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  1. Hello All, My partner is currently on an 820 and will be eligible to apply for the 801 in October and as we have had a baby we want to apply Feb/March time an exemption of 3+ months to go to the UK to be with my family for 6-12 months. Immigration have confirmed that She can be granted the 801 offshore but they could not give me a straight answer if the subclass 801 granted offshore is the 801 automatically activated or is there a time limit to have to return to Australia for the Visa to be activated - or if once granted you get the 5 year Travel facility etc that comes with PR? Does anyone have any experience of this scenario perhaps? Thanks
  2. Thought I'd make a thread to lighten the mood when it comes to the frustration of waiting for our visa grant. Feel free to rant, vent or share experiences that could help one another pass the time. How are you feeling? Have you found ways to stay productive during this massive delay of life plans? Has the wait turned into a positive experience or has it been destructive? My experience: Fortunately, I've had work to pass the time but I will be laid off in two weeks. My car has bit the dust so now I'm wondering, "do I buy a car when I may move next month... or next year?" Dating or relationships are a no-no and finding a new job would require me to lie about my future so they don't reject me for not committing a lot of time. Ideally, I'm entering the perfect time to move abroad this summer but times are not normal and I may end up waiting until summer 2022 at the earliest. So now, I have to fight to keep my savings as long as I can until I can actually go to Oz. I'm going to focus on my self-employment prospects and learn about real estate (though I can't get a license until Oz). I'll just be doing side hustles until a bigger opportunity arrives and work on being creative (music, skateboarding, writing).
  3. Hi all, I'm a long time lurker on this forum but wondered if anyone could help me please. I'm in the UK and have accepted a job as a scientist in Qld. The 186 DE visa application and nomination were lodged in Feb 2021 and being overseas I came to expect a (very!) long processing time. Although the occupation isn't on the PMSOL my employer applied for a travel exemption under 'critical skills' and this was granted two weeks ago. My MA advised that with the critical skills exemption the Department will now prioritise my application and expected a reply from them in the next 4 weeks. We're now two weeks in and I'm constantly checking my emails every morning to see if there's been any news and it's driving me mad, and the not knowing when I'll be able to pack up my life and move is extremely frustrating as I'm sure you can relate. I just wondered if anyone here had any experience of a realistic timeframe for offshore 186 grants once an exemption for 'critical skills' has been obtained please? Thank you for your help!
  4. Hi all, I have a strange dilemma about my visa subclass 100 myself and my son were granted from offshore. My wife is an OZ citizen. The initial entry date of our visa is due to expire at the beginning of December 2020. All our flights we had booked this year have been cancelled by the airline due to the ongoing covid situation. I can prove that with cancellation certs issues by the airline. Technically, we still have some time left but when I called the airline to rebook after the last cancellation , they explained to me that the OZ government would only allow people to fly to australia for "emergencies".The airlines are told to enforce that policy and they need to actually engage with the OZ goverment before allowing a passenger on a flight. As "emergency" they have 3 categories that fit into it: 1. OZ citizen going back for medical emergency 2. OZ citizen stuck abroad with no means to support himself/herself 3. Family member stuck abroad with a child to care for in OZ. Clearly, (and rightfully so) our partner visa activation doesn't fit into any of that so I have no hope to make it to OZ by the IED. On the same line, it's clear that this is totally out of my hands and it's the australian government that has set this priorities. The Department of Home Affairs have been pretty generic up to now when i enquired. According to them the message is that there is absolutely no leeway in postponing the initial entry date. is anyone in the same situation as myself and how did they handle it? I would be interested to know if anyone got an extension to their IED based on the current Covid situation and how they went about getting one. Thank you very much to all
  5. Dear all valuable ppl, my wife, son and I have been granted 489 offshore on Jan 2020 and I am seeking a job in SA. I am a radiographer but it is not in priority skilled job list. I am wondering if i found a job and got an offer, can i apply exemption? and if I can, is the exemption will be granted to main applicant only? or all of my family? thank you for your time to read and looking forward to hearing any idea.
  6. Hi, I am planning to submit an EOI soon in this month of September. I heard from few places that 491 applications has been closed for offshore applicants however, I have not yet come across such an announcement from any official body. Can anybody share some knowledge regarding this corcern of mine? Thank you.
  7. Syedalley2099

    887 Visa offshore Family

    Hi I have 489 visa right. I have almost completed 02 years stay and one year full time work. Now I have to apply for 887 visa next month. I am in Australia but my wife and kids are struck overseas due to covid 19 crises and travel restrictions. Our 489 visa will be expiring on 02 Nov 2021. Can somebody please help me regarding following queries: 1) If I submit 887 visa for myself, can I add my dependent subsequent family members for 887 visa later on, when they are able to travel to Australia? 2) what will be the effect on our application, if I submit 887 only for myself at this stage?
  8. I have searched this forum with a fine tooth comb but can't find anything........... Does anyone know how long immigration normally take to approve your application once you return to Australia if been away offshore??
