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  1. Hello! Brand new to PomsinOz and hoping for some help as I begin the daunting process of applying for an 820/801 Visa. Quick facts: British national Currently on first WHV (expires 28/12/14) Unmarried but meet the 12 month de facto requirement Based in Melbourne I've had a look at a few existing Partner Visa threads (what a great community you have on here!), but am still conflicted about the best course of action. I'd really value some advice in relation to the questions below: Application - online, or hand in a paper-based in person? Police check and Health exam - in advance and submit with application, or wait for a CO to request it? Supporting evidence - can anyone give a rough idea of how many documents to provide for each sub-category? Trying to find the balance between submitting enough essential evidence to make the application watertight without superfluous documentation. I'd be very grateful for any 'do/don't include' suggestions! Registering the relationship in Victoria - worth it? Bridging Visa - I can't seem to find any clear-cut info on the immi.gov site about whether or not I will have working rights (assume I'll likely be given BVA?) and am a bit concerned as current processing time is 12-15 months. Can anyone share their experience? Thank you so much for any help you can provide! Sarah
  2. After nearly 6 years of long distance relationship splitting time between UK and Australia my Australian partner and I are planning to move to Australia and set up home together in her house in Sydney. I have just had a CO appointed for my partner visa application, submitted at beginning of June, and the one remaining item of documentation will be submitted after we get married on Wednesday! Because of the lease on her house we will not be able to get back into that until December 2015. Assuming my visa comes through towards the beginning of 2015 on the 8/9 month turnaround we are planning an activation trip in March/April allowing us to make the big move in October/November. I know that one has to be a resident of Australia for 4 years and there are limits on being out of the country in this time, but when does the eligibility period start? Is it from the first visit on the partner visa even if this is just for a holiday, or only after one enters the country declaring that one is emigrating on the arrival card? Thanks David
  3. Hi, I got Australia PR 175 in 2011 and got married in 2012 ( After almost 6 month i got married). I stayed in Australia for 10 days in 2011 and after than i never went to Australia. Now my PR has almost 2 year left and decided to move along with my wife. 1. Can i apply for Partner Visa while i am overseas and not working in australia. 2. I am married since last 2.5 years, no kids. I heard Immi requires "PR sponsor to be usually resident in Australia before sponsoring the spouse"? What is definition of resident in Australia? 3. Is it mandatory Sponsor shall be employed in Australia at the time of filing the application? 4. If i apply in this scenario what are chances of success, as partner visa almost takes 8- 12 months. Many thanks in advance for your help.
  4. Hi everyone! Thanks for reading. My British partner and I applied for our partner visa in May 2014. He is currently on a 457 visa which expiers this December 2014. He is currently employed with a stable job however we want to cover all bases of information in the event the worst case scenario were to happen. If, in the odd event he had to apply for a new job before December, do you know if that new employer would have to sponsor him? Also, if he applied for a new job once the bridging visa kicks in after Dec 14, would they too have to sponsor him? Finding it hard to find all information. Any help would be so greatly appreciated! Many thanks
  5. Hi All, I applied online for my partner visa in mid-March this year, and aside from the payment confirmation/bridging visa email received immediately after submission, I have heard absolutely nothing else. Just wondered if anyone else has recently applied and has any ideas about current processing times? Thanks for your help, Chris & Ash
  6. Denise75

    partner visa application

    I applied for onshore partner visa application, im a transgender, the department already gave me Bridging Visa A, now we did not have a 12 month cohabitation since im from the philippines and i came here in australia 3 times as visitors, 3 months every time i stay here, and my partner also visited me in the philippines every year, i was able to apply onshore because the last visa that i had has no further stay condition, i was just confuse because before the application we talked to an immigration agent and he said that we can apply for onshore visa but is more likely to be refuse because we did not reach the 12 month cohabitation. Right now the processing of my application is ongoing and i don't know how long we have the decision. My question is what are our chances of being refuse or being granted, we submitted all the document except for that 12 month cohabitation and we have an ongoing relationship for 5 years now. I hope someone can help me with this. thank you
  7. iloveaussie

