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  1. I did a quick search and could not find a any post related. So hope I will get some more information here. My question is: Can I swap sponsors on a partner visa? The situation is: 1) I moved to Australia over 4 years ago, in January 2009 . I applied for a partner visa and a health waiver due a health condition I found at that time. 2) In February 2011 my visa was refused by DIAC and I applied for a review at the Migration Tribunal ( MRT ) in April 2011 3) My relationship was over just after I applied for the review on MRT. I communicate the end of my relationship to MRT and kept my bridging visa. 4) On March 2011 I met a new person and we start date, we moved together on August 2011. And he makes me the most happiest person alive since then. So, my question again is: Can I swap my old sponsor for this new one?
  2. so i applied for my 820 partner visa on the 31st October in Brisbane in person and I was wondering if anyone else had lodged their application there in person recently too? If so how was your experience? I front loaded my application so hopefully it gets dealt with quicker? Also wanted to know how long it took for your application to get acknowledged? Since my working holiday visa expires the 25th of this month, Im hoping my bridging visa will be done by then and I know it wont until the application has been ackowledged? Also, for people wanting to apply in Brisbane in person in the future, make an appointment! I didnt realise you could because it didnt say anything about it on the immigration website and when i got there i was told i was supposed to have made an appointment, but fortunatly it was pretty much empty so they could just see me straight away...
  3. Hello lovely Poms in Oz'ers! I am new to this forum but having read many other links I really hope you can help me with my sticky situation. So, I'll start from the begining. My partner is Australian, we met in London whilst he was on a working-holiday visa here for two years. We were together for 8 months until his visa was due to expire and he moved back to Australia. This was in March 2011. Since then, due to work commitments (and also because I come from a culture where I am not really allowed to just live with him until we are married) we have been in a long distance relationship. We have both flown to each others countries as well as meeting up in Dubai and Sri Lanka to ensure we maintain our relationship. We also speak every day through skype and various other means. Anyways on one of our travels, my partner (NP) proposed! I of course said yes but he still had to return to oz and myself back to London. We are now in the process of planning a wedding. The wedding will take place in London but we do not intend to live here, the plan is for me to go to Australia with him straight after the wedding. The wedding is in October this year (2013) so 9 months away but I am so stuck when it comes to what type of visa i should be applying for based on the time constraints. The fiance visa says it takes 5-10 months to process and also prior to the wedding day i have to enter australia in order to validate the visa. I feel like this is cutting it rather close! The other option is to be married here in London and then I fly to Australia as a tourist and once we are on shore I can apply for the partner visa as we will be married and I will also be living with him at that point. I am concerned about any risks in doing it this way. What would you all do/ advise in this situation? Thank you so so so much for any help, I'm so confused! H xxx
  4. Hi I just thought it would be a good idea to write myexperience on here as this site helped me so much when I was helping my partnerapply for his partner visa. My OH arrived in OZ on a Working Holiday Visa in October 2010,he was granted the second year WHV in September 2011 for his work in regional Victoria. On September 7th 2012 we submitted his OnshorePartner Visa (820/801), we were sent correspondence straight away and had toget a new police check (I’d done it wrong the first time), and they requestedhis medical which we booked in and he attended on the 14th September2012. On 28th October his WHV ceased and his bridgingvisa started – his work rights remained the same as WHV. On 26th November 2012 he was allocated a caseworker – she requested that we send a stat dec to waived the need for his son (whois not migrating) to complete a medical. We got the impression that once thiswas submitted they would be making the decision on the visa – they rang askingmy OH for it! On 7th December 2012 he was granted Partner(Temp) Visa subclass 820! Exactly 3 months from when the application was submitted! 801 will kick in in 2 years’ time! Overall the application process was lengthy, but not hard.We had plenty of evidence to support his application and I’d put in countlesshours of reading the immigration website and forums such as this. Ultimately,DIAC seem reasonably understanding and work with you to ensure all the ‘hard’evidence is there. Happy to answer any questions you fellow 820/801’s have. Jkc
  5. Hi Guys, I am in a defacto relationship and at some point in the future we may decide to go down the spouse/partner visa route. However my partner and I both agree that we don't want to complicate the situation so I am unsure what exactly the below questions are on page 2 of the EOI. Does it lead to the application being processed any differently? Also we don't have any necessary paperwork to prove the defacto at the moment. Maybe in a years time as my PR is granted and we have built up evidence it would be possible., When I applied for the 457 as well I had stated I was in a defacto but it never asked if we intended to apply together in a future application. What are your thoughts?
