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  1. Hello everyone I’m a little confused after reading some posts. Very shortly me and my partner are about to apply for the visa 820/810 partner visa. I thought this was one application by paying the fee and slowing uploading the evidence till you was ready to submit. However, I’ve read a few posts about a sponsorship section to the partner visa? What is this and does anything have more information. Can anyone state the step by steps for the partner visa? thanks everyone
  2. Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone could help? I'm currently on a 457 visa, which runs out in September 2019. I am just about to lodge my defacto partner visa application forms - no issues with that as we've been together for 3 years and are now married etc. However, I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge or had been in a similar situation. I really hate where I work and would love it if I could lodge my application, get the bridging visa, cancel my 457 and quit my place to find another job - all without having to leave the country. So - does anyone know if it is possible to request that your current 457 visa be cancelled and then go straight on to the bridging visa, whilst our partner visa application is processed? Otherwise I will just have to wait until my 457 runs out and then the bridging visa kicks in - not the end of the world but still a pain as this place is drinking me to drink! Thanks in advance
  3. Hi all.. i really need some advices or any opinion. i have been applied my partner visa 309, done my police check and medical examination. Now i am waiting for my tourist visa to be proceed. its been 8 days since i lodged the documents for 600 visa. short story is i had overstayed in Australia for almost 3 years, i got married to Australian Citizen, then i got back with my BVE dont have any bad experince in Australia. My question is, all anything behind will effect to my visa? i read some news and forums there is no effect to any permanent visa. but what about my visitor visa? will i pass the 600 visa? i really need advices and opinion or even better is there any case that quite similar to me? thanks so much!
  4. Hi, I applied for the partner visa over a month ago and I am currently on the bridging visa. I have recently been requested to do my medical examination which I know as I have declared mental health conditions they will then refer me to a psychiatrist. Can anyone tell me if they have had a history of *severe* mental health where they have been hosptalised for it? I am scared that as I have been hospitalised while on my WHV they will not accept my partner visa. I work full time and I am privately seeking psychiatric help and seeing a psychologist as well. I am stable but I recently had a slight hiccup which I am scared will mess up my chances. Advice?
  5. Hi there, I am new to this forum and would firstly like to say thank you so much for all of the advice that is already out there! I have a question about form 888 for the offshore partner visa and haven;t been able to find the answers so far. My partner is Australian and I am English and we currently live in the UK and are applying for the visa from the UK. We have asked 3 family/friends in Australia to complete form 888 for us, and 3 family/friends in the UK. My questions are specifically about form 888: 1. One of our friends in the UK is actually an Australian citizen (here for 2 years), so is completing the official form 888 for us. I am confused as to who can witness his signature to ensure it is considered a legal document in Australia. We have a friend who is a nurse but is a UK citizen - could she witness this or would he need to take it to a solicitor/notary? (I would rather avoid causing extra work for him or him being out of pocket if possible!) 2. I have read online that all documents don't need to be certified as long as they are scanned as good quality, colour copies. Is this also true for the passports of those who fill out the form 888 (both in Australia and the UK)? 3. For our UK family and friends, they will be making their statement on plain paper and signing and dating. Do their signatures also need to be witnessed, and if so I am really struggling to find concrete information on who can witness this. Thanks for any help you can offer - this process truly is a headache!!
  6. Hi there, I understand that, technically, it is possible to enter Australia as a UK citizen on a tourist visa and then apply for a Partner visa once in Australia. Since it takes a long time time for this type of visa to go through, can anyone confirm that we can be put onto a bridging visa with full working rights until this Partner visa comes through? My understanding is that UK tourist visas don't usually have the "no further stay" clause? I fully understand that you must not enter Australia under false pretenses or be deceitful to immigration. We're visiting Australia as tourists later this year and I have an Australian passport. Once in Australia, we may decide that we like it and may wish to stay. I'd like to know the options. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi everyone! I’m hoping that I will get really good help from here I am awaiting to apply for my Partner visa 309/100 next week onto Immi account. Since I am applying offshore, do I have to apply for a Australian police check ? And if so, could my spouse apply for my Police check from Australia by using his residential address or is it alright if I just apply for it offshore and use his residential address? Should my police clearance be applied for now or wait until immigration informs me ? Thank you
  8. 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 :-)
  9. Hi there, Further to a question many answered the other day. I am on a 457 visa, which runs out on the 19th September 2019. I am about to submit my partner visa and have questions about what bridging visa I would move on to. Had a look online and there doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this scenario. Some say that I would be on the same conditions as my work visa, even though that would have expired and that I would therefore have to stay with the same employer. Is that the case? Does anyone else have any similar experience to my situation as I'm kinda feeling like a unicorn at the moment - surely others have come on a 457, fallen in love and then applied for the partner visa to stay? All input would be gratefully received! Cheers
  10. Asking this question on behalf of a friend who is very concerned that her 22 yr old son has been manipulated into marrying an overseas student who only had the aim of marrying to stay in Australia. Yes, the son is an adult but a naïve and immature one - lived at home until after the marriage, never had another girlfriend and just finished his studies. There were a number of red flags when they were going out including the girlfriend (now wife) exceeding the 20 hour working limit, not attending classes and lying about her age, her job, her previous marriage overseas and her children from that relationship. My friend and her husband only found out about the wedding by accident - it was kept secret from them. The son and wife have now applied for the 820/801 Partner visa. It seems they have both claimed in their supporting documents (relationship statement) that the girlfriend was living with the son at the family home and that she would interact with all the family - cooking dinners etc - all fibs. Does anyone know how thorough or detailed reviews by case managers are? Would they contact parents and family as a matter of course? My friend has considered reporting her concerns online but her husband is very against this. In that context, the easier option for her would be for any action to be out of their hands. She knows either path will end in unhappiness but ultimately is hoping to protect her son from long term heartbreak and financial devastation. Any advice welcome - thanks.
  11. EllenaRoseBrownlow

