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  1. Muttley

    820 to 801?

    So our 820 was just granted yesterday! Does the 801 come through 2 years after the initial partner visa application (14/6/2017) or 2 years after the 820 was granted (8/3/18)? Also, does anyone know what further paperwork is required? Thanks!!!
  2. Hi All, We have just received our CO detail and in the process of submitting overseas police check and medical checkup. We hope you can share your experience and timeline for approval here Cheers, Phil
  3. Hi all, Hoping to get some help/clarity around my options for permanent residency. I moved to Australia in April 2015 on a 457 visa which expires in March 2019. My occupation is a Market Research Analyst which was removed form the SOL in 2017. I am also in a relationship with an Australian citizen since June 2015, and we moved in together in May 2017. We have registered our relationship with the state of NSW (along with things like setting up a joint account, we also play social sports together, been abroad together, family weddings etc.) I was planning to submit my application for an Onshore 820 Partner Visa in May 2018 (as we will have been living together for a year at that point, and my understanding is that a 'de facto' relationship is qualified on living together for at least a year)....I have a few questions I would be grateful for any thoughts/advice on.... 1. Is this assumption true? That we have to have lived together for 1 year before applying for an 820 via a de facto relationship? 2. I assume that once I have applied for an 820 in May 2018, I would still be on my 457 visa until it expires in March 2019 and then I would move on to a bridging visa? 2. I have also read the following...''if you lodge a partner application whilst holding a 457 visa, you cannot stop working for the sponsor until your 820 visa is granted''. Does this mean I have to remain working for my current employer until March 2019 (when the 457 visa expires?) I hope not!!! I am not happy in my job. 3. After my 457 visa expires in March 2019, would I move onto bridging visa A or B? 4. Would I be able to travel on these bridging visas before my 820 was granted? (e.g. I have a wedding to attend in the UK in July 2019). Do I have any other options for PR? Thanks - any help much appreciated. R
  4. Hello, Ive just got a few questions in relation to the Partner Visa 309. My wife is a australian citizen by birth and I am currently living in Pakistan. Initially, we had lodged our application on 2nd of November 2016. We were then requested for biometrics and medical examinations by the Australian High Commision which were completed and sent to the AHC. A few months had paased and we both received calls from the embassy in which we both didnt attend as we had phone issues. In July 2017, my wife had visited me in Pakistan whereby we notified the AHC and after a short period of time, my wife was interviewed. Once this interview was completed, we were asked to provide further evidence for eg: social photos, financials and a marriage certificate. Since my wife has never lived in Pakistan we were unable to get a certificate at the time however recently we were able to get it from another place. Now in saying that our 12 month mark has been reached and we havent had a responce from AHC except that our application is getting mandatory checks done we are trying to figure out AHCs approach. My question is, since we have finally obtained the certificate should we provide it to the AHC since keeping in mind we have already provided them with a letter? Or should we just wait out the time period for a couple more days? Thanks.
  5. My husband is Australian, I am Canadian and we have been working and living in Africa since we were married over three years ago. His contract ended and he accepted work in Australia - he has just completed his probation period so as it now looks like a permanent position I am looking to join him in Australia. We were gob-smacked by the $7k price of a partner (309/100) visa, so we have now been apart over 6-months to save up for that But as a Canadian citizen I don't think I can apply for a spousal visa offshore if I am not residing in my home country and my residence visa is about to expire in the country I am currently residing in. Does anyone here have any experience or knowledge of that? We cannot find any information about that online and we both work out of town so cannot check with the local authorities during business hours in person... So I think, barring having to go back to Canada and wait for 20-or-more-months >.< I think my only option is to go to Australia on a tourist visa and apply for an onshore spousal (820/801) visa. I realise I won't be able to work for the term of the tourist visa, but at least we won't have to have a relationship via Skype anymore Any input is welcome
  6. Hi Guys, I am new to the community. just had a question in mind. I have seen some partner visa 309/100 cases refused on the basis that they haven't spent enough time together. how much of time would be considered as enough time for that. I have spent 2 week with my wife in Malaysia and than another two in Pakistan after our marriage.
  7. m_ahsan

