Number Partner Visa Application submitted in 2018 by Nigerians, and Visa Grants to Nigerian Citizen at Pretoria Processing Centre

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

I would like to ask for information about the following:

1. Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing centre in Pretoria in 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant.

2. Number of partner visa applications that were successful in 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3. Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which decides partner visa applications.

4. What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa applications in 2018 in the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

Yours faithfully,

Afolabi. A

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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:       FA 19/06/00513

File Number:       OBJ2019/36070 

Dear Afolabi

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 11 June 2019 seeking access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

1)        Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian
Visa processing centre in Pretoria in 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by
Nigerian nationality applicant.

2)        Number of partner visa applications that were successful in 2018
to date (11 June 2019).

3)        Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in
Pretoria which decides partner visa applications.

4)        What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner
visa applications in 2018 in the visa processing centre in Pretoria

Please specify exact start and end dates – reply required  by close of
business Monday 17 June 2019.

Your request was received by the Department on 11 June 2019 and has been
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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response.

Below are the specifics of my request:

1. Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing centre in Pretoria from January 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant.

2. Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that were successful between January 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3. Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which decides partner visa applications.

4. What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa applications submitted by Nigerian nationals from January 2018 till date (11 June 2019) to the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Dear Afolabi

Can I confirm that the start date would be 1 January 2018? We require a definite date to be able to process the request.

Kind Regards

FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Productivity and Compliance Division
Corporate and Enabling Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [DIBP request email]

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

Yes I confirm that the start date is 1 January 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Our reference:

FA 19/06/00513

OBJ2019/36070

 

 

Dear Mr Olamide

 

I refer to your correspondence received on 11 June 2019, seeking access
to  documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department)
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

 

To assist us in responding to your request, I request a clarification of
part 3 of your request:

 

Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which
decides partner visa applications.

 

Are you are referring to (a) the number of officers who made decisions, or
(b) the number of officers who were able to make decisions?

 

I assume that the timeframe of this part of your request is the same as
parts 1 and 2, that is, from 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019.

 

I would appreciate your response by COB Monday 8 July 2019.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [DIBP request email]

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response.

The 3rd request is in regards the number of officers who made decisions on Partner Visa application at the Pretoria processing centre between 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Our References: FA 19/06/00513  : OBJ2019/36070

 

Dear Mr Olamide

I refer to your request received on 11 June 2019 for access to documents
under the FOI Act. 

Thank you for the clarification to your request you provided on 3 July
2019.

The current due date for your request is 11 July 2019.  Due to the number
of requests currently being processed by our office, we will not be able
to finalise your request by the original due date.

In order for the Department of Home Affairs to complete the process of
retrieving all the documents that fall within the scope of your request
the Department will require additional time to process your request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by 14 days. This
would extend the due date for your request to 25 July 2019. 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by the close of business, Thursday 11
July 2019.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to
contact me on the details below.

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [1][DIBP request email]

 

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

I am happy for a response to be provided to my request by 25 July 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Our References: FA 19/06/00513  : OBJ2019/36070

Dear Mr Olamide

I refer to your request received on 11 June 2019 for access to documents
under the FOI Act. 

On 8 July 2019 you agreed to an extension of time request to 25 July 2019.

Due to the number of requests currently being processed by our office, we
will not be able to finalise your request by the revised due date.

In order for the Department to complete the process of retrieving all the
documents that fall within the scope of your request and the subsequent
decision making process in relation to those documents, the Department
will require additional time to process your request.

The Department seeks your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act to
extend the timeframe for the processing of your request by a further 14
days. This would extend the due date for your request to Thursday 8 August
2019. 

It would assist the Department in managing its FOI caseload if you could
provide a response to this request by close of business, Thursday 25 July
2019.

If you wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to
contact me on the details below.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [1][DIBP request email]

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

I am really disappointed that the Department is asking for another extension as I believe the requested information is not as difficult as you have made it to be.

Based on your request, I am fine with the Department providing a response to my request to Thursday 8 August 2019.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Dear M/- Olamide

 

FOI request FA 19/06/00513

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 11 June 2019, seeking access to
the following:

1)        Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian
Visa processing centre in Pretoria in 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by
Nigerian nationality applicant.

