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  1. Hi all, Got a bit of a sticky situation. My sponsor's passport is currently with the British government as she had to get her visa re-printed in her new Oz passport. They have had it for over 2 months and she doesn't have a copy, so does not know the number, issue/expiry etc. On the sponsorship application form it asks for these details. We have a copy of birth certificate, so ID is OK. Tried getting the info but she is not even allowed to enquire the status of her visa re-print until its been 3 months :confused: Explained the circumstances but they wouldn't budge (this is the kind of reason I am migrating!). Does anyone know if we can supply the passport details after submission? The problem is my work require me to start before August, so need to get the app in ASAP. I will be applying with Australia House, London - who were the office that issued my partner's new passport, I was hoping they could just internally verify the info?? Pickles :arghh:
  2. RonnieRonster

    Several Offshore 309 Defacto Questions

    Hello, I've got a couple of questions about De-facto visas and was hoping for some advice. Me and my OH are in a genuine committed relationship and have been living together as such for almost 2 years. She is keen to move back to Oz and I think it is a great idea. I applied for my WHV a while ago and have to activate this before July. I’m considering applying for a de facto spousal visa whilst here in London. I have a couple of concerns. The first is whether we would be granted the De-Facto visa. I know we meet the criteria although proving it is a different matter. We have lived together for 2 years. However, for the first 18 months her name wasn’t on the rental agreement. We moved 6 months ago and her name is on the current rental agreement. She has bills and lots of other documents i.e driving license etc to the old address. But does it matter if her name wasn’t on the rental agreement? So frustrating as I never thought it would matter. If we wait and the de facto gets refused, my WHV will of expired. So can I appeal the decision? Any idea how much that would cost and whether there is any chance of the decision been over turned? If we decided to go to Oz before applying for the de-facto visa, will the time we’ve been living in Oz be seen as time spent travelling? (the main purpose of the visa is stated as to be travel not to work/live). I don’t want to be 1 year down the line and still not be able to apply for the de-facto visa. I'm sure that we’ll marry in the future but I’m sure that proceedure will be stressful enough without time constraints. Also does anyone know if I can take my completed application the High Commission in London and submit the application to a CO in-person? I appreciate that it is just your opinions and it won’t be any guarantee but would appreciate some advice from people who have a lot more idea than myself. Thanks in advance Ronnie
  3. Hi, I've been searching the forums but can't find any information on this. I have sent my application for partner visa off and have recieved an email from the embassy which asks for: 'evidence from financial institutions, etc, to demonstrate what money, goods and assets you currently have (either on your own or jointly with your partner).' My questions are: 1) How much do they require you to have in your bank, as a rule? We have the option of asking family members to loan us money which we could use as evidence, but are not sure if we need to do this (we would prefer not to) 2) As we don't own any property / vehicles, we were thinking of showing evidence of the financial worth of our engagement rings, laptop and DSLR camera - do you think this is worth doing? We're really struggling to find any information regarding this issue so any insight would be very gratefully recieved!! Thanks guys.
  4. Hey all, I am new to the forum and in the process of getting all the info together that I need for our Partner Visa application. I just had a question in relation to the certifying of documents. It asks for evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship and to prove this by supplying bank statements, phone records etc. I have gathered all of these and photocopied the original documents. Do I\We really have to go and get each page of the copied documents certified? I have a years phone records and statements and a few other documents and they all add up to quite a lot of pages. Some clarification on this would be greatly appreciated. It is just so frustrating and time consuming collating all the info. :arghh: How many in terms of the large ring binders, is enough evidence? I already have one full and will probably have a second full one to submit. Many thanks and I can't wait to eventually get all the info together!! :wacko:
  5. TheOptimist

    Sponsorship for Partner Visa (309)

    Hi all, I wonder if anyone would be able to help me. I am going to be applying for a partner visa (subclass 309 offshore) and me and my OH have been busily gathering evidence in the hope we can apply in late July\early August. My OH has to return to Australia very soon after we will have fulfilled the 12 month living together requirement for financial reasons (Early July). He is currently in discussion with his old boss in Australia and there is a chance he may get his old job back, but nothing is certain yet. He is the obvious person to be my sponsor, however we have some concerns about this. Because he has been living and working in the UK for the past year, he doesn't have a job yet in Oz. As explained above, there is a chance he'll be able to go back to work for his previous employer but nothing certain and no guarantee. I can no longer afford to support him in the UK and am moving in with my family to save money etc, so it makes sense for him to go home and get work there, and for me to apply offshore with him being back in OZ. Does anyone know if this will cause problems for us from a sponsorship point of view? It looks like we have to provide his recent payslips in order to be able to sponsor me but obviously we won't have anything from Oz, or if we will, there will only be a month or so's worth. We have been given advice that I can apply for this visa without him living with me, provided its as soon as possible after he returns, so don't want to risk submitting the application more than a couple of months after he's returned home. I'm a little confused. Any help or advice would be really appreicated. Thanks.
  6. Today I got the paperwork to change my 309 temporay resident visa to a 100 permanent resident visa. I have just spent a number of hours filling in the paperwork to get it, I'm sure it's going to take a few more hours to compleate it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel
  7. sgperry

