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Old 07-04-2010, 08:45 AM
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Australian Spousal Visa: Applied from Dubai, moved to Lebanon.

Australian Spouse Visa application: We have been waiting 1 year now?
Hi All,
My husband and I applied for the Australian Spousal visa last year on July 17th 2009 in United Arab Emirates. We later moved to Lebanon 6 months later in October. We have provided them with ALL information, and I was informed from my husband's assurer of support that the visa has been approved from Australia 3 months ago.

I would like to mention something I feel is important: On January we were asked to repeat 3 forms, one including form 80(Character check) which we did. I repeatedly asked the case officer if she is beginning to process these forms that we handed in again. She said no. But I somehow do not believe her, because I read that this form takes 6 months to process, and it has been MUCH longer as we handed them in Dubai before we left in October.

Can someone please help me out with this issue? What rights do I have regarding this issue? Who can I contact besides my case officer? We are very frustrated. We have been waiting over a year now!
Any answers will be greatly appreciated


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Australian Spouse Visa application: We have been waiting 1 year now?
Hi All,
My husband and I applied for the Australian Spousal visa last year on July 17th 2009 in United Arab Emirates. We later moved to Lebanon 6 months later in October. We have provided them with ALL information, and I was informed from my husband's assurer of support that the visa has been approved from Australia 3 months ago.

I would like to mention something I feel is important: On January we were asked to repeat 3 forms, one including form 80(Character check) which we did. I repeatedly asked the case officer if she is beginning to process these forms that we handed in again. She said no. But I somehow do not believe her, because I read that this form takes 6 months to process, and it has been MUCH longer as we handed them in Dubai before we left in October.

Can someone please help me out with this issue? What rights do I have regarding this issue? Who can I contact besides my case officer? We are very frustrated. We have been waiting over a year now!
Any answers will be greatly appreciated
With external security checks to be done if that is the case, for ASIO who do that there has been a significant additional workload brought on by a continual stream of asylum seekers heading towards Australia by sea and that may have slowed down your processing and could have even resulted in forms being misplaced.
You can send an email to the Global Feedback Unit if you really wanted to, an email address at Compliments and Complaints under Contact on the Immi site but that may not speed up the process and if anything could retard it as it is just more communication going into the system and the people at the coalface then get distracted from processing.
How did your husbands AoS know the application had been approved?





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With external security checks to be done if that is the case, for ASIO who do that there has been a significant additional workload brought on by a continual stream of asylum seekers heading towards Australia by sea and that may have slowed down your processing and could have even resulted in forms being misplaced.
You can send an email to the Global Feedback Unit if you really wanted to, an email address at Compliments and Complaints under Contact on the Immi site but that may not speed up the process and if anything could retard it as it is just more communication going into the system and the people at the coalface then get distracted from processing.
How did your husbands AoS know the application had been approved?
The assurer told us that we should hear something soon from the embassy because the immigration office in Sydney told him that they no longer need any documents from him as the visa has been accepted along with the assurance of support.


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The assurer told us that we should hear something soon from the embassy because the immigration office in Sydney told him that they no longer need any documents from him as the visa has been accepted along with the assurance of support.
That would be most unusual for Immi do not usually issue such direct verbal advice and especially to a third party.
The intent of the information could have been that all documents had been received and decisions on family visas are made overseas.





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Is it possible to apply for a tourist visa without jeopardizing the spousal visa application? And if the spousal visa got accpeted while we were out of the country, would my husband have to come back and pick it up in Lebanon?


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Is it possible to apply for a tourist visa without jeopardizing the spousal visa application? And if the spousal visa got accpeted while we were out of the country, would my husband have to come back and pick it up in Lebanon?
Yes, you can apply for a tourist visa and if the spouse visa was ready for granting when hub was in Australia, he does not need to return to Lebanon but does need to travel out of Australia and could go to Singapore, Noumea, Fiji or some other Pacific country including New Zealand to have the visa granted.
But it has been a while and a grant may not be far away so have you checked back in with the CO in recent weeks.





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Yes, you can apply for a tourist visa and if the spouse visa was ready for granting when hub was in Australia, he does not need to return to Lebanon but does need to travel out of Australia and could go to Singapore, Noumea, Fiji or some other Pacific country including New Zealand to have the visa granted.
But it has been a while and a grant may not be far away so have you checked back in with the CO in recent weeks.
Many thanks to you Wanderer for replying back to me. Yes, we do contact them about once every month but they're quite rude and unhelpful (including my case officer), so that is why I signed up to this forum for help.

Could you let me know the procedure of applying for the Tourist Visa, and would it also be necessary to fill up a Change of Circumstances form or Change of Address form for the Spouse Visa? I am seriously thinking now of going to Australia now that I know people have gone that way.

Is it possible for my case officer to follow up what is going on with the character check from this external agency? They do not give out any info regarding this.


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Many thanks to you Wanderer for replying back to me. Yes, we do contact them about once every month but they're quite rude and unhelpful (including my case officer), so that is why I signed up to this forum for help.

Could you let me know the procedure of applying for the Tourist Visa, and would it also be necessary to fill up a Change of Circumstances form or Change of Address form for the Spouse Visa? I am seriously thinking now of going to Australia now that I know people have gone that way.

Is it possible for my case officer to follow up what is going on with the character check from this external agency? They do not give out any info regarding this.
Tourists - Visitors - Visas & Immigration has the info for tourist visas and it would be advisable to advise on the travel intent/address change etc. once a visa was granted and a travel date known, a form 1022 can be used for that.
The COs will not I suspect be too favourable in regard to chasing up with ASIO for the external check for they know ASIOs' workload increase situation and making calls is not going to change the situation.
There are thousands of visa applications in the system at any particular date and a good % of those will be liable to HR country external checks and only so many staff means they will be done when they're done.





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My mother called the immigration office in Sydney today to enquire about the tourist visa. The woman told her that my hubby needs to be IN Lebanon to collect the spouse visa once it comes.... I'm a little confused here!


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