    Partner Visa points

    Hi I got skilled assess in accounting and my wife skilled assess in hairdressing, my skill is in MLTSSL and my wife skill is in STSOL. can we share partner points ?? while we are applying for 190 or 489 strem ? we both have 6 each ielts, both 45 less, and already assess our qualifications. Thanks
  8. So here's our situation - My partner is a British citizen, I am an NZ citizen and we are currently waiting on a decision for the 461 temporary resident visa. We applied in March this year in Auckland, and our main problem was that we were together for only 8 months when we applied for the visa (as you probably know, the minimum is 12 months), but we explained in our application that this was due to the fact that I had to be in Australia by February for the start of university year. So we are currently long-distance, and have been since February this year, with plenty of evidence of flights home, holidays, etc. to show that we have still seen each other regularly. We heard from our CO in August, asking for further documentation (not the right police checks, evidence of our relationship since we submitted, etc.) - we were given a 28 day deadline but one of the police checks took around 21 working days to arrive, so we emailed our CO and asked for an extension on the deadline as it was clearly not do-able. She never replied and we just submitted what we had, and submitted the police check when it arrived. It shows on our application on the TTS website that the application was "submitted for processing" again in late August (before the 28 day deadline) so I worry that they're not going to consider our additional documents which are critical in proving that we've still been together since we applied. I'm also concerned that since it says it was submitted again, does this impact the wait time and so we have to wait 10 - 12 months again? Does anyone know anything about this? Or had any experience with late submissions/no responses? It gets even trickier. My partner's not going to extend his NZ visa, which finishes in November as we had a holiday planned to Thailand, and were really hoping to hear back regarding the partner visa while we were in Thailand or even earlier and planning on coming back to Aus together. I'm continuing my studies here, and so we are planning on coming back together after our holiday (him on a tourist visa), and just having him stay with me until we hear back. He's also considering applying for a student visa, as it allows him to actually be doing something productive while he's here and work on the side too. Does anyone know if we can apply for multiple visas at the same time? I'm aware that he will have to leave the country prior to the partner visa being granted, but if he goes on a student visa, will this impact our partner visa application? We have contacted our CO about our plans for him to come to Aus on a tourist visa after our holiday but considering she has not been in contact with us since asking for the additional documents, I am doubtful that we will get a response, or notification if she plans on granting the visa. If it is granted while he's still in the country, does that render the entire thing pointless? I haven't seen much on NZ citizens bringing partners to Aus so any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
  9. Sunny55

    Visa 309

    Hi everyone i am new here i have applied my 309 partner visa through migration agent dol 04/11/2016 medicals done 20 dec 2016 doi 29/05/2017 submitted further documents 22 /09/2017 still waiting
  10. Claire6474

    PMV to 820 wait time?

    Hello, Just was wondering about wait times for PMV to 820? We submitted our 820 beginning of June and apart from them asking for a police check from me (sponsor) we haven't heard anything since. I've heard of people bring granted in a month or less? Thanks
  11. Mel855

    Partner 820 visa

    I have just been granted my temporary 820 (uk) partner visa. It says I will automatically be considered for a permanent visa two years from lodgement (commencement) date. Does this mean two years from when I applied for the visa or two years from when it was granted? Also , do I need to do anything? is there anything else I need to submit or will they automatically assess my application In two years? Thanks
  12. Hi Guys, My partner and I currently live together and he is going to move back to Australia (he's a citizen). I'm going to stay put for a few months while he gets himself settled and gets started with a job etc. The plan is for me to move over next year, once I finish out my contract. I'm a nurse and already registered with AHPRA so think I will have work options upon going as well. Anyhow, long story short I'm debating whether to go to Australia on a tourist visa and apply for the partner while in Australia and/or to apply from here. My concerns are that I don't want to be away from my partner for possibly 13+ months, if it ends up taking that long. However, I am nervous that if I apply from within Australia I will also have to go possibly 13+ months without working while waiting for it to get approved. If I do decide to apply from outside of Australia am I allowed to go visit? If so, what happens if I were to be approved for my visa while visiting? Thank you all for the help!
  13. Hi, just a couple of quick questions: I currently have a tourist visa for Australia that I got back in January and went on a 2 week holiday. Just double checking I'm ok to use this again tocome over for 3 months within the year it was issued...? Also when I do come over I'm going to be booking a one way ticket as I will be staying with my boyfriend who lives over there and then applying for an onshore partner visa. Will I be ok getting through customs with a one way ticket on a Tourist visa, do I need to provide bank statements etc proving I can support myself etc?? thanks
  14. Hello I'm just wondering if any doctors have experience of or contacts who have returned to UK after working in Australia? I left the UK 4 years ago and have since completed my General Practitioner training in Australia. I am now looking to return home early 2018 (apparently this makes me crazy!). My research tells me I face a mountain of daunting paperwork to get my GP training accredited so I can work over there. Looks like I have to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register via CEGPR (Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice Registration) which consists of a 800 page portfolio. It would be really helpful to talk to someone who's done it already... I am also taking with me my Australian partner and we plan to apply for a partner visa which seems like another large hurdle! Any experience of that would be useful to hear about too!!! Who would think returning home would be so difficult. Any help much appreciated. Thanks! Faye
  15. Elle Freeman

