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  1. busybee12
    11-18-2020 08:00 AM - permalink
    Hi Mark !
    I need your help.I overstayed my Australian student visa by 9 months.I was in a relationship with my partner. After 9 months, we both moved to India and got married. Since then we have been living here but we both want to apply for offshore partner visa. I have good evidences of all 4 pillars (I think!) but I am really nervous of rejection of the visa due to character and the kind of questions they may ask during interview. I am attaching a letter explaining the overstay but honestly it was only because I was nervous of letting go of my partner. Can you please suggest whats the best step going forward with it.
    Thank You so much.
  2. meeying
    07-15-2020 12:54 AM - permalink
    Hi Mark, I last wrote to you several years ago and am so grateful for your advice. We are now happily settled here except for my daughter who we expect to come over later this year. However, the pandemic have upset her plans. So now I'd like to ask for your advice again.

    1. She is in mid twenties, got her PR 4 years ago, travel period expiring early next year
    2. In the last 5 years, she has been in Australia for about two weeks only
    3. Not married, no children. Her parents are myself here in Aus with one other sibling.
    4. Currently working overseas. She does not own property or other substantial asset in Australia. What are the chances of getting RRV approved if applied from offshore? Also when to apply for RRV? Website says no info available on processing time. Thanks again for your time
  3. AHMKHA3
    02-20-2020 08:18 PM - permalink
    Hi Mark

    I need some serious help

    I have lodged my partners visa 309/100 on 28th March 2017, since then I have been uploading all the documents and providing information as requested by the case officer, in total it's been 3 years of wait.

    Recently i was asked to do the Medicals, Police check, Form 80 again on the 26th of September 2019 and i was expecting my visa to get approved but unfortunately nothing came up.
    Again on the 21st of November 2019 i was requested for a really weird request of information. (IF YOU CAN PLEASE LOOK AT THIS LETTER FOR ME )

    I answered all the questions and sent them the information and since then everything is really quit.

    what do you think i should do ? wait or contact a local MP or file a complaint in ombudsman ?

    please advice

    Ahmed Khan
  4. buttnomaan
    09-28-2018 12:20 AM - permalink
    Hi Mark,

    Could you please help clarify?

    I was contacted by CO on 9/25 to provide the proof of functional English of my spouse and as well as provide the medicals of the newborn. The physician uploaded the medical records of my son in the portal yesterday, and I have sent mail to the CO requesting details on how to pay the second payment as my spouse doesn't meet the functional English requirements.

    I do not have to upload any other document and is waiting for the reply from the CO. However, I need to respond within 28 days, therefore, should I wait for the CO to come back with the details of how to pay the fee, or can I confirm in the Immi portal that I have provided the requested information?

    The case is in pending state unless I hit the button which says "I confirm I have provided information as requested."

    Thank you in advance.
  5. chnaveedakhtar
    08-18-2018 07:39 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.
  6. bareanders
    08-13-2018 02:35 PM - permalink
    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for your reply. 10 days ago the nomination got approved, and at the same time we got priority processing and and RFI on more de facto evidence. Submitted the same day, but haven't heard anything. Do you know how long it usually can take? We are afraid to apply for the 417 now since we think our joint 457 can be approved any day now.
  7. chnaveedakhtar
    08-04-2018 03:53 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.
  8. chnaveedakhtar
    07-28-2018 01:45 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.
  9. bareanders
    07-05-2018 11:12 AM - permalink
    Hi Mark,

    There has been lodged a 457 visa application for me and my girlfriend (she as de facto), and I can see that the processing time is quite long and might vary from application to application. The employer is an approved sponsor and there has also been a request for priority processing which we don't know the outcome to yet, The reason for this email is that my girlfriend has now received a job offer, but needs to start by end of August to get the job

    My question
    Is it possible for her to apply for the 417 visa while she wait for my 457 visa to be processed? Or will that create confusion with my 457 (our joint) application?

  10. MarkNortham
    06-08-2018 02:25 PM - permalink
    Hi Bunna -

    Yes. Once the new nomination is approved, you can only work for your new employer that corresponds to that new nomination.

    Hope this helps -


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