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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm in the process of applying for a partner visa. I live in the UK and have been married for 9 years. My partner is an Australian PR. To be really frank, the Australian Immigration Service has left me really confused. The Australian High Commission in London Website, states that you should apply using paper copies/ via post. I have contacted the European helpline, who informed me that the preferred option is for me to apply online. Can anyone assist with which method I can use? Anyone applied online from the UK recently? Also, should I complete police checks/ medicals now to try and save time? We have a 5 year old daughter, so inevitable that we are going to be asked to do both. Anyone applied for a partner visa recently who can advise on processing times? Do you think I will be eligible to bypass the temporary visa and go straight for the permanent? Thanks a lot and look forward to reading your responses. 'This time next year'
  2. Hi all, I have a question regarding Partner Visa 309. Hope someone will be able to help me out. I am a PR holder in Australia, currently residing in Australia. However only been here for only a month. Therefore, I am still seeking employment. My wife and I are hoping to lodge her Partner visa application within this week, wanted to know if me not being employed currently would affect my wife's Partner visa processing in any way. Since it has been only a month since i got here, im sure i will be able to get a job within the next couple of weeks. However, I am also able to show a reasonable amount as savings, that I can show as proof saying I am able to support my wife for a reasonable timeframe even without a job. Pls let me know if this would be an issue or if there is a work around for this. Cheers, BMAP
  3. Hello, Myself and my partner are looking in to applying for a partner visa. His UK visa runs out in March 2016. Have people found it easier to do it yourself or go through a company? If going through a company which ones do people recommend. I have been looking in to both and the doing it yourself option looks very complicated. As well as this what evidence do I need to begin gathering together in order to prove our de facto relationship status. We are not yet married or engaged but by the time 2016 comes that should be on the cards. I have been advised by one agency not to go down the pre marriage visa route as its more or less the same paperwork but with double the fees. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. If you're anything like me you'll most likely be having sleepless nights over the medical examination but, if my experience is anything to go by, there is nothing to worry about. Being based in Norwich, my nearest centre was the Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood - around a 2 hour drive each way. The car parking is a nightmare but, after that, I was treated with a great deal of care and concern when I made the point of telling them I was a total wuss when it comes to needles and, as the blood test is compulsory, I was not a happy bunny when I got there!:eek: The nurse (Sharon) took time to explain what was required and did a brilliant job of putting me at ease. As for the experience itself, I have no idea why I was worried. Apart from the blood test (which was so quick and virtually painless) it's no different to a check up from the GP. Sharon took my passport, gave me a little tub, placed it on the side near the loo and issued instructions of how to pee! I resisted the temptation so say "what - from here?" as she was so patient with me!:biggrin: After that it was height, weight (the scales lied!),blood pressure check(1st reading sky high as I was in pre needle wuss mode), fast blood test, distance eye test and a few life style questions before moving on to see the consultant. He asks more health questions based on your e-health form that you fill in on line then he checks reflexes, general body area (nothing even close to embarrassing!) a different kind of eye test, looks in your ears and mouth then tells you to get dressed and wait for the chest x-ray. He did a 2nd blood pressure check and it was right back to normal so once the blood test was over he had a far better reading. Total time including waiting at this stage was about 30 minutes. A 10 minute wait followed for the chest x-ray and the nice nurse was very chatty and extremely re-assuring. She was extremely friendly, asked about our Australian plans and the whole thing took about 2 minutes. Once the X-ray is over the "ordeal" is over and you are free to leave. The reason for posting is to offer all of you who have yet to have a medical some re-assurance and, I can honestly say, I was worried for no reason at all. Good luck if you are still waiting and, if you go to Brentwood, ask for Sharon. . . she's brilliant!
  5. 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.
  6. Dear all, Just a quick post to say I am sending today our application for a Partner visa 309/100 sponsored by my Aussie husband. I wanted to keep a trace of the timeline of this process, for us but also for other people so that they know how long the process can take. Our situation is the following: I am a French national living in London, where I have lived for 15 years (honorary Pom I suppose!), I have a son who's half English, half French and my husband is Australian. We're just about to welcome to the world our own little joey, whose birth is impending as we speak! We're looking at relocating to Australia by the end of the year...fingers crossed our timeline is good, I guess we shall see! Good luck to other people in a similar situation.
