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Old 01-08-2015, 03:21 AM
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Since your partner's from the US, it will probably be fine. That's what we were planning to do ourselves before my PMV was granted.

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We sold our house in September but have two other properties to sell. We are living in one, but both are listed for sale (cross fingers). So we have sufficient funds. Wanted kids to start school in the new year! They are 12 and 14. We planned to leave Feb 4. With the ETA that means May 7 till he would have to leave. I thought about the 600 but reading that they may ask for a bond (sometimes $15k) put me off (not that we dont have the money) But really, who would jeopardize their visa by not leaving or working illegally? I'm thinking that when we advise our CO in writing that we are going (so IF its granted in the meantime we're advised properly) I will state that I intend to stay with the kids in Oz and await the decision. If its granted before May (which would be 10 months) he can leave for NZ and come back, if not, we may just have to cross that bridge when we come to it. He doesn't really want to return to Canada, and Italy is so far away. They don't make it easy, that's for sure. When you're married with kids for so long you think its a no-brainer. By the way, we are through Ottawa - now at 12 to 15 months. I called and ran our situation past the person answering inquires (not my CO) and they put me on hold, looked up my file and spoke to my CO personally (apparently I don't warrant speaking to) They said it would be fine, reiterated that he would be a tourist visiting and couldn't work etc. I even asked them if it would be better if he had a return ticket (I don't want to waste money but ...). They said it would be best to have a return as immigration may question a one-way. I also told them that we have no reason to be in Canada anymore as we sold our business and that my husband would return to Italy if need be. They were more than understanding, but of course, can't speed anything along. Looks like we are a little ahead of you with CO assigned, police and medical all good by end of July. Keep me posted how you go.
BrissyGirl,

I applied last Thursday for my tourist visa, subclass 600. Just the regular one, Not the sponsored family stream. Wasn't asked for a bond at all (I believe the bond is for the sponsored family stream).
We were very upfront about our intentions, i said we are moving as a family to Australia and for the best interest of our kids, we couldn't be separated. I requested a 12 month stay with multiples entries - in case we want / have to travel (to visit my falks in France). I joined a statutory declaration from my inlaws stating we are going to live with them at the start, I joined all the paperwork to show we are in the process of selling our house so we will have enough money for me to stay in Australia and I wrote that I won't be working.

The visa was granted today. Very happy!

Just wanted to let you know! I think you should go this route too so your hubby doesn't have to leave the country every 3 months. Good luck!

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Already posted in the other 309 thread, but add another grant to the pile. \[-_-]/


Applied: 309 Offshore (Online, DC office)
Nationality: U.S.A.
Date: 04/20/14 (Granted 01/12/15 - 8 months, 3 weeks)
C.O.: M.L. (never got any correspondence until the application decision was made yesterday, though)

Currently in Australia on a 600 multiple entry (after my 12 month visitor expired back in Oct).

Seems like 2014 late-April to June DC applications are being churned through this week, so good luck to everyone in those time frames!

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Hey all,

I've been dreaming of this post for the last 10 months and 4 days - today I got my grant letter
I applied from Bulgaria via Serbian embassy in March 2014 that caught the 8-12 months (high-risk country) processing period. Had no interview, wasn't even requested updates on my police checks (expired in September). Appointed CO was BS, but my grant letter was signed by MB.

It is interesting though - today in the afternoon I received a call from BS to check if I have got my letter as they have been experiencing technical issues all day long and were not sure if e-mails went through. I just saw that the immi site is down, too.

Anyway, sending positive thoughts to all of you and I hope you get your visas tomorrow))
Let me know if you have any particular questions of need any info-anything I could help with

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Hey all,

I've been dreaming of this post for the last 10 months and 4 days - today I got my grant letter
I applied from Bulgaria via Serbian embassy in March 2014 that caught the 8-12 months (high-risk country) processing period. Had no interview, wasn't even requested updates on my police checks (expired in September). Appointed CO was BS, but my grant letter was signed by MB.

It is interesting though - today in the afternoon I received a call from BS to check if I have got my letter as they have been experiencing technical issues all day long and were not sure if e-mails went through. I just saw that the immi site is down, too.

Anyway, sending positive thoughts to all of you and I hope you get your visas tomorrow))
Let me know if you have any particular questions of need any info-anything I could help with
This is amazing news! I am so happy for you, I can't imagine the feeling!
It is great to know they are not sleeping on the job!
Have a lovely trip and easy move!


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Already posted in the other 309 thread, but add another grant to the pile. \[-_-]/


Applied: 309 Offshore (Online, DC office)
Nationality: U.S.A.
Date: 04/20/14 (Granted 01/12/15 - 8 months, 3 weeks)
C.O.: M.L. (never got any correspondence until the application decision was made yesterday, though)

Currently in Australia on a 600 multiple entry (after my 12 month visitor expired back in Oct).

Seems like 2014 late-April to June DC applications are being churned through this week, so good luck to everyone in those time frames!
It seems like the waiting time is getting longer for offshore? Is it the same for onshore applicants?

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Old 01-14-2015, 06:55 AM
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Yes. Onshore is trending towards 15 months. Even low-risk (offshore) embassies are taking forever now. HP's was actually reasonably fast - the US quotes 12-15 months for processing partner visa. The UK quotes 10-14 months now.

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Yes. Onshore is trending towards 15 months. Even low-risk (offshore) embassies are taking forever now. HP's was actually reasonably fast - the US quotes 12-15 months for processing partner visa. The UK quotes 10-14 months now.
It's pretty disheartening My CO just told me that it's taking 8-10 months for Singapore applications from 5-6 months.

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Yes. Onshore is trending towards 15 months. Even low-risk (offshore) embassies are taking forever now. HP's was actually reasonably fast - the US quotes 12-15 months for processing partner visa. The UK quotes 10-14 months now.
Gosh that sounds terrifying!
If onshore and low risk is this long, what are the rest of us suppose to expect?
I just get so happy when there is a positive example like Hoshi! it just gives a little hope...
we are hitting 12 months in a week...


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Don't want to scare anyone but just wanted to update that there has been some serious cuts to governmental jobs including the immigration staff. I went to Sydney CBD last week to drop by 929 form and there was no human staff behind any counter in the main office! They have converted the counters into telephone kiosks with 2 to 3 individuals doing rounds in between information desk and form lodgement desk to route people between online and telephone terminals.

I still saw people at the Visa label counter but I felt quite sad seeing the empty counters, which were full of actual people answering your queries back in 2013 compared to telephone/online kiosks now.


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