    Partner Visa 309

    Hello everyone! Elle here. Just a brief rundown of my situation: I'm a Brit and my boyfriend is an Aussie. We've been together five 1/2 years, are living in England now, but intend to move to Australia next spring (2018). We are not married, and do not have a joint bank account, but have lived together and have years of social media posts to prove this. We want to do everything to make sure our partner Visa 309 is processed without any hitches or extra expense! I would massively appreciate if people could give me a detailed breakdown of the process as they experienced it: -Exactly what documentation they provided? -What stages does the process involve? -Does both the Aussie citizen and their partner need police certificates? -Did you get contacted and asked for more information? -Are there any lessons they know now that they wished they knew before? In advance, thank you so much everyone. Obviously, it's a huge cost for this visa, so we want to get it right. Cheers, Elle.
  16. Hi guys, first post here! Okay, so basically, I'm wondering what the best way to do this is. I would like to apply for a partner visa subclass 309 (the one which ends with permanent residency after 2 years) so I can live in Australia with my girlfriend (she's the Aussie) and also be able to travel back and forward to the UK without having to get a different visa each and every time. We are both currently in the UK, and she has until June 30th 2018 until her UK working holiday visa expires and has to go back to Australia, and obviously I want to go too! Problem is, on the Aussie immigration website, it says the current processing time for the 309 temporary visa is 70% completed in 13 months, and 90% in 16 months. June is only 10 months away. What's the best way to go about this? Is there a different visa I can get to go to Australia in June next year and apply for my Partner Visa? Am I even allowed to travel to Australia on a separate visa whilst my partner one is being processed? Or is it better to go to Australia on a 6/12 months visitor visa, then apply for my partner visa whilst I'm there (if that's even allowed)? Thank you so much in advance! This is a confusing and slightly stressful process, but obviously so, so worth it.
  17. Im Australian and my partner is English. We've applied for a partner visa and been told we need more proof that we were in a defacto relationship before we applied. We were living with his dad and his dad has done a stat dec, plus we've got letters and bills etc addressed to us there but they said they need a lease or rental agreement. We didnt have one because it was his dads house but now were trying to work out if theres a way to make one and back date it? If not is there anything else we can provide to prove we were living in a defacto relationship? Thanks
  18. Dear all, I really need some with partner visa application. I received my PR (visa 189) for AUS in March 2017. For some personal reason, I didnt include my family in the migrating dependents. Now, I ffel that I made a big mistake. I am currently outside AUS and family is also outside AUS. I plan to apply for Visa 309 for my family but since the amount is huge, I need to check if I can apply from outside Aus ( as am currently working outside AUS and also not living in AUS). My spouse and I am married for more than 10 years and have 3 kids.... Any suggestion will be helpful. Thanks and God bless you.... Regards, SRK
  19. Hello, A question about Bridging Visas please... My partner and I are looking at applying onshore for a Partner Visa (820) and investigating Bridging Visas. He would be entering Australia on a 3 month tourist visa. This is taken from the 'Partner Migration Booklet 1' : "Persons applying in Australia for a Partner visa may not be immediately eligible to work or study in Australia, unless their previous visa allowed them to do so. Once their previous visa ceases, Partner visa applicants with an associated Bridging visa A or Bridging visa B may be immediately eligible to work in Australia. Further information regarding bridging visas is available from the department’s website www.border.gov.au/trav/visi/visi/bridging-visas " We are concerned about the wording 'MAY BE imediately elibible'. Does this mean there's situations that he wouldn't be? We are wanting to be 100% certain that he will be able to work after his tourist visa expires and the Bridging Visa comes into effect. It just seems too good to be true? Going from having no work rights to automatically being able to work for the 2 years while awaiting a decision, is this right? Thanks, Nicole.
  20. Hi, me and my sister are both over 18, and are dependent in a de facto(temporary) visa application for our mom and her partner. We stated that we are still studying as to why we are dependents even if we're over 18. We lodged the application last Dec 2016 and we're still waiting for the approval til now. We're currently in a tourist visa in australia. My first question is: how likely is it that our visa will get approved? We've been waiting for 6 months now, and we havent heard from them yet. this end month, our tourist visa will expire and i am planning on going back to our country but my sister and mom are planning on extending for another 3 months. My next question is: is me going back to our country alone and separated from my mom and sister will affect the decision of the embassy to our application? please help. Thank you!
  21. madamecissy

