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Old 08-24-2010, 07:20 AM
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New to this thread but just wanted to know if anyone had been in a similar situation and what the outcome was?

Im British and my Wife is Australian
I'm currently on a 457 visa
We were married in Perth in April but have been in a defacto relationship for 5 years.
On teh advice of the immigration department helpline, we decided to prepare a "decision ready" application. The girl on the helpline said that if we completed all the relevant pre requisits and demonstrated 3+ yrs of de facto relationship we could be assessed on the day when lodging in person.
We took the time to get everything in place including police checks, medicals, stat decs, evidence of joint financial social commitments etc going back 5 yrs and then logde the application in person which consisted of an interview with a case office on the day (approx 1hr)
At the end of the interview the CO stated that the application was excellent and that she would be looking at by passing the 820 and straight to PR 801 as we had clearly demonstrated 3+ yrs de facto ( Ieven had more eveidence but she told me she didn't need anymore!) and that she was happy that we were in a genuine and continuing relationship.
She then said she should be able to get the approval in 2 weeks. ( on the advice I was given I was expecting the approval on the day but I thought 2 weeks isn't so bad)
2 Weeks later I received a letter in the post thanking me for the application and informing the processing would be 6-9 months!
I called the CO to clairfy and she said I must have misunderstood and that the first 2 weeks were only pre processing stage!
It now falls into the processing stage which on average takes 6-9 months.

I'm still a little confused as I'd followed the advice given by the immigration department before and took the time to have everything in place for a decision ready application.
I'm also a littel confused as to how it can take so long when she clearly said at the interview that we had met all the criteria for approval?

Sorry for wafting on but I suppose my question is has anyone lodged their visa in this way before and had the same outcome and also is there really any difference in lodging in person and online/post as there doesn't seem to be?


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Old 08-24-2010, 04:07 PM
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The people answering phone enquiries are often not the most experienced and visa processing times will always vary for quite a range of factors but there's certainly no harm in having an application decision ready and it could still get up quicker for the written advice is probably more on the conservative side.
You were in fact lucky to get an interview at the handing in stage for that practice is officially supposed to have ceased.

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