  9. i saw in the latest update that state spnsored application visa subclass 475 (offshore applications) will get their case officers allocated by may end 2012. is this true?
  10. Hi everyone, how you going? My partner and I have an EOI in for VIC 190 and are currently just waiting to be invited. We are over in Bali for the next 5 weeks before returning to Australia where we will both be on tourist visas. If we are selected while we are here in Bali and apply, are we able to return to Australia and even be there on this tourist visa when the 190 visa is approved? We are under the impression that a tourist visa does not necessarily come under the 'onshore' category, therefore allowing us to be there on holiday to then swap straight onto the 190 residency, despite having applied offshore. Can anyone help clarify? THANKS
  11. Hi All, I am having hard time finding an answer on below. My husband (Australian) and I (Polish) applied offshore for my residence after 1,5yrs of our marriage. Before our marriage we have been engaged for 6 months, however we were living separately and since we got married we live togheter in Poland.I have been granted with my 309 visa 2 months after (April 2019) lodging the application but now the problem starts. All of the jobs that I am interested and qualified in require permanent residence so we decided that we will move to Australia only when i will get visa 100. So now we are confused, when can we expect visa 100 to be granted: - after 3 years of living togheter (which will be next year) and almost 4 years of relationship - which is normal requirement for permanent residence or - after 2 years of lodging our first application (which will be in 2 years) Any advice would be appreciated as we can not really find any response ( we tried to call au consul, however they could not answer our question ) thanks ! Paulina 
  12. There are several requirements that must be satisfied before reasonably considering lodging an application for an Australian parent visa. To help those who might be considering applying for a parent visa they are summarised here. The balance of family test must be satisfied. This requires that at least half of your children live permanently in Australia, or that more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country. Those who do not satisfy the balance of family test may be interested in the proposed new temporary Parent visa Applicants must have a sponsoring child who is “settled” in Australia. The subject of settled sponsors is discussed more fully here If applying for a subclass 804 Aged Parent or subclass 864/884 Contributory Aged Parent visa: The main visa applicant must be “aged”, this being the age when you are eligible for an Age Pension in Australia All applicants must be in Australia when the visa application is submitted to the Department of Immigration, and when it is granted If applying for a visa while in Australia a condition 8503 (No Further Stay) must not attach to the visa used to enter Australia. If applying for an offshore visa (subclasses 103, 143 – with a one step visa strategy – and 173 are offshore visas) applicants must be outside Australia when the visa is granted. Sufficient funds to pay the 2nd Visa Application Charges – currently AUD 43,600 per applicant – must also be readily available when a Contributory Parent visa application is approaching finalisation. For some, this will require careful management of the visa application process to ensure liquid funds are to hand at the appropriate time, as the Department of Immigration requires remittance of the 2nd VAC within 28 days of the issuing of the request for payment. Kindly reproduced with the permission from @Alan Collett at Go Matilda
  13. Can I get an Aussie mobile phone card offshore before landing? It that possible to apply for a sim card online overseas? cheers
  14. Faisal1

    190 on bva

    Hi there , My name is Faisal and I am currently holding Bva and I have federal court hearing due In December 2020 for my Tr 485 refusal visa ,I applied for Eoi online and got invitation for 190 visa nsw state nomination skilled ,now I am not sure if I can apply for 190 on shore or I have to go offshore to apply for my visa because at the moment I do not hold any substantive visa .
  15. Hi guys, Since July 2012, there is no separate subclass for onshore/offshore. Very simply put, after a successful Visa application (189) visa what if the applicant decides to move back home and wait for the approval? i.e. Applied for 189 on the 457, resigned job and returned home awaiting approval. Thanks Bonza
  16. I am starting to panic about our visa application. Everyone keeps telling me how difficult it is, but we have just completed ours online and did not find it difficult at all? We will be sending it off next month when we can pay for it and am thinking that maybe the difficult part comes when starting to upload documents? My husband is a UK citizen. We have been together almost 10 years and have two children who are Australian citizens by descent. I am Australian. Our situation isn't complicated in any way. Can someone reassure me that it doesn't always have to be complicated? I just saw another thread on here about definitely getting an Immigration lawyer. Surely if your situation isn't complicated you don't need one? Thanks for any advice
  17. Hello Somebody with knowledge please advise. I'm a stressed out Brit living in Paris, France with my Australian Partner. We are in a de facto relationship. Been living together for over 4yrs now. He has been offered a job in Sydney, Australia and we plan to move over there in 2 months time. 3 days ago, i applied for a tourist visa (subclass600) so that I can be with my partner while we wait for the processing of my Partner Visa. I intend to lodge the Partner Visa in the next few days offshore, here in Paris before we leave. I understand that I wont be able to work or have rights while on this tourist visa 600. I also understand that I have to leave Australia to be granted the Partner Visa when processed. I was told by someone on these forums that as a British citizen, it was best to go for an ETA and apply for the Partner Visa onshore. I'm afraid waiting till we get to Australia is risky and my documents will be a little dated. I have all my documents and evidence ready to apply for the Partner onshore. Anyway, its too late now, I have already applied for the Tourist Visa 600. Have a completely messed up?
