Apr 10 2011

We received our 2nd AOR!

Hello 🙂

This was something i was longing to have a look at sometime back, before we received our medicals. After we received the medicals, the 2nd AOR lost it’s significance and was deemed lost in transit.

But the IPS(Indian Postal Service) had a point to prove! The delay was not at their end. For some strange reasons, our AOR was printed on March 11th and dispatched only on 6th April. That was 5 days after they dispatched our medicals requests. This kind of delay is not regular and in fact we are yet to hear from another person who has similar experiences with he visa office.

So, our latest timelines at the VO:

1.  CHC ND received our file
2. Put us on wait while they check our applications
3. Check OK and so they print the AOR
4. Decide NOT to send the printed letter out just to keep us worrying! and proceed with the background checks
5. Checks OK and so they print and send out the medicals, RPRF, PCC and passports requests. They are not convinced to send that AOR yet.
6. After 5 full days of rigorous thinking, they are convinced and managed to dispatch the AOR with the previous printed date.

I’m hoping that we will get our visas stamped by mid-June 2011, if everything goes well.

PS: We are still waiting for our passports from the passport office. Prab is waiting for his brand new passport as requested by CHC. I have submitted my passport for the PCC. Hope to receive both of them by the end of this week. Once we receive Prab’s passports, it will be only a couple of days delay for his PCC to arrive. Hope we will submit ALL the required documents before end of April.


Indira Prabhakaran.

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Apr 04 2011

Yes! We received our medicals :)

Yes, the much hyped about, awaited medical, RPRF fees and passports requests have arrived this morning 🙂

Needless to say I’m so happy, and this comes right after India’s glorious win over the World Cup! I was so worried that this was getting a bit delayed. Some applicants down the line already got the AOR and Medicals while i was still waiting for that first communication from VO. All of a sudden i got this message from somewhere, ‘Hang on, the best is yet to come’! There i stopped worrying, literally shut down things and started to move around. I spent the whole of the weekend, enjoying @ home, watching the ‘BEST EVER CRICKET’, celebrating the glorious win with the little one..

I preplanned and took the day off today, was just going to switch on my laptop for the day after 2 long days, i got the call from the postman that our mail has arrived:). I couldn’t wait until he comes and delivers it in the evening, walked myself to the post office and got my hands on the precious little mail:). Another surprise was that we had our UK PCCs waiting to be delivered too. The 2nd AOR, which was supposed to be received a while back, is untraceable and assumed lost for now. Who cares? I have the medicals in hand 🙂

They have asked my spouse to renew his passport as it was issued a while back. That’s going to be a challenge as the current one is valid for more than 5 years from now. The reason might be that he looks a lot different, than the one in his passport now. That’s OK, i have enough experience handling those passport officials and i believe i can manage to get that done quickly.

Off to celebrate for now 🙂

Please stay tuned to read our ‘medicals’ experience..


Indira Prabhakaran.

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Mar 25 2011

Yeah! ECAS In Process :)

Yes, we are now officially into the next stage of the process. Our ECAS status has changed to “IN PROCESS”.  I’ve been a bit low about our status, and complaining of the wait yesterday, and today received this surprise :). Here’s a sneak preview of what is inside :).

Usually this happens only after the applicant receives an AOR, from the Visa Office. I guess they have already sent that out, but we haven’t received the same because of the ‘Famous Delays from the IPS – Indian Postal Services’.

That said, the real finger crossing starts now 🙂 Hope all my hard work proves good!

Waiting for the medicals 🙂

Our ECAS Timelines for reference:

1. Feb 11th 2011 – Application Received

2. Feb 14th 2011 – CIO – Sydney Eligibility Review Complete

3. Mar 3rd 2011 – Received by Visa Office

4. Mar 25th 2011 – In Process

PS: What a way to start off this site! The first post is a real good news for me.


Indira Prabhakaran.

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Mar 24 2011

Latest on New Delhi Visa Office!

For those of you wondering what’s happening with the New Delhi Visa Office recently, they are working too hard to send out the AORs and Medical requests :). One thing to note is the postal delays for as much as 20 days to get them delivered.

Stats for New Delhi applicants to date:

  • 90% of applications to the CIO have received a PER or a NER.
  • More than 50% of applications with a PER have received an AOR from the Visa Office.
  • About 25% of applicants have received their medicals, RPRF and PPR from the Visa Office.
  • 3 applicants have sent their medicals and passports for visa stamping to the CHC, New Delhi :).

Well, we are still waiting for our AOR from the Visa Office:). Hope to send out the next update on our application soooooon:)


Indira Prabhakaran.

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Mar 20 2011

How do i notify the VO of changes in my situation?

I see a lot of people seeking for this info lately, as that most of them have received their PERs and are waiting for further contact from the Visa offices.

Before you receive your PER, you cannot update any information on your file to the CIO.

So, what situation changes are required to be reported to the VO?

Once you receive your PER from the CIO, as per that email, you are required to notify your VO about ANY changes to your situation such as birth or adoption of a child, marriage or common-law relationship, new occupation or employer, submission of an Arranged Employment Opinion approved by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, change of address, change of e-mail address, change of immigration representative, etc. In addition to this list, you may notify them of minor changes to your file too. For example, in case of any change in the contact details of your employer/Manager or changes to the POF details which may arise when you transfer the declared funds to some other account etc., This will ensure there are no discrepancies or inconsistencies while they perform the background checks:).

Yes, i have something to bring to their notice. How do i do that?

Please use the case specific form from your VO website. For New Delhi, here’s the link to the form. They have an option to attach scanned documents to the form. So, we are required to include a letter identifying what the changes are and any relevant supporting documents. If the documents are not in English or French, send a notarized (certified) translation with a copy of the originals.

Indira Prabhakaran.

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