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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    New Zeland

    Default finally got a reply from case officer

    Hi all
    Its been 11 months since my smc application has been lodged. So finally it has been moved to technical adviser stage. Is it the last stage in the process? What happens after technical adviser's review? How long usually it takes and currently it's in Wellington Branch. What will be the outcome likely to be of this? sorry for this many questions but if someone can share their experience that would be great.
    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    A case going to a technical adviser is not a standard stage in the process. A technical adviser is a senior official who is able to look over cases where either there is some unusual feature about the application, or where the processing seems to have gone wrong in some way. The TA has more knowledge and more authority to interpret the rules than ordinary COs.

    So I think it's a cause for cautious optimism that your case has been referred to one. But on the other hand, there isn't any way to tell how long s/he will take to deal with things. We don't know how far the COs who previously worked on your case had got, so there may still be some checking to be done - answers to wait for, and so on.

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