    Waiver 8503 Approved - HELP

    Hey all, My husband is currently on a Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) in Australia. We had the 8503 Waiver approved today due to compelling and compassionate circumstances. This means he can now apply for a partner visa onshore, as far as I understand. However, what's bothering us is the 8531 condition (must leave before visa expires) that is also on his visa. We have read that even if we apply for a partner visa onshore, this condition means he HAS to leave Australia regardless. What is the process here? 1) He applies for the partner visa onshore 2) He must leave Australia before visa expires 3) He goes to Bali so as to fulfill the 8531 condition. As soon as his current visa is cancelled, the Bridging Visa A kicks in (i.e. in the airport as his passport is being scanned out of Australia) But then how does he re-enter Australia? Bridging Visa A does not allow travel. But it seems the only way to 'enact' the bridging visa while adhering to the 'must leave' condition is to leave the country. Any help in any form would be muchly appreciated! Ellie
  12. Hello! For majority of my relationship requirement documents (for Prospective Marriage Visa), I used Microsoft Powerpoint (since I personally found that it is way easier to use in terms of positioning photos and texts compared to Word). I saved them in PDF format, and they are all waayyy over the 5MB limit. I have heard that there are programs and websites that can be used to compress the file size in order to reduce it and make it adhere to the limit.. However Im just worried if it will affect the quality and not make it readable. Please let me know how you handled this? If you've used size compressor websites/programs, how did it go? any suggestions? advice? THANK YOU SOO SO MUCH!!!
  13. Hi guys!! I am the sponsor while my fiance (applicant) is living in the Philippines. We have met in person but majority of our relationship was long distance. We are so close to gathering all our documents and requirements, and we are planning to lodge our application in March 2019. I just have a few concerns and would appreciate some advice! ♥ ♥ - quick relationship background - * We first met as friends in 2011 at our high school. I migrated to Australia in 2013, and our relationship started/developed when I reunited with him when I went on a vacation to the Philippines in Feb 2017. (This was the only time in 2017 where we were physically together, for around 2 weeks only) * Ever since I went back to Aus in March 2017, we have remained in contact and continued our relationship. We started talking about our future and getting married in Australia constantly throughout 2017 to present. QUESTION 1: Does this count to 'when we got engaged'?? or only when he actually proposed to me with a ring? Is there a certain requirement for how long we are supposed to be engaged for? * I went on a vacation to visit him in the Philippines twice in 2018. (first visit was for almost 2 months, and second visit was for 1 month). We did talk about him getting a tourist visa but he has not yet had the opportunity to visit me in Australia due to college and work (and He has never tried travelling to other countries before, but he got his passport earlier this year) QUESTION 2: Is that going to be an issue to be concerned about? Does he need to visit me in Australia first prior to lodging our visa? * We both met each other's family in 2018. I only have 3 photos together with us with my family, and only 2 photos of us with my fiance’s family. (We met up way more times than this, but we just did not take lots of photos back then when i was in the philippines twice in 2018). As for friends, we also only have 1 photo with our friends in 2018. Our friends are graduating from college and some are working full time, causes a clash in our schedules which is why we didn’t really get the chance to spend more time with our friends (plus we were honestly focused on spending our limited time of being physically together alot more) Will this be an issue of concern? Do I need to provide more photos than this? QUESTION 3: Will this be a problem? Do I need to supply more photos than that? * As of now, I will be visiting him in the Philippines again for a month in mid January 2019, and in February we are going