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  1. 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
  2. Can I get an Aussie mobile phone card offshore before landing? It that possible to apply for a sim card online overseas? cheers
  3. 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 .
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. My timeline below - very short at the moment! Please join in with where you've got to so far
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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..
  15. Hi all Finally submitted my (our) 309/100 defacto visa application to Australia House in London. A couple bits still missing (one of my friend's statutory declarations and my full birth certificate) but will be sending them on as soon as I receive them. Feels good to have all the paperwork off the dining table, and now keenly awaiting any sort of communication...
  16. Hi there, My husband is English, I am Australian - we have been together 3 years and married for 2. Just about to submit this application the first phase of the 309 (2 years temp) and have a few questions if anyone can help? 1. I have had most of the important docs certified by solicitor, birth certs/passports/marriage certs, bank statements etc. but not 'supporting' things like cards, photos, travel tickets, letters in both names - these are just print outs or copies - is that ok? 2. We have 12 months bank statements each - is that enough financial evidence? Do we need payslips too? if so going back how far? 3. The last 'supporting' evidence which is - Nature of your commitment to each other - we haven't been seperate for longer than 5 days in 3 years - so do we need to provide phone records? and we don't have a will, so what can I use for this?? Our personal statement covers a lot of 'background' and 'combination of affairs' - so will this suffice? Thanks in Advance anyone I'm exhausted from compiling this thing. should have got an agent to do it!
  17. initforthemoney

    Offshore De Facto parntership visa

    I'm pretty sure the answer to this one, but I'd like advice. I'm going to get back together with my Ex. She is Australian living in Oz, I'm from the UK and outside Oz having done 2 years of a WHV. We were living together for 15mths and have been apart about 1 year. I'm reckoning its impossible to apply for a de facto visa and have it granted? I also have a degree that would fit on the skills list, but no experience in the field. Any advice
  18. I have a question around lodging the de-facto spouse visa application offshore in London. The plan now is for my partner (the applicant) to go to Australia House and hand in the application over the counter in person. I have a few silly questions: 1. Do you put all the application form, documents and supporting evidence sealed in one big envelope for handing in? If so, what do you write on the big envelope? Also, we are a little stumped with the 47SP question where it asks "Have you paid?" and if you answer No, it directs you to the next question "How do you intend to pay" - where you have to provide your credit card details. 2. If the application form is lodged in person, do we hold off completing that question and pay on the spot to the staff, then mark the question as "Yes we have paid"? After that place the application form in the big envelope and the staff will take it in? 3. Or should we answer "No" and then just leave the credit card details in the following question and assume the case officer would process the payment based on the card information provided in the application form? Appreciate the advice. Thanks.
  19. [it is the Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) i am wishing to apply for] Some information so you know where i am coming from: I am british and my gf is Australian. I lived in Australia for one year on a working holiday visa. Towards the end of my year in australia we were going to apply for the Onshore De Facto visa so I could stay in the country (and my job), but as time was running out and I was getting different answers every time i rang the immigration department about having a complete application, we decided it was safer to leave on the day my visa ran out and make our way to the UK to apply there. We have been travelling through Asia since then and now we are about to head back to the UK. The plan is to apply at the immigration office when we get back to the UK. We have all the required documents (statutory declarations etc) the only thing we won't have is police clearance from Spain (as I lived in Spain for over a year in the last five years so this is required) I have read through the application form and the document checklist but my question is.. Is it possible to apply as soon as I arrive in London and then give the police clearance documents once we have been to Spain to collect them? It could be a month or two later. We really want to get back to Australia asap, but don't want to risk applying and then being declined for something like one missing document. PS the reason we are going to Spain for the police clearance is that it is 400euros more expensive to organise a lawyer to obtain it on my behalf. I must go to Madrid to collect. Thank you anybody that can advise.
  20. Dear All I would just like to thank everyone for their help and advice re my offshore Second Stage Partner visa. SUCCESS!!!!!! I am now the proud owner of a PR Subclass BC100 Permanent Resident visa...yes little ol me...yeehaa! I posted paperwork to Brisbane on 8th March (approx). I telephoned Immigration yesterday (approx 45 minute wait) to check if they had actually received my paperwork as I hadn't received the acknowledgement letter back, only to get through to a lovely guy. He asked if I was near a computer and could I go online whilst he waited. So I did and logged into my VEVO account and nearly fell of the office chair. OH MY GOD!! I got it and not only had I got it, it was granted on 9 April 2013, so about a month from posting. Here the recent history for others (hope the links work). http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/179346-2nd-stage-de-facto-visa-requirements.html http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/175568-second-stage-partner-visa-309-a.html I feel very happy and now I can live my life. Next stage Citizenship..so I can be truly Australian. BrownEyedGal:biglaugh:
  21. I am wondering if there is any way to convert my pending 885 application (lodged Aug 2008, Management Consultant, present Cat 4) into 175 or other offhore option. I am sick of having my career and life put on hold. I have my own business with customers worldwide but only charge for service so my income does not qualify for Business Visa. Australia seems to attract only corporate rats or wanna-be entreprenours and doesn't care about talent at all! As a management consultant, I can hardly promise any good service to cusomers (or possibly employers) if there is danger of getting 28 days notice to leave the country. I would be a bad consultant if I did that. Is there any way to convert my application? Thanks!
  22. 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?
  23. Hi y'all! I'm proper peeved at the current situation in UK and looking to go and join a pal of mine in Perth only I need a proper tiling qual on top of the one I already got. Anyone know what level I can go in at? I'm also Merchant Navy (UK) and cant find ANY work as a Steward as the cheaper foreign imports have taken it all Are there any companies in Oz who want UK types with all their STCW 95 AND OPITO tickets? Please help. Annoyed in Kent!
  24. Guest

    Spouse visa

    Hi All, I am new to this forum and I need some advice on my spouse visa. I applied my visa (subclass 309 and 100) by 27th Apr 2011 and I am not granted with visa yet. Its already 7 months and I am now living with my husband in Australia in visitor visa. My questions is, if I am granted with spouse visa, and asked to leave the country for stamping howlong I should be in offshore. Do u ppl have any idea. If so kindly share it. Thanks & Regards, RTPry.
  25. Hi, my wife has been sponsored on a 457 visa and we are moving with our two boys (11 & 9) in January. I currently work offshore UK North Sea as a control room operator on Buzzard platform. I've made a few contacts, but have nothing sorted as yet, if anybody knows anybody looking for production guys, would appreciate the heads up! Cheers Chris
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