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Hassali.abdi 08-03-2014 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Becky26 (Post 542289)
Hey Hassan,

Thank you for your words of encouragement and appreciation. I hope you get your visa soon. You are in my prayers :D:D

I forgot to clarify one thing in my post:- The person who sends the applicants the Acknowledgement Letter and/or the request for medicals is unfortunately not the case officer.

I'm not sure about other AHCs , but a 100 percent positive about AHC New Delhi. Many applicants get contacted by AHC between 1-8 weeks of application, the Acknowledgement Letter will also have the name of the officer who works in AHC as a case officer but he/she ISN'T YOUR case officer, so don't get too excited.

I learnt this the hard way, I got my Acknowledgement Letter (with an officer's name and her position number at the bottom) and medical request within 2 days of application and was literally dancing around with pom-poms, thinking that I was going to be getting my visa very soon.
Little did I know!! that she wasn't my case officer and I had to wait for over 27 weeks to get an actual case officer, HELL froze on me and it still hasn't unfrozen till now...LOL Been over 12 months since application and no sign of visa.

Under NO circumstance will AHC allocate case officer to an application before 30-31 weeks since date of application.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!!
Have a great weekend Hassan!

Kind Regards,
Becky



Dear Becky,

Your Visa is IMMINENT, I for see things sometimes. Based on the time you covered, and what my mind is telling, says that Becky will be posting from Australia very soon:cool::cool:


Never cut the tie with us.

Good luck and I pray for your visa to be granted withing the next 60 days if not less.

Best regards
Hassan

Becky26 08-03-2014 02:40 PM

Thank You!!
 
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Originally Posted by Hassali.abdi (Post 542593)
Dear Becky,

Your Visa is IMMINENT, I for see things sometimes. Based on the time you covered, and what my mind is telling, says that Becky will be posting from Australia very soon:cool::cool:


Never cut the tie with us.

Good luck and I pray for your visa to be granted withing the next 60 days if not less.

Best regards
Hassan

AMEN!!! to that Hassan! We've got all our fingers and toes crossed for the visa. It's just a matter of time. Right now I'm waiting for my passport to get updated (add my husband's name and update my address), which in itself is a gargantuan task. YES! Indian passports have a "Name of Spouse" and "Residential Address" column in them which causes so much drama when applying for visa :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I mean address is such an unnecessary column in a passport :mad::mad:

I had to get my perfectly fine passport cancelled due to this crap rule. Without it, the passport office won't issue me a new PCC. That's why I had to give up my passport which would've been valid for another 7 years :(:(

Worst are the government authorities here that make this process more cumbersome than it actually is or it needs to be.

ANYWAYS!! ;)
I will surely be on the forum to help and share my experiences. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging words. I hope for the same for you too! that you get the subclass 100 straightaway without having to wait for 2 years on the subclass 309 :D:D
Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

Hassali.abdi 08-03-2014 04:57 PM

Visa Label free
 
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Originally Posted by Becky26 (Post 542609)
AMEN!!! to that Hassan! We've got all our fingers and toes crossed for the visa. It's just a matter of time. Right now I'm waiting for my passport to get updated (add my husband's name and update my address), which in itself is a gargantuan task. YES! Indian passports have a "Name of Spouse" and "Residential Address" column in them which causes so much drama when applying for visa :rolleyes::rolleyes:
I mean address is such an unnecessary column in a passport :mad::mad:

I had to get my perfectly fine passport cancelled due to this crap rule. Without it, the passport office won't issue me a new PCC. That's why I had to give up my passport which would've been valid for another 7 years :(:(

Worst are the government authorities here that make this process more cumbersome than it actually is or it needs to be.

ANYWAYS!! ;)
I will surely be on the forum to help and share my experiences. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging words. I hope for the same for you too! that you get the subclass 100 straightaway without having to wait for 2 years on the subclass 309 :D:D
Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

Hi Becky,

Why is the Indian passport has those details?
Kenyan passports do not have things like that. Your names, date of births, place of births, date of issue, expiry date, issuing authority on those details.
Even the marital status is not there.

Visa label free!

I want to bring in another issue. That is VISA LABEL FREE language which is currently in the system is a bit unclear to me. The AHC in Nairobi says that any visa applicant does not need visa to labeled in their passports. The visa is electronically linked to the passport and stored in the system. Governments, Airline staffs and organizations in Australia have access to the visa and can confirm the kind of visa a person has and its validity.

Anybody with those information in detail?

From your situation Becky, if your current passport has been already scanned by the AHC, and they have the photocopy of it, don't you think that they might have already linked your current passport with the visa that is going to be granted to you? If so, did you informed the AHC that you are changing your previous passport and expecting a new updated one?


Sorry If am out of topic but I felt to share this with you guys.

Good luck all!!!!!
Hassan

Becky26 08-03-2014 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Hassali.abdi (Post 542657)
Hi Becky,

Why is the Indian passport has those details?
Kenyan passports do not have things like that. Your names, date of births, place of births, date of issue, expiry date, issuing authority on those details.
Even the marital status is not there.

