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Old 02-02-2015, 06:52 AM
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Hi all,

Me and my partner just applied for our 309 visa 2 days ago from NZ. I am aussie and she is american. We have been living here together for 14 months (I took a 1 year leave from university to be able to move here and get this visa sorted). unfortunately in 2 weeks I have to return to Aus and she has to stay here as we cannot afford for her not to be working! We are in a similar situation to a lot of people here as I can tell. We are also a same-sex couple (haven't seen many of those around!), do you think that will make any kind of difference to our application? A little disheartening to see that the wait times on the immi website are wrong (we were hoping and praying for 5 months), but what can you do but wait I suppose. If we submitted our medical checks and police checks with our visa i'm assuming our next point of contact with immi is when we get a case officer? (not holding our breath for that to happen any time soon)

Anyway just thought I would pop by and say hi and that it's nice to know other people are going through what we are

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Hi Cassie, welcome
good to hear from another couple applying in NZ! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but we applied in June 2014, we were asked for more info / police checks / health checks after 6 months (that was the first we had heard from them), and I'm willing to bet it will be about 6 more months before we get the visa. It's a long wait. We were told not to do the police / health checks
until they asked for them - but it will only add a couple more weeks onto the waiting time anyway (what's a couple of weeks in the grand scheme of things!)
I haven't heard of any other same-sex couples but the official line is that it makes no difference! I honestly don't believe that same sex applications are treated any differently, especially when you're applying in a relatively liberal country.
Good luck! Post if you have any questions (or if you just want to vent to some people who feel your pain!)
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Hey J Mac,

Thanks for your reply! Yeah I read through this whole thread before I posted and was crossing my fingers that by the time I
Got to the end you would have declared your visa was approved. I'm hoping it's quicker for you now that you have had contact with immi. It's nice to know there are others that know how we feel, it's such a stressful situation to be in and hard not to have it on your mind all the time.

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Hey all, Applied for the 309 offshore in the UK back in June 2014 (like alot of other people on here) and still no luck!
We were both living in the UK until Carrie my australian partners UK work holiday visa ran out in Oct'14. instead of living apart we then moved to Vietnam for what we thought would be a few months (since processing times said 5months) then as we arrived we got email saying it will 9-12 months!!! we were really dissapointed, and Hanoi, Vietnam is no place to hold out for that long! its was driving us crazy. so now we are in Australia... but im on a visitor visa.. and that expires in 27 days! so thanks Australian Immi for your organisation.

What will happen now. well I guess we will have to accept that we might have to live apart untill the visa is granted in June. I am still eligible to work NZ on a working holiday so we may go there. But it really is messing us around. why the Immi couldnt just update there website to display correct times. it would save alot of people the hassle.

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If there's one thing I wish I could say to applicants who are starting the process, it's this:

Read your embassy's website, and the thread on this forum for applicants specifically from your embassy. That's the only way you're going to get any real idea of the waiting time for your visa. London is actually the best embassy in the world (that I've seen) for keeping their website updated and reflecting accurate processing time information. Like I said on the other thread you posted your complaint on, current processing times through London are 10-14 months. Glad you got yours in when you did.

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If there's one thing I wish I could say to applicants who are starting the process, it's this:

Read your embassy's website, and the thread on this forum for applicants specifically from your embassy. That's the only way you're going to get any real idea of the waiting time for your visa. London is actually the best embassy in the world (that I've seen) for keeping their website updated and reflecting accurate processing time information. Like I said on the other thread you posted your complaint on, current processing times through London are 10-14 months. Glad you got yours in when you did.
Yeah thats actually quite helpful, but in the whole time i have been digging through the net for various answers about the whole visa process, i have never came across there website, or anyone else talking about there site. i probably missed it somewhere or overlooked it thinking they where talking abouut the IMMI site but why dont they advertise this on the IMMI?

thanks for info. a valuable piece of info that needs more publication!

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Hi guys- EXCITING TIMES ! Just a quick update on our application: Australian Sponsor, British applicant, Applied 24th August 2014- in South Island NZ. Finally received correspondence email from immigration 4th February 2015- 5 months and 11days. We have a few things to add to the application, Form 80 (which we're filling in) Authorisation letter to get an updated NZ police clearance Extra proof of defacto living (which we have but had been denied to upload them to the account because we had exceeded the "60 Items" NB: 60 items ONLY ERROR: This is something that we hadn't read about and had scanned each page as a document :-( needless to say we ran out of space quickly. So August applications are up.. JMac- how are you going with yours ?? CharlieBrown's Sponsor

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Hi Charlie Brown! That is so exciting!! I'm glad you've heard something back!! We are in basically the exact same situation as you only we applied about 2 weeks later! Hopefully that means we hear something soon! We are back in Australia now though rather than nz, partner on a evisitor visa hopefully things get moving quickly for you :-) we are about to start filling out form 80 today, ready for if they do ask for it!
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I am pleased to report that my husband's visa was approved this morning!!!

get the hell out of the country she said LOL well not in those words but yeah .... we're so freaking happy!! now he has to leave for a week and yeah yay!!!!! we applied 1st july .. so about 7 months?

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Charlie Brown - Surprised you got asked for a Form 80 - I thought they typically didn't ask you Brits for that. Have you filled out both the applicant's application AND the sponsor's application sections? BOTH of those allow you to upload documents once they're complete. Give this a read if you don't know what I mean: http://www.australiaforum.com/565833-post6.html

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Charlie Brown - Surprised you got asked for a Form 80 - I thought they typically didn't ask you Brits for that. Have you filled out both the applicant's application AND the sponsor's application sections? BOTH of those allow you to upload documents once they're complete. Give this a read if you don't know what I mean: http://www.australiaforum.com/565833-post6.html
We got asked to do Form 80 as well (Same deal, applicant from the UK), i think it's becoming more common for them to ask low-risk applicants to do that form.

With the number of files you can upload to IMMI, they changed it not long after we applied (Jun 14) to be a limit of 60 files, which is between both the applicant and the sponsor (so 60 files all together, not 60 files each), but it hasn't been very well publicised I don't think.

CharlieBrown - great news!!!! So exciting to hear from them! We have sent off all the extra info they asked for, so hopefully we will hear back again in a few months. Keeping fingers crossed for you too, and Hodgi!


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