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    A bit of a story and a request for advice.

    This isn't particularly amusing or entertaining but you might be able to help.

    A bloke who lives in and is married in LOS but works in Aus gets diagnosed with aggressive multiple Myeloma. Bone Cancer.

    After a few months of misdiagnoses and so on things finally become clear and a plan is produced.

    Basically he's had very intensive radiotherapy in Aus and gone home to his wife for 3 months. Goes back to Aus for tests and the cancer has spread, quite dramatically.

    Last week.

    He's recommended to attend 3 months of Chemo and then transfer to another state for a 3 month bone marrow transplant.

    it is essential that he has someone with him throughout this.

    His wife is in Thailand, has never been to Aus.

    His mate who is resident in LOS tries to organise the visa but just gets the run around and after 2 weeks is still talking to robots on the phone.

    Bloke with cancer says "bugger it" and against medical advice, though they do understand, takes the risk of flying home to LOS to sort out the visa and to try and get back to the hospital ASAP.

    Time is of the essence.

    Every day wasted hunting humans for a visa means the cancer has progressed making the Chemo more difficult and the bone marrow transplant less possible.

    The fight for the visa starts at 09.30 tomorrow morning when he calls the Aus Embassy and tries to talk to a human.

    As far as the Doctors are concerned he's got about a week to 10 days to get back into the embracing arms of the Oncology department. Much more and he's risking the possibility of the transplant and all that that means.

    OK the "bloke" is me and I'm asking for any advice, suggestions, connections or contacts, constructive thoughts or ideas as to how we can expedite the issuance of at least a tourist visa so I can get her back to Darwin and get the treatment going.

    I'm hoping that even if only a tourist visa is issued we may then be able to change it in Darwin at the Immigration office in town.

    I'm going to be hospitalized for at least 7 months and slightly nuts with the drug regime. So I really need her there. My Doctors are also insisting on it and have written various letters of support saying exactly that.

    If you can help we thank you.

    By the way we're up near Chiang Kong.

    Cheers all.



    Oh, and in the spirit of honesty, which seems appropriate in the light of the request my email address is;

    plwch@hotmail.com

    Thanks again (and I might be cutting my own throat here)

    Crackerjack
    Plwch
    Jandajoy

    etc. etc.

    Happy days.
    Last edited by crackerjack101; 21-02-2016 at 02:32 PM.

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    Sorry to hear your plight, crackerjack...Hope someone can help out...FFS, is there no compassion in this fcked up world?...

    Best of luck, mate...

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    Thanks.

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    Wishing you all the best.
    Sorry that I do not have any connection with IMM of AUS.
    Stay strong and give it everything you've got.

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    ^ I would like to echo BB's sentiments... life is not fair, really feel for you, bro.

    If I were you, I would approach the media, once your plight is in the spotlight, there is a much greater chance things will go your way..

    Please let us know how things go, don't give up! good luck mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
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    Does this mean you are all three, and possibly more?...Listen, cj, nobody with any sense should give a flying fck...

    Doesn't change a thing, man...Sincerely hope you get some decent responses, here...And better yet, some help for your situation...

    Surely, there must be someone to help expedite on compassionate grounds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Does this mean you are all three, and possibly more?...Listen, cj, nobody with any sense should give a flying fck...

    Doesn't change a thing, man...Sincerely hope you get some decent responses, here...And better yet, some help for your situation...

    Surely, there must be someone to help expedite on compassionate grounds...
    [at] [at]

    Errrr, yes, a bit.

    Thanks for the kind thoughts. Finger crossed and all that.

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    ^ Agree, the man is obviously at the end of his tether and needs support from those close to him. The powers that be, ought to make special allowances for people in dire need.

    Shame on Aussie Immigration - heartless arseholes... (no better than Kiwi Immigration to be honest)..

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    Best of luck and stay strong.

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    ^
    Immigration is a straight forward yes or no emotionless affair. Your application just has to be 100% correct.
    My advice would be to apply for a sponsored family stream visa subclass 600
    You will get her an automatic 3 months, I have had it done in the past within a week.
    In your particular case I would recommend an immigration specialist.
    I will email you their details for this initial visa and you then have plenty time to complete a spouse application separately if required you could do this second application yourself. The company I am recommending are the best and I am sure that they will get you sorted asap.

    Sorry to hear of your condition and wish you all the best.

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    I'd suggest attacking (er, I mean approaching) the Australian Immigration authorities on multiple fronts, contacting them in Thailand, Darwin and Canberra.

    Be insistent, but at the same time remain polite and calm.

    The moral high ground will then be yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    The fight for the visa starts at 09.30 tomorrow morning when he calls the Aus Embassy and tries to talk to a human.
    Well, we're in your corner. Once that battle is won hopefully things will run a lot smoother and you'll be able to concentrate on recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    ^
    Immigration is a straight forward yes or no emotionless affair. Your application just has to be 100% correct.
    My advice would be to apply for a sponsored family stream visa subclass 600
    You will get her an automatic 3 months, I have had it done in the past within a week.
    In your particular case I would recommend an immigration specialist.
    I will email you their details for this initial visa and you then have plenty time to complete a spouse application separately if required you could do this second application yourself. The company I am recommending are the best and I am sure that they will get you sorted asap.

    Sorry to hear of your condition and wish you all the best.
    Brilliant. I thank you.
    Once thing are sorted at least one of us will be coming home to Thailand, hopefully both. This is our home and always will be.

    I look forward to getting your email. Thanks again.

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    Address:
    Australia Visa Application Centre
    The Trendy Office Building, 28th Floor
    Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-NuaWattana, Bangkok 10110

    For more information:

    Call on +66 (0) 2118 7100

    Call - between 0830 hours to 1630 hours. Monday - Friday. Except Embassy Holiday

    Or

    E-mail at: info.dibpth@vfshelpline.com

    Not the Australian Embassy, visa services are contracted out now, you can also apply on line.

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    Hi James,
    Yes I've got all that.
    My mate tried working with them for 2 weeks and got no where.
    I believe their last email said some thing along the lines of;

    "we don't do urgent or emergency"

    Something to that effect anyway.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Address:
    Australia Visa Application Centre
    The Trendy Office Building, 28th Floor
    Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-NuaWattana, Bangkok 10110

    For more information:

    Call on +66 (0) 2118 7100

    Call - between 0830 hours to 1630 hours. Monday - Friday. Except Embassy Holiday

    Or

    E-mail at: info.dibpth@vfshelpline.com

    Not the Australian Embassy, visa services are contracted out now, you can also apply on line.
    Not sure on all the details, but I think tomorrow is a holiday?

    Anyone any idea if the embassy will be open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    you can also apply on line.
    Indeed but I've got 10 days max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Anyone any idea if the embassy will be open?
    bugger!
    Is it?

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    Let me confirm if it is a holiday first...

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    bad news, national holiday, Macha Bucha day.

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    Ho Hum.

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    Its a national holiday, but no idea if foreign embassies follow that or not.

    sorry.

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    no worries. I'll try calling anyway.

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    Sorry - they are closed:

    AboutUS_Public_Holidays2014-2015

    note - it does 2016 as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Sorry - they are closed:

    AboutUS_Public_Holidays2014-2015

    note - it does 2016 as well
    I might call their 24 hour number in Canberra.
    Probably get a robot.

    Onward and upwards

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