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Number of on hand visa applications, applications lodged, refused, approved and withdrawn and average processing times on 01/09/2022 for subclasses 300

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

Number of Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa applications finalised, on hand, by citizenship and processing times by processing office for June, July and August 2022

Prospective marriage (subclass 300) visa applications finalised by New Delhi processing office from 1 June 2022 to 01 September 2022 and on hand as at 01 September 2022

Yours faithfully, John

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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can be accessed under the FOI Act 1982.

 

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- documents you previously provided to the Department as part of a visa
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·       For visa and our requirements for entry to Australia
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Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) portal which can
be accessed [5]here

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Personal-Privacy

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/09/00397
File Number: OBJ2022/23926

Dear John,

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

This letter acknowledges that on 5 September 2022 the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) received your request to access documents held by the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). This letter also provides important information about your request.

Scope of request
You have requested access to the following:
Number of Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa applications finalised, on hand, by citizenship and processing times by processing office for June, July and August 2022

Prospective marriage (subclass 300) visa applications finalised by New Delhi processing office from 1 June 2022 to 01 September 2022 and on hand as at 01 September 2022

Your request has been allocated FOI request number FA 22/09/00397. Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

Timeframe
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Your review rights in relation to your request are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Fees and Charges
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Charges are based on the amount of time the Department spends on your request. Charges can range from $10 to over $1,000 depending on the complexity and scope of your request. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner reported that across the public service, the average charge notified was $335.50 in 2020-21.
If a charge applies, you will be issued with a Notice of Charge that explains the charge and your options.
Detailed information about FOI charges that may apply to your FOI request is available on the Department’s website.

We do not provide personal details of staff
The Department’s practice is to exclude the personal details of staff not in the Senior Executive Service (SES), as well as the direct contact details of SES staff, contained in documents that fall within scope of an FOI request. If you require personal details of non-SES officers, or direct contact details of SES staff, please inform us so the decision maker may consider your request. Otherwise we will take it that you agree to that information being excluded from the scope of your request. However names of staff that have previously been released in departmental correspondence may be disclosed.

We do not provide duplicated documents
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Released documents you request may be published to our website
Where documents are released to you in response to your request, the Department may be required to publish these documents on its website within 10 working days in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act. Publication will not be required where the documents contain personal or business affairs information.

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To reduce or withdraw your request, contact the FOI section at [Department of Home Affairs request email] and include your FOI request number.
Contacting the FOI Section

Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at [Department of Home Affairs request email].

Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs

E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
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OFFICIAL

 

In reply please quote:

FOI Request: FA 22/09/00397

File Number: OBJ2022/23926

 

Dear Mr John

 

I refer to your Freedom of Information (FOI) access request of 5 September
2022 (our reference details above).

 

As provided under section 29 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the
FOI Act) and the Freedom of Information (Charges) Regulations 1982 (the
Regulations), I have determined that payment is required for this request
to be processed.

 

Preliminary assessment of charges

 

I have assessed the work the Department would need to do to process your
request, taking into account time spent by the relevant area to conduct
the search and retrieval of documents. I have calculated the charge as
follows:

 

Search and retrieval: (8 hours @ $15 per hour) = $ 120.00

Decision making: (No Charge @ $20 per hour) = $ 0.00

Total: $ 120.00

 

Next Steps

 

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relevant matters.

 

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Information about how we calculate charges can be seen at: [3]We consider
your Freedom of Information request (homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner also provides
information about charging at: [4]What charges may apply? - Home
(oaic.gov.au)

 

Contact

 

Please contact [5][Department of Home Affairs request email] if you have any questions about
this notice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

[signed electronically]

 

Elaine

Position number - 60097486

FOI Officer | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division | Strategy and Law Enforcement Group

Department of Home Affairs

 

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