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  1. Here’s the situation, It has been around 14 months since I ve made the onshore partner visa(820) application BvA and since we moved together in Melbourne and due to my partner’s disabilities/needs and the whole pandemic finding work has not been our priority, especially because I wasn’t aware of the extend of his disabilities until we started living together. After many years of medical issues he finally found out that many of his issues were caused by fibromyalgia which is good news since we finally can explain many of his medical issues and find actual treatments that work, he has been improving in that area lately through exercise and a more balanced schedule and has been talking to an disability employment agency hoping to maybe finding casual work soon. Though another issue is his paranoia which does have mild schizophrenic symptoms like auditory and visual hallucinations(seeing a figure at the corner of your eye in the kitchen, hearing someone walking behind him etc) which specifically happen (some times) when he is alone which finally explains why he never liked living completely alone, this is a thing that again he only recently explained, it can be hard to get him to talk about those things sometimes. Anyway the issue is that because I wasn’t aware of either, in our initial statements for my visa application I mostly focused on saying how my presence helps him a lot mentally and in reality it helps both of us, and I also wrote how the plan would be to find jobs sooner or later after moving together in Melbourne, this sadly hasn’t happened due to finding out the extend of his disabilities and mental needs and the pandemic making things harder too. I worked as a 2nd officer in the merchant navy in the past so I had a decent amount of savings but those are long gone after paying the pretty high visa and agent fees so at the moment we live with his Disp payments, it isnt hard since neither of us care a lot about luxuries and I always cook homemade food so budgeting is pretty easy but savings are limited to 2-3k but slowly rising. My concern is about the department’s visa decision since my agent told me they mainly care about 2 things, that the relationship is genuine and that we can live financially ok, my worry is the latter part since living with just his disp probably looks bad so I would like to ask for your opinions in two areas. 1) Do you think it would be a good idea to send his diagnosis(once he gets the ) of the above to the agent to upload to immigration as proof and explanation about why my daily presence around him is important and the main reason i haven’t focused on finding a job? 2) Because I am worried that due to lack of work they might outright refuse the visa with no interviews or chances to explain our situation should I just abandon everything and just try to find some form of work in order to guarantee that the visa won’t be refused? Because for both of us a refusal of the visa would be the worst possible scenario. I do have an agent but sadly the one I was assigned to doesn’t seem as helpful so I would like your opinions, I know you cannot know for certain but would like to hear your opinions or experiences, especially if you know any similar cases with disabled partners.
  2. Hi All, I recently received a general advice letter regarding my partner visa 801/820. I am currently on a bridging visa A. It has been 1 year since my visa has been lodged. The letter received explained that I need to book a medical (which I already did and passed) and upload any new bits of information soon as possible. Is anyone able to tell me from when they received there general advice letter how long after it took for there visa to come through. Thanks for any advice
  3. Hello All, Wanting some advise on the partner visa medical check. I applied for the partner 820 visa onshore around 1 year ago and have since been on the bridging visa A. I planned on doing the medical however COVID happened so never booked it in. Now you are able to book visa medical check, when would you advise to do this? As they only stay valid for 12 months? Thanks All :)
  4. Hey I hope I posting this in the right place but I cannot find any answer online. So I applied for a subclass 820 visa for my wife and she's now on the bridging visa. I have a son who's already an Australian citizen. I was thinking about applying for a centrelink to help us since the visa took a toll on us, I was wondering if doing so might have any impact on the visa application? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hey guys, I couldn't find any answer anywhere so I thought I will just ask the mass of visa applicants here. Since they changed the partner visa requirements, I (as a sponsor) will have to lodge an application as a sponsor first and then be approved before my partner can submit his application. My question is how long is the process from application to approval as a sponsor? I have read up that it might take a year (that was an estimate before the changes kicked in). I think that's a bit ridiculous, considering most visa has a year limitation. My partner's WHV will be ending on Aug and we are already preparing to lodge in Feb (I thought 6 months before his visa ended will allow us to have ample time) but apparently I need to apply way before his arrival. If anyone can share some light on this issue that would be great. The thought of him leaving me again is unbearable and he has sacrificed his career and his family to come here. Thanks guys.
