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  1. Hello everyone, I have a quick question. I had my de-facto spouse visa granted last September and myself and my aussie partner (I'm english) came back to live in Melbourne in October 2008. We plan to stay until (hopefully!) my permanant visa is granted which I think is two years after initial entry, so around October 2010 I guess. What happens if we then decide to go back to London for a while? Will this affect my permanant Australian Visa? Our plan is basically to wait it out, get my perm visa then go back to the UK, probably for 5-10 years. What happens to the status of my visa - do I actually have to be living here in Australia to keep it valid?:goofy: Any help or info appreciated. Thanks, Claire
  2. My husband is Brazilian and I am Australian, we are just about to submit our 309 visa to Australia House. I was wondering if anyone can tell us, a) is it better to submit in person b) how long does it take to come back? How long have people waited? Any experiences would be useful! c) can you call the office to ask questions etc. once you have submitted the application? ANY OTHER ADVICE? FYI – we have submitted with evidence and the health checks, we are still waiting for the police check from Brazil but we have the police check from UK. :jimlad: Thanks so much Bec & Tarso
  3. Hello, if you are like me and interested in how long it is taking the high commission in London to process applications for Spouse, Defacto and interdependency (Subclass 309 via the 47SP application), then please add your details to this thread. 12weeks is their standard quoted time but it seems some are granted much faster, especially if front loaded (Medicals and police checks completed prior to submission). Please add your details if you submitted a 47sp Application for Subclass 309 Spouse visa, including the following information: Application Submitted: Case Officer (C/O) Email: Visa Granted: Please also include any additional information, like if you front loaded your application (ie, included your police checks and medicals), and also any additional information that may be useful (like if you were asked to complete an 80 form, if and what type of interview was required). If there is a better thread out there on this topic, Please paste a link to it.. Here is a short history I have gathered so far: (Sorry If I missed yours! Please add, I will Edit the Post so the list below is always comprehesive.) APPLICATIONS IN PROCESS: 30th April: Sent Application (Frontloaded with 80 form). 6th May: We have had no news yet 30th April - Visa application sent (spouse visa 309) 5th May - Money taken from account 11th May - Email from C/O asking for further information (Police Check & ID card) Sent UK police check and form 80 also. 25/4 - App Sent Front Loaded 27/4 - Payment Taken 6/5 - Email from CO stating application and that processing times are currently 3 - 4 months 24th April: Sent application 24th April:Medical done 24th April, should be sent on 29th April, police checks almost ready, will send by first week of May 2009 28th April: payment taken 11th may: contacted by c/o, requested to send police certs and form 80, 11th may 13th may sent police certs and form 80 17th April sent 309: (front loaded with meds and police checks) 20th April: Received and payment taken: 23th April:CO contact requesting more evidence 27th April: Further evidence sent 29th April: CO requested further evidence 9th May: Further evidence sent 13th May: CO contact stating enough evidence and requesting phone interview: 18th May: Phone interview arranged Submitted 15th April CO on the 17th with the standard letter, & requested further information which all in all we managed to provide by the 24th April. On the 24th we had an interview where our CO said he would be approving the application we just needed to get the police checks. On the 24th i also asked about the processing times and he said average was 4-12 weeks. The police checks were sent off and received on the 28th April and since then we have not heard anything further from the CO. Spouse visa application and police check sent 21.1.09... c/o contact 30.1.09...medical done 6.2.09.....and still waiting... COMPLETED SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS: (Post Creator - SR1992s timeline) 3rd April 2009: Sent Application for Spouse Visa subclass 309, using forms 47SP and 40SP (Fully front Loaded wtih PCs and Meds) 6th April 2009: C/O Replied & Payment taken 7th May: Got impatient and Phoned CO to check if more info is required, no information given other than standard line "3-4months processing time due to backlog of applications". 