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    Spouse Visa due to Expire

    Hi Thanks for your replies everyone. He validated his visa when it was originally granted but it is due to expire at the end of April. I rang the DIA last week and they advised that as long as he is in Australia on the 30 April 2012 he can stay there indefinately, however he would need to stay there for a minimum of 2 years to meet the eligibility requirements of a Resident Return Visa. Cheers
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    Spouse Visa due to Expire

    Hi My husbands spouse visa is due to expire in April this year. We have been unable to sell our house in the UK so have been unable to take up permanent residency in Australia. Does anyone know if we can apply for a 6 month extension to his visa or will he have to reapply for a new visa? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Validating Spouse Visa

    Hi We are planning a quick trip to Oz next month to validate visas. We are only planning to stay for a couple of days to save money and have heard stories of people who get their visas validated and then literally catch the next plane back to the UK? Does anyone know if you can do this? Thanks for your help.
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    Spouse Visa Finally Approved

    Hi Wendy We submitted the application towards the end of January and got the medical/police clearance request back the same week. It then took us ages to get the meds done and they weren't posted to the CO until the end of March, they were then sent off to Aus for clearance as hubby has had quite a lot of tests done in the past. CO advised us that it can take 28 days for Aus to respond and it will be 28 days tomorrow. I am so relieved that the waiting is finally over and that we can start to make definite plans. Good luck to everyone still waiting!!
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    Spouse Visa Finally Approved

    Hi Everyone We finally got the email through this morning - hoorary !!! A big thank you to everyone who contributes to this forum for all your support . We hope to be in Canberra before October - fingers crossed. The Hunter Familyxx
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    Spouse Visa Timescales

    Thanks eveyone, I really want to pester the CO but don't want to annoy him too much. Good Luck Everyone.
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    Spouse Visa Timescales

    Hi We applied towards the end of Jan 07 but didn't front load the application. We got confirmation back within the week requesting meds, police check etc and they have had everthing they requested since the end of March. I emailed the CO last week and he sent the meds had been sent to Sydney which is worrying and we aren't sure this is standard or not!? We kind of thought that we would hear one way or the other quite quickly. How does everyone else cope with the waiting??
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    Spouse Visa Timescales

    Hi Thanks for taking the time to read this email. Does any one know how long it takes on average for a spouse application to be processed from London? The waiting is driving us mad!!! The Hunter Family
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    Spouse Visa Query

    Hi I have just received an email from my Case Officer to say that my medicals have been sent away to Oz for clearance. Should I be worried? I thought these were assessed in London. If anyone has been in a similar situation please let me know. Thanks for your help.
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    Maybe this could be financial suicide

    Hi Everyone We are hoping to move to Oz later on this year. I originally came over here on a 2 year working visa and 18 years later I am hoping to return, along with husband and 2 kids. We have all the usual worries, are we doing the right thing? Can we afford it? What happens if it doesn't work out? Could we lose everything? After thinking about this for a long time we have finally decided that we have to at least try to make a go of it. I know its not going to be easy and I wish that we had done it years ago but I know that we can give our kids a better life, thats why we are doing it. Life is for living. Good luck to everyone. The Hunter Family
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    Certified/Notarised Copies of Documents

    Very useful information. thanks to all who replied.
  12. Hi We are having a lot of problems finding a solicitor in Fife (Scotland) who is willing to certify copies for us - the reason being that they will not do this unless you have used them previously. Has anyone else had this problem? and if so. what did you do? Is there anyone else (apart from a Solicitor or Notaray) who can certify documents? Also, as part of the application (Spouse Visa) you need to provide passport photographs (4 for the applicant & 2 for the partner) do the photographs need to be signed on the back as well? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Form 40SP - Spouse Sponsorship

    Thanks for all the very useful information that you have sent me. I will get back to you if I need any more help. Cheers C Hunter
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    Form 40SP - Spouse Sponsorship

    Hi Thanks for replying and offering to help. The forms and amount of information that you need to supply is very overwhelming. I was surprised that you got your approval through so quickly, did you send the medical and police check through at the same time as your application? We weren't sure whether to wait or not, do they date the visa from the date of the medical? We were not intending to put our house on the market until his visa was approved and were a bit worried that if we sent the medical with his original application then we might not have a lot of time to get everything in order before we go. We do not want to be in a position where he has to go the Australia to validate his visa then come back to the UK to sell up. I take it that you didn't have any problems sponsoring your spouse even though you live in the UK and not Australia. We were worried because the form asks for you to explain how you intend the carry out your responsibilities etc - how did you answer this question, is it sufficient to say that you intend to support your spouse once you move to Australia? Also, we have to provide statements saying how we met etc, at first I thought that a joint statement would be enough but having read the booklet again it seems that you have to put in separate statements. Did you have any problems? One final question, how many supporting statements from friends and relatives did you submit? Sorry for all the questions, your help is very much appreciated. Thanks C Hunter
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    Form 40SP - Spouse Sponsorship

    Hi I am sponsoring my husband to enter Australia. The form 40SP seems very geared towards the sponsor living in Australia at the time of the application being made. We are both currently living in the UK and I do not intend to return to Australia until my husband receives approval to go as well. My concern is that if I am not living in Australia at the time I send the application could this hinder his application? Would appreciate any advice anyone can give us. Thanks C Hunter