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De Fact 820 "Internal Checks"

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    Posted: 17/February/2010 at 10:34
Dear Members,

My partner (the applicant) and I attended our 820 interview on 15 February 2010.

Our case officer inspected our paper work and said words to the effect "we have nothing to worry about". After paying the $2.5K application fee, we were under the impression that my partner would be granted the temporary PR visa on the spot, however, instead she was given a bridging visa and told that DIAC would now conduct "internal checks" and that this could take at least 3 months.

The issue is that my partner is currently on a student visa which does not expire until September 2010, and so is required to comply with the student visa conditions while on the bridge visa and whilst DIAC carry out their "internal checks". This means that she must continue to incur tuition fees and attend college in circumstances where she would rather be working full time and building her career.

Accordingly, I would be very grateful if members would provide us with some insight as to how long these "internal checks" generally take. We have been given mixed insights from various people, however, each of those people had varying circumstances which were not exactly comparable to our situation.

If it matters, my partner is from Turkey but has lived in Australia for the last 8 years.

I look forward to your responses.

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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/February/2010 at 12:14
How long is a piece of string?

It is very difficult to give an accurate answer, immigration will contact various agencies for the information that is required, but it will depend on how long those agencies take to respond and if the result of the reply requires any further investigation.

If no criminal activity or association has occurred then perhaps a couple of months will be all it takes, but only one agency will need to drag it's response for the final acceptance to become drawn out.

Good luck.
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  Quote 820 Internal Checks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/February/2010 at 12:30
Hi Martino,

Thank you for your prompt advice.

I take it by your answer that the "internal checks" are to do with various government agencies, whether they be domestic or related to the applicant's home country?

If any other members can provide first hand and recent experience, it would be much appreciated. I am cautious of DIAC advice and I would expect their time estimates to be guarded, non-optimistic and in accordance with a policy that is designed to quell expectations of expediency. For this reason, I would really like to hear some first hand and possibly recent experience. All war stories are welcome!

Thanks and regards.

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  Quote Mayday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/March/2010 at 16:27
Does your partner have any kind of criminal record and did they disclose this on the application? Apparently checking this can take them ages because it has to go to a 'character check' department in Brisbane which can take months. How complete was your application? Did you include bank statements, leases etc?

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  Quote 820 Internal Checks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/March/2010 at 14:46
Sorry for the belated response.

There is no issue with any of those things you mentioned, in fact, our case officer said that he was satisfied with all aspects of the application and commented that it was a "very good application". He advises that the application is now subject to "external checks" which are beyond his control.

It is unfortunate that the department cannot be more candid with this information. What is "external checks"?

By the way, 7 weeks since our interview and still no word.

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  Quote Mayday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/March/2010 at 16:06
Hi again! I know how you feel. My partner and I are panicking about our de facto visa. We handed it in but haven't been asked for an interview yet.

Can I ask you if you handed in your application in Sydney or Melbourne?

Can I ask you how long after you submitted your application you were asked in for an interview? If you were given an interview straight away, i have been told that it can take between 3 and 8 months for them to do their 'internal checks' and 'external checks'. I think that external checks would be checking with the ATO, financial institutions and that kind of thing.
It's so scary that they don't tell you, we've submitted our application about six weeks ago and we haven't heard anything. It's driving me crazy.
My partner has a criminal record for drink driving and we're worried that this might cause problems as he didn't declare it when came into the country not thinking that it was a criminal record. My partner is also on a visa of which the conditions have to be adhered to.

Good luck with your application and please don't forget to share information. It helps everyone else going through it!
Mayday.

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  Quote Mayday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/March/2010 at 16:11
I should mention that I asked my CO for a timeline and she said anything between 3 months to a year!! but I think they are just covering themselves.. She said that our application was ambling along.. whatever that means!

Can I also ask what sort of things they asked you in your interview?
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  Quote Mayday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/March/2010 at 16:12
One more thing.. have you looked at the Pomz in Oz forum? It has lots of war stories.

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