    Subclass 309 Partner visa

    hi, there don't seem to be many postings about this particular visa on this site. Anyone else applying under this category? What success (or not) have you had? We are applying under the de facto partner class (same sex). So far its been promising - my partner received an email from the London High Commission within a week of sending off her application, asking her to get her medicals and police check done within 28 days and return it with her form 80. (They took visa payment within a day and returned a lot of our evidence within 2 days.) No idea how long the visa will take to be approved (assuming it does) once she sends off the requested info but very impressed so far. cheers sg
  8. Guest

    Help with 309 spouse visa

    Hi All, I am an Australian citizen; I have applied for a 309 spouse visa off shore in Lebanon. -Application logged on 26/6/09. We have Submitted all the required papers on the same day, including the interview. - Only, had medicals and my salary slips which we later submitted them on the 12/July/09. Later that month we called them. they said no additional pappers required. application is in inital phase. Can anyone help me with the processing time for such a visa. They said it needs 6 to 9 months to process it. The issue is that, we are planning to be together in Australia by January 2010. since i'm studing and working at the same time and that is the only time that i would be able to do so. that will give us time to settle. i would be thankful if someone could advise. thanks
  9. Frannie

    309 offshore visa payment

    Sorry it's me again with another question that I can't find the answer to. Can I pay for the visa in Australian dollars using my partner's Australian credit card if I am applying in the UK? Or do i need to pay in £s. Sorry if the answer is obvious, i didn't want to make yet another £1/minute phone call. I don't think i've ever been so stressed in my life. Am having one breakdown per day and feel like I am losing my mind. Am finally nearly ready to post the 1.5kg application! Anyway hope someone can help! Thanks!
  10. nik_kershaw

    Next step on the 309 visa

    Hi everyone, i am currently on a 309 visa that expires in April, now what actually happens, do I have to become a PR before that date or is my status changed automatically or do I get a visit from the Immagration dept? I haven't got a clue. Cheers guys, I'm sure other people who have been in my shoes know what to do
  11. Guest

    Subclass 309 visa granted!

    Hi All, Just received a very welcome confirmation that my 309 application has been granted. No interview, just a rock solid application, thanks to some very professional and diligent assistance from a MARA agent. I decided to use George Lombard Consultancy to help with my application. As my case is certainly not straight forward on character grounds due to my teen delinquency. I did my homework this time and chose George's team to help me. As i was previously stung by a not so good agent based in Perth, WA. App submitted - Oct 20th ACPO police clearance submitted - 22nd Nov Granted - 21st Jan. Just over the 3 months. No further correspondence until grant of visa which was today. Many thanks to George and his team of workers for there expert assistance. regards, Brent77
  12. I am an Australian citizen and married my Nepali girlfriend who is residing in Nepal. We got married and gave birth of a child. Just to let you know I've just got the citizenship 1 month after her birth. Now I want to bring them in Australia. Unfortunately I am unemployed for about 14 months. I can arrange assurance of support from my friends here in Australia. I've several questions regarding these 1. Though I am unemployed for 14 months,I did not apply for centrelink support. Does it have any effect on the visa application? Is it okay to apply for centrelink support for being unemployed? 2. Regarding the child. She is only 1 month old. Do I need to apply for her separately paying visa application fee (about $1700 if applied overseas) or one application fee for my spouse covers her as well? 3. What will be the precise amount of money do I need to submit as security deposit . Is It about ($2500 + $650 ) for a spouse and a child?
  13. Hi, Hope some one can help, was granted subclass 309 provisonal residence visa in oct 2006 have been living in Sydney since April 2007 due to something going wrong at IMMI they never sent me out the details for my second stage visa application after a year and 1/2 of phone calls eventually got response today saying will send out letter to commence permenant residency visa. I am married to an Aussie, i own my house here yet due to slowness of immigration I am still only considered temp resident. No problems until now when went to get NSW driving license which i need for work and said that even though i have lived here for 3 years I have been out of the country in last 6 months so can not issue visitors with a NSW license. It seems crazy as i have to have a NSW license for work but cant wait another 6 months and anyway will have to leave the country for a holiday in the next 6 months so basically it seems iam screwed until my permenant residency is granted which will prob take another 10 months. Anyone any ideas or help i would be immensley grateful. :wacko:
  14. Hi everyone. I have finally got my spouse visa (309)..and i'll be moving to adelaide in FEB, so can i start looking for jobs now from my country so that i have some job in hand when i move to AUS..I'll be going to AUS for the first time ever...anyway am i eligible to do so? and can anyone help me find some good weblinks for job search? Many Thanks.
  15. We are planning to submit the applicaiton for partner visa do we have to submit form 80 and form 1221 ..? or it has to be submit only when requested by CO. please give ur suggestions please
  16. Zoks