to be travelling together for the first time (and his first time travelling in general) to Singapore for our 2nd Anniversary. * During my time in the Philippines in Jan-February 2019, We are planning to get his medical exams done there in advance and then lodge our visa in March 2019. As for our Notice of Intended Marriage, I am planning to get that done in early January 2019 before I leave Australia to go to the Philippines. QUESTION 4: Will this be okay to get these documents a month prior to lodging our visa? Is it allowed? These are also a list of relationship evidence requirements that I have gathered so far: - 2017 call logs and message history - 2018 call logs and message history - 2017 social media posts - 2018 social media posts - receipts of gifts we gave to each other (with bank transactions) - receipts of our hotel bookings (with bank transactions) - receipts of uber ride histories showing us visiting each other’s houses, going to our hotels, dates, etc (with bank transactions) - timeline of our relationship that shows photos of significant events and joint activities - receipts of times money was sent to fiance through remittance website (with bank transactions) - receipts of our hotel and flight bookings for our trip to singapore in feb 2019. QUESTION 5: in regards to ‘ proof that you and your prospective spouse have met face-to-face as adults since turning 18 and know each other personally’ in our written statement it is mentioned that we met in 2017 when we were 19 years old. What other evidence can I provide for this section? Question 6: in regards to ‘proof that you and your prospective spouse genuinely intend to live as spouses’ We included talking about our plans to live together in our written statements and also included screenshots of chats/messages about this, as well as links of rental properties we both liked that we sent to each other. Question 7: I only have 3 photos together with my fiance and my family, and only 2 photos of me with my fiance’s family. (We met up way more times than this, but we just did not take lots of photos back then when i was in the philippines twice in 2018). As for friends, we also only have 1 photo with our friends in 2018. Our friends are graduating from college and some are working full time, causes a clash in our schedules which is why we didn’t really get the chance to spend more time with our friends (plus we were honestly focused on spending our limited time of being physically together alot more) Will this be an issue of concern? Do I need to provide more photos than this? Question 8: In regards to joint activities, I can only think about including photos of us going on dates. We never travelled anywhere in 2017 and 2018. We have never went on weddings or parties (only one family reunion event). What are other examples of joint activities?? Question 9: In regards to Form 888 Statutory Declarations, I am planning to get 3-4 stat decs to be completed in Jan 2019 (2 months before visa lodgement) is this okay? does it matter when a stat dec is made? Question 10: In regards to fiance’s Form 80 Character assessment.. My Fiance does not hold a bachelor’s degree since he decided to stop his university studies mid 2018 in order to work full time (his first job) to help save for our future and for the visa. Will this affect our application, or give a bad impression ? Question 11: Since philippines is a high risk country, does that mean processing time for our visa will take longer? IM SO SORRY for the long post and the many questions. I am just feeling scared and overwhelmed, only a couple more months until we plan to lodge our visa! We really want to be approved same as everyone else.. We truly appreciate it if you could let us know anything we are missing, any kind of advice, suggestion, or important info! THANK YOU SOOO SO MUCH!!
  14. Hey guys! I am the sponsor and the applicant (my fiance) lives in the Philippines. I will be visiting him in Jan-Feb 2019. and we are planning to lodge the visa on the 28th of Feb (my last day in the PH) or on March 1 (I will be back in Australia by then.) Does the location matter during the visa lodgement? I am going to pay for the visa fee using my Australian debit card, is this okay? or does it need to be paid using the applicant's account? Thank you!
  15. StephanieMAry

