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I have been granted a Partner visa sub class 309, in January of this year (2020). I have to use the visa before 23rd January 2021.  With all the Covid-19 lockdowns and no entry in or out etc.....does anyone know if I might be able to extend the date by say three months ?

Ive tried to contact Immigration but its almost impossible !

 

Many thanks

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As the partner of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, all you have to do is apply for a travel exemption.  

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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As a holder of a 309 you do not need to apply for the exemption to travel. 
Not sure about them extending the entry by date though. 


Applied from London - 6th September 2019 

Medical uploaded 17th Jan

AFP clearance uploaded 27th Jan 

UK police clearance uploaded 23rd March 

Australian husband - together 10 years, married 7.
2 children with dual citizenship.

Applied for a travel exemption 14th June 

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10 minutes ago, lepea said:

As a holder of a 309 you do not need to apply for the exemption to travel. 
Not sure about them extending the entry by date though. 

I didn't realise that was the case, thanks for the correction.

However, @Richo T, if that's the case then it's unlikely they would extend your entry by date.  There is nothing stopping you getting on a plane right now, so why would they?

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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8 hours ago, Richo T said:

I have been granted a Partner visa sub class 309, in January of this year (2020). I have to use the visa before 23rd January 2021.  With all the Covid-19 lockdowns and no entry in or out etc.....does anyone know if I might be able to extend the date by say three months ?

Ive tried to contact Immigration but its almost impossible !

 

Many thanks

As the partner of a citizen you can apply for an exemption to gain entry. 

They might extend the date if it were a lot closer, but at present you'd be awasting your time asking. 

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Thanks all for your responses. Its a bit different this one, never seen a Pandemic before so normal rules out of the window I guess.

 

Thanks.

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2 hours ago, Richo T said:

so normal rules out of the window I guess.

Some yes, but not all of them.... 


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SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. 

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2 hours ago, Richo T said:

Thanks all for your responses. Its a bit different this one, never seen a Pandemic before so normal rules out of the window I guess.

Welll no they're not, that's the point.  You hold a 309 visa so you're entitled to enter the country and you've got to arrive by a certain deadline.  None of that has changed.

There's a good choice of flights available now too.

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2 hours ago, Richo T said:

Thanks all for your responses. Its a bit different this one, never seen a Pandemic before so normal rules out of the window I guess.

 

Thanks.

Why out the window? You can still go and as you’ve been granted a partner visa I’d assume you’d be keen to get there ASAP. 

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On 20/06/2020 at 08:02, lepea said:

As a holder of a 309 you do not need to apply for the exemption to travel. 
Not sure about them extending the entry by date though. 

May i ask where this information is from please? 🤔

Thank you. 

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5 minutes ago, Aussiebird said:

May i ask where this information is from please? 🤔

Thank you. 

It's on the Government's website:

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/immediate-family-australian-citizen-or-permanent-resident

"Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders can come to Australia. You do not need to request an exemption."


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Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. 

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