  6. I've had a search and couldn't spot this question asked before. My wife and I are planning to relocate to Australia. She grew up in Australia and holds Australian citizenship. Looking at the calculators for points for Skilled Independent visas, I could take that route, or I could apply for a partner visa. Based on a quick bit of research, there are obvious differences both in the cost of the application and the processing times. I understand that with the Partner visa, it is possible to first apply for a sub-class 820 Partner Visa (Temporary), which would allow me to travel to Australia and permit me to work there sooner, whilst the 801 Partner Visa processes. I assume that there is no equivalent for the Skilled Independent visa. So - if I have eligibility for both options, what are the pros and cons of taking one route versus the other. I've spoken to two different friends, one who did it one way, one the other way. Interested to know if anyone has thoughts on which is the best way to approach things. The processing time is a potential issue, which is why I was looking at the 820 temporary visa.
  7. Hi, I'm new to the forum and I'm sorry if this question has been asked a million times before but I'm a bit confused with the information out there: My tourist visa is multiple entry and lasts for a year and allows me to stay in Australia for 90 day increments. If I apply for a 420 de Facto, will the bridging Visa kick in after 90 days or a year? Also on that note, does that 90 day period "reset" when you leave and re-enter Australia? Context: I met my boyfriend while I was on a WHV, when that expired we took a holiday together and then I came back to OZ on a multiple entry tourist visa in order to visit some friends. We're now in Vanuatu together and returning to Oz tomorrow. Initially I'd hoped to go to Japan for a little while but Boyfriend has a mortgage with his sister and after a lot of discussion, it's not feasible for him to leave (as he's a first time buyer, he has to live at the address for 12 months after purchase), and as it turns out, I don't think I can go without him. It looks as though applying for a 820 is going to be the best option for us at this time. Fortunately I was kind of aware that this might be a possibility and started creating the paper trail back in Feb so I could feasibly submit the application in a couple of weeks. I have all my police checks for the UK and Australia sorted because I worked in finance and government, the only thing I might need to get updated is the health check (and wills? I'm 29 and I've never given getting a will a second thought before!). I want to get a migration agent but we can't afford it on just one income so I want to get working rights ASAP (like everyone else I imagine). are there any other pieces of info I can include in the application in the short term? In addition to personal docs, I'm listed on the insurance. All my Australian tax, bank, medicare details are registered to his address (as he's my contact in oz) and we registered the relationship as an insurance back in feb, but we're not married or engaged yet. Are there any other "quick wins" that you could recommend?
  8. Hello All I am on a working holiday visa at the moment and weeks away from sending my spouse visa applications off. However I am very settled in a job on my WHV and would like to continue with this job when I go from the WHV to a bridging visa when I apply for my spouse visa. I have read of applying for FORM 1445 to be allowed to work over the 6 mouths working rights. Has anyone done this? Is it possible. I am sending my application of in July and my WHV runs out in December. Thanks
  9. Hey, it's been a year to the day that I submitted my application and I received this email: We are writing to inform you that your application for a Partner visa is in progress. Your application takes time to process as we complete a number of thorough checks. Is this purely an automated message or is it something I should be excited about?? Anyone received this and then got their 820 not long after? Thanks! Hannah
  10. Hey guys, I really struggled to find timelines for the 820/801 on shore Visa applications as a reference to how long mine might take. I got my permanent residence email through today! So after lots of tears and celebrations I just thought I'd share my timeline for others currently still waiting on their own visas! It's so hard having absolutely no hint or indication from immi and the current wait times are exploding which can be depressing! So! I flew back to Australia in March 2018 on a tourist visa. I did not use an agent, I submitted my fully loaded (all police checks, medical done straight away, all forms and evidence completed etc) on April 27th 2018. Current Visa wait time when I applied was 17-24 months. Yuck. We had been living together for over three years when we applied so I included a letter asking to be considered for immediate processing of my 801 with my 820 Visa (Long term partnership). After hearing nothing for months we recieved an