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Old 05-20-2014, 01:03 PM
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Disturbing revelations regarding partner visas.

The following link relates to an article published today on News.com .
http://mobile.news.com.au/national/b...-1226924302098
While it is a sad indictment on some, it inadvertently provides the number of partner visas issued over the last 10 years, approximately 337,000 equating to around 33,000 or so a year.
With numbers like that it is hardly surprising there is a backlog!

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No wonder they need tons of evidence and scrutinizing every details,


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Yeah, this is not news to me. I'd have to go back and find it now, but there's a document somewhere that breaks down how many come through each country, the percentage approved, how many case officers there are for each country, etc. I haven't looked at that document in several months, though, so it might take me quite a while to find it (and it won't be today if someone wants it - it's my hubby's birthday so I'll be out most of the day. ).

Anyway, I was able to see that in Washington D.C. there are many thousands of Partner Visa applications, most are approved, but that there were only two regular COs and a senior one. I did the math, took into account weekends and national holidays and about two weeks for vacation every year, and found out that each CO has just a few hours to spend on any one case each year (maybe as many as five hours? can't remember for sure). Anyway, it's not long, and they're definitely not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs! That's why I tend to defend them a little bit if someone goes off on COs being lazy/slow/whatever. They truly are just overworked, IMO, and the more budget cuts that happen here in Australia the fewer COs there will be worldwide, and the more time partner visas are going to take to process just because of the sheer volume of them.

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Yeah, this is not news to me. I'd have to go back and find it now, but there's a document somewhere that breaks down how many come through each country, the percentage approved, how many case officers there are for each country, etc. I haven't looked at that document in several months, though, so it might take me quite a while to find it (and it won't be today if someone wants it - it's my hubby's birthday so I'll be out most of the day. ).

Anyway, I was able to see that in Washington D.C. there are many thousands of Partner Visa applications, most are approved, but that there were only two regular COs and a senior one. I did the math, took into account weekends and national holidays and about two weeks for vacation every year, and found out that each CO has just a few hours to spend on any one case each year (maybe as many as five hours? can't remember for sure). Anyway, it's not long, and they're definitely not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs! That's why I tend to defend them a little bit if someone goes off on COs being lazy/slow/whatever. They truly are just overworked, IMO, and the more budget cuts that happen here in Australia the fewer COs there will be worldwide, and the more time partner visas are going to take to process just because of the sheer volume of them.
I agree with you 100% CG. We often see ridiculous posts here from people who have neither read the official website and noted the waiting times, or taken note of the numerous posts on this forum on the subject of expected waiting times. It is though they think theirs is the only application and the department is conducting a personal vendetta against them!
Like you I fear the situation is only get worse with budget cuts and changes in the economic climate in Australia.

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Well, the "service standards" on the website are completely worthless anyway - I can see why people who see that page on the website and then believe their visa will be processed in six months would be greatly upset when their visa takes twice that long! I wish DIBP would just remove those figures - I think they do way more harm than good at this point.

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Well, the "service standards" on the website are completely worthless anyway - I can see why people who see that page on the website and then believe their visa will be processed in six months would be greatly upset when their visa takes twice that long! I wish DIBP would just remove those figures - I think they do way more harm than good at this point.
That's true CG no information is better than false or misleading information, however the following caveat is include above the time table of waiting times.
" Note:*We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors"

Have you seen the latest times published for family visas they seem to have been updated with a lot of visas capped and queued.
https://www.immi.gov.au/about/charte.../visas/5.0.htm

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For me I understand the process.. tons of document to be examined, online and paper works, it was just a sight of relief that I got co allocated with me, that means my paper is under review and submitted to sydney office. Though I needed to submit some documents..we need patience as sitting the whole day infront of computer is not good for the health, many of us knows that.. It is a headache considering sometimes we have hormonal inbalance

If given a choice to wait 12 months or cancel your application? ... It was just funny to thinks sometimes what if they cancel pmv or move to 2 years instead of 12 months of waiting, how are we going to react? ...as pmv has skyrocketed in the past year since internet was introduce. It will be a hell lot of waiting, so I will just choose to wait.. :-)


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Yeah, this is not news to me. I'd have to go back and find it now, but there's a document somewhere that breaks down how many come through each country, the percentage approved, how many case officers there are for each country, etc. I haven't looked at that document in several months, though, so it might take me quite a while to find it (and it won't be today if someone wants it - it's my hubby's birthday so I'll be out most of the day. ).

Anyway, I was able to see that in Washington D.C. there are many thousands of Partner Visa applications, most are approved, but that there were only two regular COs and a senior one. I did the math, took into account weekends and national holidays and about two weeks for vacation every year, and found out that each CO has just a few hours to spend on any one case each year (maybe as many as five hours? can't remember for sure). Anyway, it's not long, and they're definitely not just sitting around twiddling their thumbs! That's why I tend to defend them a little bit if someone goes off on COs being lazy/slow/whatever. They truly are just overworked, IMO, and the more budget cuts that happen here in Australia the fewer COs there will be worldwide, and the more time partner visas are going to take to process just because of the sheer volume of them.
Those figures would be different from embassy to embassy too. At last count Cairo had about 4 case officers maybe 5. Also they have less applications then US and UK etc but all applicants go through interview and they have read through and researched your application before hand. My husband was asked very specific questions which one of them was only mentioned in the tourist visa application and another came from a friends statement. The case officer did say she had read our statements too and they were not short. So with prep time for interview, interview time etc it is more than a few hours.

On another note ... so glad I don't get 2 weeks leave a year. Even third world countries get more than that!

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Would that be 600 partner visas per week worldwide? About 20-30 per top migrating country per day (as a real approximate).
Divide that by 2-4 case workers, so yes, a few hours spent on a case per year. That is extremely disturbing!
What is more disturbing, are the people using this avenue without sincere and genuine intent. Ruining it for us who are genuine, and who have kids mixed up in this visa journey.
The government is not making it easier for these workers, axing public service jobs.

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