2)        Number of partner visa applications that were successful in 2018
to date (11 June 2019).

3)        Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in
Pretoria which decides partner visa applications.

4)        What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner
visa applications in 2018 in the visa processing centre in Pretoria

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record and documents released under the FOI Act.

 

This request has now been closed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

FOI and Records Management Branch

Productivity and Compliance Division

Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [1][DIBP request email]

 

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response.

Unfortunately my request is specific to Nigerian applicants who submitted partner visa application to the Pretoria processing centre between 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019.

Your response back referred to all application submitted to the Pretoria office which was not my request in the first place.

For clarity sake, below are my initial request:

1. Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing centre in Pretoria from 1 January 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant.

2. Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that were successful between 1 January 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3. Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which decides partner visa applications.

4. What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa applications submitted by Nigerian nationals from 1 January 2018 till date (11 June 2019) to the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

If you could please respond to my specific request as soon as possible, it would be appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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Our reference: FA 19/06/00513

Dear M/- Olamide

Thank you for your response. I apologise for the delay in replying.

I acknowledge that the document released under the FOI Act did not contain the information that you were seeking. The error may have arisen, as in the body of the email (leaving aside the original subject heading), only point 1 clearly refers to Nigerian nationals. Even so, we failed to address point 1 exactly and did not seek to clarify the remaining points with you.

As the original FOI request FA 19/06/00513 was closed on 24 July 2019, the best way for us to provide you with the information you seek is to create a new FOI request.

Could you please confirm that you seek access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, concerning:

1. Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing centre in Pretoria from 1 January 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant.

2. Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that were successful between 1 January 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3. What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa applications submitted by Nigerian nationals from 1 January 2018 till date (11 June 2019) to the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

I have omitted the point "Number of decision makers in the visa processing centre in Pretoria which decides partner visa applications" as it does not appear to concern Nigerian nationals per se. As such, it appears to have been addressed correctly in our response to you on 24 July 2019. Please indicate if this is not correct.

I would appreciate your response by Thursday 8 August 2019.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch
Productivity and Compliance Division
Corporate and Enabling Group
Department of Home Affairs
Email: [DIBP request email]

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From: Afolabi Olamide

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your email.

Yes I confirm that I seek access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, concerning:

1. Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian Visa processing centre in Pretoria from 1 January 2018 and to date (11 June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant.

2. Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that were successful between 1 January 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3. Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that were refused between 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019.

3. What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner visa applications submitted by Nigerian nationals from 1 January 2018 till date (11 June 2019) to the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

Yours sincerely,

Afolabi Olamide

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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:       FA 19/08/00536

File Number:       OBJ2019/45695 

Dear Mr Olamide

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 5 August 2019 seeking access to
documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under
the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

You have requested access to the following:

1)        Number of partner visa applications lodged in the Australian
Visa processing centre in Pretoria from 1 January 2018 and to date (11
June 2019) by Nigerian nationality applicant

2)        Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that
were successful between 1 January 2018 to date (11 June 2019).

3)        Number of partner visa applications by Nigerian nationality that
were refused between 1 January 2018 to 11 June 2019.

4)        What is the actual average waiting time for processing partner
visa applications submitted by Nigerian nationals from 1 January 2018 till
date (11 June 2019) to the visa processing centre in Pretoria.

Your request was received by the Department on 5 August 2019 and has been
allocated FOI request number FA 19/08/00536. Please include your FOI
request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information
Section.

Timeframe for receiving your decision

The statutory timeframe for processing a request is 30 days from the date
upon which your application was received by the Department.

Exclusion of non-SES staff personal details and SES telephone contact
details

The Department’s policy is to exclude the personal details of officers not
in the Senior Executive Service (SES), as well as the mobile and work
telephone numbers of SES staff, contained in documents that fall within
scope of an FOI request. If you require names and contact details of
non-SES officers, or direct telephone numbers 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.

Publication of document

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.

Contacting the FOI Section

Should you wish to discuss your request you may contact the FOI Section at
[DIBP request email].

 

FOI Officer | FOI and Records Management Branch

National Office

Productivity and Compliance Division | Corporate and Enabling Group

Department of Home Affairs

 

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