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Old 02-13-2018, 08:26 PM
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Will be an interesting year ahead with the cutbacks proposed.


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Totally agree. WTF is going on? Very clear there is heavy push to clear the UK 309s but none any where else.

Any MARAs want to weigh in with some current reasons?

I know they are waiting to fill a visa processing officer position in Bangkok now, which could explain the drag. Otherwise it just looks plain racist.
Racist? How do you figure?


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Totally agree. WTF is going on? Very clear there is heavy push to clear the UK 309s but none any where else.

Any MARAs want to weigh in with some current reasons?

I know they are waiting to fill a visa processing officer position in Bangkok now, which could explain the drag. Otherwise it just looks plain racist.
I don't think it's racist. It's just a case of some processing centres having more on their plates than other. The Canadian and US processing is slower than London as well.

If a service tells you that it will take between 11 - 15 months to complete something, can you be angry if they don't complete the service much faster than stated?

My advice would be to just go by the 11-15 month estimation and hopefully you will end out pleasantly surprised.


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I don't think it's racist. It's just a case of some processing centres having more on their plates than other. The Canadian and US processing is slower than London as well.

If a service tells you that it will take between 11 - 15 months to complete something, can you be angry if they don't complete the service much faster than stated?

My advice would be to just go by the 11-15 month estimation and hopefully you will end out pleasantly surprised.

I think you hit the nail on the head with that, and I believe I made a similar point. The High Commission in England may have more resources than the High Commission in Canada or the U.S. It doesn't mean they're racist, and like you said, the processing times of 11-15 months is there for a reason.

You can be anxious and a bit frustrated, but angry? Not really.


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Totally agree. WTF is going on? Very clear there is heavy push to clear the UK 309s but none any where else.

Any MARAs want to weigh in with some current reasons?

I know they are waiting to fill a visa processing officer position in Bangkok now, which could explain the drag. Otherwise it just looks plain racist.
Well... if you see it that way and carry this belief are you sure you are headed to the right place?!
I am not trying to add heat to the debate but letís end that call please.
My family has ties to the UK - we are 6.5 months in and waiting - no word and likely none will be had for at least 11 months which was and is quoted.
We can speculate All we want but we will never fully know how these files are decided on and processed.
Throwing around a generalization and using strong terminology imo is just counter productive and ignorant not to mention rude.
Focus on the end goal. Surely packing up and organizing things for the future plans will keep most occupied while we wait our number to be called.

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Totally agree. WTF is going on? Very clear there is heavy push to clear the UK 309s but none any where else.

Any MARAs want to weigh in with some current reasons?

I know they are waiting to fill a visa processing officer position in Bangkok now, which could explain the drag. Otherwise it just looks plain racist.
just for my 2 cents worth personally I don't see it as racist. my wife is Thai as well and it took 1 year 11 days for it approved when we applied 1/1/2015.
I see you made a comment before that long standing relationships shouldn't even need to go through the process but the problem with that is people make fake applications so it needs to be verified (and a number of those would come from Thailand).
when dealing with a country like Thailand the checks can also take longer due to their paper based systems so you can't compare it to the UK.
your comment regarding people with chips on their shoulders to those who aren't white, not once have we had an issue with it.
and while it is an emotional thing for us the job of the immigration workers is to be impersonal and impartial.
at the time you applied the average was 75% 12 months and that was the average for Thailand as well. and yes it is certainly frustrating but obviously that's how averages work. spare a thought for those that fall into the 10% and can take more than 2 years offshore (some if those were in long standing relationships)


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Thanks all for lively input on this.

Australia is built on immigration policies designed to attract or restrict arrivals. The question of who we let in and under what conditions or circumstances has always been a volatile issue since foundation.

The issue now is that visas have become the country's major export and selling them underpins enormous business interests here

As far as the hustles go the number of fake marriages that occur in the partner stream is minuscule compared to whats going on under the economic driver streams (187 is full of it) and the education sector will happily keep taking fees.

In the end I guess its not so bad in the 309 waiting room. Just would be nice to see govt some transparency on this.


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Jteam, I know how you feel, I had an 14 month wait for my now wife's visa, but spouting accusations of racisim as the reason for the delay in visa processing lacks substance.
If it does favour "white" applicants how do you explain the huge delay in the processing of Canadian applications?.
One of the reasons for the delays is the marked increase in fraudulent applications for partner visas by those who consider the visa an "easy" ticket into Australia.
While the Australian requirements are onerous and the wait is long, they don't have restrictive income requirements for sponsors like the UK, and other places.
As another poster has stated, the processing times are stated clearly, getting a result quicker is a bonus.

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Jteam, I know how you feel, I had an 14 month wait for my now wife's visa, but spouting accusations of racisim as the reason for the delay in visa processing lacks substance.
If it does favour "white" applicants how do you explain the huge delay in the processing of Canadian applications?.
One of the reasons for the delays is the marked increase in fraudulent applications for partner visas by those who consider the visa an "easy" ticket into Australia.
While the Australian requirements are onerous and the wait is long, they don't have restrictive income requirements for sponsors like the UK, and other places.
As another poster has stated, the processing times are stated clearly, getting a result quicker is a bonus.
We lodged our application on the 11th of February. We've submitted everything upfront, even medicals and police checks. If we have to do either again, so be it. We just wanted to have a complete application that was decision ready.

My fiancee's working holiday visa is up in April, so we have to decide whether she is going to transition to a visitor visa or go home and get set up while my visa is processing.


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