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Thread For applications Through SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) Office

mr-moose

Star Member
Oct 10, 2016
68
9
Waterloo, ON
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
31-12-2016
AOR Received.
09-01-2017
Med's Done....
Upfront
Interview........
Not required
VISA ISSUED...
15-07-2017
LANDED..........
27-08-2017
Hey all
So I finally got PPR today! I have a question though - do I actually need to send my passport, or does Australia qualify as visa exempt and therefore only need to send a photocopy? I feel like I should be able to figure this out, but I'm in the middle of exams and I think I'm overthinking everything.
thanks for any help!!!
Firstly, congratulations on the PPR. That is great news.

I'm pretty sure we need to send passports. I'm certainly planning on it. Will be keen to hear others comments on this though.
 

Elizajoey

Member
Jan 6, 2015
11
1
I meant requesting a police clearance via RCMP in Canada as I lived there for a year? I know I can only authorise CIC to request my police record from NZ Police, and unfortunately that I live in Australia I also have to get a police clearance here lol.
You don't need to request an RCMP check. At least it wasn't required for me and I had lived more than 12 months in Canada. I always thought it was done automatically as part of their general security checks and they would only ask for it if they have other general criminality concerns.

Hey all
So I finally got PPR today! I have a question though - do I actually need to send my passport, or does Australia qualify as visa exempt and therefore only need to send a photocopy? I feel like I should be able to figure this out, but I'm in the middle of exams and I think I'm overthinking everything.
thanks for any help!!!
If you have an Australian passport then you only need to send a photocopy of your passport.
 
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VanVanLife

Newbie
Apr 21, 2017
7
2
Perth
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
January 5 2017
File Transfer...
09-02-2017
Med's Request
NA
Med's Done....
before application
Interview........
NA
Passport Req..
16-06-2017
well damn - I sent my whole passport... hope there won't be any issues with that! anyone have an idea on how long it normally takes for them to send it back?
 

Yuwa

Newbie
Nov 19, 2016
7
0
Hello,
Please I need help with a good photo studio in Sydney that can perfectly take the PPR passport photo to specifications.
Please I would appreciate any help with this as we have used 2 photo studios and still got the photo not to specification mail and was requested to submit another passport photo.
Thank you
 

Razaqng

Hero Member
Aug 26, 2011
223
2
Category........
Visa Office......
Accra
NOC Code......
1122
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
16/02/2011
Doc's Request.
22/08/2011(Credit Card Refused)
AOR Received.
22/08/2011
Try Australia post.
 

VanVanLife

Newbie
Apr 21, 2017
7
2
Perth
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
January 5 2017
File Transfer...
09-02-2017
Med's Request
NA
Med's Done....
before application
Interview........
NA
Passport Req..
16-06-2017
Hello,
Please I need help with a good photo studio in Sydney that can perfectly take the PPR passport photo to specifications.
Please I would appreciate any help with this as we have used 2 photo studios and still got the photo not to specification mail and was requested to submit another passport photo.
Thank you
I just went to a CameraHouse with the printout that the CIC website provides. They have software that should automatically print out the right size. In saying that, I was given the wrong sizes twice and had to be persistent before they printed the right size (at the one I went to it was listed as the sizes for citizenship application). if unsure ask for a ruler to measure yourself. i think the print itself needs to be 50mm x 70mm and your face needs to be something like 31mm.
 

KiwiNate

Full Member
May 20, 2017
42
11
New Zealand
Category........
FAM
App. Filed.......
18-04-2017
Hello,
Please I need help with a good photo studio in Sydney that can perfectly take the PPR passport photo to specifications.
Please I would appreciate any help with this as we have used 2 photo studios and still got the photo not to specification mail and was requested to submit another passport photo.
Thank you
Use this: http://www.idphoto4you.com/

Select 'Canada' as the country and it will pre-populate the exact dimensions of both frame size and head position. I took photos with my cell phone, edited it through this website, printed out, was accepted by CIC.
 

Maryfra

Full Member
Feb 16, 2017
25
8
Hi guys,

got my PPR email last thursday, and was asked to submit passport photocopies etc to Sydney for COPR (even if I had notified them that I changed my address to the UK, and was expecting a local visa office now, but never mind it lol), so I mailed everything with Fedex express and hopefully they'll receive it early next week. Put prepaid return envelope in, as requested.
Just a few quick questions:
1) Is there anyone among you that chose Fedex or any other courier? How long did it take to have COPR back?
2) Anyone submitting passport/photocopies from abroad like me or only within Australia? Did it all go smoothly?
3? Finally, I had to use MailBoxes to mail the package (as Fedex didn't allow me to open a business account, since I'm not a business lol), so the Fedex account would be in their name. Yet, my name is clearly visible as the sender, and the return envelope carries it as well (the address is Mailboxes address but after all the consulate shouldn't mind, as they only need that I indicate an address to send the COPR back, correct?