Hey Hassan,

We even have the name of parents at the back page of our passports. From what I understand passports should have the details that CANNOT be changed under normal or any circumstance. Things that you mentioned in your post should be the only things that should appear.

I guess that's how our government make money. Every time someone moves to a new house, or gets divorced (which in today's society is very common) the passport holder MUST apply for a re-issue and pay the fees and wait for 2-3 months for their passport or even longer sometimes. Absolute BS!!
There is nothing we can do about it :(:(:(:(


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Originally Posted by Hassali.abdi (Post 542657)
Visa label free!

I want to bring in another issue. That is VISA LABEL FREE language which is currently in the system is a bit unclear to me. The AHC in Nairobi says that any visa applicant does not need visa to labeled in their passports. The visa is electronically linked to the passport and stored in the system. Governments, Airline staffs and organizations in Australia have access to the visa and can confirm the kind of visa a person has and its validity.

Anybody with those information in detail?

I can't really remember when, but it's been a while since Australia implemented the label-free visa. Although the visa will be linked to our passport, the visa holder MUST carry a printed copy of their visa grant letter with them when travelling. Sometime the airlines do request to see the visa letter and also the immigration counter of your country's airport could also request it.
When I moved to Australia for the first time in 2008 on a student visa, I didn't have a visa label. The immigration authorities at the New Delhi International Airport looked at me weird when they didn't find the label in my passport and gave me a "are you crazy, where is your visa" look. I thought that they would be up-to-date with such information, I later upon their requested handed over my grant letter to the officer. There was no drama whatsoever. They just looked confused....LOL

Once you arrive in Australia, the officers at the immigration counters know what to do, they are very welcoming and polite, you just have to hand over your passport to them and they do what they need to do, take the airline declaration slip that each passenger needs to fill out before landing and declare if they have anything that needs to be declared to the customs/quarantine (forgot what it's called:p:p:p:p) and stamp your passport upon "arrival". Not sure if they still stamp the passport upon arrival.

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Originally Posted by Hassali.abdi (Post 542657)
From your situation Becky, if your current passport has been already scanned by the AHC, and they have the photocopy of it, don't you think that they might have already linked your current passport with the visa that is going to be granted to you? If so, did you informed the AHC that you are changing your previous passport and expecting a new updated one?


Sorry If am out of topic but I felt to share this with you guys.

Good luck all!!!!!
Hassan

Yes!! I have informed my case officer, she is holding back my file until I provide a new Indian PCC, which I'll be able to apply for only after I get my re-issued passport. Once I send her my new PCC, hopefully then she will forward my file to the final queue.

So my passport application is causing my visa to delay, it's all connected and so I can't take a short cut :(:(:(:( Just have to sit and WAIT!!! I hate waiting...been waiting since December 2012 for this visa.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

jimmy2014 08-04-2014 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Becky26 (Post 542058)
As online partner applications were opened to the offshore applicants on December 9, 2013 the whole process is a ginormous MYSTERY :confused::confused: I have not come across any offshore online application that is being processed.
*** Offshore online applicants please share your experiences with us. Thanks! :)


7. A new rule that has been implemented relating to Indian PCC is that the Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) will now be asking for the case officer's request letter requesting Indian PCC before they issue one. I'm not sure if this rule has been implemented in each and every PSK in India. It is a very new rule.
I have attached the format of the Indian PCC issued by the PSK.

8. Another major hurdle that many applicants face is that of adding the name of their spouse in their passport(s).
Many PSK don't require the applicants to go for the passport re-issue but some do. In that case the applicant must get their passport re-issued before they apply for a PCC. The PSK won't issue you the PCC unless you get your passport updated.

Hi Becky,

Thanks for sharing this valuable information :)

1. Online applications : I have heard some applicants getting direct visa grants emails itself (assuming no complications in the application) and some do get contacted by the Case officers. As for offshore application, I am also waiting for a CO to be allocated for my wife's application. I hope the AHC, New Delhi has sufficient staff and trained people to look at online applications as per their date of lodgement. Paper or Online, every application must be given equal attention to be fair on everyone :o

2. From what I have read from other people's experience, the employees at the PSK may ask for the 'proof' of visa lodgement e.g. Acknowledgement etc. The rule you mentioned above, is that happening at the PSK you applied under or most PSK in New Delhi :confused:

3. I called up the regional passport office (RK Puram, Delhi) and they advised that the spouse name is not mandatory to be added in order to obtain the PCC. Infact, the PCC will be granted without police verification if passport was issued within 1 year of us requesting for PCC.