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    BVA Condition 8101 ?

    HI, I hope you guys can comfort me as I'm in my low. Here it goes. My wife has applied for spouse visa back in Jan (i'm PR). she'd come here as a student last year in July for a 1 year masters course. THere was an option to withdraw her studies having applied the spouse visa but she continued her studies and completed it. Now, as I understood once the student visa expires she'd have BVA with same work conditions as her previous student visa. Since the course is not in session, I am under the impression that she can work full time. But lo! what a shock today. DIAC has given her a briding visa A with no work conditions?? its beyond me.. how is that possible?? can someone please help me out...
  7. Hi all! We've just submitted our Partner Visa last week and Immi got back to us with a request to have my non-migrating son complete a health assessment. Can anyone give me the reasons why they need this? - I have sent an email to immi but the reply is taking a while. Background - my son is only little, his mother and I are no longer together and she has informal custody, I still support him financially and where I can. I want to have as much information as possible to help explain this to my son's mother as I don't think she will be too favourable to the idea of him undergoing this assessment. Any help is appreciated.
  8. Guest

    An odd partner visa question!

    Hi guys, This is our first post! Hopefully one of you super helpful and intelligent people can lend a hand! We want to apply for a Partner Visa (309) in February next year once we have enough evidence. However we really want to get married in June after we have lodged the application i.e. get married during the application process (or just after if the visa comes through quick!). Can we do this? We know we really should apply for a prospective marriage visa (300) but for cost reasons we want to avoid this as it works out a lot more. Any help you guys can give would be great! Thanks in advance! :notworthy:
  9. Kelloggs30

    Swapping visas??

    Hi there, I'm just after a bit of advice re the possibility of swapping visa types once one has been applied for. The situation we're in is that I'm an aussie citizen (by descent). We applied for a partner visa for my husband and 8 month old son at the end of June. Our case officer originally estimated 6 months for visa approval but yesterday has said it's more likely to be 8 - 9 months! (His reasoning is workload at the London embassy, nothing to do with our application). The problem we have is that we are both teachers. We were hoping to start applying now for jobs that would commence at the end of January 2013 which is the start of the academic year in Australia. I am aware that the job situation in teaching in Australia means that we would be very lucky to get jobs so quickly, but this thread is more of a "what if..." scenario. To be able to leave our current jobs at Christmas we would need to hand our notice in at the end of October. Has anyone ever applied for a partner visa and then swapped to a sponsor visa? This is assuming that IF my husband was offered a job to start in Jan 2013 and IF the school were able to sponsor him, would it be possible to arrange quickly enough? Aaaargh it's all so frustrating! Has anybody been in a similar situation? Our case officer is not the best at communicating with us, so I'm hoping someone can offer some advice :wacko: Thanks for reading :cute:
  10. Hi Got my medical this week. The clinic (Maidenhead) is asking for forms 26EH and 160EH. It seems these are downloaded from somewhere on immi.gov.au. Does the clinic download these directly through their portal or do I have to find my application online (it seems the portal is down at the mo) and print it out? Cheers John
  11. Hi Partner Visa application all straight forward until I hit Q81 - In which countries have you visited (for any period less than 12 months) in last 10 years? I could give them a list of countries OK, but they're asking for dates of the visits. I travel internationally with work a lot, I'm probably doing c30 trips per year, every year. Am I really expected to list the dates of every visit, for the last 10 years?! I'd love to know what you frequent travellers put in response to this question. Thanks! John
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    partner visa

    I have a brother who is the last remaining relative, we though of bringing him to Australia on onshore remaining relative visa. During his stay in Australia will marrying a australian void the remaining relative visa ? Cant he be sponsored by partner visa ?