    820 Partner Visa Evidence advice

    Hi Guys, I am looking to lodge my partner 820 visa in the next 10 weeks! I am currently gathering all my paper work and evidence together ready for lodgement, sadly I cannot afford an immigration agent so I would love some advice... When gathering evidence that you are in a commiting and long term relationship, what did you use and how did you put it together? I have birthday, anniversary, Christmas cards to eachother, flight itinery, hotels, family cards send to us, bills, bank statements and details.. with putting it together, how do they like it done? a collage of photos? I don't want to attach loads and loads of A4 and bore them, what counts? I have all our photos on facebook that I can make a collage from with dates? Anyone who has been approved on this visa, what worked for you? Thanks in advance
  8. Hi, thanks for reading! I am a british student on a Working Holiday Visa In Australia. I have been with my partner who is Australian and full Australian citizen for 10 months now but we have only lived together for two months and I have just found out I am pregnant two months into my Working Holiday Visa & im stuck on what to do. I am fully aware that I wont recieve any marernity pay or anything like that, and I have found online that I am able to recieve Medicare pregnancy and birth healthcare due to the Reciprocal health scheme between the Uk and Australia. I know that with my child I would be allowed to stay until its born and then I would be asked to leave as soon as a baby passport was available. I was just wondering if there is any change to what I have mentioned because the childs father is an Australian Citizen? Also if an option was to apply for a partner visa, would I be able to apply for a Partner Visa when we have only lived together for two months? As the visa states that you must live together for 12 months? Any advice/options would be appreciated
  9. leggyblondebird

    Hello from a Forum Newbie with a WHV!

    Hi all! I have been in Australia on a WHV since 27th December 2012. I love every minute of the experience and intend to keep living this dream for the rest of my life. I now have an Aussie boyfriend so I will be applying for a partner visa before the end of my second year WHV. I found getting my second year visa really easy. I spent three and a half months working on a stud farm in Upper Lansdowne, NSW. It was fantastic and I really enjoyed the experience. I am a very outdoorsy person but prior to coming to Australia I spent three years working as a PA and event planner so it was certainly a change to not be in an office! I worked long days, around 6am-11pm and did it all for free, just doing some babysitting for pocket money, but I loved it all. I was a real part of the family and even long after leaving, I still keep in good touch with the family I lived with. I had no previous experience with horses either, and I was the only farmhand and single handedly ran the place a lot! We had 30 horses, 40 organic beef cattle, lots of chickens, three cats and a dog. There were also the two children that I helped take care of around the farming for my pocket money, so it really was an incredible learning experience and I really felt like I had given a lot back to the country for the amazing experiences it continues to provide me with. I also really felt that I had earned my second year visa. It was nice to feel like I deserved it so much! So now I am temping with a local council and saving to make a life with my boyfriend. We have been seeing each other since I arrived here and officially became a couple in September 2013, so this September we can apply for the partner visa and I will be able to stay. I stayed with him and his family a lot before and during my farming, then moved in properly mid-July 2013 and have been living there and working in the area ever since. I am a little concerned about the partner visa application, but we are building up a good bundle of evidence so we shouldn’t encounter too many problems, I am hoping. I joined here for advice (both giving and receiving) and just a general feel for a community in a similar position, to talk about all the awesome aspects of this wonderful country. And to say that if you have ever tried to call IMMI…my gosh! I called four times and each time waited for half an hour before giving up. I finally got through 15 minutes into the fifth attempt. I was just trying to find the answer to a question regarding exact work limitations as the VEVO documents are so vague. Got there in the end though, and I will hold that woman to her answer! Anyway, that’s a little about my experience here. I continue to explore the place by regular long drives, walks and camping trips with my boyfriend and just keep falling further and further in love with the country. I know this is where I want to be. I look forward to meeting lots of you and finding out about all of your experiences. Hattie.
  10. Hello all, I have been in Australia for 7 months on a WHV as my partner and I collect evidence of our relationship. (We have been together for 3.5 yrs, but don't have evidence of the fact that we were living together for 2 yrs as it was in China which meant no bills together, no joint accounts, and relatively informal rental contract.) So, I plan to apply for a De Facto Spouse Visa in April or May once we have a whole bunch of documentation collected. My understanding is that once I apply for the partner visa I will automatically get a bridging visa. My questions are: 1) Does anyone know if the bridging visa includes is a 6 month working restriction, similar to the restriction for WHV? (ie only being able to work for the same employer for max 6 months) 2) Does anyone know if I am able to immediately transfer to a bridging visa once I have filed for a partner visa or if I have to wait until my WHV expires? (If there is no working restriction I would like to immediately move to bridging visa as working restriction is tough to work with -- don't want to wait, unemployed, for those extra few months.) 3) Would love to hear about people's experiences on how long the partner visa took to process. Is it much much easier if you are married? (ie do you need less documentation?) Many many thanks in advance! Ange
  11. Hi all, I'm a software engineer with an Australian PR living in Australia. I got married recently and planning to get my wife to apply for the partner visa. In the visa forms they ask about my home. Question number 41. Type of dwelling, how many bed rooms, how many people, what's the relationship of them to you, ownership etc. Currenlty I'm renting a room in a house. I rent a single room with a bathroom and a shared kitchen and lounge area. I use a side door to enter the house. Will I have to move into a separate flat to apply for the visa? Can I get my wife to apply for the visa while I'm staying at the rented room. I will definitely move to a separate place when she comes. But till then can I stay at the rented room without having any issues for the visa? Please let me know your experience applying for the visas while renting out a room. Was it successful or did it become a problem? Thanks.
  12. Hendries