15 May: email from CO stating that the 309 was approved. No additional information or interview was requested. 9th April - sent Spouse visa application via registered mail from Ireland (We frontloaded with meds & police checks (no form 80).) 14th April - application received in London 15th April - money taken out of account 20th April - received photos back in the mail 5th May - rang Aus House, as we've had no confirmation of receipt (supposed to confirm within 3 weeks of receipt of application). The lovely lady said our application was with a case officer and we should hear something soon! it was actually approved on 16th April - we just never received the email to say so Defacto App sent 2nd March 09, C/O contact 18th March 09, VISA GRANTED!! 20th March 09 Sent the app on 26th Feb, 09 Visa granted 19th March 09 Date lodged: 9th November 2008 Case Officer Allocated: 18th November 2008 Sent Form 80, medicals & police certificate; 15th Dec 2008 VISA GRANTED: 19th January 2009 309 Visa sent 17/10/08, Email from CO 3/11, more info requested 13/11, sent back 28/11, phone ints 12/12 & 05/01, VISA GRANTED 09/01/09! Spouse Visa Application posted 8/11/08 Meds done 8/12/08 Visa granted 15/12/08 Lodged application 12th September 2008, C/O replied 14th Sept 09, Telephone interview 16th September Visa granted 19th September 2009 June 11th 2008 - Sent off visa application! June 18th 2008 - Request for further docs & form 80 July 2nd 2008 - Granted Spouse Visa! Defacto visa submitted 21.05.08 frontloaded Police checks Payment taken 22.05.08 Meds done 23.05.08 VISA GRANTED 17.06.08 application sent 14/04/08, payment taken 16/04/08, CO assigned 21/04/08, police & meds requested 21/04/08, police cert sent 06/05/08, meds sent 15/05/08, VISA GRANTED 21/05/08 Cheers!
  4. hi eveyone, Just wondering if the spouse visa (subclass 309 and 100) required the applicant to take IELTS test. and How long is for the temporary entry visa 309 to be granted? thanks in advance.
  5. Hi all.. We spent last night sorting out evidence for our spouse visa (309). This is what we have come up with; can anyone cast there eye over it and see if they think it'd be adequate? Council tax statements from 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 (both names) Rental bond agreement from apartment in Australia 2005 (both names) Receipt for first months rent 2005 (both names) Electricity statement from Australia 2006 (both names) Home Insurance certificate 2009 (both names) Car Insurance certificate 2008 (both names) Airtours holiday itinerary for Ibiza (both names) Glastonbury Tickets 2006 (same address and sequential numbers) 2 Passes to Temples of Angkor (photo id with sequential numbers) 2 boarding passes for flight in Thailand 2006 (seated next to each other) 2 flight tickets showing same booking number and dates. Drawing and message addressed to us both from partners 9 year old sister Various letters and postcards from each other while we were apart in 2005 Christmas and Easter card address to us both from family Paper part of driving licenses showing same home addresses Copy of Joint Gym membership form Joint bank, one statement from July 2007 and one from March 2009 showing bills/groceries/petrol Page of photos of us together, one page for each year 2005 06 07 08 & 09 (showing a multitude of hair styles.. ha) Obviously a lot of this will require 'Certified Copies', do things like photo's and greetings cards need to get certified too? Any advice appreciated.. )
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    Studying on a spouse 309 visa

    Hi, We have been out here since the end of January on a spouse 309 visa and I have been looking into doing a teacher training course. Would I still be classed as an international student until I get the second part of the visa or because I'm living here would I be able to get it as an Australian student? There is no way we'd be able to afford for me to be able to study if we had to pay international fees so I'd be grateful for any advice! Thanks!
  7. Hi new to forum and had a search around about this. I live with my Australian partner and recently got engaged (27.01.09) after being in a relationship for 2 years. We moved in together (30.11.08) and realise we will need to live together for 12 months. My question is if we leave in Dec 09 to travel for 3 months before arriving in Oz will it affect our application if we submit (subclass 309) it just before leaving the country? Also would the visa likely be approved within 3 months? Thanks in advance for any useful info.
