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  1. Hey just wanted to ask , im married to an australian citizen for 7years and we want to move to australia . Do i have to apply first for 309 visa or can i apply for permanent visa 100 avoiding the 309 visa ?
  2. Hi Guys. My wife has applied a partner visa 309 on 28 June 2016. The application is in the final stages. Today she receive the email that your medicals are not valid after 1 year. Online immiaccount showing medical is clear for the processing of this visa. My query is that the visa processing has been delayed by the immigration deptt then why should one undergo the medical checkup again? Does it happen to anyone else who are waiting for decision for more than 12 months?
  3. Hi all, My partner and i are looking into visa options for him. I have PR already (186) & prior to coming back to UK in 2016 lived and worked in Australia for 6 years. My partner and I have been together a little over a year now, we maintained a long distance relationship for a while then I decided to return to UK in July 2016 to be with him full time whilst he completes his masters degree here. We hope to relocate to Australia in early 2018. Looking now at the offshore partner visa option subclass 309 for him, however I'm confused as my part as a sponsor, the paperwork indicates that I as the Perm Resident sponsor must prove that I normally reside in australia, proof being Australian mortgage, lease agreements, bills etc.... but then also part of the requirement is i have to be in a de facto relationship with my partner.... living together. How am i to prove I normally reside in Australia? When i live in UK with him & I havnt lived there for almost a year now? I have a lease with my partner in the UK and a job here but it is always our intention to go to Australia once he's finished his studies, I do not consider the UK my home at all anymore and havn't for many years, I feel more Australian then English!. Is this what immigration want to hear? On the form it just states if my current address is outside Australia i need to define how i meet the obligations as sponsor. Confused much. This is just one visa option we are looking at, he is a software developer with 10 years experience, various degrees etc, so he would be able to go down the 189 route, but as the celings for his role has been met for this year we are are looking at look at all options just so we can get an application in for him sooner rather then later, we really want to head to Australia early 2018. Anyone on here already been through this process? I feel I am other thinking the process, any help would be great!
  4. Hi Guys, This is my first post in the forum I searched for my issue and couldn't find anything related. The details of my current situation are as below: I have a permanent residence visa for which last date of arrival is 12 September 2018. I came to Australia around two years ago with intentions of Immigrating but I had to leave the country shortly afterwards (less than two months) due to family commitment. So I don't think i meet the usually in Australia clause. Since then, I got married 16 months ago and moved to Saudi Arabia with my spouse for a job. Now I want to apply for 309. I emailed the embassy in Saudi Arabia, the agent didn't reply and told me on call that shes not sure about it We are both living together and want to move together Can I apply it before coming to Australia? My apologies for the long post, thanks for bearing with me
  5. ADAVIDH

    Partner Visa to Citizenship

    I'm an Australian citizen and my partner received a 309 partner visa in July 2014. We moved back to Australia in October 2014. In August 2016 he was granted subclass 100. As it's a 2 in 1 visa, I'm a bit confused when he can apply for citizenship. Is it 4 years from entering the country or 4 years from being granted the 100 visa? Best regards Adavidh
  6. I was granted the subclass 309 visa at the beginning of february. I am now living in Brisbane. My partner and I have been together nearly 4 years and we were a few weeks shorts of meeting the 3 year permenant "defacto status" when applying for the visa initially. Hence why they only granted us the subclass 309 (temporary). However, we have now been in a defacto relationship for almost 3.5 years, which (I think) means I am eligible for the subclass 100 visa. Can anyone tell me if I am correct? How do I get the ball rolling on applying for the permenant 100 visa? I am anxious to get the permenant visa ASAP as I am currently having to pay international fees at university (4 times the domestic/Australian fees!!!).
  7. oldangler

