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Russki last won the day on January 20

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  1. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi! You all have to be in Australia at the time of the grant decision. The visa will not be granted if they are away at the time of decision... The immigration will just put your application "on hold" again until they are here.
  2. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Oh boy... You are right. This sounds really depressing. And it makes us look like heroes and Masters of Patience.
  3. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Please do not be scared at all because of my case!!!! My situation is very unique (in not a nice way) and I am sure you are not in danger of being in my shoes. What they request has nothing to do with the actual visa, but more with the right to take the child out of the country while I am a single parent to this child. So, no need to panic!!! All good...
  4. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    I see! I reckon, it would take a lot longer for the actual external processing to commence... They are only at tendering stage now. Imagine, how long it may take to evaluate tenders and then teach the new contractor to perform the tasks. I'd say, the reason may be they are understaffed during holiday period and were under pressure from refugee visas. I have a feeling it will pick up after January. I just feel it, not sure why.
  5. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    It is true... It is because we are unfortunately not subject to priority processing, but 489 applicants are...
  6. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi @Butt, unfortunately, it is a painful story and I don't really want to discuss it much... Basically it has to do with a VERBAL confirmation of parental consent, which physically cannot be provided. Hence, the lawyer and AAT pending. I would not wish this situation on anyone...
  7. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Thank you so much guys for your support. I am not going to AAT just yet, but because I cannot physically provide the piece of evidence the Immigration keeps asking for, there is a big chance I will go to AAT and this is why I need a lawyer. I found a good one! Definitely will not give up without a fight.
  8. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Don't know CO, but took them 2 months from lodgement, they were onshore though...
  9. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Thanks guys for well wishes, it is so nice of you. Yes, the Department have asked for something I never expected. Even the lawyer I hired today never had such situation before. He said we would fight for grant but no guarantees. It is very weird how the Immigration treated my case from the very beginning. But let's concentrate on moving forward. The queue is starting to move and it's great news! Yesterday my friend also got granted 489!
  10. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi guys, I am sorry I kept you in the dark, I was very stressed last night... I wish it was good news, but it is not, because of difficulties I have providing this requested information... In short, I am in trouble. Today I had to hire a lawyer to help me. I cannot discuss all personal details here, but please keep fingers crossed for me, I am not in a good place right now... Good news is - they are processing again and hopefully February files will start being picked up very soon!
  11. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hey @Nada, I have some good news! Our bridging visas do not expire!!!! Not until our 887 is decided. So the unfortunate fact is - one can be on a bridging visa forever...
  12. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Not mandatory, but as a rule 489 holders have one. At least, until they have Medicare access. This is looked at very favourably by immigration, shows to them that you are responsible person. It's a great documents to show as a proof of residency for 887 application.
  13. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    Hi @toibz! Providing statutory declarations from you and also from your friend (the house owner) - very good idea. Just download a Stat Dec form the internet, write up a simple text, something like: "I, .... declare that I resided at this address at my friend's house [name] from [date] to [date]." Sign this declaration in front of a Justice of the Peace (they can be found in any library) or in front of a police officer or a pharmacist, whoever you can find from the list of eligible people. Your friend should do the same thing, make sure he puts the same dates in his statutory declaration. Also look for other proof of residency - car rego documents, letters from bank, doctor's receipts with your address on it, anything you can find. Also your bank statement can be a good proof of your living in the area, as all your shopping will be shown in your statements. You can filter or "white out" your bank statements if you do not want to show everything... Also great proof is your GP records, if you visited GP. Or a local dentist. 5 weeks overseas shouldn't be a problem especially if it was your annual leave and you went away during the period of your continuous employment. If you feel worried about this 5 week period, you can compensate it by applying for your visa 5 weeks after you finished 2 years residency.
  14. Russki

    887 Visa - What's the update?

    I think, I know what it is, with 99.9% certainty. They must have requested some confirmation of my documents from Russia. They could have sent off for this confirmation months ago and still waiting. Russian administration is notorious for being very very slooooow to answer such queries. And CO is under the instruction not to grant me PR until they get this confirmation. As easy as that... This is probably the reason why the other Russian applicant before me waited for 18 months. In this situation there is nothing, absolutely nothing I can do, but wait.

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