I look forward to your replies and advice, always so useful! :)
 

VanVanLife

Newbie
Apr 21, 2017
7
2
Perth
Category........
FAM
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
January 5 2017
File Transfer...
09-02-2017
Med's Request
NA
Med's Done....
before application
Interview........
NA
Passport Req..
16-06-2017
Hi guys,

got my PPR email last thursday, and was asked to submit passport photocopies etc to Sydney for COPR (even if I had notified them that I changed my address to the UK, and was expecting a local visa office now, but never mind it lol), so I mailed everything with Fedex express and hopefully they'll receive it early next week. Put prepaid return envelope in, as requested.
Just a few quick questions:
1) Is there anyone among you that chose Fedex or any other courier? How long did it take to have COPR back?
2) Anyone submitting passport/photocopies from abroad like me or only within Australia? Did it all go smoothly?
3? Finally, I had to use MailBoxes to mail the package (as Fedex didn't allow me to open a business account, since I'm not a business lol), so the Fedex account would be in their name. Yet, my name is clearly visible as the sender, and the return envelope carries it as well (the address is Mailboxes address but after all the consulate shouldn't mind, as they only need that I indicate an address to send the COPR back, correct?

I look forward to your replies and advice, always so useful! :)
Hey,
Not exactly same boat - I submitted my passport from within Australia, via ExpressPost, but to give an idea of turn-around time, it took just over a week to get back to me. Seemed to be pretty easy but won't be landing until end of November and can't make myself actually believe its all over until I'm actually on Canadian soil :D
But yeah, I imagine it'll be only slightly longer than that with the international transport.
goodluck! :)
 
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Maryfra

Full Member
Feb 16, 2017
25
8
Hey,
Not exactly same boat - I submitted my passport from within Australia, via ExpressPost, but to give an idea of turn-around time, it took just over a week to get back to me. Seemed to be pretty easy but won't be landing until end of November and can't make myself actually believe its all over until I'm actually on Canadian soil :D
But yeah, I imagine it'll be only slightly longer than that with the international transport.
goodluck! :)
Hi, VanVanLife, thanks for replying!
That was quite fast, I hope my COPR will come back soon too, my package got delivered yesterday (took only 4 days from the UK), so I'm expecting a week or two processing on their part, and then another week at best for the international delivery. is it unrealistic to assume that Sydney VO is less busy than other VOs like New Dehli or Ottawa? I guess way less applicants from Oceania, but that's just my thought.
But yeah, I feel the same, still not believing it's true, until after I landed lol :)
 

mr-moose

Star Member
Oct 10, 2016
68
9
Waterloo, ON
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
31-12-2016
AOR Received.
09-01-2017
Med's Done....
Upfront
Interview........
Not required
VISA ISSUED...
15-07-2017
LANDED..........
27-08-2017
Use this: http://www.idphoto4you.com/

Select 'Canada' as the country and it will pre-populate the exact dimensions of both frame size and head position. I took photos with my cell phone, edited it through this website, printed out, was accepted by CIC.
Wow!

I just got an email stating that our submitted photos are not suitable. Doesn't say why. As far as I can see, they meet the specifications listed and are within all tolerances with regards to "face size". We even used the phototgrapher that is listed on their website.

Have emailed them to find out what the exact issue is, but I think we'll need to just go and get them done again.....just when I thought we were doing so well!
 

smk_ujs

Star Member
Jul 4, 2015
147
0
Hello all. Has anyone here sponsored a dependant Australian citizen child living in canada with the parent sponsor? if yes, how long is it taking?
 

DollyM

Hero Member
Jul 6, 2016
342
171
Middle of Nowhere, Perth, Western Australia
Category........
Visa Office......
Sydney
Job Offer........
Pre-Assessed..
App. Filed.......
27-07-2016
Doc's Request.
29-07-2016
AOR Received.
02-09-2016
File Transfer...
31 August 2016
Med's Done....
25-07-2016
We just received PPR via MyCic today!

So very happy to have some further certainty now.

Our application was received on Jan 19th and they started processing on Feb 23rd.

Good luck to everyone. Hopefully you all get some good news soon.
That's great news for you - congratulations. We're still waiting since July 2016! My partner is English/Australian (he's lived here 32 years) and I'm
Canadian (been here 11 years). We have loads of proof of our relationship, he's sent a stat dec saying we're not sponsoring his 18 year old son and understand we can never sponsor him, no health issues, but it's been 12 months :( We're hoping we get COPR soon, as I would like to get home. My mom will be 93 this year and we really want to spend some time with my family while I still have my mom.
 

mr-moose

Star Member
Oct 10, 2016
68
9
Waterloo, ON
Visa Office......
Sydney
App. Filed.......
31-12-2016
AOR Received.
09-01-2017
Med's Done....
Upfront
Interview........
Not required
VISA ISSUED...
15-07-2017
LANDED..........
27-08-2017
That's great news for you - congratulations. We're still waiting since July 2016! My partner is English/Australian (he's lived here 32 years) and I'm
Canadian (been here 11 years). We have loads of proof of our relationship, he's sent a stat dec saying we're not sponsoring his 18 year old son and understand we can never sponsor him, no health issues, but it's been 12 months :( We're hoping we get COPR soon, as I would like to get home. My mom will be 93 this year and we really want to spend some time with my family while I still have my mom.
We'll keep our fingers crossed for you Dolly. I'm guessing ours was approved quickly due to the fact it was fairly straight forward.

If anything, I'd suggest ordering your case notes to see if there is anything that shows what might be taking time.

We managed to get back in touch with the Sydney office regarding our photos and they ended up accepting what we'd already submitted. COPR arrived in the post on Friday.

Good luck Dolly!
 
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