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Flights booked, but no visa - advice?

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Old 07-29-2010, 12:52 PM
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Flights booked, but no visa - advice?

Hi guys,

A little about me. 35 year old, englishman, been seeing a sexy Australian girl for almost 5 years now (Living together since Jan 2007). She has had enough of the English weather and has decided to move us home to Sydney. Only problem is, I have not yet submitted my visa application and we have one-way flights booked for early November.

The visa application is ready to go, I am just waiting for my birth certificate which my mother put in the post and should be submitting tomorrow or Monday in person at the Aussie High Comm(not frontloaded - Police check is underway and will wait for request on medical)

What I want to know is - is it worth mentioning the fact that we have already booked flights to my caseworker, when assigned, in the hope that it may expedite the application or would the fact that we have already booked work against us? Not looking to cut corners, just ensure that there is no lag in the processing.

Appreciate any help.

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Old 07-29-2010, 01:41 PM
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Unless you have an appointment with an actual CO, you may not get to see one when lodging the application and even if you do and mention you have flights booked, they may just say, " well there's no guarantee that a visa will be approved by then " and that could be the polite version!
I would get on with getting your medical done ASAP and not wait.
To use your flight if there's no date change possible you may need to consider coming out on an eVisa and then when the visa is ready for granting, you can take a flight over to New Zealand to have it granted and then fly back.

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:37 PM
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Hi Wanderer,

Thanks for your response. I eventually got the visa in on 11th of this month and had my initial response from a caseworker today.

They have advised that their current processing time is 5-6 months, which would definitely be less than ideal, I had expected closer to 3. till, we will have to just do the best we can. I have a couple more questions:

Should I now advise her of my situation re the booked flight? Would that information jeopardise whether I got the visa or not?

Other than a medical and a certified copy of my passport bio data page (which she has already had 2 of, per the application form?), I have been asked to provide an amount of funds/assets I have to take to Australia with me. This is a requirement I have never heard of before and has me a little concerned, as I didn't really plan on taking anything, as the idea is that I start working ASAP assuming I have the visa. Should I need to wait for a short time after arrival, my partner would support me. Is this something which should concern me? I thought the visa was about proving the integrity of the relationship?


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In my opinion booking flights so early was ill-advised, but to be constructive, I don't think there's any pro or con to discuss with your case worker. It should not affect your application status. If you don't get your visa in time, you'll have to change your flight, or get a eVisa and then leave the country when your new Visa is approved.

I guess you may as well mention it to them, as I don't think it will hurt, but if having flights booked expedited the visa process, everyone would be booking flights early!

Concerning your assets, were you really planning on entering the country with *nothing*? Yes it is important to the government that people don't enter the country without the ability to support themselves. Sure you have your spouse but relationships are not exactly secure, and even job offers are not secure. Assets are the only way to prove this. I am not sure if you will absolutely need any (may want to dig into your visa's specific requirements) but it is considered.

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Much as CPM has posted and you'll find on most PR applications or TR ones that have a more or less direct transition to PR that there will be questions about assets.

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That's interesting. We have no assets, neither me nor my husband who is the visa applicant. At his interview, they didn't question him about it.... I'm worried now.

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