There have been lots of panicing posts on here in the last few days regarding some people receiving emails regarding a delay in visa processing due to yearly ceilings for grants.
I just felt it would be a good idea to point some things out.....
When you apply for a visa you pay the fees to have the application processed you are not paying for a visa. There are any number of reasons as to why your application may not be successful, failing medical, failing character, lack of documents etc etc.....In these cases you visa application has been processed and you will not get a refund of your fees (this is clearly stated on all applications)
If you do not receive a visa grant because of a change in the rules by immi or due to visa ceilings being met, as far as i am aware you would be entitaled to a refund. you have to fill in a form and refunds take 6-8 weeks to process.
The time frame which immi give for visa processing times is only a guide
When you apply for a visa, no matter how 'good' your application looks there is no guarantee that you will ever receive a visa. Obviously there are a few things you can do to prepare for if your visa is granted, talk to parents/family about your intentions, begin to prepare paperwork which you may need etc.......but.....it is never a good idea to do anything which will be difficult to undo if your visa app is unsuccessful or even just delayed, for example hand in you notice at work, sell your house, ship your belongings etc.
Waiting to hear if you have been granted a visa or not can be a stressfull time, just the fact that you have applied shows it is probably a big dream. Pretty much everyone on this forum has either been through or is going through the process and has some understanding of how you feel. Mostly people are happy to answer questions, chat and generally give support, what noone can do is change what immi have told people.
Don't rely on things that you have heard second or third hand being the same for you, if there is something you need to know you will be informed. It is probably a good idea to bear in mind that being granted a visa is a privilege not a right
Best wishes claire-n- tel