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mollie 03-25-2011 02:48 PM

PMV or Spouse Visa from the Philippines
 
Hi everyone,

Am new to the forum and would appreciate anyone who are currently or have in the past submitted a PMV or spouse visa from the Philippines. Last December my partner and I submitted our application for a PMV and until now we have now heard anything back from the immigration department.

I have sent two email enquiries regarding our application and have received a similar answer saying that they the application was currently being processed and the CO would get in touch with us if further documents was required. We were also told that the average processing time was 6 months and we were given details of our case officer. but they have not given us a tentative date as to when we could get an answer or at what stage our application is at and I don't want to be a pain and email all the time.

As you would all understand anxiety is starting to set in because we have not been asked for any further information/documents and an interview has not been conducted yet. Am just scared that comes the 6 months period and they decide to ask us for further information. Is it unusual that its over three months now and nothing has been asked from us?

I would like to receive any feedback or experience from anyone who has dealt with applying a visa from the Philippines.

Thank you and best of luck to everyone who is applying. This forum has really helped me getting through the waiting period. :)

pinay 03-25-2011 11:47 PM

HI mollie, i too submitted my application few days ahead of you...since you have not heard from your CO, it only means that you have a complete application frontloaded :-), i only heard from my CO last january because i lacked documents....i have not heard anything from her after i submitted the additional dox in mid of feb

Marcantony 03-26-2011 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by pinay (Post 30781)
HI mollie, i too submitted my application few days ahead of you...since you have not heard from your CO, it only means that you have a complete application frontloaded :-), i only heard from my CO last january because i lacked documents....i have not heard anything from her after i submitted the additional dox in mid of feb

Not so, we werent asked for additional information until I emailed our CO after 4 months asking about our status as school was starting soon. They may just not have looked at it yet. Also theyre now telling people 6-9 months for the Philippines but 6 seems normal.

cfb 03-26-2011 01:03 AM

We just had our defacto visa approved (same forms etc as spouse visa) in the Philippines. The whole process took 5 months from submission to approval (of course this is a guide only, your situation may be different).

They did not contact us at all during the process, except to reply to our emailed questions. We sent an email at 6 weeks to confirm that a CO was assigned (they were) and that they had everything they needed (they did). We also sent a follow up after 4 months asking if all was OK (it was).

Other than that we heard nothing. In my experience you will not be told what stage your application is at, and they will not give you any dates as to when it might be complete. It's difficult, but you just have to be patient. If they say your "application was currently being processed and the CO will get in touch if further documents are required" then all is probably proceeding as normal.

Wanderer 03-26-2011 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by cfb (Post 30784)
We just had our defacto visa approved (same forms etc as spouse visa) in the Philippines. The whole process took 5 months from submission to approval (of course this is a guide only, your situation may be different).

They did not contact us at all during the process, except to reply to our emailed questions. We sent an email at 6 weeks to confirm that a CO was assigned (they were) and that they had everything they needed (they did). We also sent a follow up after 4 months asking if all was OK (it was).

Other than that we heard nothing. In my experience you will not be told what stage your application is at, and they will not give you any dates as to when it might be complete. It's difficult, but you just have to be patient. If they say your "application was currently being processed and the CO will get in touch if further documents are required" then all is probably proceeding as normal.

Congratulations!
One of the more sensible posts about the perpetual " how long will this be " and the pointlessness of continually asking or attempting to.
It's a bit like the " how long is the string in the ball of it "

I think I made a sticky thread at one time on how long but then just like all the information on the Immi site which includes very detailed information about processing times and the reasons for variations, most people probably do not have the patience to read relevant information.
Meanwhile, on a ball of a string, they are everywhere - http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...sa-office.html




bluefeb 04-02-2011 02:59 PM

hi mollie,
I also applied for PMV last Nov. and still waiting. I sent an email to them and they replied that my application is still in process but is progressing and I just need to wait. Best of luck to all of us waiting for our visa.

mollie 04-02-2011 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by bluefeb (Post 31173)
hi mollie,
I also applied for PMV last Nov. and still waiting. I sent an email to them and they replied that my application is still in process but is progressing and I just need to wait. Best of luck to all of us waiting for our visa.

Good luck as well bluefeb... the waiting is just torture, hopefully we won't have to wait long now.

twinky 04-12-2011 01:21 AM

Hi Bluefeb,

any progress? i'm still waiting in vain.... hahaha.

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Originally Posted by bluefeb (Post 31173)
hi mollie,
I also applied for PMV last Nov. and still waiting. I sent an email to them and they replied that my application is still in process but is progressing and I just need to wait. Best of luck to all of us waiting for our visa.


bluefeb 04-12-2011 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by twinky (Post 31649)
Hi Bluefeb,

any progress? i'm still waiting in vain.... hahaha.


Hi twinky,

We share the same sentiment...we are on our 5th month from date of application and we are still waiting. All I know is that its in still in process. I'll keep you posted once I get an update and I hope to hear from you or any of the applicants with the same situation. Good luck to you and to everyone.

bluefeb 04-12-2011 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by bluefeb (Post 31663)
Hi twinky,

We share the same sentiment...we are on our 5th month from date of application and we are still waiting. All I know is that its in still in process. I'll keep you posted once I get an update and I hope to hear from you or any of the applicants with the same situation. Good luck to you and to everyone.

Hi to Twinky!
I 'm so happy! Just want to let you know, I receive an email from the embassy after an hour i posted the first reply I sent you. My visa is granted at around 4pm yesterday April 12, exactly 4 months and 24 days from the day it was lodged. We will just have to wait for the passport to be sent back to us. We didnt have interview or additional documents submitted. My fiance sent an email to the embassy in the morning inquiring about the visa and in the afternoon, I receive an email that visa is granted. Thanks for this site that give views and opinions about visa application. And to everyone in the same situation, just be patient, make sure you submit all the documents, be positive and keep praying. Good luck to everyone.


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