    Residence time in Oz for 309 visa

    My Filipino wife should be getting a 309 visa soon. I am Oz citizen. The waiting time for upgrade to class 100 is 2 years. We would like to share our time between Australia and the Philippines so my question is: What is the minimum period she has to stay in Australia during the two years? Thanks
  8. Hello, I am British and my girlfriend Australian. We applied online for the 309/100 visa on 7th February. All police checks, medicals etc completed. Was just wondering what timeframe people had been given if applying for similar visa? We got told 8 to 9 months when we first got our caseworker, but looking at the automated reply when emailing the case worker it says 10 to 14 months? Rather than bother the caseworker I thought I would ask the question here. I did search around, but couldn't find anyone in a similar application time as us. Thanks
  9. Hi, I'm new here. My names Tony and I just wanted to log my progress and follow up on any other applicants' processing times. I lodged my 309 Partner Visa on 21st February 2014 online, our CO contacted us in March, all documentation was completed in May, Medical and Police checks were completed at the end of June. I always like a bit of wishful thinking and have flights booked (but can be changed) in November (81/2 months after lodging my visa). I'd love to hear about other applicants around this date. On another note, I recently emailed my case officer for confirmation of my medical checks and I obviously asked for an approximate time frame for my visa to be granted but I didn't get a reply from my case officer, instead I got a reply from a guy named Luis who informed me that if all documentaton is submitted then I should just wait. I thought I had my case officer until my visa is granted and i have purposefully only emailed her twice as to not be annoying. I'm a little annoyed that because I've been a bit more of an "easy customer" that she can't even be bothered to reply to me.
  10. Hi. Did anyone lodge a 309 application around April from the UK? It's been 5 months now and I've heard nothing. I was assigned a case officer on 18th April, who phoned me and told me that I had a good application with lots of good evidence and my police and medical checks were OK and sent by end of June. However, when i contacted them to say my current address had changed, i discovered my case officer was on extended leave. I gave my new details and was told this had been passed on to a supervisor. That was mid-July. I then contacted them a week into August to check they had everything they needed and asked if any of this would have delay my application and was told that they have all they need for now and they will be in touch if they need anything else. Since then, I've heard nothing. Do you think I can expect something soon, or am I just being impatient and letting the anxiety get to me? Anyone experienced a similar situation? Cheers, Craig
  11. HuwandDonna

    Partner Visa - Subclass 309 & 100

    Hi, We are looking at applying for the Subclass 309 (temp) and subclass 100 (perm) visa for my partner. I believe that if my partner is successful in getting the temp 309 visa then we have to wait 2 years before the perm 100 visa will be looked into... Is this correct? Also, is it possible for us to move to australia under the temp 309 visa? Will my partner have to leave the country for the perm visa to be accpeted then?? One question: Is says on their PDF (1127.pdf) that:- 'You may, however, be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two-year waiting period if: • at the time you apply, you have been in a partner relationship with your partner for 3 years or more, or 2 years or more if you and your partner have a dependent child of your relationship' We have been together (de-facto) for 10 years and have two daughters (aged 4 and 7 currently). Have anybody else been down this route and didn't have to wait 2 years for the perm (100) visa? If so, how did it all work and how long did you have to wait? Love to hear off someone who could clear this up for us!! EDIT: Sorry just found this information: Permanent Partner visa (subclasses 100 and 801) If you: • lodged your Partner visa application outside Australia; and • were outside Australia at the time you applied, you can be either in or outside Australia when the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted. But would love to chat to others in the same boat as us and find out any tips etc to helping us out! Thanks
  12. Hi everyone We applied for Partner Offshore Subclass 309 and sent to London on 8/8. We haven't had any acknowledgement they have recieived (apart from postal records) or any contact from a CO yet? is this normal.. 2-3 Weeks? Will they email the 'applicant'? Other threads on here are saying people hear back within about 5 working days.. Freaking out a bit that it's gotten lost - but assuming it's school holidays, summer they are probably understaffed! Thanks, Amy
