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Old 12-05-2013, 01:56 PM
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Good news for Partner Visa applicants

It's been on the cards for a while but we've just received confirmation that Subclass 300, 309/100, 820/801 partner visa applications can be completed online from the 9th Dec 2013. Great news for prospective applicants and a step in the right direction from the DIBP.

I am writing to update you on a two new initiatives that will shortly be introduced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to enhance client service.

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From 9 December 2013, the department will introduce ImmiAccount which will provide a single entry point to the department's online visa application systems. The new online facility will be a self-service web portal that will enable clients to create, submit, pay for and manage all online applications in the one online system.

Further information regarding the new ImmiAccount facility can be accessed through the departmentís website at Welcome to DIBP.

Online Lodgement for Partner visa applications

Online Lodgement for Partner visa applications will become available from 9 December 2013. Once available, eligible clients will be able to complete and lodge partner or prospective marriage visa applications online (subclasses 300, 309/100 and 820/801).

For further information about online lodgement, please visit the departmentís website at Welcome to DIBP.

Should you have any questions regarding these two new initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Old 12-05-2013, 02:07 PM
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Finally... they've missed their "this will be live by" date twice, lol. But yay! I don't suppose this will mean those who already applied can check their status, lol.

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It would be nice wouldn't it?! Won't hold my breath though.

Seriously though, this should have been done a long time ago and I'm so glad it's now happening. Hopefully it will speed up the whole decision process.

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Washington DC has formally announced on their website now that Partner Visas are taking 8-9 months now (just like London). I don't understand how they can justify continuing to increase processing times. It's cruel and unusual to keep couples apart for this long. I fully understand it's not the COs' fault - it's the higher-ups making the decisions to not fund additional positions for more COs so the increase in applications can be handled. It always comes down to money.

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VISA GRANTED: 7 July 2014

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The entire immigration system is designed to be exclusive, controlled and for the benefit of Australia. While they have to offer some form of family/partner visa options, they won't make too much of an effort with those streams because it doesn't suit their aim.

When the mining industry was booming and WA needed geologists, engineers, and tradesmen ASAP, we were getting 457 visas granted easily within a few days. Now the industry is in decline and suddenly we're looking at 4-8 weeks and additional requirements.

The DIBP are pretty honest about this. It's all about what benefits Australia economically and unfortunately that isn't the partner visas.

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Old 12-06-2013, 02:33 AM
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I'm interested to see how their systems handle this. Can you imagine all the documents applicants will have to scan and attach. There could be say 20mb+ per application. Though I am happy becausew it saves printing costs

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The 189/190s we do easily reach 30mb+ and the partner visas involve more paperwork. Each document has a 5/6mb limit too.

The DIBP could do themselves a favour and put a comprehensive guide to optimising file sizes on the main portal page ;0)

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Wow! Probably looking at 100-200mb then! I can just imagine the amount of time it will take to upload that to DIBP!

Nothing ever seems to go according to plan and work in regards to IT for alot of Australian government organisations. Hopefully DIBP will be the exception.

5mb per file is pretty generous atleast . We recently emailed our case officer more evidence and they have a limit of 5mb per email .... had fun reducing the size of everything!

Online will be great for future applicants though so much easier to upload additional evidence then have to email the case officer and wait and hope they got the email. Atleast online there is the record of it

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hmmmm i often wonder about emails, instead of throwing the letter in the bin, they just delete a few emails,


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Hi Adam. Do u think we can lodge second stage processing of our 820 online also? (Here on pmv 300 at moment). How do u lodge all ur evidence online? Does it upload? And original docs like id and stat decs etc? Thank u

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