email in October 2018 asking for a UK police check for my partner as he had lived with me in the UK for a year. I had already planned ahead and applied for this already so I uploaded it straight away (I had actually forgotten to add it once it arrived!). After this we heard nothing for ages. I applied for "change of address" and for a Bridging visa B in order to visit home during this time all of which was processed smoothly. Some of my friends seemed to think these updates kept your profile more "active" keeping it at the top of the pile but I don't know how accurate this is, I doubt it to be honest! Then I received an automated message on April 27th 2019 (exactly one year after applying) giving me a generic notice that my Visa WAS in a queue and being processed. I didn't know what to make of this. If it was just automatically sent after one year or really meant a CO had picked up our case and was moving it along... (I still don't know...). Then today, May 1st 2019 I received my 820 and 801 Visa grant notifications simultaneously by email! I'd also like to mention that every three or four months I would "top up" my evidence with more info on our joint accounts, rent payments, holidays, family events etc. I wanted to show our relationship to be strong and continuing. So all in all my application only took one year!! Much shorter than the current advertised processing time of 21-28 months! Which is JUST for the temporary part technically. So don't lose hope guys! Keep updating your info. Give them EVERYTHING they could possibly need. Don't wait to be asked for police checks or medical info just in case they might "go out of date". Get it ALL in and make your case as easy to process as possible! Good luck! I'm off to drink more champagne!
  11. Hi All Can anyone advise me what the total cost of the Spouse Visa is, including any other costs along the way. Is AUD7,160 including Health Check, and everything you need? Many Thanks
  12. Hello all, can you please help me out. I am currently in Australia on the WHV. Fairly soon me and my partner want to apply for the spouse visa. Having done lots of research I’m still a little lost and need some help clearing things up. When I apply for the 801 temporary visa (spouse visa) after my working visa ends in December will I go onto the 801 or a bridging visa? Also after my WHV ends In December and the application has been sent for the spouse visa. What will be my working rights? Will I be able to apply for full time work under the spouse visa? And in that time while I am waiting am I able to leave Australia? If you have any information please help me out cheers :)
  13. Hi Guys, I am currently on 417 Working Holiday Visa, I am just about to take the plunge and apply/pay for the 820/801 De Facto Visa. I am seeing some contradicting statements around the conditions of the BVA Bridging Visa. My questions are: 1. Once my Working Holiday has expired in September, and my BVA starts – will I have full unrestricted working rights such as the 820 would grant me or will the conditions of the 417 visa transfer i.e. only being able to work with one employer for 6 months at a time? 2. Once you have paid for the visa, do you receive your BVA instantly (even though it does not come into effect until my 417 expires) or is when my current visa ends that I receive this? Appreciate the thoughts or stories of anyone who has been through a similar situations Cheers :-)
  14. Hey all, Was just looking for some recent timeline info for applications submitted this year. I submitted my 820/801 April 27th 2018. Front loaded with police checks included. Was asked for medical straight away and completed 1st May 2018. Heard nothing until 12th October 2018 when asked for Aus partner's UK police check which I had coincidentally applied for just in case they wanted that too so I uploaded straight away along with new evidence over the last six months (holidays, lease, bank account statements). I just wondered if anyone has had experience of how long after they ask for more info that you tend to be granted the 820? I've heard rumblings that they're currently processing a lot of WA visas just now, a few of my friends visas in WA have came through, but I'm trying to not get too excited! Any time line comparisons would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
  15. Hi, A dear friend of mine is about to get married to an Australian man who holds another nationality too. Is there a way to find out if that man has sponsored a Partner visa for someone else in the past? Or to find out if he was himself sponsored by someone for the same visa? I know this sounds like a silly question but the dynamic of this relationship and the cultural background of the couple involved means my friend can't ask this question to the man directly without offending him. It's a silly culture but it is what it is, so it would be awesome if there is a way for my friend to make such an inquiry behind the man's back. After all, it's her life and Australian visa prospects that are on the line here. Thanks.