  13. Hi everyone, we submitted our app to London on 8/8, three weeks later told payment info was wrong and had a day to get it in before fees went up. So we did that and were told it would be sent to CO. It's now 3 weeks later and no contact from anyone.?? I thought after payment taken CO granted would be 3/4 days after and make contact?? Are there a lot of people waiting if you have recently submitted. Is there a general number/email to contact to see what is going on?? Or do I just wait and hope they haven't 'misplaced' our application. Freaking out right now..
  14. Hi everybody, I am lodging my offshore partner visa 309 at the end of this month. I just wanted to triple check my checklist of documents I have physically in the envelope and have a few questions .. Checklist : Form 47sp filled Form 47 filled Certified copies of passports for both of us Certified copies of birth certificate for both of us 4 passports photos for both of us 4 forms 888 by australians friends and australian family on my partners side, signed and certified by a third person French police clearance Uk police clearance PAPERS FROM THE SPONSOR : Certified copy of birth certificate Paper showing employments EVIDENCES : Electricity bills with both our names on it -Flat rental with both our names on it Flat contract with both our names on it Wedding invitation with both our names on it Deposits with with both our names on it 2 Gym contract of the same Gym Some photos of us in France, Uk, Prague, with my family 1 letter from sponsor to express love 1 letter from me Is this all and enough ? I can't seem to find something missing. These are my few questions : 1 - Does the love letter have to be certified or something ? Or just on a piece of paper with our name and signature ? 2 - When are they going to contact me for the health check ? Are they going to book an appointment for me in my nearest hospital ? How does it work ? 3 - When you give the evidences, for example a renting flat contract, do you print the whole contract ? Or just the first page and the last page with signature ?
  15. Hi everyone Just wanted to say hello, after the many hours I've spent looking at specific threads for advice, and also just browsing on subjects like jobs, where to live, where to visit/holiday. I am currently in the process of gathering all the info I need to apply for a 309/100 visa. Just waiting for the stat decs from Australian friends and a couple from my friends and then I am ready to send it all in to Australia House in London. I am British and I live with my Australian partner in London. He has been here for 10 years but we are hoping to relocate to Sydney, where my partner's family live (aside from Dad in Wollongong & Mum in Adelaide - siblings are all in North/South Sydney). And most importantly, it will bring him physically closer to his daughter, also in Adelaide. I am going into the process slightly blind, but I am aware of the high taxation, higher cost of living, different medical care arrangements, so am not completely blinkered. But at the same time I am looking foward to what Australia can offer and how we can make the best of it. I visited Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide over Xmas 12/13 and will hopefully visit again around Easter 2014, for a more practical visit - less tourist stuff and more of an eye on surburbs, jobs, transport etc. So that was a very long way of saying Hello! Have a great weekend VP
  16. Hi there, My husband is English, I am Australian - we have been together 3 years and married for 2. Just about to submit this application the first phase of the 309 (2 years temp) and have a few questions if anyone can help? 1. I have had most of the important docs certified by solicitor, birth certs/passports/marriage certs, bank statements etc. but not 'supporting' things like cards, photos, travel tickets, letters in both names - these are just print outs or copies - is that ok? 2. We have 12 months bank statements each - is that enough financial evidence? Do we need payslips too? if so going back how far? 3. The last 'supporting' evidence which is - Nature of your commitment to each other - we haven't been seperate for longer than 5 days in 3 years - so do we need to provide phone records? and we don't have a will, so what can I use for this?? Our personal statement covers a lot of 'background' and 'combination of affairs' - so will this suffice? Thanks in Advance anyone I'm exhausted from compiling this thing. should have got an agent to do it!
  17. Applying for a spouse (309) visa, our progress so far.... 20/4 - sent off application (frontloaded). 21/4 - money taken 27/4 - email from C/O confirming receipt of application 29/4 - received all the evidence we'd sent back in the post 05/5 - phoned C/O who infromed they didn't require anything else but there was a backlog of apps and it could take 3 months to hear. Has anyone else who's applied in the past couple of weeks heard anything? or been granted a visa?
  18. mralaa

