still no 475 visa...nearly 10 months on!P-SS-D OFF!
First of all congratulations to you people who have just been granted your visas!
But from my point of view i am so P-SS-D OFF with it all!
We have been waiting for our 475 since last December (nearly 10 months ago)and now visas are flying out for applications lodged MAY 08!
just doesn't seem fair and has made me very angry to say the least!
Just been in touch with my agent to have a go at him to be told this is the case at the moment....the DIAC are throwing these recent applications out to make things look good for "THEM" ....SOD the applications that have been sitting there for nearly 10 months!
We have 11 more nights in the UK (as a lot of you probably know)...we took a big gamble in hope that our visa would be through in time!
Highly unlikely now!!!
We will have NO choice now but to go out on ETA visa last minute until our 475 is granted.....AND then we will HAVE to fly out to New Zealand (with 4 young kids) for a week to be officially out of Australia to get the golden ticket stamped in Auckland in our passports!Not ideal to say the least and at more expense!Plus we can't work whilst on the ETA visa!
Hi Gill - just to let you know you are not on your own ! We have been waiting since 25.11 and I am gettign so fed up with the whole process. We planned to be leaving in October this year but know this will not be happening now. We didn't use and agent and wondered if that is why we seem to have been put at the bottom of the pile. I did send complaint throught the DIAC site and they said we would be allocated this week (whatever that means !) but checked on line and status till on processing commenced. We haven't booked flights so guess no rush but being in limbo is just horrible. I do hope you get yours soons as you must be really worried. Will keep you posted if we get anthing this week - noticed that the update for 475 has changed this week. Does seem to be that these type of visa are not being processed very quickly at the moment.
Thanks Jan....Good to hear we are not on our own...never the less still dam annoying and very frustrating!
Originally Posted by delbart
Will keep an eye out to see when you get the "golden ticket" approval!
We are the same. We told our agent to go ahead with the process in Jan 07. It took them til Mar 08 to get everthing sorted. Which at the time I was ok about as he said it would only be about 4 mths till the visa would be granted.
I am so unhappy at work but I cannot leave as my boss will tell the next school that I am planning to go (eventually hoping fingers crossed) to oz. I have missed so many opportunities for promotion as we keep saying there is no point because we are going.
But... are we and when!!! The kids are feed up with asking what is happening are we still going. What do you keep saying.
I also rang my agent complaining and they said we check it every week. Big deal!! I can do that.
How come some people who have only lodged their application 4/5 months ago have got their visa's ? (I know it is a different visa) I just want to plan my future in oz or get on with my life in Uk.
You are right it is very annoying when you expect the visa to take a few months. I seriously thought when we applied we would have the visa by approx May and would be going in Oct. I also feel like my life is on hold there is only the two of us and we always have a couple of holidays a year,I haven't told anyone at work and they are all asking why I am not going on holiday and I am having to make excuses (and I am C--P at lying). I have also not applied for jobs on promotion etc as I can't see the point if I am leaving. Some days it really doesn't bother me but others I feel like ringing someone up to have a moan...but you can't. It is frustrating when you see people that applied well into 2008 getting visas and I know they are different types visa but think the process is infuriating. I checked the flight prices in Dec/January and they are so expensive so think we will not end up going until February. Not sure I can face another winter here, especially after the wind and rain today. I will certainly post if I hear anything or the status changes from "processing commenced".
Gill I just had a quick look on BE timeline and the visa that have been granted the last couple of days are either 175 or 176 so I do think for some reason they are not processing the 475 visas. I really do hope in the next 11 days you get yours. In fact as your flights are booked you can have yours before mine, I will let them know to process yours first....ha ha !
I totally symphasize with you. We are in the exactly the same boat.
We were told that we would get our visa by July the latest. We are now living in limbo land over a year and we can't make any plans. I also had to tell work that I was thinking of emigrating (had to provide references from my managers at work for the start of the visa process back in March 2006) . So no promotions, training courses, benefits etc. since then :-(((
I can't wait until it's over so we can start living to the full again.
Good luck to everybody who's living in Limboland
Siggi & Helen xx
gill my friend sending you a big cuddly hug xxxxxxxxxxxx
This is not good!! We applied 4 months after you - aaaarrrgggh! Have you got a CO yet?? Thank you x
Originally Posted by HelenAndSiggi
No we have NOT even got a case officer yet!!!!!
Originally Posted by Lulujim