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Is it quicker to lodge in person? Has anyone done this?


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Old 04-21-2011, 01:34 AM
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Hi, I'm about to lodge my application for a Prospective Marriage Visa 300 for Australian residency. My fiance and I are currently in NZ as it has to be applied for offshore. We were thinking of just flying direct to Auckland and lodging in person - I'm terrified of all our evidence going missing in the post!

Our agent, GoMatilda, hasn't dealt with anyone lodging in Auckland before so isn't able to give us a timeline - but generally the processing time seems to be around 6 months. Just wondering if anyone has lodged in person before and if it speeds up the application as we are both desperate to get back to Oz and start saving for our wedding.

Thanks. Any input appreciated.


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Hi, I'm about to lodge my application for a Prospective Marriage Visa 300 for Australian residency. My fiance and I are currently in NZ as it has to be applied for offshore. We were thinking of just flying direct to Auckland and lodging in person - I'm terrified of all our evidence going missing in the post!

Our agent, GoMatilda, hasn't dealt with anyone lodging in Auckland before so isn't able to give us a timeline - but generally the processing time seems to be around 6 months. Just wondering if anyone has lodged in person before and if it speeds up the application as we are both desperate to get back to Oz and start saving for our wedding.

Thanks. Any input appreciated.

Hi Cee Cee,

I applied for the PMV in Auckland in March. I'm currently in Australia on a 676 tourist visa, so took a trip for a few days as obviously needed to be offshore when I applied.

To be honest, I don't think it would make things any quicker going there in person, although if I were you, I would do it simply for peace of mind that it got there ok. One thing to note if you do go in person, is the fee - obviously it has to be paid when you submit, and as it is fairly high, make sure you don't have any limits on how much you can spend in one transaction.. My limit, I only found out when I got there was $1000, so they made me go to the bank and take the full lot out in cash!!

But anyway, apart from that, all that happened from me was I gave them the application and money, they gave me a receipt and reference number, nothing else. I asked how long processing currently was with them and was told 6-12 months!
Fast forward one month and all I have heard since is a letter confirming receipt of my application and the 6-12 months processing time, no case officer yet!

I would love to hear how you get on, and if things go any quicker for you. BTW, I front loaded the police cert, but not medicals.

Best of luck!


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I just lodged a Partner Visa (309) in Guangzhou just last week and I went there in person to hand it in and got allocated a case officer on the day.

Actually we also had our interview on the day which meant we got to meet our case officer face-to-face which was really handy for asking those 'worry questions' and getting them answered on the spot was a great piece of mind. They also said we didn't have to come back later for an interview because they had no more questions for us so I think this will save time on our application.

Try ringing the Australian embassy and ask to see if you can book an appointment to hand in your application and interview for the same day. I'm here in China so I'm not too sure if it's the same protocol in New Zealand.

Hope this helps and good luck with your application!


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I just lodged a Partner Visa (309) in Guangzhou just last week and I went there in person to hand it in and got allocated a case officer on the day.

Actually we also had our interview on the day which meant we got to meet our case officer face-to-face which was really handy for asking those 'worry questions' and getting them answered on the spot was a great piece of mind. They also said we didn't have to come back later for an interview because they had no more questions for us so I think this will save time on our application.

Try ringing the Australian embassy and ask to see if you can book an appointment to hand in your application and interview for the same day. I'm here in China so I'm not too sure if it's the same protocol in New Zealand.

Hope this helps and good luck with your application!
Unfortunately it doesn't work like that in New Zealand, you can't make an appointment (trust me I tried!) you just have to go along to the office, take a ticket, and wait your turn - get there early, I found it even busier than Australia House in London!


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Hey, thanks for the replies. I thought we'd be able to book an appointment to see someone on the day of lodgement as we will be flying to Auckland specifically for the visa, so don't want to risk not being seen. Guess we'll just have to turn up as soon as they open.........

Great advice about the lodgement fee. I know it's $1700 AUD for the PMV so does that mean we have to pay $2277 NZD or can we pay $1700 AUD on our Australian credit card? Seems like a silly questions but just unsure on how it works..........

Medicals were done on Monday and submitted directly to Auckland and I'm just waiting on police checks coming back from Australia and Scotland. We got 9 friends/family members to do witness statements for us which is proving time consuming as not everyone has written/finalised theirs plus some people are having problems getting scans of their passports or birth certificates. Hopefully will be lodging in May sometime.

Also, if I want to fly back to Australia for my fiance's Mums 50th birthday and or official engagement party- will this be ok on a tourist visa?


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hi ceecee this is an email i got from immi about fee...

where in wellington and posting forms next week with bank draft


Dear Marie

Thanks for the email. The address for postage is correct and the fee is NZD$2,380 we do not accept Australian dollars in Auckland. Please wait until we advise you to undertake medical and xray examinations.

Thanks

Australian Consulate General
AUCKLAND


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Is it quicker to lodge in person? No it is not. In fact it tends to annoy the guys at the embassy as they have other stuff to do. Rather than meet you to have you hand over something that could have been couriered or posted. I think that you are wasting a stack of money flying there to do this.
Re coming back on a TV after lodging, that is ok, you just need to advise on that application that you have another application pending. No probs.


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