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JessicaB

New to forum - Partner Visa (subclass 820/801) advice

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Hi there,

 

My name's Jess - I'm new to forums so hoping I've posted correctly......

I am 26 years old and have been living in Oz for over a year on a working holiday visa (subclass 417 - now on the 2nd year after jumping through the specified regional work hoops).

I moved over from the UK after meeting my Australian fiance on a holiday here; we are getting married on 15th June this year so very happy indeed.

Problem is - when I started the application for a partner visa the government website said the processing time was up to 6 months for the visa. I have recently discovered that this time-frame has jumped up to an official waiting time of 13-15 months!

I understand that I will be granted a bridging visa from the time that my current visa expires (April 14') to whenever I get the partner visa results. Trouble is that my partner and I are planning to go travelling for a year starting next February (8 months away). I am launching my Visa application between 15-30th June so that gives me 7 ish' months before we set off. The visa application will be launched in Australia so I must be in Australia to receive the visa results - causing big problems for our travel plans (We are doing voluntary work in spinal rehab centres and hospitals in Nepal, India and other countries in Central Asia before travelling overland to Europe and then on to Africa). Our plans for travel and volunteering are so big, expensive and set in concrete that my visa issues have really put a spanner in the works.

I have been told that if I have to leave Oz before my visa is granted I can get a Bridging Visa B - allowing me to leave the country and return within a set time frame.

I have read extensively about Visa conditions, waiting times etc but there are two questions that I can't get an answer for:

 

1) If I submit a complete, accurate and full application in person is there a chance that my visa will take less than the estimated average time considering that I am from a low risk country? (This is a question more for people with recent experiences and I understand that I can't rely on answers as fact)

2) If worst comes to worst and my visa hasn't been granted before we start our travels - How exactly does a Bridging Visa B work? If they can't tell me when my visa will be decided upon - how do I know when I have to be back in the country by? Do they send me notification that I have to go back to Oz within x amount of days to receive the verdict?

 

Question 2 is the one I really could do with some advice on. If anyone has any experiences or advice it would be so welcome. Apologies for the long post and thanks in advance

 

​Jess

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Guest GeorgeD

Hi JessicaB, and welcome to PIO

 

To answer your first question...yes there is a chance you could get it earlier, but there really isn't anything you can do to speed it up. 99.99% of people who submit everything up front with a mountain of evidence from low risk countries take the full processing time. 0.01% get them approved some random period of time in between. Two people in the same situation with the same evidence applying at the same time could randomly take 9 days or 9 months. In other words, don't count on this, it won't happen.

 

As for the BVB...you can get a BVB for overseas travel for work purposes. Not sure how long it is valid...it may only be a temporary thing..I've ehard of people ahving to get tehm every 3 months for frequent trips in and out for work purposes.

 

Your other problem is that if you have a visa which is valid till April 14 and you leave in Feb 2014, then you won't have a bridging visa at all! A Bridging Visa allows you to remain in Oz legally to await another visa decision...you are leaving and are covered by a visa already, so no BV has kicked in. You can't apply for one offshore as far as I am aware.

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Your visa expires in April '14 and you're planning to be gone before then, and gone for a year - what is your reasoning for not applying offshore instead? That would seem less complicated....


Applied for PMV 300: 18 April 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Police Checks: Front-loaded. Medicals: 3 June 2013 Meds Referred: ? Meds Cleared: 8/2013 PMV GRANTED: 03 JAN 2014! Married: March 2014. Applied for 820: 28 April 2014. 820 GRANTED: 07 July 2014!

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When will you be eligible for the visa, ie when will you have 12ish months of cohabitation? All I can think of is that if you apply as soon as you're eligible, then by the time you've finished your trip in Oct 2014 your visa may have been processed. I think with an onshore partner visa you can be offshore when it's granted, so you won't need to travel back but I'm not sure, maybe George can help us out with this one?

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I would suggest looking into applying for the 309 offshore visa after you have left Aus. It is cheaper and in most cases, quicker than applying onshore.

The only thing you would have to consider is getting your medicals and police checks completed whilst on your travels. The processing time in London, for example is 9 months at the moment (and medicals and police checks are requested three months after application). I've seen on this forum that people have applied for the offshore visa in India/Bangladesh etc, but you'd need to check to see what their processing times are likely to be.


 

 

OH's Visa 309/100:
@ Aus House 19/10/12. KP Assigned. 8-9months.

 

Police and Meds
- sent to Aus House 02/03/13

 

309 VISA GRANTED: 02/05/13
:biggrin:

 

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When will you be eligible for the visa, ie when will you have 12ish months of cohabitation? All I can think of is that if you apply as soon as you're eligible, then by the time you've finished your trip in Oct 2014 your visa may have been processed. I think with an onshore partner visa you can be offshore when it's granted, so you won't need to travel back but I'm not sure, maybe George can help us out with this one?

 

It's my understanding that you have to be offshore when offshore visas are granted, and onshore when onshore visas are granted, and that that's not negotiable.


Applied for PMV 300: 18 April 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Police Checks: Front-loaded. Medicals: 3 June 2013 Meds Referred: ? Meds Cleared: 8/2013 PMV GRANTED: 03 JAN 2014! Married: March 2014. Applied for 820: 28 April 2014. 820 GRANTED: 07 July 2014!

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