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  1. chnaveedakhtar
    08-18-2018 06:39 PM - permalink
    Hi Mark,

    Please advise me how to proceed?
    What evidence/statement should I prepare for that in case of being asked.
    I am doing job in Saudi Arabia (offshore) while my family is in Pakistan and want to move to Australia once my family visa is granted.
    Please advise how should I react in case department ask for anything.
  2. MarkNortham
    08-06-2018 03:14 PM - permalink
    Hi Chnaveedakhtar -

    My suggestion: don't depend on the visa application fee as evidence of your intent to return to Australia, since once the visa is granted there is no requirement to live in Australia. Money can be transferred easily between countries - again, not evidence of an impending move to Australia.
  3. chnaveedakhtar
    08-04-2018 02:53 PM - permalink
    Hi Mark,

    Applying for spouse visa 309 by paying a huge amount shows the intention to move to Australia.
    Furthermore, I have a small kid and want to move with my family as I am doing a very stable job in Saudi Arabia.

    I think this is a better justification for my application as I am already living offshore and intended to move to Australia with family. I have lot of saving which I want to transfer to Australia once visa granted.
  4. MarkNortham
    08-03-2018 01:04 PM - permalink
    Hi Chnaveedakhtar -

    Thanks for the note. While it is not mandatory for the sponsor to be present in Australia to apply for a 309/100 visa for an applicant, it IS mandatory that the sponsor be "usually resident" in Australia if the sponsor is an Australian permanent resident. This means that the sponsor calls Australia home, or has a home or will very soon have a home in Australia (ie, showing preparations to return). it doesn't mean that the only home of the sponsor must be in Australia, but does mean that one of the primary or regularly used homes (by the sponsor) must be in Australia. If you have only been in Australia for 3 days since you were granted your PR, I expect you may have a problem looming as I don't see how you could claim that you were usually resident in Australia given only 3 days in 2 years spent in Australia. You may want to seek professional assistance in determining ways you could meet this requirement.

    Hope this helps -


    Mark Northam
  5. chnaveedakhtar
    07-28-2018 12:45 PM - permalink
    Hi Mark,

    I hold valid Australian PR since 2016 and visited Australia only once in 2017 for three days.I am from Pakistan and working in Saudi Arabia since 2013.
    I applied for spouse visa 309 from Saudi Arabia in June 2017 (when my wife was with me on visit visa in Saudi Arabia). She came to Saudia in May and left in October 2017. Since then she is in Pakistan and I am in Saudi Arabia.

    My question; is it mandatory for sponsor to be present in Australia to apply for this visa or can be applied offshore.
    The case officer has not asked me for anything.

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