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Old 06-28-2014, 06:16 AM
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PMV to 820 - Past Two Months Now

So we applied online for the 820 from the PMV at the end of April, and we've officially passed two months since applying for it. I say to people over and over again on this forum that PMV-to-820 apps are usually very fast, no more than several days to several weeks, so I find it pretty ironic that mine is the one that is taking so long.* There have been multiple forum approvals for people also applying through Sydney who applied after us already.

*(Well, Rhodered's took six months for some bizarre reason, but his is the only one besides mine I've seen take this long).

I'm really tempted to call Immigration on Monday, but I imagine they're just going to give me the run around. I know I just need to be patient, but with my medicals having to be referred last time around, I can't help being anxious about it and I'd really like to be able to get on with my life without worrying about Immi for another couple of years!

I'm really hoping Adam or Nick or Mark will see this - I'd appreciate a comment if you guys have one. Is it worth calling, or do you think (as I do) that they're just going to tell me "12 months" and blow me off, even though PMVs so rarely take very long?

By the way, I applied online, I included EVERYTHING, but not so much as to swamp them, and yes, I checked the box asking if I was coming from a PMV.

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So we applied online for the 820 from the PMV at the end of April, and we've officially passed two months since applying for it. I say to people over and over again on this forum that PMV-to-820 apps are usually very fast, no more than several days to several weeks, so I find it pretty ironic that mine is the one that is taking so long.* There have been multiple forum approvals for people also applying through Sydney who applied after us already.

*(Well, Rhodered's took six months for some bizarre reason, but his is the only one besides mine I've seen take this long).

I'm really tempted to call Immigration on Monday, but I imagine they're just going to give me the run around. I know I just need to be patient, but with my medicals having to be referred last time around, I can't help being anxious about it and I'd really like to be able to get on with my life without worrying about Immi for another couple of years!

I'm really hoping Adam or Nick or Mark will see this - I'd appreciate a comment if you guys have one. Is it worth calling, or do you think (as I do) that they're just going to tell me "12 months" and blow me off, even though PMVs so rarely take very long?

By the way, I applied online, I included EVERYTHING, but not so much as to swamp them, and yes, I checked the box asking if I was coming from a PMV.
Wow CG that is a long time. Where are you? My friend in Brisbane put one in from a PMV was granted the next day!!

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Hey CollegeGirl, I know we're not in exactly the same boat, but my guess is delays for both of us are due to processing of the health waiver. I know yours have already gone through for the PMV, but I'm betting they do it again for the 820.

I also submitted EVERYTHING, though I submitted a paper application. By everything, I mean I got ahold of the PAM3, and of the Notes for Guidance on HIV, and at any point where I thought I could make an argument, I did. Also, I haven't received anything indicating I don't satisfy the health requirement and NEED to submit information for a waiver, I just sent everything needed for a waiver, addressing all the key points.

My migration agent said no hard data exists on how long they take, but my own searches in forums like this say anywhere from a few weeks to several months. I think it largely depends on the complexity of the case, the the prevalence of the medical condition (i.e. a more common condition will be assessed more easily), and how much information has been submitted in support.

I'm waiting until after 1 July to ring immigration and check on the progress (if they have information on it at all). I know health waivers are processed by an organisation called Global Health. Technically they're part of DIBP, but operate independently (About Global Health).

I'll post more when I talk to DIBP, but in the meantime hope everything comes through for you!

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I actually didn't need a health waiver, fortunately. My medicals were referred, which is different. It just means they looked at them more closely. I then passed the medical. When you pass the medical, you are not supposed to have to do another one between PMV and 820. When I applied, my medicals were still within their year of validity. Unfortunately, they're not now. Still, they may not make me redo them (I hope).

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
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All will be well...we're all with you CG... with fingers crossed too...

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Perhaps they are sitting on the application until July when the quota starts again? That's my only guess

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I thought the same thing, but we keep seeing people pop through anyway... sigh. I hope you're right though and we see a grant soon after 1 July.

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
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Ah, okay. I wasn't aware of referrals. Another fun thing to look into Hopefully it all works out well, and soon!

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I actually didn't need a health waiver, fortunately. My medicals were referred, which is different. It just means they looked at them more closely. I then passed the medical. When you pass the medical, you are not supposed to have to do another one between PMV and 820. When I applied, my medicals were still within their year of validity. Unfortunately, they're not now. Still, they may not make me redo them (I hope).

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Maybe you provided them with too much or organised it too much? I remember you saying you highlighted things on bank statement.

We only provided a joint bank statement and joint telephone bill for our things since pmv grant (well wedding pics obviously) and we were granted without the marriage certificate which we actually got about a week or 2 after the grant.

No point in ringing them as they don't care if you are coming from pmv on the phone they will still quote the same time frame to you.

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With processing times it really can be a lottery as so many things can influence it. Some case officers are more thorough than others, the workload could be high, there could be a particular document they want to see, health issues, character issues, a question they want to clarify, quotas, the time of year........Sometimes applications can just get overlooked and sit there.

Some applications sail through in days, others can literally take years for security and other checks. There's just no way of being 100% sure how long it's going to take.

There's absolutely no harm in prompting the CO every now and then. I'm not talking every week or straight after applying, but the occasional nudge is often beneficial. A polite request for an update and a simple "if there's anything else required please let me know" is fine. Even if they brush you off at least you've prompted them.

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