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Old 03-14-2011, 10:22 AM
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Heya all, just wanted some advice if we should can contact our case officer or not juts to say hey, whats going on? Im Ozzie and my husband is french and we submitted mid january for 40s&47sp ozzie visa (abroad) - visa fee was taken and first email received, since then we have heard nothing, is that the normal?
Any info to relieve a little stress would be awesome, cheers
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I assume you submitted your application to Berlin? Same here, we submitted early January, no contact yet except applicaiton fee. I called last week because I had to submit some additional documents - they told me that they were now starting to process December applications, and it usually takes about a month until processing of an application is done.

So according to my calculation - if they start processing January applications in about 4 weeks time, and assuming it'll take another 4 weeks to finalize, you'd be looking at mid-May. I wouldn't bother contacting them until then.


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I assume you submitted your application to Berlin? Same here, we submitted early January, no contact yet except applicaiton fee. I called last week because I had to submit some additional documents - they told me that they were now starting to process December applications, and it usually takes about a month until processing of an application is done.

So according to my calculation - if they start processing January applications in about 4 weeks time, and assuming it'll take another 4 weeks to finalize, you'd be looking at mid-May. I wouldn't bother contacting them until then.
oh wow, thanks so much to ease my mind, great! Good luck with it all (yes Berlin....) tams :-)


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Old 03-14-2011, 12:57 PM
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oh wow, thanks so much to ease my mind, great! Good luck with it all (yes Berlin....) tams :-)

Oh and before i forget, they also said they had quotas on the spouse visa, which could potentially delay processing time, and they are applied monthly. No idea what exactly this means as according to immigration, spouse visas cannot be capped, maybe I got that one wrong... Well fingers crossed.


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Old 03-15-2011, 01:31 AM
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Hi, Spouse Visas cannot be capped, its in the Imigration Act.

Maybe what they meant was that they can only process so many each month????
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Old 03-15-2011, 01:42 AM
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There is an annual government budget of family visa numbers and whereas not capping may mean just not stopping taking of applications, there will be a regular review of how numbers are trending against the budget and if the processing rate is above a line that would see the budget being exceeded, thats when they will start putting applications into a holding pattern.
This started happening about April/May last year and as a result it seems they have in general lengthened the processing times in an attempt to see annual budgetted numbers reached in a more evenly spread manner and in addition to attempting to control the total global visa flow, it would seem that the next step would be for different regions to be working on targetted numbers.
There however still seem to be some significant unexplainable variations on visa processing times.





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