    309/100 via ImmiAccount

    Hi All, I was just about to send our 309/100 partner visa and I have noticed the option my be available online via Immiaccount. Just wondering if anyone has used this to apply for the same visa? and im guessing its still ok for an offshore applictation? Many thanks in advance stephen
  13. Hi All Apologies if this thread is elsewhere. My hubby applied for the 309/100 Partner Visa on 4 December 2013. The fee was taken from our account on 5 December, but as yet we haven't had any contact or acknowledgement from the Australian High Commission in London. We had to submit in paper form because the electronic submission was unavailable due to 'maintenance'. I've read a few threads on here, and people seem to say it takes ten days. Even with Christmas it has been a lot longer than that. Should we chase them up? Cheers
  14. Hello, My apologies if this subject or similar has already been posted but I couldn't find a relevant thread in the forum. My wife joined me in Cairns in March 2013 after she was granted a Partner Visa (subclass 309), where I currently live and work. At the moment we are in the UK, visiting my ageing mother who is now 85. Both my wife and I agree that my mum is no longer capable of caring for herself effectively and that we should try and move back to the UK to take care of her, rather than her going into an old folks home. I've been in Australia since 2003, I'm now an Aussie citizen and I do feel it's where our future lies. I'm more than happy to move back to the UK for a few years to take care of mum, but I want to be able to move back to Australia afterwards without too much fuss. We don't own property in either country so logistically it's not too difficult. If we stayed in Australia, my wife's temporary partner visa would become permanent in March 2015. My question for the forum is does anyone know what could happen if we left Australia before this date and then returned several years in the future? Would my wife's temporary visa be rescinded and we would have to complete the whole partner visa process again, before she can return to Australia? Would there be a significant benefit in waiting until my wife had Australian permanent residency before returning to the UK? This would mean staying in Australia for another 15-18 months, which might be okay as far as my mum's concerned. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2014! Mart.
  15. My wife is here on a tourist visa. She doesn't have a "NO further stay" condition. Can she apply for a partner visa and remain in Australia until a decision is made on the visa application?
  16. Hi all I have been lurking for a while now, and thought I should say "Hi!". I have loved reading your stories and what you are up to in the UK or Australia. I also wanted to pick the collective brain about the statements relating to "Evidence that your relationship is genuine". I have worked most of it out by looking at this Forum, other Forums and common sense + Google, but am struggling with: Evidence that you and your partner have declared your relationship to government bodies, friends; commercial/public institutions or authorities; What sort of thing would cover this? Legal commitments that you and your partner have undertaken as a couple; For this I have given the example my partner being listed as beneficiary of my death in service entitlement. Is there anything else? I am clutching at straws with both of these! Thanks in advance VP
  17. Kashif Sheikh

    Partner Visa 820 waiting

    Hi, Guys I applied for partner visa 820/801 back in January 2012 it will be like 18 months this week and I still haven't even received 820 visa. Reason for my this thread is I wanna know if there are people who applied for same visa around that time and are still waiting like me or have they got any progress! Mine is defacto relationship and I'm from High risk countries, before you ask yes it's Pakistan. this is my first post so please be easy on me Thanks!
  18. hilz1986

    2013 timelines? partner visa.

