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Is this normal? Defacto/Spousal waiting time.


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Old 02-08-2011, 10:54 PM
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Is this normal? Defacto/Spousal waiting time.

Hi guys

I have been searching these forums for months finding amazing information ( so thanks for that) but I just joined and was after some advice.

I understand all visas are different and processing times vary but my partner and I are waiting to hear back from the AHC in Ottawa.

We placed his visa personally at the office on the 8th Nov. 2010 and received a letter saying it was received on the 19th Nov 2010. Is it strange that is has nearly been 3 months and we have no even been signed a case officer? My partner called yesterday and spoke to a woman who told him that the wait time for a case officer is 3-6 months? Is this normal?
Just curious, and a little stressed as this is cutting it close to my work visa here in Canada being expired.

Any info or tips would be greatly appreciated!



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Old 02-09-2011, 12:33 AM
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As you are aware of there can be all sort of variances and perhaps Xmas and Icy cold Snowy weather over there may even have an impact, perhaps a number of COs deciding to head somewhere warmer for a months or so, maybe even a staff shortage because of departures or whatever.
Immi may even be reviewing their situation re annual allocated numbers and if total global numbers are trending above the meet annual target line, then there will be processing slowed.
All everyone can do is wait it out.





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Thank you

You are right about all the variables. We sent an email today asking for some feedback, hopefully we will have news by next week. Until then, we will continue to wait.

Thanks again


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still waiting.....

Hi Omaren -- I'm and American who is also waiting on a defacto visa. I applied for mine Nov. 23 2010, and was given notice that it was received on Dec 9th... (doesn't this seem like a long time if I over night shipped it to DC??) Anyway... I am still waiting to be assigned a CO... I was assuming that maybe the disastrous weather near Brisbane was slowing things down? Let me know what you find out!


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You are right about all the variables. We sent an email today asking for some feedback, hopefully we will have news by next week. Until then, we will continue to wait.

Thanks again


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Hi Omaren -- I'm and American who is also waiting on a defacto visa. I applied for mine Nov. 23 2010, and was given notice that it was received on Dec 9th... (doesn't this seem like a long time if I over night shipped it to DC??) Anyway... I am still waiting to be assigned a CO... I was assuming that maybe the disastrous weather near Brisbane was slowing things down? Let me know what you find out!
It's nothing to do with weather anywhere in Australia for family visas applied for offshore are handled offshore and you need to give some thought to what happens in processes of any type, be they government or private organisations.
People assessing applications may have any number of them on the go simultaneously and there are possibly assistant administrative staff who are also doing all sorts of other things too.
So the mail comes in, gets sorted and sent of to the appropriate people for an initial registration into the system and no great urgency on that because they probably know a CO may not be looking at new applications until a couple of months down the track.
So amidst other office functions and maybe even some staff absences or involvement in other activities as can occur in any organisation, the admin assistant may have a routine of doing new applications once a week or whatever and may take a couple of days to work throught them.
Once that is done and they are registered and assigned a number etc., it might even be someone else whose job it is to load the computer system so an email goes out to say, yep, your application is in the system.





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