Thank you for posting that mayankpandya. From speaking with my consultant, who bases her information on the way her client's applications are being processed, it seems the wait time is around 5 months at CIO currently and then you add your VO wait time (in my case Buffalo average 12 months). So it seems I may hear something out of CIO in January and then land, if I am lucky and everything goes well, around Jan. 2012
The findings reported today in that article are promising, but we all know it will take a long time before anything will actually be done about the "inadequacies." Probably would not affect my long wait
Good luck to all,
Hi - hmm I don't think you can really use these as a guideline. Sure, May and June applicants experienced up to 5 months delay getting their 1st AOR, but this was partly due to a massive influx of applications (around 50,000 I believe) in combination with a lot of staff holidays at CIO and also a lot of student holiday visas to process.
Now that the staff holidays and student visas are over, it should in theory be a lot faster to process the post-June-26 applications.
The only show-stopper I can see is how long it will take for finish the pre-June-26 1st AORs, since although well over half have now received AOR (or rejection) there are still a sizable number on our June 2010 thread reporting they have yet to receive one.
I am guessing the 33 week figure is being quoted because they are unsure how long it will take to complete the June 2010 AORs (looking at the scattered way in which the AORs are arriving it looks to me like they have done the more straightforward applications first and are now dealing with the more complex ones, just guessing though!).
Anyway, I think post June 26 will have their own timescales for this entire process which will be unrelated to the current timescales for May/June 2010 applications.