the fingerprints are completely dry before putting them in any kind of envelope, and make sure you use a large envelope (don't fold them).

As far as money goes, would you be able to ask for a discount on fingerprints? My third time into the police station they allowed me to pay for one set of fingerprints, but I received three fingerprint cards. I explained the situation--that I had been fingerprinted twice before and the FBI rejected them both times--and they were extremely sympathetic and said since the fingerprints were all for the same thing, they could give me a discount. It's worth a shot, anyway.

The "she isn't white" comment made me raise my eyebrows, though. Is that even legal? I'd do a bit of research on that. There's no way colour of skin should be a factor in whether or not she could do livescan. Pull up what you can find and print it off, then take that information to the police and try again. There's just no way that's legal. Not a citizen, maybe. Not white? No way.

As for your second question, I don't think there's any rhyme or reason to how fast an application is pushed through after a case officer is assigned. I've been reading through the forum a bit and it seems like some people were assigned case officers early on and still haven't been granted months later; some people never even hear from their case officers, but are just granted the visa; some people get accepted shortly after hearing from their case officer. I was just contacted by mine eight months after I lodged my application. Once my pesky FBI check comes in, I'll be able to claim I'm "decision ready" and will let you know how long it takes before I get the visa.


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Old 12-18-2013, 12:57 AM
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Hi everyone!

I'm in the same situation as I have recently applied for FBI clearance around 2 months ago (from a Sydney police station) and have not heard anything back from the FBI yet. Important to note that I applied just after the U.S. government shutdown ended so that may be delaying the process.

Is there an FBI hotline or email that I can use to reach out to check whether they have received my fingerprints?

I've heard that I may need to include a postage-paid return envelope for the FBI, which is something I did NOT do as the police station advised against it. Do any of you have experience with this?

Cheers!


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Old 12-18-2013, 02:36 AM
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You can call FBI and check whether they have received your application or not at (304) 625-5590. I *think* that if you are providing a non-US address, you need to provide return postage. Not sure since I applied from within US.


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Old 12-18-2013, 03:06 AM
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Thanks lincsus. Interestingly, there is no way to send return postage-paid envelopes from Australia (I have checked with Australia Post, FedEx, etc) for U.S. originators!

It's easy enough to send a return postage-paid envelope *within* Australia but not from the U.S. as I understand it.

A cause for concern, unless others have been able to solve this issue?


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Old 12-18-2013, 03:16 AM
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Actually, there is. You can buy postage online from usps.com, take a printout and attach it to the self-addressed envelope.

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Old 12-18-2013, 06:42 AM
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You don't actually need to provide return postage from outside the country. They'll send it anyway. I never sent return postage and got responses for my last two applications, and they didn't mention needing postage when they said they sent the response for my last application. On their website they actually said they've stopped accepting SASEs.


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Thanks for all your replies guys. Some good news is we have been assigned a case officer. I asked him what to do about our 4 rejections, but we are still waiting for him to reply with advice. Now that we have a case officer my partner has booked in for her medicals. We also did australian police check. We got that after one day. They are mailing the certificate already. Seriously 12 hours later... Very impressed. Larissa has lived in Australia for 2 years and it took 10 minutes for us to do the online application and it's done no worries. One year in the states and so far 4 attempts over a one year period to get a certificate from the fbi. Ridiculous. Will keep everyone updated. Cheers. Shane and Larissa.


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