Urgently trying to understand the status of a visa application for a planned trip to Australia…
Prior to booking the trip, I noted the 651 (ETA visa), would work for my family travelling (that’s my mum, dad and daughter), as we all have British Passports!
However, upon applying for the 651 visas online, my dads actually got rejected as he has a ‘British subject’ status on his British passport, and transpires he needs a Visitor visa 600 (tourist stream) - the rest of the family’s visas were approved immediately.
Unfortunately processing times (at present) for this visa is between 19 to 27 days (for 90% of applications) – the 27th day of this time frame happens to be the day we are booked to fly next week (cutting it fine!!!), and still no sign of his visa (it’s been an anxious 23 days so far)…
We’ve not had any questions back on his application, and I have been trying to get some clarity on the status but sadly no joy… The situation is proving to be very stressful, the financial implications aside (loss of flight/accommodation costs/other special measures), my dad is elderly and whole idea is we travelled as a family for an occasion, and unsure if I will get time like this ever again to accompany them.
Does anyone have any advise, or reassurance on this situation? I’ve called up the official Home Affairs visa support center and been told to sit tight and wait as we area still in the processing window. Struggling to plan/think of a contingency, and even look forward to the holiday at present.