  16. Hi there, Obviously the immi website states that long term relationships such as my own (de facto for 3+ years at time of application submission) may be processed faster at the discretion of your CO. However I just wondered if anyone who has recently lodged their 820/801 application has actually experienced this?? In theory when my 820 goes through my 801 could go through too but I'm just wondering how likely this actually is... Cheers!
  17. TellHimHesDreamin

    820, 309 or 300

    Hi all - new to the site and first post. There are clearly a lot of knowledgable people on here and I am hoping someone can help me. I did think our situation was unique, but it looks like a lot of people have similar questions, relationships and problems in getting into Australia. Anyway, I am a UK national, but currently working in the Middle East. My gf is an Australian national and has lived there her whole life. I fly into Oz as often as work permits and we spend as much time together as we can. We have spoken and will marry as soon as we can, but also need to align work and visas...but more importantly, we are both in the final throws of getting divorced from our exes. Neither of us have really pushed for the divorces, even though we have been separated for a number of years. We have been in our relationship for about 18 months, now need to push things forward so that we can start our new lives together in Australia. My question is, what route do we go down? I will probably continue to work FIFO for a while (to save up for a house!) but at the same time, in order to make the move to Oz, I need to be able to work, and getting the right partner visa will of course allow me to do that. The whole, being in the country when applying, or when the visa is granted, against costs, and time, or whether to enter on a visit visa, get married and leave again for work...is just confusing! Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
  18. Hi all My migration agent submitted a paper application for 820/801 in June 2017 and I haven't heard anything back apart from the acknowledgement of application. My agent advised not to complete medicals or police checks as they can expire before the visa is looked at. I know we are well within the global processing times advertised but I do see a lot of people on these forums who have had their visa processed really quickly, some within 3-4 months when they are processed overseas. I was wondering if anyone has any experience of paper applications being processed overseas, or even if they are processed in Australia are people noticing quicker turn arounds because of the online applications being processed elsewhere? I am on a 457 at the moment (so didn't go on to the bridging visa) and I am really concerned about the stability of my job, hence why I am hoping for word back soon. I would be really interested in hearing about other peoples experiences. Thanks RoRoRo
  19. 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!!!
  20. I am currently in Australia on a 3-month tourist visa. I will be applying on-shore for an 820 Partnership Visa. I am currently trying to fill in the form to get my health checks done in advance and it is asking me what my 'usual country of residence' and 'postal address' is (this same question is posed on the 820 application form). I have no intention of going back to the UK, nor have an address there anymore. Do I put my old UK address when asked this question or rather use my current temporary Australian address where I am staying on my tourist visa? Thanks!
  21. 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
  22. Hello! I'm starting the process to apply (online) for a 820 on the back of my PMV/300. Everything seems straightforward but I was wondering, since I already provided a copy of my birth certificate when I applied for the PMV, can I send the same document instead of requesting a fresh copy? The copy of the birth certificate I sent in my PMV application is dated from Oct 2016 - so over a year old, and I wonder if it'd be considered "past its date"? In my home country a copy of the birth certificate is generally considered valid for 3 to 6 months max... The reason I ask is because requesting a birth certificate in my (European) hometown takes a lot of time - they still don't do online services so you have to send an application by snail mail, and wait for your copy of the certificate to make its way back to Aus... plus I have to get it translated on top of that. So it can easily take a month or more and I'm a bit worried about the time frame! Thank you!
  23. 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
  24. Hi all, My partner and I are in the process of applying for the 820 and have been living together on a de facto basis for 5 years. We have kept absolutely everything and we not short on evidence by any stretch. Should I be uploading every single joint bank statement for the past 5 years (as one documents)? Same for our phone bills, every month since we met? Any advice would be appreciated.
  25. Will Grayson


    My partner visa (820/801) was refused a couple of years ago because I was overwhelmed with the process (didn't use an agent) I didn't submit enough proof that my relationship was genuine is the short version. My hearing was in march and it was 'remitted'. From what I've read that's good news. My question to you internet strangers is - what now? DIAC have requested I redo the police/medical checks and have also requested I do the Form 80, the latter I'm slightly confused as to why. I'm confident I'm close to getting my visa after nearly four years. Have any others had their appeals' remitted and how did it play out for you?