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Old 04-22-2014, 02:56 AM
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Why does it take so long for a case officer to be assigned? I've been waiting for 5 months now. Got letter of acknowledgement they received the application in November but have heard absolutely nothing since. On bridging visa currently.

To think that the application is just sitting there at Immigration collecting dust is very sad.
There's a very simple answer to that. There are simply not enough COs to handle the cases that come in in a more expedient manner. And the processing times only get longer and longer when the current government administration makes budget cuts to the department. Immigration is often one of the first departments to see budget cuts. Think about it - would you rather cut departments that serve the citizens that are voting for you and could vote you out of office, or the one that serves foreigners who aren't citizens yet and can't vote for you? It's an easy place to make budget cuts -- unfortunately for those of us waiting to migrate.

Just to give you an example -- the Washington DC embassy last year had three people (yes, three) handling all the partner visas cases for the US. Processing was taking around five to six months. Then, one of those three people left - and, likely due to budget cuts, they did not immediately replace him. That left TWO PEOPLE doing all the partner visa cases for the embassy, at the EXACT same time as Australia was seeing an explosion of partner visa applications due to changes in skilled visa requirements. This meant partner visa waiting times for DC spiraled out of control from 5 months to 9-12 months, where it still stands. They finally hired someone new to help out again, I think last month, but there's been no discernible drop in processing times yet, likely due to the fact they have to train the new person in addition to handling the significantly-increased application workload.

It all comes down to politicians in the end, unfortunately. Can you tell I used to work for a government agency?

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DIBP currently says average processing time is 12-15 months for high risk countries.
It's a maximum of 8-12 months is what DIBP states depending on whether you lodged it inside or outside Australia.

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It's a maximum of 8-12 months is what DIBP states depending on whether you lodged it inside or outside Australia.

Please check this link.

I really wish DIBP would either take this page down or update the information. It's at least a couple of years old now, and processing times have gone WAY up, they acknowledge that (they tell new applicants to expect to wait 13+ months), yet their outdated website continues to broadcast these completely inaccurate time frames.

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Hi boycot 123 -
That link shows the DIBP processing 'standards'. It confused me at first as they rarely meet that standard. This link shows the 'average' processing times for 820/801 partner visas lodged onshore as 12-15 months. The page for offshore applications has no average processing times shown, but I have learned from other posters on this forum that they vary depending on the embassy or processing centre.
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I really wish DIBP would either take this page down or update the information. It's at least a couple of years old now, and processing times have gone WAY up, they acknowledge that (they tell new applicants to expect to wait 13+ months), yet their outdated website continues to broadcast these completely inaccurate time frames.
Ah......after all these years I've spent on immigration crap, I still come across new things and this one is a prime example of it. Thank you CollegeGirl for correcting my out-dated information. I feel like a stupid now!
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Hi boycot 123 -
That link shows the DIBP processing 'standards'. It confused me at first as they rarely meet that standard. This link shows the 'average' processing times for 820/801 partner visas lodged onshore as 12-15 months. The page for offshore applications has no average processing times shown, but I have learned from other posters on this forum that they vary depending on the embassy or processing centre.
Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801)
Something that I didn't ever notice before. You are so correct and the worst part is, if application lodged off-shore, it will take longer to finalize (being an HR country) if not similar to 801-820 timeframe.

I guess I just have to be away from my better half for much much much longer than we both initially expected. Tell you what, this wait time is like an awful nightmare worse than applying for my own visa.

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Nah, you're not stupid. Immigration really needs to update their info so people aren't expecting timeframes that aren't going to happen! And they need to break down offshore application processing times by embassy as even low-risk embassies like the US and UK are taking 8-9+ months now. Different embassies take different amounts of time.... you can't lump them all together.

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Nah, you're not stupid. Immigration really needs to update their info so people aren't expecting timeframes that aren't going to happen! And they need to break down offshore application processing times by embassy as even low-risk embassies like the US and UK are taking 8-9+ months now. Different embassies take different amounts of time.... you can't lump them all together.
How's that for an idea? .... Why not we, like the famous 'Christopher Columbus', discover a new land and do everything the proper way?

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Hello all,

I am new to this site. My application has been dragging on for over a year now so I thought I’d seek some input/advice from this forum.

Applied and paid online - 04/01/2014
Received email from CO – standard attachments saying processing time at least 8-9 months
Medical - two weeks later
Form 80 – submitted a week later after medical
No contact from CO after that.
At the time of applying my relationship with my wife was 3.5 yrs long, now its over 4.5years
I am a Kenyan citizen so considered “high risk”

Sent CO email asking for timeframe for decision 27th Jan 2015, no reply yet.

Any advice/input will be most welcome and appreciated.


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