Hello, if you are like me and interested in how long it is taking the high commission in London to process applications for Spouse, Defacto and interdependency (Subclass 309 via the 47SP application), then please add your details to this thread.
12weeks is their standard quoted time but it seems some are granted much faster, especially if front loaded (Medicals and police checks completed prior to submission).
Please add your details if you submitted a 47sp Application for Subclass 309 Spouse visa, including the following information:
Case Officer (C/O) Email:
Please also include any additional information, like if you front loaded your application (ie, included your police checks and medicals), and also any additional information that may be useful (like if you were asked to complete an 80 form, if and what type of interview was required). If there is a better thread out there on this topic, Please paste a link to it..
Here is a short history I have gathered so far: (Sorry If I missed yours! Please add, I will Edit the Post so the list below is always comprehesive.)
APPLICATIONS IN PROCESS:
30th April: Sent Application (Frontloaded with 80 form).
6th May: We have had no news yet
30th April - Visa application sent (spouse visa 309)
5th May - Money taken from account
11th May - Email from C/O asking for further information (Police Check & ID card) Sent UK police check and form 80 also.
25/4 - App Sent Front Loaded
27/4 - Payment Taken
6/5 - Email from CO stating application and that processing times are currently 3 - 4 months
24th April: Sent application
24th April:Medical done 24th April, should be sent on 29th April, police checks almost ready, will send by first week of May 2009
28th April: payment taken
11th may: contacted by c/o, requested to send police certs and form 80, 11th may
13th may sent police certs and form 80
17th April sent 309: (front loaded with meds and police checks)
20th April: Received and payment taken:
23th April:CO contact requesting more evidence
27th April: Further evidence sent
29th April: CO requested further evidence
9th May: Further evidence sent
13th May: CO contact stating enough evidence and requesting phone interview:
18th May: Phone interview arranged
Submitted 15th April
CO on the 17th with the standard letter, & requested further information which all in all we managed to provide by the 24th April.
On the 24th we had an interview where our CO said he would be approving the application we just needed to get the police checks.
On the 24th i also asked about the processing times and he said average was 4-12 weeks. The police checks were sent off and received on the 28th April and since then we have not heard anything further from the CO.
Spouse visa application and police check sent 21.1.09...
c/o contact 30.1.09...medical done 6.2.09.....and still waiting...
COMPLETED SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS:
(Post Creator - SR1992s timeline)
3rd April 2009: Sent Application for Spouse Visa subclass 309, using forms 47SP and 40SP (Fully front Loaded wtih PCs and Meds)
6th April 2009: C/O Replied & Payment taken
7th May: Got impatient and Phoned CO to check if more info is required, no information given other than standard line "3-4months processing time due to backlog of applications".
15 May: email from CO stating that the 309 was approved. No additional information or interview was requested.
9th April - sent Spouse visa application via registered mail from Ireland (We frontloaded with meds & police checks (no form 80).)
14th April - application received in London
15th April - money taken out of account
20th April - received photos back in the mail
5th May - rang Aus House, as we've had no confirmation of receipt (supposed to confirm within 3 weeks of receipt of application). The lovely lady said our application was with a case officer and we should hear something soon!
it was actually approved on 16th April - we just never received the email to say so
Defacto App sent 2nd March 09,
C/O contact 18th March 09,
VISA GRANTED!! 20th March 09
Sent the app on 26th Feb, 09
Visa granted 19th March 09
Date lodged: 9th November 2008
Case Officer Allocated: 18th November 2008
Sent Form 80, medicals & police certificate; 15th Dec 2008
VISA GRANTED: 19th January 2009
309 Visa sent 17/10/08,
Email from CO 3/11,
more info requested 13/11,
sent back 28/11, phone ints 12/12 & 05/01,
VISA GRANTED 09/01/09!
Spouse Visa Application posted 8/11/08
Meds done 8/12/08
Visa granted 15/12/08
Lodged application 12th September 2008,
C/O replied 14th Sept 09,
Telephone interview 16th September
Visa granted 19th September 2009
June 11th 2008 - Sent off visa application!
June 18th 2008 - Request for further docs & form 80
July 2nd 2008 - Granted Spouse Visa!
Defacto visa submitted 21.05.08 frontloaded Police checks
Payment taken 22.05.08 Meds done 23.05.08
VISA GRANTED 17.06.08
application sent 14/04/08,
payment taken 16/04/08,
CO assigned 21/04/08,
police & meds requested 21/04/08,
police cert sent 06/05/08,
meds sent 15/05/08,
VISA GRANTED 21/05/08