    Subclass 309

    Hi all, I'm currently completing the 47sp form. Just had a look through the checklist. At no point does it tell me to include my passport with my application. Is this correct? Isn't the partner visa attached to the passport? If not, what does it look like. Many thanks....
  17. Hello! My partner and I have just received confirmation that our de facto spouse visa application has arrived in London and we have been assigned a case officer. We have been told that my partner should get his meds done now which he will do in the next week. Other than the meds, our application had all the required docs (police check, form 47SP, form 40SP, form 80 and a whole bunch of evidence relating to our relationship). The timelines on this site are great but it seems that from month to month processing times change quite a bit so I just wanted to see if anyone else has lodge recently and how their application was going. We were hoping the visa would get approved by November but now we are just hoping that we will be together for Christmas (my partner, who is English, lives in Scotland and I have been home in Australia since March). Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
  18. We arrived at the embassy in Auckland for our appointment on Thursday morning with our completed forms and a *huge* envelope packed full of evidence covering the 4 years we have been together. I had initially sorted out a pile that stood just about 6 inches tall, which my DH pared down to about half of that and I still didn't think we had enough! We also brought with us the original versions of our birth certificates, marriage certificate and passports just in case there was a problem with the certified copies we had. We were seen straight away by a very professional and very nice woman at the embassy. We had our forms, stat decs and certificates together in one envelope and our evidence in another [huge] envelope. She went through our forms to make sure we had filled it all in correctly then checked the original certificates with the certified copies we had brought with us. We were asked to ring back later that same day and when we did she had another question for us then asked us to come back in at the same time the following day. We turned up at 10 and I was given a letter and a form to complete. I was asked for my passport and said she was going to put my visa in it -- I didn't dare to hope as we had already discussed my receiving a tourist visa and the letter only said that our application for the 309 was likely to be granted. Ten minutes later, we were called into another room where she congratulated us and welcomed me to Australia! My DH will tell you that I didn't stop smiling until we fell asleep hours later when we arrived back in Sydney that same evening. We just got home to Hobart just two hours ago and I still keep checking my passport just to be sure :wubclub: We had absolutely no idea that it would be sorted out so quickly and were fully expecting to have to get a new tourist visa for me and then book a second trip a bit later. We weren't asked to fill out or provide anything beyond what was on the checklist and on the partner visa area of the main DIAC site. Everyone at the embassy in Auckland was professional and we really can't speak highly enough of the case manager who granted my visa and the staff there. Last but not at all least, we both want to give a BIG thanks to PIO and especially to everyone here who has helped me during the past month because I've been completely blonde when it came to filling out some of the questions on the forms that go with the application. I wish everyone else who is going through the process and/or waiting to hear the *very* best of luck. :hug: H.L.
  19. Hello all, My partner and I are in the process of collating the mountain of documents required for the De facto visa (Subclass 309). I'm looking for advice on the best way to compile everything. Do most people just collate the documents into some order then pop it into a folder? Separated by plastic pockets? Or perhaps everything stuck down scrap-book style? Stapled into sections? Any advice would be greatly appreciated (especially those of you who've had super-quick processing times, or applied to the Auckland branch of DIAC) Cheers :biggrin:
  20. Pptrixibell