  8. Hey everyone, Just wanted to let you all know our visa has been granted!!!! :yes: Still hasn't sunk in yet - just returned from a weekend in Rome, checked the email and there it was!!! It took a while, we thought we front loaded everything and had thought of everything needed but had to send in some more info, then we had a change of case officer which delayed it even more, then our new c/o was off ill and then away over the Christmas break so we had been wondering if it was ever going to happen but it finally did!!! Yay so excited!!! :jiggy:
  9. Does anyone know how long does it take the Austrlian embassy to validate my passport in London once the Visa approval is received? I have not got the approval yet... just need to know a time length to schedule some travelling. Thanks a lot in advance!
  10. Does anyone know approximately at what stage of the Spouse Visa application do the case worker usually call for interview? The reason I'm asking is that my partner and I plan to travel outside UK after we send out the application package (together with police check and health check front-loaded). However I am quite concerned about them asking us in for interview. Do you usually let you know quite soon after the case worker starts on your case? Or are they quite random? I'm chinese passport holder, and my finance is Australian. Thanks again. =)
  11. hi every one, i am desperate for peoples views, opinions, advice, reassurance its wrecking my head i am 24 years old shane is 25, i met him in oz 14th feb 07 when i was on a hol working visa in oz. we were seeing ech other for a while then i moved in to his rented house in june 07 lived there til jan 08 as visa ran out.we had decided we loved each other and wanted to be together forever and got engaged xmas day 2007. stayed incontact via mobile(unfortunately pre paid mobile so cant get phone records)like 4 times a day, some emails, letters and lots of sms. he came over to meet my family and friends may 08 they loved him:wink:. we went travelling around euroup then again the sad time came he had to go back to oz middle of july 08. again the same contact i just saved hard and went back to oz on 15th october 2008, i was soo happy to be with my shaney, our lil house and animals, and mates. we went to tassie met his mum and sisters they thre an engagement party for us , it was just bliss. but i came home a few days ago, cuz of tourise visa, came back xmas eve, i was absolutley devestated and am really finding it hard to be away from him this time. so we are strating the process, gthering info for defacto sponsership 309. please i would really appreciate any advice, views , experiences , to tell us a deffo no i dunno what ever you think really, or things to make our case stronng enuf. also when i went back to oz i got stopped by immi officer he said dont use an migration agent , cost you lots of dollers , if ur relationship is genuine and have photos and letters to each other no problemo. so am not using one ok we havent lived together for 12 months but have been in a reltioship for over 12 months, and are engaged, to be married to share our future together although we ant to wait til we have enough money to apay for flights for family and friends whether it be in oz ur uk ok so evidence -corrispondance and pay slips to me at his address from when i moved in to his place june 2007.(we didnt have joint rent bills)its all in his name although i did pay my share so should proove that i was living with him . -phtots and a few xmas card to us both for my time there -emails, letters, envelopes to eachother whilst we have been separated and a few home fone records from my parents line -shanes flight details to uk -our travlling flight and train details and plenty of phtot -photos of us and my family -photos of us and my mates -my flight details to oz -flight details for us both to tassie to meet his family -photos of us and his family -enagament party invitaion -engagment cards -engagement announcement in newspaper -plenty more photos of us both -stat dec from our neighbour who we are good friends with and see eachother every day -waiting on stat decs from his mum and sisters, and a mate who knew us from beginning when we first met eachother -waiting on support letters from my parents -i also got a letter from my last employer in oz to say i had worked with them before and they be happy to offer me permanent position if got this visa -xmas cards and evelopes adressed to us both for xmas 08 - a wedding invitation from my friend to us both and a thanyou for attending letter to us both. -we set up a joint ozzy account about a month ago for our savings gona do all police checks and meds ready. i desparately want to get over there with him and start our future together its killing me and will break my heart if we are refused, so please any any help :spinny: im sorry for writting so much, just had to let it all out hahaha, im glad i have found this site , we can all help each toher, we are all going through immigration stuff, and know what each toher is going through. ahhhrrrr its doing my head in i feel like well no i actually am putting my life on hold until al this is sorted out.i wana start living it with shane its all i have been thinking about and worrying about since i first left oz on 19th jan 08. im sure many of you worry and think about ur migration issues every day too, its a stressful business.well i am really scared cuz i want it so bad to be with my shaney and back to our life in oz with our lil hippies house and our pet goat, cat, dog and four fish hehe. thankyou soo much
  12. I have just arrived in Australia having been granted a subclass 309 Provisional Spouse Visa. My partner has a car and i have been driving around the area and decided that i should get a full NSW licence. I have a full UK licence and therefore just wanted to transfer it over. When i went to the RTA to apply for my licence they told me that i would have to wait for 6 months before applying for a NSW licence due to the fact that my Visa is classed as temporary. Under NSW rules, a visitor can drive on a foreign licence for 3 months but then i will have to stop driving and wait another 3 months before i can apply for a NSW licence. Does this seem right or am i missing something? Personally, i think that yes my visa is temporary for 2 years until they grant my permanent Spouse Visa, but my intentions are to live in Australia for ever and therefore the temporary part is a bit misleading! Any help or advice would be greatly appriciated:emoticon-signxmas: Tim
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    Help with form 80!!