All the best :)

Becky26 08-04-2014 08:39 AM

Thank You!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jimmy2014 (Post 542889)
Hi Becky,

Thanks for sharing this valuable information :)

1. Online applications : I have heard some applicants getting direct visa grants emails itself (assuming no complications in the application) and some do get contacted by the Case officers. As for offshore application, I am also waiting for a CO to be allocated for my wife's application. I hope the AHC, New Delhi has sufficient staff and trained people to look at online applications as per their date of lodgement. Paper or Online, every application must be given equal attention to be fair on everyone :o

2. From what I have read from other people's experience, the employees at the PSK may ask for the 'proof' of visa lodgement e.g. Acknowledgement etc. The rule you mentioned above, is that happening at the PSK you applied under or most PSK in New Delhi :confused:

3. I called up the regional passport office (RK Puram, Delhi) and they advised that the spouse name is not mandatory to be added in order to obtain the PCC. Infact, the PCC will be granted without police verification if passport was issued within 1 year of us requesting for PCC.

All the best :)

Hey jimmy2014,

Thank you for your informative reply.

1. Please do share with us when you know something regarding your online application. I'm very eager to know how AHC New Delhi will be processing the. Good Luck!!

2. Many people try to get their Indian PCC done before lodging their application in the hope to avoid any kind of delays that accompanies this process. I got my PCC from VFS in Australia so that I didn't have to waste time running around in offices in India.

With the new rule being implemented, I guess the applicants will have to wait till they lodge their visa applications and get an acknowledgement letter from AHC to apply for a PCC.

3. My PSK in Ghaziabad, not in New Delhi. Hence the difference in rules!
It IS mandatory for applicants whose passports were issued by RPO Ghaziabad to get the name of their spouse added to their passport. I also needed to update my residential address. The PSK won't even allow the applicant to enter the office unless the passport has the correct and updated information and is told to get the passport re-issued and then the PCC will be issued.

One thing that cross checks is that the PSK will issue the PCC on the same day as application if the passport has updated and correct information.

Thanks again for your post. Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

jimmy2014 08-04-2014 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Becky26 (Post 543225)
Hey jimmy2014,

Thank you for your informative reply.

1. Please do share with us when you know something regarding your online application. I'm very eager to know how AHC New Delhi will be processing the. Good Luck!!

2. Many people try to get their Indian PCC done before lodging their application in the hope to avoid any kind of delays that accompanies this process. I got my PCC from VFS in Australia so that I didn't have to waste time running around in offices in India.

With the new rule being implemented, I guess the applicants will have to wait till they lodge their visa applications and get an acknowledgement letter from AHC to apply for a PCC.

3. My PSK in Ghaziabad, not in New Delhi. Hence the difference in rules!
It IS mandatory for applicants whose passports were issued by RPO Ghaziabad to get the name of their spouse added to their passport. I also needed to update my residential address. The PSK won't even allow the applicant to enter the office unless the passport has the correct and updated information and is told to get the passport re-issued and then the PCC will be issued.

One thing that cross checks is that the PSK will issue the PCC on the same day as application if the passport has updated and correct information.

Thanks again for your post. Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

Hi Becky,

Would please you mind telling me how much time did it take for you to get the PCC done in Australia ?

Oh ok.. looks like each PSK have their own set of rules which is strange and only cause delays for applicants. Nonetheless, I hope your new passport and PCC can sorted soon :D

Will keep you posted about our experience regarding PCC and also online applications. :eek:

Becky26 08-04-2014 10:06 AM

Thank You!!
 
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Originally Posted by jimmy2014 (Post 543274)
Hi Becky,

Would please you mind telling me how much time did it take for you to get the PCC done in Australia ?

Oh ok.. looks like each PSK have their own set of rules which is strange and only cause delays for applicants. Nonetheless, I hope your new passport and PCC can sorted soon :D

Will keep you posted about our experience regarding PCC and also online applications. :eek:

Hey jimmy2014,

My PCC took 7 working days. I think it was $55 roughly, can't remember their exact fees it's been a while. The VFS office in Brisbane processes applications pretty quickly. My husband got his Indian 6- months tourist visa approved in 4 days :D

Thank you for your kind wishes :D
Hope things work out for you very soon. Good Luck!!

Kind Regards,
Becky

CollegeGirl 08-04-2014 10:58 AM

Totally off-topic:

I had to get a new (US) passport, too, Becky, to get my new (married) name on it. :) Got it in the mail today - I still get excited to see my new surname on things, haha. :) So happy. :)

I get to call Immi tomorrow re: my new last name and new passport number. Fun times. ;)

Mish 08-04-2014 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by CollegeGirl (Post 543402)
Totally off-topic:

I had to get a new (US) passport, too, Becky, to get my new (married) name on it. :) Got it in the mail today - I still get excited to see my new surname on things, haha. :) So happy. :)

I get to call Immi tomorrow re: my new last name and new passport number. Fun times. ;)

Congrats! That was fast. When my passport got stolen o/s it took just under 2 weeks for the new standard one to come from Australia.

I am umming if I change my passport with married name. I love my passport because of all the visa stamps for Egypt lol but hate the photo haha. On the plus side it is free.

Interesting trivia for you. My husband never has to ring immi to update his passport number because they have a passport number for life they just get a new passport with new expiry date.


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