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      Australian Visa Timelines Tracker website now live   19/10/17

      If you’re applying for an Australian visa, you want to know how long it’s going to take to be granted. This is understandable as you’re eager to start your new life in Australia. Having such information will also allow you to get on with other crucial steps in the immigration process. That's why, after feedback from our members,  we've launched our Australian Visa Timelines Tracker https://ww.australia-visa-timelines.com The tracker allows you to enter key dates about your visa application and compare them in tabular format with other applicants around the globe. You can look at who’s applied for the same visa as you, the same dates as you, from the same country, occupation etc. This will allow you obtain greater insight into the likely time is will take for your visa to be granted. We've still a couple of changes to make over the next couple of weeks, but the site is now online and available for use.

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  1. Great news @nava24 and good luck preparing the move!
  2. Going back to that - do the proposed changes to the partner visa (extra step to get the sponsor approved, possibly extra fee for it too) have actually gone through? I know they were being discussed, but I don't know if they have actually been implemented. Asking for a friend (no, not really. Asking for me ). Thank you!
  3. Prospective Marriage Visa (sub 300)

    Well, the more photos the better, but as long as you have at least one of you two together (=proving that you have met in person), I guess you tick the bare minimum... maybe if you explain in your statement that she is photo-shy, they will understand. In the future though I suggest you get into the habit of taking more pictures of you together, because you are going to need to lodge another application for the next stage (visa 820). As for the date: the way I understand it (someone correct me if I'm wrong) as far as Immigration is concerned, an online relationship (or a long distance relationship with no "physical" contact, just skype calls/emails/text messages etc) is dating, not a proper relationship. Your "starting date" for a committed relationship would be when you met in person and decided that yes, you definitely wanted to be together. As for questions regarding your family, I'm not sure what to do in that situation to be honest... I don't want to take a guess and tell you something incorrect that could jeopardize your application! Sorry
  4. Prospective Marriage Visa (sub 300)

    Hey, of course, that's what this forum is here for We included about a dozen pictures of us together. It's not a lot, but as snifter pointed out it's not so much quantity than quality that matters - ours showed us with friends and family (so that covers the social aspect of the relationship), and were taken over the course of our relationship (and so prove a continuous relationship).
  5. Prospective Marriage Visa (sub 300)

    Hi! We've just gone through the process, so this is based on our experience but of course each case is different. - applications lodged in the UK are processed by the Australian High Commission in London, I believe. The time frame is impossible to estimate, it depends on the backlog at the Commission, how straightforward your case is, etc. The official, global time frame is 12/15 months. Our application took 3 months. - proof that you have met in person: photos are the obvious answer. Plus bookings made for activities in common (travel, theatre etc), hotel bookings... - our CO asked specifically for photos of us together (which we had included, but I guess they were buried in the rest of the evidence), so in our case yes, it was a must. - I was quoted 295 GBP for the medical at Knightbridge Doctors clinic in London. Good luck!
  6. Front loading health check for visa

    No, a PMV/300 is a temporary visa. So I ticked temporary.
  7. Front loading health check for visa

    Form 80 is basically all the details about you and your partner. Can't remember exactly what is asked but basically I think family, employment, education, and (what can take a bit of time to fish out as for instance trips inside the EU don't earn you a stamp on your passport so it can be hard to remember the dates) your travel history for the past 10 years. It's very straightforward, it just takes time You can just google the form and download it to see exactly what they ask, and prepare it in advance so it's ready to send should they ask for it.
  8. HEADS A MESS!

    I agree you should probably put kids on hold until you are more settled. My own experience is that I left my home country for the UK over a decade ago. I am from a very close-knit family and was always adamant I needed to go back at some point. I felt very homesick and holidays there always end up in tears at the airport. Yet when the opportunity came to go back a few years ago and I had to seriously sit down and think about it, I realised my country had changed and wasn't really the home I used to know. That I was looking at it with rose-tinted glasses but that the reality of the daily life would be vastly different from going there on a holiday - when you make the most of your time and tend to experience your family's best side - not the annoying bits that drive you mad! So I stayed, and have no regret so as I'm preparing to live the UK for Aus now I am not too worried about adapting. But everyone's experience is different obviously.
  9. Ahh yes that's what I figured, thanks. Kinda wakes me wish I had taken British citizenship like I was thinking a few years ago, but that can't be helped now
  10. Ooh you get access to Medicare! I thought you could only apply for it after the 820, but perhaps things are different for UK/Commonwealth citizens. Congrats on those milestones anyway! You're making really good progress in settling in I'm leaving on Sept 8th... sooo close now!
  11. Front loading health check for visa

    @snifter sounds like it's the same as it wasn't on the official list of documents to provide, but we were asked by the CO to send it when they requested the PCC and medical. I'm not sure if they ask for it systematically now. Our agent had us fill it beforehand, so he was obviously expecting it. @angelpie we didn't have much regarding the nature of the household as we didn't live together (which is more or less the nature of the PMV after all) so we just provided screencaps of our chats discussing how we would organise our life together, bank statements showing we split costs etc, and explained how we were planning to live together in our statement.
  12. VISA HELP!

    It depends what your plans as a couple are. If you are engaged and planning to get married, there is the PMV (visa 300). But you need to apply offshore (i.e you have to be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted; you can come to Aus on a tourist visa in between, but you can't work there or stay longer than 3 months at a time). If not, you could indeed go there on a Working Holiday Visa, which would allow you to live together for a year, and see how it goes I don't know the specifics of the WHV but plenty do around here and will be able to give you all the info. Edit: in fact this thread has info on going from a WHV to a partner visa, which could apply to you. Have a looksee! https://www.pomsinoz.com/topic/196358-partnerde-facto-visa-advice-needed/
  13. Front loading health check for visa

    They do ask for family details on form 80 such as date of marriage of parents and siblings (when applies) etc - so some info can require a bit of digging even if you're on good terms (as much as I like my siblings, I can't remember what day they got married exactly!). Hopefully it's nothing a short phone call or email won't sort out for you @Angelpie@snifter is right, it is a matter of sitting down and taking the time to read the leaflet. Everything is in there, and if you need extra help, this forum is a godsend!
  14. PMV to 820 wait time?

    Ooh I'll be in your position soon, so keep us updated @Claire6474 good luck!
  15. Front loading health check for visa

    We used them to lodge the application. I'm not sure we're meant to discuss agents by name on forums, but happy to talk about it over PM if you want