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NVC Electronic Processing Australia - How long to wait?

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Australia has recently been added to the list of countries allowing EP. I've confirmed this information (by phone) with the NVC.

I've emailed through my EP application to the NVC and am waiting for a response. I imagine I'm one of the first in Australia to use the electronic processing system. Is anybody else using EP in Australia?

After the AOS and IV forms have been emailed, how long typically does it take for a response?

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Judging by recent results for Canadians and others using EP, you would be better off paper filing via snail mail. People on paper are getting Case Completes in 50-60 days. Those filing EP are taking 70+ days.


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Judging by recent results for Canadians and others using EP, you would be better off paper filing via snail mail. People on paper are getting Case Completes in 50-60 days. Those filing EP are taking 70+ days.

That's unfortunate. Snail mail would be more difficult for us because we don't currently have the originals of all the signed documents, only faxed copies.

I just received email notification from the NVC stating that my case has now been the Electronic Processing Program. So the answer to my own question is 13 days.

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