    ​Hey... I am currently getting ready to sent the partner application after months of gathering and sorting and researching. Who has recent visa application times? 2013 uK partner visa applications. How long did it take you to get approved? Or any link to an answer would be great xx
  19. Heey Im from England and i lodged my PMV on the 10th June 2013, On the website it states that the waiting time for low risk countries is 5 months yet im reading on here its 8-9 months, is that correct? o also im from England but I lodged my visa in Bangkok as that is where i am currently living, does that slow the process down?
  20. I am an Australian citizen. My first marriage was broken and my wife was issued a partner visa. She never traveled to Australia on that visa. My current wife want to come to OZ but it's only been one year of our marriage. This page (http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/partners/partner/309-100/eligibility-sponsor.htm) says that I will be able to sponsor her after two years of marriage. Is that right? Can I apply for her visa after one year and eight months so that It would be two years by the time visa is granted (Normally it takes 6 to 12 months to get partner visa) ?
  21. Im new to the site n was hoping somebody can help me. Basically im applyin for a partner visa (offshore)amy husband is an ausi citizen but cant prove his earnings because hes been in n out of work. I was told about the fact they mite ask for an assurance of support n then someone else said they dont do that anymore n now im like arrrgh!! Wtf!! So ppl any help would be much appreciated.
  22. Kerry85

    canada police check help please

    Hello all, i am in the process of applying for a partner visa and need a police check for canada as i lived there for over a year. I am currently in australia and have had my prints done but my question is what do i send with them? i have seen the list of info required but i cannot for the life of me find a form to fill in with my address and reason for request etc. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated! thanks
  23. It's now 6.5 months since we sent in our Partner Visa application and are dying to start booking flights, applying for jobs, looking for accommodation etc. Our CO expects us to hear in May - 8 months after applying. Does that fit with anyone else's experience? And do you think the COs know or are they just as in the dark as us??
  24. Hello all! I was born in Queensland but have been brought up in Wales for the most part of my life. My partner is British and we have a 2 year old daughter who has just been granted aussie citizenship by decent. I have always wanted to go back to land i was born oneday and after having our daughter we decided well we best do it before she gets to school age!! So the partner visa is in...lodged beginning of nov 2012 and we are now waiting!!! Tbh the only time we really think about it is when other people ask us...they ask when we going? where are you flying too? what will you do? where will you work? ....my answer I dont know!!! I am starting to think i might be mad!! We own a house here in Swansea which we are planning on letting out (not worth selling atm and we live in a student area so hoping for good rental) But we are going with just my Oh camera gear (he is a freelance photographer and runs a relatively succesfull business http://www.benwyeth.com if you want to nose and has been able to support me and our daughter...however if anyone has any info on working as a photographer in oz please share!! and also our surfboards, toys for little one and couple bags of clothes as we want to be free from posessions for a while to travel around...we'd like to buy a van on arrival so we have a roof and wheels in one! Im am beginning to feel nervous after reading through posts on this forum..about how expensive it is, etc etc.....we have little savings but are pretty good at living very frugally...i.d be more relaxed if it were just me and my partner...but with our daughter in tow i want to give her the best life possible! Any advice people can share would be greatfully recieved! How do full time mums cope with the move to oz? making friends etc...and is it even affordable? look forward to chatting and finding out more from others in similar situations :cute:
  25. Hi guys, I've got a question regarding a question on this application form: Question 55 - What is your current relationship with your sponsor? Married, de facto or engaged. Now, I am applying for a de facto partner visa and (having lived together for 18 months) should I state we are de facto from when we lived together? We are also engaged - does this 'trump' de facto? Do I tick both de facto and engaged? Cheers all for any help you can provide.