    BVB - Bridging visa B

    Hi Everyone, I applied for a BVB but the online lodgement did'nt work so I did a paper application. I posted it a month ago and haven;t heard back from them. I'm flying back to Europe in 6 weeks so I'm a bit worried that i won't have it in time. Maybe it got lost in the post. How do i know that they received it? Is it normal that i haven't heard from them yet? Would be highly appreciated if someone knows more about it. Thanks xx
  16. Is anyone else in middle of their subclass 100 assessment? We submitted ours last month, June 2018. Current wait time is ridiculous - 23 to 32 months!! Can we all share experience? Thank you!
  17. Hiya, Any advice is welcome! My partner and I have been together for over two years now. C a British citizen & B a Australian citizen, met whilst B was in the UK. C now in Australia on WHV 417 ( 12 months ending August 2019). Hoping to settle here in Oz. We are looking at options on how to best move forward to benefit us long term (less employment restrictions and best pathway financially) Skilled visa vs partner visa vs second WHV vs ??? Also considering involving an agency or immigration advisor? Appreciate any thoughts, ideas or recommendations. TIA.
  18. englishkoala

    820 Partner visa - Cash in hand job

    Hey, I have been with my Australian partner for 7 years and we've been living together for the last 2.5 - 3 years. Before that it was trips back and forth and a year when I was on my work and travel visa 6-7 years ago. The issue i'm facing is that I worked cash in hand during that work and travel year. The other 6 years are fully legit. Do I put those jobs down on my form 80? Do I really have to go back 7 years? I was hoping to have substantial focus of my evidence for the last 3 years.
  19. Hi, I'm on a 457 visa since September 2017 and my work is becoming intolerable to the extent where I want to resign every day. My partner is Australian and we have been together for 6 years, having moved last year. We chose the 457 option due to costs involved in the partner visa, as well as it taking longer to be granted. We would like to move to a partner visa now, however my understanding is that if I apply, any bridging visa would get annulled if I resign from my job - is this correct? What would happen if I resign from my job and THEN apply for a partner visa? Can I do this onshore on say, a tourist visa? How likely would I be granted a bridging visa in this case? My other option is to transfer to another job which is what I am working on at the moment. However now that we have some savings and we know that we like our life here, the freedom of a partner visa would be preferred if there's a way to do that! Thanks in advance!
  20. Hello, I am looking to get a more in-depth understanding of the Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) and the Partner visa 820/801 - which is how I ended up on this forum. The Partner visa will be for me and the Aged Parent Visa will be for my parents. Based on the background information that I have written below, I am hoping that people with previous experience are able to answer some questions that I have - as well as pointing out possible risks. PARTNER VISA My parents and I have lived in Norway since 2005. However, we are Dutch citizens and my parents are planning to move back to the Netherlands in 2019 (where we originally come from). In 2017, I moved to Melbourne to study (so I am currently on a Student visa) and to live with my Australian partner of 5 years. I wish to stay here permanently and therefore hope to apply for a Partner visa before my Student visa ends in 2020. I recently had a short consultation with a migration agent who suggested I apply for the Partner visa 820 now, that the Partner visa 801 should be granted by 2020? I was unaware that I could apply for a Partner visa whilst still being on a Student visa - are there any risks in relation to this? I certainly plan to complete my study. Should I go ahead and apply for the Partner visa 820? I am very new to the entire process and have only just started gathering some relationship evidence - any tips are highly welcome. AGED PARENT VISA 804 I am my parents' only child. In addition, my parents love Australia - so they would love to move here. I have looked at both the Contributory Parent Visa and the Aged Parent Visa, and have found the latter to be the better option purely due to the high expenses of the Contributory Parent Visa application. The Aged Parent via seems to be an OK option, as my parents can apply for it whilst they are on a tourist visa in Australia - which will give them a 30-year bridging visa. However, they have to meet the Australian pension age. My mother was born in 1963 and my father was born in 1961. This means my father will be the pension age of 67 in 2028 - perhaps a few years later if the pension age increases. As soon as my father is the required age, we hope to apply for the Aged Parent visa. I have got a few questions in relation to this visa that I hope to get some answers to: Question 1. Do both of my parents need to be the required pension age, or is just one of them enough (my father?) Question 2. Will they be able to claim their Dutch and Norwegian pensions in Australia? I have a had a quick look at a Social Security Agreement which exists between Australia, the Netherlands and Norway - and it seems that they can use their overseas pension in Australia. However, I am not certain and would like some inputs. Question 3. They meet the balance of family test (I am their only child) and I assume that they