  13. Hi All I've been a reader of these forums for a while now and the time has come for me to get really serious about our application. I'm an Aussie, but my partner is from the UK. He is currently with me in Oz on a working holiday visa, we have been together for 3 years and prior to us moving here in Oct 2010, lived together in UK for almost a year. We're at the point where we have everything almost ready to go, but I just had a few questions before we go further: Currently we have - form 80, form 40SP, form 47SP, our statements, certified copies of id documents, passport photos supporting docs (bank, lease, photos, invites, emails) and many stat decs (form 888) from friends and family. Do we need to have his police checks and/or medical (form 26 & 160) to send with the initial submission? or will they request these once they have recieved the application? Is there anything else we have missed? Any advice or suggestions will be very helpful!
  14. Hi, I was wondering if someone can advise on the following: My family applied to move to Australia and was granted a perminant residency visa, I was included in this as a dependant as I was just below 18 at the time. After a few years my parents moved out to Oz, while I'm still in the UK (my visa window runs out next March). At the time when my parents where applying, I had a girlfriend (of a few months) at the time, she is now my wife (we got married a month ago!). Is it possible for me to sponcer her through a Partner visa, subclass 309 (& subclass 100 2 years after entering Australia) even though I was a dependant on my Fathers visa? Any help is very much appreciated!!
  15. Hello, everyone! My husband and I got married last January. We're both Filipinos, but I'm a PR of Australia since 2009. He is still in the Philippines and we have already lodged his application on 27 February. We have completed all necessary documents and he was already asked to undertake a medical examination on 2 March. He did so on 7 March. We haven't heard from a case officer though. How long should we wait? I've heard of somebody being given a visa in 18 days from another country. Is it possible for those from the Philippines? I will appreciate your input on this. Thanks!:cute:
  16. Hello smart people of the forum We are just about to apply for a partner visa and have a question which is causing sleepless nights. I was granted a 175 visa (which has been activated) but while I was waiting for it to be granted I met my partner. Its been two years and we have all of the evidence needed and forms filled in but we are really really worried where we keep reading "you are required to be usually resident in Australia". I have never lived in Australia for the simple reason that I met my partner and fell in love. Will our visa application be rejected? Thanks in advance -Daniel & Chloe
  17. Hi there, This is my first post so please go easy.... My girlfriend and I are in a bit of a quandary at the moment. Let me run you through the situation. I'm from Australia 29 years old (used working holiday already back in '05) She's from UK and 35 years old We met back in Feb 2009 while my girlfriend was travelling in OZ. I was luckily enough to meet her in one of her 2 nights in Brisbane. We met up a week later in Byron Bay a month later in Sydney and then another month later in Thailand. She then finished off her travels and headed back to the UK. She decided she wasn't going to come straight back out to Oz so we called any long term relationship off. In 2010 I travelled the world for a year. I ended up making it around to the UK and met up with her again. We hit it off again and everything was great. I was in the UK Europe region for about 3 months but our longest stint together an any one time was 2 weeks before I would go and travel again. After I left the UK I went to Asia and she came out for 10 days and travelled with me in Bali in November '10. The next time we caught up was June '11 when she came over to visit me in Australia for 2 weeks. In August I travelled over to see her in the UK for a week. This is where we are at the moment. We are committed together and have lived in the long distance relationship for what seems to be an eternity now and it is doing neither of us any good. We don't mind what country we end up in but we just want to be together (Monetary wise is is far better for us to be in Oz with basically double the earning potential for both of us). We have identified wherever we end up the person who moves needs to be kept busy with a job so they don't go crazy sitting around the house all day (We are both very active travelling minded people). So the key to the move is, whoever moves needs to be able to work ASAP. We are looking into what the best ideas to achieve this are: 1. Get married. (What is the time from application to being able to work in Oz and the UK for this,,, or is this a how long is a piece of string scenario which seems to be common with Australian Visas?) (Also we have already confessed our desire to get married but we are hesitant to do this until we have a chance to live together long term, but we will be open to marry if it is going to make the process of being together possible) 2. My girlfriend takes a student visa in Oz and she is then able to work part time. (Super high fees but allows working very quickly) 3. I sell car and head over to the UK and look for sponsored work. (I'm a structural draftsman with high school certificate only. But 12 years industry experience on Australia's biggest infrastructure projects,,,, don't know if I would really be able to get sponsored work with this sort of experience?) 