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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Hi guys this site has been useful to me so far so I thought I'd give it another crack My partner and I have been together for over 4 years, my parents moved to Australia 6 months into our relationhip - I moved back to the UK to be with her and from then on we were living together. We decided that Australia was the better option in life so we left last year to come here, she on a WHV. We lived together until March this year, in which she had to go back to the UK to tie up loose ends. I stayed in order to get closer to my Citizenship, buy a car, renovate a Garage and so on - Whilst there she has had job struggles and family problems - Thats now sorted and we are going to go for the Spouse Visa (309) this month - We've hit a snag with the 12 month rule though - We can highly demonstrate that we have been together for the last 4 years through bank statements, pictures, cards, stat decs etc, and we can prove she was living with me up until she left. The problem is, is since she's been gone, we've mainly used MSN, Skype and Email - I have no records of the MSN and Skype records (On our own stupid part) but do have the Emails (Success at last) - It's only been the last month or so we've used the phone. I spoke to someone on the Immi phoneline, and they were pretty ignorant and didn't seem like they wanted to talk so I thought I'd ask here =) Is this going to be as big an issue as I'm fearing - I can throw emails at them but is the CO likely to care and shoot it down because it's just email? Our family and friends can state that they know of our constant contact and our future plans, so that's alright - but we are obviously worried that all of the things we have went through to be together in Oz (Ie having to be apart) will be pointless as they will just look at the almost 6 month gap we've had - We are both only 21 (almost) so have no real financial commitments, we just did everything together and took life as it came but we have plenty of evidence that we are a genuine couple. Has anyone else had a similar issue? And am I looking far too much into this? Because it's making us hesitatnt to put our money towards it, when I could just go back to the UK with it (not what we want to do at all). I'm not sure what to do now because it's just too worrying to get yourself built up for a big knockdown... Any thoughts, advice etc would be kindly appreciated
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    Defacto (Subclass 309) HELP!!?

    Hi all I'm new to this discussion board, and was hoping someone would be able to help me. Me and my partner are going to apply for the Spousal Visa (Offshore) but I am just getting terrified of our chances!! Long story short, we have been together for 4 years, we are both 20 years old, and have lived together for over 2 and half of those 4 years. We came to Australia together on holidays in the past. However, we were only paying rent to stay with her parents for the first year and a half, so we have no utility bills etc, then when we came to Australia (Her on a WHV me as a resident) the roles were reversed, IE she lived with my parents, again we paid rent but have no utility bills. From my time living with her, I have my bank account statements for the whole time we lived together, and from her time here we have all of her bank account statements etc. We have a huge collection of pictures (including ones that are copyrighted by the company who took them from 2006), emails etc, and we also have plenty of people (Including quite a few Australian Citizens) who are more than happy to vouch that they know we have a strong relationship, have been together for 4 years and so on. She moved back to the UK in March as her WHV had ran out and money was too tight to apply then - Then it hit the fan, she couldn't find work for 2 months, then it was only part time, then full time (at last) and then she had family difficulties... Now that's all over and we are both ready to apply, I am in full time work and am able to sponsor her and take care of her. We have been in constant contact over this time and are able to prove it. But I'm starting to become worried that we may not get this Visa... I mean we have been together longer than a lot of people who apply and seem to get it granted, but the lack of financial commitment is causing me some concern, I have been told that due to our age we should be granted the Temporary, but of course will have to work our behinds off to get the full Permanent... Whoa, not such a short story after all... Basically, I just want to know if we are being realistic in applying for this Visa? We love each other very much, and suffice to say a man with a rubber stamp will not stop us from being together, but we no longer want to live in the UK as we were very happy here and want to build a life for ourselves... Am I being over the top being this worried (Literally sick to the stomach every single day kind of worried) or should we just give up on the Australia dream....? Thanks for taking your time to read this and any advice would be greatly appreciated! :smile:
  6. 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
  7. Hi guys, I have just arrived in the country on a De Facto Sub Class 309 visa with my Aussie Fiance so im new to this site but it looks like there are quite a few helpful people. Im therefore hoping someone can help shed some light on my question?? I have also managed to secure a transfer with work and start work on Monday. Part of my job requires me to have a car for which Im given a $17k pa allowance. As I dont have the cash to buy a new car out right, I want to get a loan. Does anyone know if being in this situation with this visa will allow me to obtain finance either from a bank or a car dealer? At the moment im running into a lot of "ive got no idea" answers and im starting to get desperate. My move over here is permanent as we got engaged 2 months ago and are planning on setting up shop here for good. Please help!?!?!?!?:unsure:
