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    Estate Planning: UK & AU Wills

    Ok, thanks Ken. That makes a lot of sense.
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    Estate Planning: UK & AU Wills

    We're in NSW.
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    Estate Planning: UK & AU Wills

    My partner and I are fortunate to have some assets both in the UK and in Australia. We have informal wills, but now we are deciding to be responsible and do things right. We would like to have official Wills drawn up. From the small amount of research that we've done, it seems that having concurrent Wills (one for assets in the UK and one for assets in AU) would be a good way to go. Does anybody have any lawyers that they can recommend to help us set this up from Australia? If anybody has done something similar, I would love to hear how you approached it.
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    Partner Visa 801 and Resident Return Visa 155

    Thanks for the replies. Sounds like there isn't any need to worry too much about the renewals then, Sponsor just can't leave the country unil RRV is granted. Just to confirm, does the travel restriction apply to the Partner on 820? Hypothetically, what if the Partner wishes to leave the country for a short holiday or trip out of necessity while the Sponsor stays in Australia?
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    Partner Visa 801 and Resident Return Visa 155

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, we're both currently in Australia. Happily enjoying the country and building our new life. That makes sense. So we will apply for the 155 once confident the 2 year period for the 5 year renewal has passed and apply for the 820 whenever we've got the documents together and just not plan any trips outside the country around this time until the 155 has been granted.
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    Is anyone else doing an 820 visa?

    You can see our timeline in my signature. 820 takes a long time to process.
  7. I need some advice. Background: * Partner Visa Sponsor holds 189 Visa that expires roughly June 2019. Plans to apply for Resident Return Visa (155) before this expiry date. Complication is that Sponsor will have only spent 2 years in Australia roughly April 2019. * Partner Visa Sponsee holds 820 Visa. Visa applied roughly May 2016. Therefore should be eligible to submit documents for 801 Visa roughly April 2019. * Therefore both Visas can basically be applied for in April 2019. Which order should the visas be applied for? Should the Resident Return Visa (155) be applied for first and wait for it to be approved before applying for the Partner Visa 801? Does the Partner somehow need to be added to the 155 application, or does it not matter? Or should we submit both Visa applications independently?
  8. Thanks! Yes, it's a huge relief not having to worry anymore. We can stop checking the IMMI account on a monthly basis now! ? I probably shouldn't think about it yet, but what happens for the 801? Do they contact us via IMMI when we are eligible to apply for the 801? We'll obviously keep them notified about any address changes or changes in circumstances etc. We'll also keep all of our bills etc so that we have evidence for the 801 when that day comes.
  9. We got it! We finally got the 820 approved this morning. 14 months, 1 week approximately in total from submission to visa grant. We front-loaded everything. That doesn't appear to have been very beneficial.
  10. Another update: we received a message from IMMI on 2 July that our application was now "in progress". So hopefully not long for us now. It's been roughly a 13.5 month wait for us so far.
  11. A quick update on our case. Still waiting unfortunately. When our front-loaded police checks expired, they asked us to redo those. Not overjoyed about having to pay for those again. My partners medical checks are coming up for expiry too, so really hoping we don't get asked to do those again. It's the risk we took though and apart from the visa wait, everything else in Australia has been kind to us. Almost 13 month wait for us now. Hopefully not too much longer.
  12. Thanks, yes, we've decided to renew as well. We let them know via Immi. Hopefully it doesn't delay things much.
  13. Congrats @Muttley I hope we hear something positive soon too. Our timelines are similar to yours.
  14. My partner has an 820 Visa application in progress (we have recently been asked to upload additional documents), however, her UK passport is due to expire shortly. What should we do? Should we renew the passport or let it expire? What is the best way to notify the immigration case officer that a visa should not be issued as a new passport is being issued.
  15. Update: We've just been assigned a Case Officer. They are requesting a few more documents. Certified birth certificate of the sponsor and police clearance of various countries of the sponsor. Hopefully we can get this done soon and then it moves towards a decision.