to chase or not to chase? (questions on a partner visa application)

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to chase or not to chase? (questions on a partner visa application)

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Old 12-17-2010, 04:43 PM
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to chase or not to chase? (questions on a partner visa application)

Hi there,

We applied for a Partner Visa for myself on 12th October and were assigned a Case Officer on 18/10 (so we were unrealistically it turns out more hopeful that the process might just be quicker than expected, and thinking that 'well as it's just us, I'm a UK National, my Husband is Australian & we have no children, both professionals & been v happily together & married for almost 12 years that maybe it would go through quicker than the 'norm''). This hope has now withered away!!
We submitted all Medical & Police Docs thru to them by the end of October. However since then we've heard absolutely Nothing from them by email or mail or anything. None of our friends & relatives who submitted the P888 Forms for us have heard anything either.
I emailed our CO at the beginning of this week really just asking for an update/acknowledgment basically anything (!) to let us know they're working on it or thru a massive queue towards it etc but again have heard absolutely nothing back, not even an acknowledgement of my email.
While I appreciate these things can take up to 6 months and just over 2 months into the process is barely the beginning, I would like to know if what the general concensus is on 'following' up the Visa Applications with Case Officers, is it worth it or will it 'go against' us?, Is 'no news good news' with these things? I notice (from looking at the Visa timeline) that 'On-Shore Applications' seem to go through so so much quicker than 'offshore'.
So basically if you apply in the UK do they just 'sit' on these applications doing nothing with them for weeks & maybe months? does feel like that but probably that's just our perspective at the moment feeling like we're now just living life 'in limbo' which is really exhausting.. anyone else in the same situ? any friendly advice most welcome, thanks..

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Old 12-17-2010, 07:25 PM
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Hi, the one piece of my own advice that I wish I could have taken, would have been to not bother chasing my case officer when applying for my own defacto visa.

I say this not because it could prejudice your application, but because it won't make a difference to the amount of time it takes to process. If you're anything like me, you will spend months phoning, emailing hassling, banging your head against the wall and at the end of it all you will have to show for it is a sore head - and increased levels of frustration.

The best advice is just to sit back and try and forget about the application. The case officers don't even consider you to be a customer, in their eyes they're acting on behalf of the Australian tax payers and you aren't entitled to anything!

It might be worth making contact to see if you've met the application criteria and if they have a date in mind as to when you'll get your visa and that is about all you can do..

P.S. Normally, I wouldn't expect them to get into contact with anyone that has written a stat dec for you.

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Old 12-17-2010, 09:03 PM
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Hi Weekenddreamerz,

I have to agree with Zultan. I also spent months focused totally on the visa, composing emails to our CO, sending them, not getting replies, getting more and more worried, agonising over whether I should have phrased my emails differently, etc... I don't know if it made any difference. I think not. If anything, they did get to know that we were missing each other, but so are most other couples.

Just sit back and wait. They will contact you if they need to. As Zultan says, it is ok to send a brief email or phone call to make sure they have received your documents and perhaps ask about the expected time frame.

The hardest part is just trying to forget about it and get on with life while you wait.
Good luck with everything :-)

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