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Old 08-21-2014, 03:30 AM
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Hmmm. Hopefully you will get it by then but will depend if security checks are required. The last person not from Egypt or Morocco had their visa take 18 months and Kitkaat is still waiting .

Even without security checks hearing around March would be the best bet ... very few hear before 9 months.

When security checks are involved nothing you can do but wait. Egyptian do not get them done and I believe Moroccans don't either.


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8 months! Not 9!
Sorry to say that, but unfortunately it's very unlikely your visa will be granted before April 2015 probably closer to July if you are lucky. So it's better for you to take that into account and adjust your plans...

It's good to stay positive (believe me I was like you 9 months ago hoping for the best), but you have to understand that almost everyone here has a perfect application and be ready for the long wait.

Another thing for you to remember - processing time constantly go up.
It was 9 months when we submitted our application but now they are saying it's 12 even though we applied before the change.


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Hahaha we all live in dream world. We were told average was 9 months in Cairo sometimes less with a maximum of 12 months.

I saw someone that go theirs at 6 months and I hoped ours would be then. After we got our visa I said ... always best to think you get it at 10 months then hoping it will be before 9 months. We all like to dream we will have that one case that get their visa earlier but Cairo are very specific that they process in order they are received.

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That's alright guys. I have sat down and had a chat with the venue caretakers about the dilemma. They called me a few minutes ago and they have been very keen to assist and adjust With minimal damage! That was my main concern as most the financials, as we know, are poured into the celebration. I might just not lock in anything as advised . I still have my fingers crossed. I'm generally an unlucky person but I will keep hoping for the best, Sydney and Mish.

In the meantime.. do I need to advise CO if I take a trip to see my partner or not? I'm unsure about this whole offshore/onshore drama.


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Only the applicant is required to let the case officer know when they enter Australia.

However I would recommend emailing them evidence after the trip like plane tickets, photos etc. We did that after each trip. Basically adding to the file. You can never have too much evidence.

You may have to split the emails as you can't email more than 5MB per email.

I always asked them to confirm receipt of each email too.

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That's alright guys. I have sat down and had a chat with the venue caretakers about the dilemma. They called me a few minutes ago and they have been very keen to assist and adjust With minimal damage! That was my main concern as most the financials, as we know, are poured into the celebration. I might just not lock in anything as advised . I still have my fingers crossed. I'm generally an unlucky person but I will keep hoping for the best, Sydney and Mish.

In the meantime.. do I need to advise CO if I take a trip to see my partner or not? I'm unsure about this whole offshore/onshore drama.
Happy it wasn't a problem for you NN! I'm sure you did the right thing talking to them in advance.


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Only the applicant is required to let the case officer know when they enter Australia.

However I would recommend emailing them evidence after the trip like plane tickets, photos etc. We did that after each trip. Basically adding to the file. You can never have too much evidence.

You may have to split the emails as you can't email more than 5MB per email.

I always asked them to confirm receipt of each email too.
Thats a great idea. I generally get them to confirm receipt of everything I send but all my evidence is physical so far.
I've forked out hundreds of dollars for DHL sending documents and documents.. and happy to continue doing so.. anything that will assist basically.


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Thats a great idea. I generally get them to confirm receipt of everything I send but all my evidence is physical so far.
I've forked out hundreds of dollars for DHL sending documents and documents.. and happy to continue doing so.. anything that will assist basically.
My theory is more is better especially with high risk countries. The way I always thought of it was .... have I provided everything possible? If the answer is yes then nothing more you can do. Basically the way you look at it is if you get rejected are you happy with what you did (that is what I did as Cairo had a bad rep back in 2010-2012).

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Hi Mish and everyone.

I have been lurking in to this forum for a while but my first post. Very supportive information on this forum, thank you to all.

I have applied to Cairo on Jan 2014. My application was decision ready when I submitted it.

Did everything after 4 weeks, I mean everything. And that was it.
I have asked the embassy for update in July, they where informative. Looks like they are very busy at the moment and setting applicants expectation for 9-12 months.

My brother and friend submitted application last year and they both got 309 visa in about 4.5 months from Cairo..I hate them now . It looks like the time frame definitely changed in a big way, not to mention the application fees.

Hope we hear the good news in September. Dreaming?!

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It is very very rare to get a visa 4.5 months from Cairo. What nationality are they? The only ones I have ever heard of getting a visa around 4 or 5 months are Moroccans. Moroccans use to have a interview day in casa and get their visas about a month after but now from a few Moroccans we have on the forum they have been doing phone interview.

Maybe Cairo have changed to a fairer process now.

We applied last year and ours took about 9.5 months.

Also Cairo give a lot of standard responses and will just say processing. Who is your co? (Initials please).


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