    309 Visa application lodged this week!!!!

    Hi I was wondering if anyone could give me a timeframe as I'm new to this site, and am engaged to my Ozzie fiance and whilst he's in Canberra and I'm in Edinburgh I was hoping on some advice on how long the London High Commission branch will roughly take....I also didn't use an agent instead doing it by ourselves....hope I've got everything right!!!! All words of advice very welcome!!! Ppxx:cute:
  21. HI Has anyone applied for Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) in the U.K.? If so how long did it take? And how long did they keep your passport for!? Many Thanks!
  22. Hello there My Aussie better-half has discovered that his passport has expired and now that we are actually preparing our application I've just entered that 'worrying about everything' stage :laugh: Anyway, my quick question to those of you who are familiar with the partner visa types is about the personal documents required by the sponsor. The checklist says: Will it be okay to supply certified copies of his birth certificate and his current driving license without supplying his passport? Thank you very much in advance, H.L. :smile:
  23. Hi All im in the process of getting my defacto spouse visa, the application was submitted last week and the case officer has come back requesting an Australian police check for my partner (the sponsor) for his time in Australia which was 6 days to activate the visa. I receieved the following which is being asked of all sponsors for 309 visa X The Australian Government considers the safety of children is paramount and is strengthening the policies around the sponsorship of minors for visas. In particular it wishes to ensure that children migrating to Australia are protected from high risk situations, such as when the sponsor has convictions or outstanding charges for offences of a sexual or violent nature and it is likely the child will be residing with that sponsor. Consequently the Australian Government has introduced a requirement that when an applicant under the age of 18 is included in an application for a Child or Partner category visa, the sponsor is to provide an Australian National Police Check (NPC). The information contained in the NPC will assist the Department to determine whether there is any compelling reason to believe that the grant of the visa would not be in the best interests of the visa applicant. As you are the sponsor of [insert name of child applicant/s] for a [insert visa name], I request that you forward to me an NPC. An NPC may be obtained from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Information on obtaining the check is available from the AFP website at http://www.afp.gov.au/business/national_police_checks or by telephoning the AFP on (02) 6202 3333. When completing the NPC application form please use Code 33 at Question 1 on the form and include details of any, and all, names you have been known by. If an AFP certificate is provided based on incorrect information, the department may request another certificate. Please note fingerprints are not required for the NPC. This came in the day my application was lodged.. typical!! We booked our flights for the 1st of Jan as our agent thought we had ample time to get visa and had been preparing the visa for last few months and had everything needed, I have read on this forum that Australian police checks were taking 2 - 3 months to get back to Ireland but those threads were dated 2007 and just wondered if anyone has applied and recieved theres recently and how long this took? We have emailed our friends in Brisbane the application form and they are posting it with the australian cheque asap for us as we have been given a 28 day time frame but the afp website mentions 15 days processing time before even sending back to the UK so this is very tight already even if they can process it that quickly.. let me know how long your Australian Police Check took to process and arrive in the UK LJJ
  24. Hi All. Thought I would share some valuable info of my recent application for a new 457 work sponsored visa. I arrived in Oz on a 309 defacto spouse visa on 20/9/8, this ended a few weeks back a letter was sent to immigration from my ex to advise. Seems like a picked a good month to break up and they have a backlog at the moment so as of today (25/9/9) I think havent received any communication from them after her letter was received on 3/9/9. Normally a letter is sent to me asking me to contact immigration within 5 days to advise of my plans, then I believe you have around 28 days to get things sorted out or leave Australia, I did speak to immigration and there was a months backlog, so I had effectively 2 months. I am fully employed and completed my probation at work a while back, I made contact with HR and they agreed to sponsor me on a 457 visa. You have to earn over $45k per annum, I work in IT and have 17 years experience. New legislation came out on 14/9/9 which meant I didnt have to go offshore to apply for it, in fact you dont have to go offshore at all in any part of the process. First of all work had to apply for a new sponsorship as my position in the company had not been up for sponsorship before, this took around 10 days and was granted. I had to wait for this approval before I could send in my application, this has now been sent off and it can take upto 4 weeks with 50% of applications being completed in this time. I had to request my educational certificates from the UK for some courses I completed between 1989-1995 in relation to my job as well as my certificate of health cover, you need private health care otherwise you cant apply. I have spoke to immigration a few times and you dont need to give your name. Its worth calling them twice as I did get told two different stories, but I did find them very helpful. Any questions, please ask. John.
  25. I have got all of my evidence together and have found someone who will sign it all off for me - just wondering, will i have to get the person in question to sign off every piece of evidence or are there only certain things that the CO will want to see signed? by every piece of evidence, I mean every single piece of paper I send in. Also as I'm applying for the Spouse visa (Subclass 309) - What forms will I need to fill in? Just the names of the forms would be enough, I know the basic 40SP, 47SP and form 888 for Stat decs, but what others will I need? thanks alot
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