meet the character requirements as well - they do not have criminal records. My biggest concern is the health requirements. My mother has previously been diagnosed with depression (which is under control) and is on a disability pension. Besides that, she is quite healthy. My father, however, has Hepatitis C and has previously had other health issues (gallstone etc). He has been on a temporary disability pension the past few months due to an infection in his heel (I can’t remember the name of the condition), but this condition should eventually go away. I am unable to find out how strict they are with the health requirements and am therefore feeling very uncertain if my parents' conditions may lead to their visa being rejected. Do they only look at their health in the past 5 years? Does anyone have more information on the health requirements for the Aged Parent Visa (804)? Question 4. Is there a high chance that their bridging visa would only last e.g. 2 years, if my parents were found to not be suitable for the visa - e.g. due to them not meeting the health requirements? Sorry for the long post - I am trying to include as many details as possible to get accurate feedback. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
  21. Hi everyone, I applied for a partner visa last June this year here in Australia. I have 2 children who are at my home country (they are from my previous marriage) and I was not able to include them in my original application online (the system didn't accept maybe because they are not here in Australia). Now that I have my bridging visa A, me and my partner want to add them in my application. My question is, if I add them can they come here in Australia soon? We want them to be here at least by January 2019 so they can start their schooling here in Feb. I called the Home affairs customer service and the lady said if I add them now they need to wait until my visa is granted, meaning they need to wait for 2 years before they can come here. She said that if I want them to be here then I need to get a visit visa, bring them here before adding them to my application. Our worry is, they might not be accepted in secondary school until their visit visa expires. Need your advise please. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi all, I am a British citizen with Australian PR. It was granted in 2015. In 2016 I returned to the UK & have been living in a defecto relationship with my British partner since. Before this I was in Australia a total of 6 years. After 2 years in Uk I really want to go home.... so we are looking at our options for visas for him. His profession (software engineer/developer) is on the skilled visa list & it was always our plan to apply for 189 however we stupidly kept putting it off & now with all the recent changes to the skilled migration route it just seems they are making it harder and longer to come in via this path. So we have started looking at partner visa options. We meet all the requirements in terms of our relationship, however I am concerned that I do not meet requirements as a Sponser. I’ve read on the IMMI site that to meet requirements of a sponsor id have to usually live in Australia, which I haven’t done for 2 years now so I’m not sure how I can achieve this without returning without him. Which financially & emotionally would be very difficult to do especially for the length of time these applications take to process. Has anyone else got any experience of applying in this way? ? Thankyou for any advice!
  23. Hi! I am looking for more information, I am married to an Australian citizen with dual citizenship to the U.K and we are planning on moving to Australia. We are due to have our baby in November and would like to get the visa application ball rolling sooner rather than later. Has anyone else done this? We have been married for 2 years had a house together for 4 years and we also have a dog to bring with us. Any Advice or tips we would be very grateful for. Thanks, Corrinna
  24. Kelly!!!!!

    Separate sponsorship app-Partner 309

    Hi all, So quick breakdown of our relationship: -I'm Aussie whilst my hubby is a brit and we're currently living in UK -been together 4.5 years; three years in September we would of been married, so we're waiting till after then to apply (fingers and toes crossed for 100 visa!). Quick question, when I've been doing my research a lot of blogs/migration agents have mentioned how a new process for sponsors was meant to come into play in 2018. I believe it was where the sponsor would need to get approved first before the partner visa could be submitted. This was something that was getting debated in the Australian senate I believe. Does anyone know if this is actually the case, as i'm very confused. I know that I obviously have to submit a form on the online immi account but I don't know whether we need to wait till I get 'approved' as such first, I thought we did my sponsor info together with his app for visa at the same time. Any guidance would be SO appreciated. Thanks everyone! Kelly
  25. TaraTek

    Hepatitis C

    Hi all I'm trying to extend my 457 visa to my partner, but the health declaration worries me a bit. My partner Had hepatitis C but its been treated now and he is no longer in need for medication. With the below question do I have to answer Yes or No? " During their proposed visit to Australia, does any applicant expect to incur medical costs, or require treatment or medical follow up for:" Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks
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