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309/100 Offshore Partner Visa - From USA

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Hello everyone - please pardon me if this has already been asked before. I understand this is a UK forum (British looking to migrate to Australia), but has anyone out there had experience with the 309/100 Offshore Partner visa from the USA?  

Background - I am an Australian Resident looking to return to the Australia. I left Australia 4 years ago, as I got married to an American who lived in America. We have been living here since for the past 4 years, and are both looking to relocate to Australia this year. We are in the process of finalising job offers. My spouse however is an American born national with no Australian visa. We had hopes that he would get work sponsorship via his company, but due to the Australian border closures during the pandemic, they are not currently processing his skills select sponsorship visa. We looked into other options such as the onshore spousal visa, but have the same problem as he cannot enter the country as a foreigner due to border closure unless we apply for a travel exemption - which sounds like it would be the same process as applying for an Offshore Partner Visa (i.e. similar documents to prove the relationship). 

As such we are looking into the offshore partner visa now - we were initially in two minds about applying for this due to the 18-24month processing times quoted on the Immigration website. But on some of these forums, it seems like these are getting processed within 6 months. I have read a lot of British applications going through Berlin that is getting processed much quicker - I am curious if anyone out there knows what the timelines look like for a US-based application? 

Thank you. 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, _graciebelle_ said:

 I understand this is a UK forum (British looking to migrate to Australia), but has anyone out there had experience with the 309/100 Offshore Partner visa from the USA?  

As such we are looking into the offshore partner visa now - we were initially in two minds about applying for this due to the 18-24month processing times quoted on the Immigration website. But on some of these forums, it seems like these are getting processed within 6 months.

The waiting times posted on the Immigration website include countries classified as "high risk" for terrorism etc.  That's why British applications (in normal times, at least) are getting processed faster than the pubilished estimates.


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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This may help showing number of days for actual processing by month by office for 2019 and 2020. 

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/foi/files/2021/fa-210100064-document-released.PDF

And afraid but luck of draw if you are processed quickly or not. DHA says they process in order of receipt but they really don't.

Plenty of 2018 and 2019 applicants still waiting from "low" risk countries too, but Government likes to manage the PR around their processing times by doing some "quick" grants.

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