    Same Sex partner visa?

    Hi, I have been in a relationship with my Australian girlfriend for almost 9 months (and have known each other for even longer) and we are exploring the future option for me to move to Australia to be with her. I am Dutch but live in Britain and have separated from my British wife and awaiting the divorce to become final. i went over to Australia to be with her for 3 weeks in March this year and she will arrive in England for 9 weeks on Tuesday (yay!). We won't be able to meet the criteria of living together for 12 months etc as our relationship is largely long distance. Daily phone calls lasting hours, Skype calls, letters... we are logging everything to support our relationship evidence should we need it in the future. Would regestering our relationship in the state of Victoria - where my girlfriend lives- make it easier? What if we got married abroad? Does that change anything? Australia doesn't recognise same sex marriage, I know, but does it change the status of our relationship in their eyes somehow? What else can we do to increase our chances of a successful application? i guess I'm trying to work out if any other couples have managed to successfully navigate this road and any tips and advice are welcome! Christel & Kait
  22. Hi all, My official discharge date from the RAF is 04 Mar 18, however my last working day is 15 Dec 17, when we fly to Brisbane. I have been told that my Partner Visa cannot be granted until Mar 18 (discharge date) and I will have to enter Australia on a different Visa (so I will be unable to work for 3-4 months), then leave for 5 days to have the Partner one issued. I have had friends do this previously and they were granted visas before the official discharge date. Can any one shed any light on this please? I don't want to annoy my case officer by asking "are you sure you are correct?" Maybe there is some Gov policy somewhere I can look up? Fingers crossed for some help!
  23. We are in the process of applying for an 820 partner visa. On the application, there is a section that covers the '4 pillars' of a relationship. Financial, social, household and nature of commitment. Space for 2000 character letter answers. It was our understanding that we had to cover these areas in our Statutory declarations. So what is the best way to approach this? Should we focus more on the questions in the application form? Or should we focus more on the statutory declarations? Or should we fill in the same information in both? Any tips appreciated.
  24. Hi Every one, My PR expired in 2013, I was away from Australia for the last 6 years due to compelling reasons. Recently applied RRV and my RRV is approved. I have been working in India for last 6 years, I want to come back to Australia in August. I am married in 2011, we had a child aged 4 years now.Now I want to apply partner visa before I come to Australia as processing time takes more than 1 year. 1.Do I need to provide proof of income/ bank guarantee in Australia to sponsor my partner ? 2.My offer letters, salary slips in India are sufficient ? 3. Am I eligible to apply partner visa if I was away from Australia for 6 years ? 4.What is the better option for me , applying partner visa on shore or off shore ? Please advise. Appreciate your time and help. Thank you.
  25. Hello, Probably a very stupid question but what address should we put on statements/affidavits for immigration if I'm applying on shore? I assume it's: Department of Immigration and Border Protection PO Box 25 Belconnen ACT 2616 That's the address on the acknowledgement of application. Thank you, Greg