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we applied for ours in december 2009 and then sent them off with our application on the 4th jan as this was our 2yr date.. so unless things have changed or we were lucky... they didn't send ours back.. but i would give the immi a call to clarify...
Okay "big sigh of tentative relief!" !!
Lodged and paid on 15th sept. Uploaded proof today of living here for 2 years, elec & water bills, tennancy agreement and house purchase. Uploaded proof of fulltime employment for one of us and fulltime business for the other. Also Fed police checks.
Think thats it now just sit back and wait for a case officer, who could ? ask for more.
Does anyone know what the current time scales are ??
Wow, Police checks came back today in just 7 days! BUT one of them has an error on it so we are now waiting to see if they agree it was their mistake, in which case they will issue another within 5 days free of charge or if it's our mistake we will have to pay another $43 and fill out the form again!!
Oh well, such is life, it doesn't matter as we can't actually submit it for a few weeks yet anyway.
Good luck to everybody with your applications.
I phoned immigration today with regards to the question on the visa number for our working holiday visa's, which they explained that if you do not have the visa number then to put in 0000000 and attach a document explaining why. I also asked them about the Federal Police checks, the lady said that we did not need to do them unless asked to but from what I have heard everyone gets asked to do them, so I will just apply for them on the two year mark. She also said that we would only be asked for medicals if we have spent more than a few months in a high risk country over the last few years.
I am just getting more excited than nervous now - yey!
From what I have seen on British expats it seems to be taking about a month or two now - so hopefully it will be the same for all of us.
Good luck everyone with your applications as well.
Yes I recently read that about the Police checks too. May have wasted the money on that. It did seem that everyone though you had to get them. Anyway never mind done now. Just waiting for case officer next. Does anyone know what happens with the medicare card ? do we have to apply for a new one or do we just get it automatically as ours says "recipricol "
Beware with the AFP police checks though, we applied over a month ago for ours, got one back within a week and are still awaiting the second. On ringing to find out why they told us that there were lots of men with the same name and birthday as my hubby and had to do further investigation!!! The UK police checks are back quicker!! (oh dont wish to confuse things here, my visa app is very different and you guys do not need UK police checks too!) :-)
Can we have some advise please? I've started filling out the on-line application this morning and saved at the medical page. What do we put in here?
"Have you undergone a medical examination for the purpose of this application at Health Services Australia?"
"NO" for both of us as although we obviously had medicals in the UK we haven't had medicals at "Health Services Australia"
Have I done this correctly, what did everybody else do at this point in the application form?
How about this question:
Should British Army service be included in this?
- served in a military force or state-sponsored or private militia, or
- undergone any military or paramilitary training, or
- been trained in weapons or explosives use (however described),
And did anybody have issues when trying to enter their current visa number it asks for the first 10 digits and states in the example that you leave out the V and the A but then it doesn't except it and says you've entered the incorrect format! Am I stupid or are these forms made to p**s you off on a Saturday morning?
Thanks for your help.
Last edited by Martin and Val; 02-10-2010 at 12:27 AM.
Martin, I ticked no also because we had them in UK.
I have also served in RAF but answered no, a lot of it is "red tape"
I hope weve got it all right. I am assuming that really all they are looking for is that 1 year working full time and 2 years living in SA. Hoping to get a case officer or visa soon...