    309 problem

    hello. i have been in Australia for about 10 months now. i got married a year ago. and got my visa and came here. and after few months of being with my wife here. i found out alot about her. stuff she lied about. and she have mental issues and sucidal and she kept threatening me that she will kill herself. and i have phone recorded for that. beside she has been very mental abusive to me playing with my head. and she has been abusive to her kids from her prevues marriage . and i contacted her ex husband to find out. and i've it written from him that she has threatening him by hurting her kids if he didnt go back to her. alot of stuff. she have alot of problems , so i left her and i live on my own since. i contacted immigration and they gave me options . one of them is to apply for PR. and i did apply and i wrote them a big letter explaining everything. and that was back on feb. and i have txt masgs and call recordes and chat screenshots of her abusing me and being racist. and that she can kick me out of the country anytime she wants. and i've two members of her family supporting me and willing to write a letter to immigration to tell them how unstable she is now my questions is. whats my chances of getting the PR?
  19. I'm a complete novice to the Australian visa system (although a bit of an expert in the UK system due to husband's immigration here!) We are considering a move to Australia in 2014 to arrive approx October 2014, ie the end of next UK summer. When should I be submitting my application for a 309 visa? I had a vague idea that the visas have a kind of activation time limit ie once you are granted the visa you need to take up residence in Australia within a certain time otherwise the visa expires? I have done a quick search and couldn't find the answer but there is a lot to search through, so apologies if this question gets asked a million times. As I know from the UK system, forewarned is forearmed and the sooner I get preparing myself for the stack of forms the better. And I've read here that it takes about 8-9 months to get the visa awarded. I'm wondering if I should start thinking about submitting the application now to give us plenty of time, or if this would be a mistake because it would "run out" too soon once (fingers crossed) it gets awarded. thanks in advance if you can help me
  20. [it is the Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) i am wishing to apply for] Some information so you know where i am coming from: I am british and my gf is Australian. I lived in Australia for one year on a working holiday visa. Towards the end of my year in australia we were going to apply for the Onshore De Facto visa so I could stay in the country (and my job), but as time was running out and I was getting different answers every time i rang the immigration department about having a complete application, we decided it was safer to leave on the day my visa ran out and make our way to the UK to apply there. We have been travelling through Asia since then and now we are about to head back to the UK. The plan is to apply at the immigration office when we get back to the UK. We have all the required documents (statutory declarations etc) the only thing we won't have is police clearance from Spain (as I lived in Spain for over a year in the last five years so this is required) I have read through the application form and the document checklist but my question is.. Is it possible to apply as soon as I arrive in London and then give the police clearance documents once we have been to Spain to collect them? It could be a month or two later. We really want to get back to Australia asap, but don't want to risk applying and then being declined for something like one missing document. PS the reason we are going to Spain for the police clearance is that it is 400euros more expensive to organise a lawyer to obtain it on my behalf. I must go to Madrid to collect. Thank you anybody that can advise.
  21. Dear All I would just like to thank everyone for their help and advice re my offshore Second Stage Partner visa. SUCCESS!!!!!! I am now the proud owner of a PR Subclass BC100 Permanent Resident visa...yes little ol me...yeehaa! I posted paperwork to Brisbane on 8th March (approx). I telephoned Immigration yesterday (approx 45 minute wait) to check if they had actually received my paperwork as I hadn't received the acknowledgement letter back, only to get through to a lovely guy. He asked if I was near a computer and could I go online whilst he waited. So I did and logged into my VEVO account and nearly fell of the office chair. OH MY GOD!! I got it and not only had I got it, it was granted on 9 April 2013, so about a month from posting. Here the recent history for others (hope the links work). http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/179346-2nd-stage-de-facto-visa-requirements.html http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/175568-second-stage-partner-visa-309-a.html I feel very happy and now I can live my life. Next stage Citizenship..so I can be truly Australian. BrownEyedGal:biglaugh:
  22. Hi all! After years of lurking in the forums and getting tips and years of complex delays (family reasons), I finally lodged my De facto Partner (100/309) application on 19/02/2013 (having completed 5 versions of the 40SP/47SP over the years on various false starts!). Following the excellent advice on this forum, I submitted a comprehensive application proving 9 years de facto relationship with my Aussie partner, showing adequate funding, including owning an apartment in Melbourne. I more than qualify for progressing straight to the 100 visa and PR. I also already have family that have emigrated to Australia (2 sisters and husbands, their grown up families etc) so we both have extensive family support networks. But the processing time for partner migration is 8-9 months at least! We sold up and moved into rented nearly a year ago, so everything is in storage ready to go. Obviously, we can wait if we have to but I wonder what other options I have? Travel on a 3m visitors visa and try to get a bridging visa? Sponsored by one of my sisters, perhaps? Any advice on options to explore would be gratefully received! After years of waiting, I just want to get cracking!
  23. Hi guys, In May 2012 I applied for the 309 spousal visa, which was granted in November 2012. In December we went to Australia for Christmas so I activated the visa at that time. My question is, what happens if we don't now move to Australia for, let's say, the foreseeable future? My wife, the Aussie, is pregnant and we are expecting an arrival in August. We are currently earmarking a February move, but I'm curious what would happen at the two year stage, when they come to review the 309 for upgrading to the full visa, 100 if memory serves, and we have not moved. I don't recall seeing anything specific about this when we did the application. Any thoughts, suggestions or links to information would be appreciated. Thanks
  24. Hi all, This is my first post! My partner and I have found this site extremely useful for other things, so first of all a big thank you and congratulations to anyone who's recently received their visa! My questions is regarding getting documents certified. I have photocopies of both our passports certified, and we both have certified copies of our birth certificates. Do other documents, such as tenancy agreements, utility bills, invitations, cards and any other supporting evidence have to be certified copies as well? Or can they just be colour photocopies? If anyone could please share with me their experience with this part of the application, I would really appreciate it. We are applying for a 309 de facto visa, and have lived together for approximately 22 months. We are submitting the application without an agent and are almost ready to send it off. Thanks very much! :biggrin: Chris
  25. dodgydarji

    Defacto Relationship Requirements

    Hi All, This is my first post and have spent a fait bit of time trying to find someone in a similar situation but had no success. I guess everyone is in a unique situation. I (pom) want to go over on the 309 Visa with my Aussie girlfriend who I have been with for two years now. However we didn't move in together until 6 months ago. She bought a place and I moved in 10/2012. I am just a little confused to whether or not this disqualifies me from being able to get the 309 partner visa? I up until that point of moving in with her had been technically living with my parents, however spent nearly all my time at my partners rented accommodation. The evidence I can provide is we have been away together on holidays through the two year stat decs from 5 people in Australia (her mum, dad, sister and two friends) A joint bank account with savings going in from both of us for the last 13months Photos, letters and emails of us being together Last 6 months of bills being delivered to the same address. We both pay different house bills so no joint names. (i took car insurance, internet, tv) She took (gas, electric) I have proof in my own bank statements I sent money towards mortgage for the last 6 or 7 months So I have all form and proofs printed and ready to go, however just wanted to make this last minute plea in case anyoen had been rejected? I am under 26 so I could apply for the WHV and then apply for the defacto when I am in Australia. My only concern for this is a) employment restrictions or disadvantages with WHV visa. b) We are planning to move permanently so I would effective be lying by saying I am just taking the WHV visa then going defacto (has anybody else done this?) .. Any help and replies would be greatly appreciated Thanks you so much, Jay
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