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Old 06-08-2010, 11:26 AM
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Partner Visa (Offshore UK)-Dual Citizenship

Hi all,
I have applied for a partner visa from the UK on May 2010 and hope someone who was/has been in similar circumstances can share his/her experience.

My wife (who is Australian) and myself been together for over 10 years and married for more than 3 years.

I have dual citizenships: UK and Tunisia (High Risk country). I lived in the UK for the last 12 years with only few weeks every other year spent in Tunisia for holidays.

My CO requested forms 80 and 1221 after I lodged my application. Still hasn't requested the medicals and police checks.

My question is:

Is my application going to go through the same routine checks as a HR country citizen?

From your experience, how long would i expect to wait for the visa?


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Old 06-09-2010, 06:13 PM
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Wow! It's quiet here. Too many views and not a single reply. Someone must have an idea. We'll just wait and see if some can shed a light on this matter.

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Old 06-09-2010, 11:21 PM
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Wow! It's quiet here. Too many views and not a single reply. Someone must have an idea. We'll just wait and see if some can shed a light on this matter.
I was waiting for you to see if anyone with a similar situation popped their head up.

I can recall one applicant with Italian/Iranian background if not citizenship and a longer wait for external security checks seems required and likewise it would seem for a few other HR countries but not all.
The request for the 1221 may indicate the separate form to be passed on to our ASIO who do the HR security check requirement despite your lengthy UK residence or perhaps for more suspicious minds because of regular Tunisian holidays - that being the way the world is these days unfortunately.

The HR checking has been taking considerable time of late because ASIO resources are rather stretched in doing checks of more and more asylum seekers arriving courteous of people smugglers ex Indonesia with boats.
So the full process for you could be of the order of the stated 10 months as in Client Service Charter

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Old 06-10-2010, 10:09 AM
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Hi Kuala,

I'm the applicant Wanderer is referring to. I applied in February of this year and my form 80 was sent to ASIO for background checks on March 11th. My CO didn't ask for a form 1221 though. I was originally told that it would take 5 -10 months and then 9-12 months for the form 80 processing.

The problem for me is that I sent my Health examination and PCC along with the application, which means (in the worst case scenario) I will have to redo my health and PCC.

My ozzie husband made an enquiry with the Global Feedback Unit on my behalf and received this response a couple of weeks ago:

"The Department of Immigration and Citizenship recognises that the time taken to process your application may be causing you and your family concern.

We are seeking to process your application as soon as possible. You will appreciate, however, that all non-citizens applying for visas to enter Australia are considered on their individual merits and against legal requirements set out in Australia’s migration legislation. This often includes requirements for mandatory health, character and national security checks that are undertaken by other agencies and can take some time.

The timing for the completion of the checks varies from one case to another depending on individual circumstances. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with a definitive timeframe for finalisation of your application as some cases may take several months to finalise. You can be assured, however, that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship staff will do all they can to ensure that your application is finalised as quickly as possible."

Patience is NOT one of my virtues.

Good luck with your application.

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Old 06-11-2010, 04:18 AM
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Thanks very much Wanderer for your input.

Sorry to hear about your long wait Pandora. It seems that we are in the same boat. I will check your other posts to find out how long you've been living away from Iran.

Through other forums I found that other applicants have the same problem. The DIAC seems unable to do a thing as all they can do is wait for security checks.

Form 80 is normally sent to ASIO in Australia. it is well publicised that the ASIO are struggling to meet their deadlines due to very high volume of refugees in Australia.

Let's just cross our fingers and hope that something my change in the very near furure.

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