  8. :arghh:Hi All, We applied (late unfortunately) for our Aus Spouse 309 Visa in May. We hadn't heard anything from Govt regarding case officer/case file number until a good 3-4 weeks later (though it had arrived the next day after sending). We were then advised that due to high workloads, our visa would not be assessed/processed until another 3-4 months time. My partner and I have snce had to move back to our own countries due to visa expiration and to save funds, however this is driving us nuts! We've been advised that we have everything we need, and that we have ample evidence for the application.We frontloaded everything possible also months in advance! We were advised our "Processing Position" was number 7160. Given the Gov't only allows a set quota for entrance per annum, i'm guessing there'd be about 20,000 odd allowed through yearly. Also, the processing year for visas run from something like June 01 - May 31. So as its now July (and at the end), that could only mean (i'm assunming) there were a large quantity of applicants prior to June, and they therefore had to carry over the applications into the next "processing year". Does anyone know if theres any truth in this? Or am i guessing? Anyone else with the same problem? :confused: Has anyone else applying for the same Visa been given the same feedback,and also been advised of a 3-4 month Visa processing wait????? Let me know how you're going, what you were told and any feedback you've been given?! Let me know your Position number too if you know! Will be interestin to share! Thanks everyone! Good luck! Skye & Stephen
  9. Hi All, We applied (late unfortunately) for our Aus Spouse 309 Visa in May. We hadn't heard anything from Govt regarding case officer/case file number until a good 3-4 weeks later (though it had arrived the next day after sending). We were then advised that due to high workloads, our visa would not be assessed/processed until another 3-4 months time. My partner and I have snce had to move back to our own countries due to visa expiration and to save funds, however this is driving us nuts! We've been advised that we have everything we need, and that we have ample evidence for the application.We frontloaded everything possible also months in advance! We were advised our "Processing Position" was number 7160. Given the Gov't only allows a set quota for entrance per annum, i'm guessing there'd be about 20,000 odd allowed through yearly. Also, the processing year for visas run from something like June 01 - May 31. So as its now July (and at the end), that could only mean (i'm assunming) there were a large quantity of applicants prior to June, and they therefore had to carry over the applications into the next "processing year". Does anyone know if theres any truth in this? Or am i guessing? Anyone else with the same problem? :confused: Has anyone else applying for the same Visa been given the same feedback,and also been advised of a 3-4 month Visa processing wait????? Let me know how you're going, what you were told and any feedback you've been given?! Let me know your Position number too if you know! Will be interestin to share! Thanks everyone! Good luck! Skye & Stephen
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    That was easy (309)

    Just wanted to share for anyone going for the same visa. Myself and my defacto partner of 1 year have just been granted the Provisional 309 visa. Submitted 30th June 09, granted Today (9th July), total of 9 days!
  11. Hi there, my question is that I am in Australia on a subclass 309 visa, and have been lead to believe that someone will just come to our house and check my wife and I are still together. Is this right or do I have to email someone to gain perm resident visa?
  12. Hi, I will, in a few months, be applying for a de-facto spouse 309 offshore visa (my 8503 condition probably negates the potential of applying for the onshore 820) and am thinking about the communication process between CO and myself. If I have to exit oz and spend up to 4 months waiting for a decision, during which time I'd expect to receive some correspondence from immigration, I'd like to travel some in Europe. If correspondence were by post, I'd then not get it, hence I need to plan things correctly from the start. So I am wondering if correspondence, during the application process and then the subsequent decision, comes by email or in the post - can anyone tell me? Alexandra
  13. I'm currently in the UK pending a 676 visa that I might not get due to previous health issues (have had several 676 visas over the past few years). I do NOT nor have ever had TB or Hep or anything at all, but have had cancer in the past. If this visa is not granted, I will go over on an ETA anyway. I have a de-facto partner there, property, car other assets all legally held. My questions are: 1) can I actually apply for an 820 while on an ETA or do I need to be on some other visa in order to apply for an 820? 2) would an 820 onshore de-facto be easier to get than a 309 de-facto offshore? Cheers, Alexandra
  14. 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.. )
  15. 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
  16. 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
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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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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:
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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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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. =)
  23. 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
  24. 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!!
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