    Hello, We have been asked to submit form 80 in order to complete the subclass 309 application - and are struggling - (I am the Aus citizen, my partner UK) he has to list exact dates for every time he has travelled within the last 10 years - does anyone know if this includes EU travel for UK citizens? As it is not stamped in his passport he really doesn't know how to get the information required - for example he knows he went to Venice, Paris and Amsterdam last year but has no idea of exact dates!! Especially as 10 years back takes him to 14 - how is he possibly going to remember exact dates of travel at 18?! Am also wondering whe it asks about have you, or anyone included this form had a conviction, or been found guilty of etc - I have had a driving offence that went to court a few years back, am I included on the form (as the sponser) or is it just referring to any dependants that may be on there? Does anyone know if it's a good or bad sign if they ask for this form? Thanks!!
  14. A bit confused what the difference is as i thought there was only one spouse visa
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    De Facto Spouse Visa

    Hey all!!! Just wanted to write a quick post here to say thank-you to everyone on this site!! It's been soooooo useful reading everyones tips / hints over the last couple of months and here's what happened: May 30th 2008 - received police checks through post June 2nd 2008 - Went and had the medical June 11th 2008 - Sent off visa application! June 18th 2008 - Request for further docs & form 80 July 2nd 2008 - Granted subclass 309 Provisional Spouse Visa! That's 3 weeks from day of posting to it being granted - and I don't think that would have happened without following advice from you guys! cheers!!! So now the Passport has been sent off to get the sticker, and plane tickets have been booked!! Bring on the 2nd Novemeber! Hoorah!
  16. Hi there, Just applying for my spouse visa which will, more than likely, be the temporary one. Just a couple of questions I hope people can answer. Many of the teaching jobs in The Courier Mail say open to permanent residents only. Does this mean I would be blocked from applying for them or are they distinguishing between migrant and holiday visas? Secondly, many people talk about extra baggage allowances when emigrating. Are these still applicable on a temp visa, or does it have to be perm?
  17. Ive noticed that a lot of people on here are going over to oz on a skilled indipendant or sponsored visa and on average it is taking you approx 6 months from application to visa grant. I am planning to go over to oz with fiance you is australian so I will apply for a sub class 309 temporary visa which will cover me for 2 years, then I can apply for a permanant one after that. I am just wondering if anyone else has gone over or is applying for one of these types of visas and how long it will take from application to visa gran. Cheers Mark:smile:
  18. Hi !! I've been reading the forums and it's a great community out here! And now I've got a simple query too. I have a 309 sub class visa (Spouse, provisional resident). I understand that this will be converted to a permanent resident typically after 2 years. I believe this 'waiting' period is to confirm genuineness of the spousal relationship. Question: What evidence of relationship or procedures will be required after the period of 2 years for my visa to be converted to a permanent resident visa? Or is an interview with my wife and I be sufficient? Any advice of experience to share? Thank you in advance. Ryan
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