4. My girlfriend come out and does voluntary work and I support her. My girlfriend has a lot of anxieties about leaving family and friends in the UK which is something we are struggling through as well. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions about our situation or from anyone who has found themselves in a similar situation. Thanks for any help in this stressful/difficult situation, Tony
  18. Hi all, I've reached what will hopefully be the final hurdle with my partner visa, having submitted the second part of my partner visa application (Subclass 100) However I have received a Request for Further Information in support of my application. My Case Officer has asked me to supply the following:- Intention to reside in Australia. Please provide evidence to demonstrate your intention to reside in Australia on a permanent basis. Has anyone any ideas of what to provide to demonstrate the above? , apart of submitting a personal declaration of my intention to reside in Australia . Cheers Steve
  19. Hello I am not sure if anyone can help but we have received our 2nd stage partner visa documentation ...we hope to submit it tomorrow..we have only been asked for a police check, form 80 and stat decs. Does anyone know if we have to send in other stuff (proof of our relationship) or wait until we are asked. Also i was granted my last visa on the 12th January 2010 So have received the paperwork very much in advance does this mean they won't look at my application until after this date or if a little miracle happened could it be granted before this date? Thank you so much for reading this post
  20. Hi everyone!!! This is my first ever time on a forum so you will have to bear with me!! And I promise to repay the favour and help anyone out with anything whatsoever in future regarding partner visas as it is just so stressful. Can anyone shed any light/offer any advice at all on my situation? My Boyfriend (Aussie) and I got together 3.5 years ago in London. At the time he decided to make the move back, we had not lived together to fulfill the 12 month requirement, and seeing as I had had a working holiday visa in 2006 (but never actually worked in the end grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) my only option was to come over on a tourist visa. So I was issued a 12 month tourist visa, unfortunately with a 'no further stay' condition. Seeing as I made a trip out of the country last year, this is now due to expire on 14th November 2011. We have lived together now for the past 22 months...but now I just don't know what to do......I can try and get an ETA in NZ and come back on that, or lodge my partner visa in the UK (everything is ready to go except meds). I saw a lawyer today as I'm just going so crazy about it and he said that unless I wait at least 6 weeks, my ETA will be refused due to the time I've recently spent here. He also said that globally the processing time is 12 months, and that applies in the UK, and if I go home and lodge it there I cannnot get any visa to come back and be with my partner in Oz???!! Is this all true?! I just can't face a prospective year apart with just trips over from my boyfriend...although have spoken to immigration and they said that the processing time in UK is 5-6 months and I can get a visa to be with my partner if I lodge there?! Talk about contradictory!!????? I know you must all be stressed and muddle headed too...but if anyone can offer any advice whatsoever, I would be so grateful. Thanks so much xxxxx
  21. Hello, I've applied for partner visa subclass 309 to AUS. While waiting for the same, I'd visited AUS to spend time with my husband who is an AUS PR. I'd searched for jobs while my visit to AUS and have also received an offer from one of the companies. But, I can not start working until I receive my partner visa, which is under process. The company has given me the offer letter with the joining date as pending. Is it fine if I tell my case officer that I've been offered a job in AUS, which can start only after I receive my partner visa. Will this help in speeding up my case? My case is now pending for the final decision only. All documents' assessment, medical checkup, police check, etc. has been completed and the case is now with a higher case officer for the final decision. How much time should it take now? It's been 3 months already. Please help me with your answers. Thanks.
