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Jmac01 08-04-2014 11:25 PM

Offshore Partner Visa 309/100 Waiting Room
 
Hi everyone,
I noticed that there is a waiting room for people waiting on the Onshore Partner visa, but nothing similar (that I could find!) for those of us waiting offshore.
There will be some similarities for both groups, but I thought it might be helpful for those of us waiting offshore to stick together for morale!
We applied 6 weeks ago (and it feels like FOREVER!), and I've been feeling really down in the dumps about being offshore. All I really want is to go home and be closer to my family, and start building our lives together in Aus. I miss home a lot. Unfortunately we can't go home until we have my partner's visa!
We moved from Aus to NZ when my partner's last Aus visa ran out, and we've been essentially waiting here until we can go back home. He's from the UK.
I guess I'm just hoping that there are other people out there who have applied for their 309/100 and might want to keep in touch.

Hassali.abdi 08-04-2014 11:32 PM

Waiting also
 
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Originally Posted by Jmac01 (Post 544025)
Hi everyone,
I noticed that there is a waiting room for people waiting on the Onshore Partner visa, but nothing similar (that I could find!) for those of us waiting offshore.
There will be some similarities for both groups, but I thought it might be helpful for those of us waiting offshore to stick together for morale!
We applied 6 weeks ago (and it feels like FOREVER!), and I've been feeling really down in the dumps about being offshore. All I really want is to go home and be closer to my family, and start building our lives together in Aus. I miss home a lot. Unfortunately we can't go home until we have my partner's visa!
We moved from Aus to NZ when my partner's last Aus visa ran out, and we've been essentially waiting here until we can go back home. He's from the UK.
I guess I'm just hoping that there are other people out there who have applied for their 309/100 and might want to keep in touch.


Dear Jmac01,

Thanks for the concern for those who are waiting for partner visa 309/100 offshore as you do.
I am one of you, and applied just before 2 weeks, less than you are waiting!!!!!!!

I am in Kenya, my wife and daughter in Brisbane, QLD. I am thirst for their reunification and wanted it to happened as soon as tomorrow, if possible, I know it is not.

I am worse that Kenya is a high risk country.

Wish you soon grant of visa:):)
Hassan

CollegeGirl 08-05-2014 03:11 AM

Jmac, the reason is that the process and the experiences vary widely from embassy to embassy. So there are threads for specific embassies so you get information (and can commiserate with) people who are going through the same process as you are. :) For example - the wait for a 309 from Kenya or Pakistan or Bosnia-Herzegovina can be 18 months or longer, but the wait for a 309 from, say, Berlin is more like 6-8 months. And the embassies handle the process very differently. That's why general 309 threads don't tend to last long - people seek out other people going through the same thing as them.

As an example, if you talked to someone applying from the US they'd tell you it was just fine to apply for a visitor visa while you're waiting out the 309, and that your CO will let you know when to get offshore to get your visa granted, and it won't delay it (it's true in almost every embassy). But if that information was given to someone applying through India, they'd risk delaying their application by several months if they didn't time their visitor visa correctly.

Just my two cents! :)

Jmac01 08-06-2014 01:32 AM

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Originally Posted by CollegeGirl (Post 544273)
Jmac, the reason is that the process and the experiences vary widely from embassy to embassy. So there are threads for specific embassies so you get information (and can commiserate with) people who are going through the same process as you are. :) For example - the wait for a 309 from Kenya or Pakistan or Bosnia-Herzegovina can be 18 months or longer, but the wait for a 309 from, say, Berlin is more like 6-8 months. And the embassies handle the process very differently. That's why general 309 threads don't tend to last long - people seek out other people going through the same thing as them.

As an example, if you talked to someone applying from the US they'd tell you it was just fine to apply for a visitor visa while you're waiting out the 309, and that your CO will let you know when to get offshore to get your visa granted, and it won't delay it (it's true in almost every embassy). But if that information was given to someone applying through India, they'd risk delaying their application by several months if they didn't time their visitor visa correctly.

Just my two cents! :)


Thanks CollegeGirl. I knew there were embassy-specific forums but nobody seems to apply from New Zealand! So it's kind of sad to be all alone! I was hoping there might be some moral support since we're all offshore, some of the experience may be universal.

Just a question you might be able to help with - now that most applications are online, do the applications still get assigned to an embassy?

CollegeGirl 08-06-2014 03:00 AM

Yes, they do still get assigned to an embassy - whichever one is closest to you in most cases.

There really won't be too many universal experiences embassy to embassy, unfortunately, except for the waiting (and even that will be different since some people have two years of waiting while others have six months, and some people can visit their partners while waiting and others can't). When a CO gets assigned varies, whether you get notified of this varies, how long your acknowledgment takes varies, how long processing takes varies, if they tell you how long processing will take varies, IF they stick to their quoted processing times varies, whether processing times are getting slower or looking like they might be getting better varies, which forms you need to provide varies, whether or not a tourist visa during processing could potentially affect your application processing time varies, what requirements they have for proving genuine relationships (to some extent) varies, what sort of marriage ceremony needs to have been had for them to view it as legit can vary, etc. etc. etc. It's insane how different requirements can be from embassy to embassy! Yikes.

hallitosh 08-06-2014 03:57 AM

Hi there, we haven't applied yet but are offshore together waiting to get everything together. Were also in NZ we are in Queenstown but headed to Wellington soon. Where are you located. Let's chat. Bella

jennie0987 08-06-2014 05:44 PM

Hi!

We are offshore too, I am British and my fiancee is an Aussie, we are applying for the 309 visa.
We are living in Vietnam and applied coming on a month ago now!
Would love to hear about anyone who has applied in Vietnam... I have searched and searched but cant seem to find anyone!! We have already submitted our police checks and our medical check!

Jmac01 08-07-2014 12:37 AM

Good to hear from you guys!
Bella, where is your partner from? (or you, if you're the one applying for the visa :) ) We are also in the South Island, I'll see if I can figure out how to message you.
Hi Jennie, I haven't heard of anyone applying from Vietnam - it's an unusual situation that we're in too, Aussie/Brit relationship and living in a third country! Looks like we applied at a similar time, so it will be interesting to talk about similarities/differences. We haven't heard anything from IMMI yet, but figured we won't hear anything for a while!

additional:
it will be interesting to see what the time frame is for NZ applications... the subcontractor (?) that processes applications in NZ says on their website that the time frame for the 309 is 12 months, but on the IMMI website it says the time frame is 5 months for low risk countries.

CollegeGirl 08-07-2014 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Jmac01 (Post 547481)
Good to hear from you guys!
Bella, where is your partner from? (or you, if you're the one applying for the visa :) ) We are also in the South Island, I'll see if I can figure out how to message you.
Hi Jennie, I haven't heard of anyone applying from Vietnam - it's an unusual situation that we're in too, Aussie/Brit relationship and living in a third country! Looks like we applied at a similar time, so it will be interesting to talk about similarities/differences. We haven't heard anything from IMMI yet, but figured we won't hear anything for a while!

additional:
it will be interesting to see what the time frame is for NZ applications... the subcontractor (?) that processes applications in NZ says on their website that the time frame for the 309 is 12 months, but on the IMMI website it says the time frame is 5 months for low risk countries.

Ignore that timeframe on the Immi website. It has not been updated for at least two years and is very misleading. There's no low-risk embassy anymore with an average of 5 months processing... I really wish they'd just take that wrong information down.

hallitosh 08-07-2014 03:02 AM

College girl feel free to find me on fb Bella Hallinan


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