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DIAC Partner Visa Delays for Onshore Processing Melbourne


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Old 01-08-2011, 09:15 PM
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Hi Everyone

We lodged our Partner Visa over the counter in Melbourne early November last year.

I have just found out from DIAC that Melbourne is currently only allocating applications to Case Officers that were lodged in June last year.

Apparently there is a backlog due to some changes with Skilled Migration and those people now applying for Partner Visa's instead.

DIAC told me not to expect a Case Officer until May/June/July/later this year.

I hope it doesn't take that long!

Since we have submitted a Decision Ready Application I have asked DIAC if there is anything they can do to process it sooner and I am waiting to hear.

I will post the response once received.

Thanks
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You could have some skilled visas people, perhaps especially ex students who have found that what they have studied may not be the easy road to PR that they thought it would be on both it actually happening or the time it will take but it does not matter so much the source of applications but just the numbers.

There are budgeted numbers for all PR and TR/PR visas, be they skilled or family and a number of things have happened in recent times with processing:
. last year, budgeted number was apparently reached well before end of the financial year and so in addition to a hold and those being held over to the current financial year, Immi may have re-assigned some of their staff and stretched out processing time so budgeted number is reached closer to end of financial year.

. they certainly have had good reason to re-assign staff owing to the massive increase in asylum seekers and that also may see onshore applications slow and actually drop in numbers significantly, offshore numbers processed and time more reflective of loading/staffing at offices abroad which will be less affected.

There was one post not long back of someone being advised, possibly by Health Australia that they would be scheduled for a medical examination when appropriate and though I have seen no specific information on the Immi site as to onshore applicants not doing their medical until requested, Immi may just have communicated that to Health Australia.
If the ratio of applicants/budgetted number blows out further and other issues continue to prevail, I would not be surprised to see something specific announced.

But re asking for special consideration, with the hundreds of applications being received onshore each week, do not be surprised to have that fall on deaf ears for yours is just another application amidst many.





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A friend lodged his application in Perth thru an Agent and the agent told him not to do the Police and Medical checks yet.

I thought that was weird but then I also thought later that maybe DIAC will request them when required because if you submit them with the application they may be out of date by the time a CO reaches your file?

When we lodged our application we did the health checks back in September last year and then lodged in November and it was ok then with Health Australia but maybe if you try to book in now for your medical they will not take your booking until advised to do so by DIAC?

Also, DIAC Perth Partner Processing told me that if an application is Decision Ready and has been submitted with everything required as per the checklist, that application should not be penalised in anyway and should be processed with priority. Whether that is true or not is another story because as we all know, who you speak to = a different story each time.

In our case, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and see what DIAC say to our request.

I hope for our sake they can do something but if they can't then they can't.

Should have the answer this week!


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There are budgeted numbers for all PR and TR/PR visas, be they skilled or family and a number of things have happened in recent times with processing:
Hi Wanderer, does the same apply to applications lodged offshore? I presume it does but wondered if it varied by processing office or something.

Thanks as always for your advice.


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I have not seen the total annual budget broken down into offshore and onshore and do not know that it is.





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