  22. I ave just had an email with my File Reference number advising that my application has been recieved. I frontloaded my partner visa application with my medicals and police checks but I have been advised that the application will take 5-6 months to validate so my expected date for the visa to finalise is 18/1/12 (not a problem I thought) but that my initial date of entry has to be before 26/1/12 as it states on my email that my medical is only valid for 6 months??!! Has anyone else had this as I assumed that the medicals are valid for 12 months as this is what it states everywhere and I was never advised that mine would be any different. This obviously gives me such a small time frame in which my visa can be granted and when I have to enter the country....I'm really worried and don't understand why mine is valid for half the time of anyone else!! I would be interested if anyone else has had this hppen to them aswell?? Thanks in advance Tamsin
  23. Guest

    How quick?

    Hi All, I'm quite new to the site although I've used it for a bit of info in the past. and thought I might avail you all again. My (now) husband was granted a fiance visa in 1998 and we travelled to Aust the following year and were married but needed to return to the UK before he gained permenant residency. We are now returning to live in Australia and have basically had to reapply - although as we have now been married almost 12 years he will be granted permenant residency straight away. We sent his application in last Friday, so it would have been delivered this gone Monday. We had an email from the case worker yesterday asking for a couple of extra bits and asking for my hubby to book his medical. The surgery had a cancellation so his appointment is next Tuesday. The extra bits of information were posted this morning so will arrive tomorrow. As this all seems to be progressing so incredibly fast, do you think we will still be waiting the 5-6 months shown on the web site? All thoughts and experiences will be greatly appreciated.
  24. Hi there, I'm an Aussie citizen who has been living in the UK for the last 2 years but am set to go home when my visa expires in October. My boyfriend (british citizen) and I want to return to Aus together and are considering applying for a working holiday visa for him. We are both 23 and still have the travel bug so think 12 months in Aus, working and allowing him to travel my wonderful country, will help us decide if we are ready to settle in Aus permanently and apply for a de facto partner visa. My question is - does anyone know at which point we can apply for the partner visa during the 12 month WHV period? We have already been living together over 12 months in the UK and plan to live together in Aus so that part would not be a factor. Thanks very much for any help! Megs
  25. My partner is Australian and we have been together for a year. Unfortunately I have had to return to England (1) to work, and (2) because Australian Immigration have flagged me as a "visa hopper" and have stipulated I am unable to return without a permanent visa. My partner has two children and is unable to leave Australia. Unfortunately, the complications don't end there :err: My partner is seperated but not divorced. She is undergoing a very lengthy and legally intensive seperation due to owning a number of companies and real estate with her previous partner. Consequentially she has been unable to process a divorce. We can prove her seperation date but are lacking in the divorce stakes. I have been living with her in a defacto arrangement for about 9 months but as I have been "evicted" we are unable to continue this for a 12 month period. Prior to this I lived nearby as I have family in Perth, and this was a more sensible arrangement for a new couple. Due to the legal proceedings we have been unable to live as a fully fledged couple. If I had supported her financially with the house and utility bills it would mean that her ex-partner would have a claim on my assets (which, believe me, he would pursue), whereas he and his new partner have been very careful in this respect. We have a joint back account, but I realise that doesn't really prove much. We can provide a variety of information about our relationship, but I'm very scared that this won't be enough - family references, photographs, flight receipts, emails, usual stuff. I had to return to England in February for a number of weeks during which time my partner flew here to be with me and meet my family and friends. I am highly qualified in an industry that is in demand in Australia, but given the nature of my work as a consultant I rarely work longer than 6 months for a client. This has made it difficult to get sponsored on a 457 visa as an alternative. I did look into longer term work and was offered a $100k/year job on the condition I could arrange a visa as they were unable to do so. My last resort was Skilled Migration on a 175 visa, but have heard that can now take 3-4 years to process, and there's no way I can go even a fraction of that without working. At the heart of it I am absolutely devastated. It feels like we've looked into so many options but each lead has come to a dead end. It feels like the De Facto Partner Visa is our only real option, and despite our hazy evidence I am intending to pursue it regardless. I am at a stage when I do not have the finances available to use a migration agent, so we really will be winging this on our own. Any help and advice really would be greatly appreciated. I have been back in England a week and each and every day is hell, especially from not knowing when we can be together again. Surely if we can make a case to Immigration that proves we're a bonafide loving couple then that would be enough!?!