  7. Hi guys, I originally posted these questions in the Australia forum but was helpfully redirected here by the moderator and am hoping to find some answers from anyone who has been in/knows anyone in a similar situation. I’ve read so many threads about de facto / partner visa applications over the last few months and am now just after some clarification, preferably from people who have un/successfully applied for the 309/100 De Facto Visa in the recent past. My partner and I have been together for over 2 years and are in the process of putting all of our papers together to apply for the 309/100 De Facto / Partner Visa so that we can relocate back to Melbourne (where we met and both lived at the start of our relationship) in early 2014. I am an Australian citizen (by birth) and he is Italian. We are currently living together in London and have been for over 18 months now. Gathering evidence of the duration of our relationship isn’t an issue at all as we have a joint bank account, pay slips, rental agreement, photos etc. Can anyone who has applied for this visa please let me know how long it took for yours to be approved? Did you send police checks / medicals wit the initial application or wait for them to be requested? I’ve read on most places to expect a 5 - 9 month wait but has anyone had it take less/more time? Another major issue is that I’m living here on the Tier 5 (YMS) Visa at the moment but it expires at the end of November. We’re planning on leaving the UK for a few days for a holiday when it expires so that I can come back and hopefully stay here in the UK for a little longer on a general tourist visa (so that we can do a bit more travelling throughout the UK and enjoy a few more weeks here - I obviously wouldn’t be planning on working during this time). However, I’ve also read many forum posts about Australians who have tried to re-enter the UK on tourist visas almost immediately after their Tier 5 Visa has expired and the general consensus seems to be to expect major hassles by Border Control upon re-entry. So, for anyone who has been / or knows someone who has been in a similar situation, I ask... Should I apply for the official 6 month UK tourist visa? Can I even do that from within the UK if I am an Australian citizen and my tier 5 visa is nearly expired? While its not ideal I'll definitely seriously consider flying back to Australia upon my visa's expiration. However, as we're lodging this application off shore, what happens if we haven't received the request for medicals or police checks before my visa expires? From what I've seen, these seem to be occurring around the 4-8 week mark which SHOULD give us enough time before my Tier 5 visa expires but just in case it isn't... I would have to be in the UK, where the visa application was lodged, to do the medical & police check, right? Also, if anyone here knows anyone/or has themself been denied re-entry into the UK after their Tier 5 Visa has expired I'd really appreciate it if you could post your two cents on the situation and maybe tell me a bit about your experience. (Upon re-entry to the UK, I will have a P60 proving my previous work contract has been terminated, proof of purchase of a one way flight back to Australia and proof of funds to support myself... I've read that this evidence helps) Any help with any of my questions will be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance, Jiselle :biggrin:
  8. Hi all I have read the guidance book but cannot work this out; Form 888 - to be completed by Australian acquaintances or friends - this needs to be signed by the person who wrote the statement and a notary/JP. Statutory declarations from friends and family - does this need to be signed by notary/JP or just by the person who wrote the statement? Thanks!! VP
  9. 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) ?
  10. [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.
  11. Hi All, Not sure if there is another thread concerning the same thing (I couldn't find one), but I was hoping if anyone in the same boat as my partner and I could post their Partner visa 309 application timelines. My partner Ben and I submitted ours last week to the Australian embassy in England. It is complete with police checks etc. and has been paid for. At the moment I only have the embassy's website processing times to go by, but I have been told a few different things. Our close friends applied for the same visa and it was granted in 2 days! Also, our migration agent has suggested that ours could be processed in around 4-6 weeks as it is a pretty straight forward application. My partner and I have been together nearly 4 years, he is English and I am Australian by birth, neither of us have any criminal history, we have a house together etc and it is only him applying so it's pretty straight forward. Has anyone else been through this or currently going through the process? :-) Lauri
  12. Hi All I have just recently been granted my temporary partner visa 309. My partner and I are thinking about ,moving back to the UK for a while next year so I will be out of the country when the time comes for my permenant visa to validate. I want to know, if I applied for my visa offshore (as I did in London) and had to take a trip overseas for my 309 to be granted, can I be overseas when my 100 is granted aswell, and will I have to enter the country by any specific date? Thanks in advance for any help Tamsin