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I had a similar issue with my daughter when we applied for 887. Firstly, all applicants must be onshore for the grant. If your son is not here, they will grant to whoever is here and his application will be rejected if he does not come onshore within a given time frame. Secondly, if you say that he can come back in March, that is not a very far off date to work with for the immigration department. This is what I did, I called immigration and explained to them that my daughter could be here during the December - January holidays so I would like for our application to be assessed during that time frame. The lady advised me to do this, write a letter explaining the situation and attach evidence of why he is not able to be here, I attached a letter from the educational institution that the programme requires her personal attendance. If I were you, I would do this prior to a CO being allocated. Once a CO is allocated, they have little tolerance for non compliance with required time frame. This helps them to save time too by allocating case officers to other applicants before they come to you. Make sure you inform them of the exact dates when he can come back. Once a CO is allocated, the CO will give you 28 days to comply with for required documentation and making arrangements for your son to return. You might be able to buy yourself a little bit of time here, you can write to the CO and ask for her indulgence and understanding but make sure you have a booked flight ticket for your son to return and attach the flight confirmation details. I believe so long as you have made arrangements ( as in booked the flights) for your son to return within the 28 days, the fact that he returns a little after the 28 days time frame will be acceptable but it is best to get a confirmation from the CO that they will wait for your son to return. Upon his return onshore, immediately send the CO an e-mail to say that he has arrived. If all documentation is in order and they are satisfied with compliance with visa condition, they will grant it very quickly so he that his education is not interrupted. First things first, make a sincere request in writing for your application to be assessed at the time when he is able to come back with strong supporting evidence of full time education enrolment. Your blessing is that a CO has not been allocated yet, so don't waste time and write to them immediately.
Hi Dear All
I lodged my Application yesterday. i checked application status today and it shows that Application Received - Processing Commenced.
What does mean by Processing Commenced?
HI Samk6! Welcome to our world of waiting! ^-^ Nothing to get excited about…it just simply means you have successfully lodged your application and immi has received it and it'll just go into the queue waiting to be assigned to a case officer…only then things starts happening. in the meantime, just sit tight, WAIT and hope that the processing doesn't slow down which was the case in the 1st quarter of 2013 and it only just picked up in the dying months of 2013. Some of us here have been waiting since april…still waiting…patiently...