  18. Hello My partner and I applied for my partner visa end of Nov 2017 in Paris, where we’d been living for 10 years. My partner is Australian. The issue is I was contacted by my CO to request for Biometrics. This is because I had been living in France. I ‘m currently in Auz on a year long tourist visa. I went to the visa office today to see if I can do the Biometrics there and I was told NO! It had to be Paris! Surely, they can do have me do it here right. I really don’t want to have to go all the way to Paris for this. So stupid I have contacted the CO about this. What do you guys think?
  19. Hi, I am sponsoring my husband for the 309/100 spouse visa. We are living in Iran at present. We have all the documents needed. I met him in Australia when he was on bridging visa E. He was a refugee. He brought me to his country, Iran and I thought it was a better idea to apply offshore. He is yet to obtain his health and police check. He had been in Australia since 2012, and we have been together since January 2016. We married in Australia and here in Iran. My question is, do you think he has a better chance of being granted the visa due to the fact that he lived in Australia for 5 years already, and we both have documents showing the same address we lived at, proving our relationship.?. Also, with Iran in the news lately, do you think Australian immigration would be bias ?. Thanks in advance for any advice. Nicole.
  20. Hi Guys. My wife has applied a partner visa 309 on 28 June 2016. The application is in the final stages. Today she receive the email that your medicals are not valid after 1 year. Online immiaccount showing medical is clear for the processing of this visa. My query is that the visa processing has been delayed by the immigration deptt then why should one undergo the medical checkup again? Does it happen to anyone else who are waiting for decision for more than 12 months?
  21. Hi all, My partner and i are looking into visa options for him. I have PR already (186) & prior to coming back to UK in 2016 lived and worked in Australia for 6 years. My partner and I have been together a little over a year now, we maintained a long distance relationship for a while then I decided to return to UK in July 2016 to be with him full time whilst he completes his masters degree here. We hope to relocate to Australia in early 2018. Looking now at the offshore partner visa option subclass 309 for him, however I'm confused as my part as a sponsor, the paperwork indicates that I as the Perm Resident sponsor must prove that I normally reside in australia, proof being Australian mortgage, lease agreements, bills etc.... but then also part of the requirement is i have to be in a de facto relationship with my partner.... living together. How am i to prove I normally reside in Australia? When i live in UK with him & I havnt lived there for almost a year now? I have a lease with my partner in the UK and a job here but it is always our intention to go to Australia once he's finished his studies, I do not consider the UK my home at all anymore and havn't for many years, I feel more Australian then English!. Is this what immigration want to hear? On the form it just states if my current address is outside Australia i need to define how i meet the obligations as sponsor. Confused much. This is just one visa option we are looking at, he is a software developer with 10 years experience, various degrees etc, so he would be able to go down the 189 route, but as the celings for his role has been met for this year we are are looking at look at all options just so we can get an application in for him sooner rather then later, we really want to head to Australia early 2018. Anyone on here already been through this process? I feel I am other thinking the process, any help would be great!
  22. My timeline below - very short at the moment! Please join in with where you've got to so far
  23. I started this thread because there are so many people who talk about Skilled Sponsored 176 and they are referring to State Sponsored Skilled which is not the same as Family sponsored which is rock bottom in priority processing thus I have started this thread for those who have applied for and are still waiting for a case officer with respect to the GSM 176 Family Sponsored Offshore Priority 5 classification or for anyone with any insight to when if at all do you think these will ever get processed. The website shows an allocation date of January 2008 which is the time DIAC put a halt to the processing. I also keep reading onshore gets processed ahead of offshore based on application date. What does that mean? Finish all onshore before they ever get to offshore? Well...that may never happen since people continue to apply. We applied in April 2009 offshore for the Family Sponsored 176 visa and are in Priority 5. Please provide your thoughts and insight for this particular visa situation. I know I am not the only one.
  24. Hello Everyone!!! I am new to this site and recently join it. I would like to know the processing time of the partner/spouse visa (subclass 309) applied from London, UK. I am living in Australia as a permanent resident since Nov, 2012. My wife living in UK and she posted subclass 300 visa application documents (through mail). We call them and they told that they have received our documents on 03-JAN-2014 and we will receive an email when a case officer will be assigned to our application. I am wondering that how long it usually take to get case officer assigned for the spouse application (because we are still waiting for the email) and also what is the usually overall processing time for this subclass applied from London, UK. Thanks.
  25. Hi everyone, we submitted our app to London on 8/8, three weeks later told payment info was wrong and had a day to get it in before fees went up. So we did that and were told it would be sent to CO. It's now 3 weeks later and no contact from anyone.?? I thought after payment taken CO granted would be 3/4 days after and make contact?? Are there a lot of people waiting if you have recently submitted. Is there a general number/email to contact to see what is going on?? Or do I just wait and hope they haven't 'misplaced' our application. Freaking out right now..
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