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  1. Visas and immigration
    I spent the last 2 weeks, since July 21, 2021, from knowing nothing about Visa 309, to have completed my submission today without outside help. This forum has been a godsend, along with other online resources. That said, there's also alot of older info and not everything is current as things...
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    Hi everyone i have been following this forum for a while now helped me a lot with my student visa application today it's exactly one year since I applied the visa (820)today. I got a automated email from immigration saying.; Automated message from the Department of Home Affairs Application...
  3. Visas and immigration
    Hello everyone! I am currently compiling evidence for my partner visa in Australia (I am from America) and my partner is Australian. We have Ben together for close to 8 years now. My dilemma lies in the fact that we are a same sex couple and my partner’s family background is not accepting...
  4. Visas and immigration
    Hey there, apologies if this has already been discussed recently, but.... Myself (Canadian) and my partner are applying for a partnership visa shortly. We are pretty damn sure we qualify and have a lot of evidence to prove it. The big question is doing it ourselves vs hiring a lawyer to do the...
  5. Visas and immigration
    Hi, Finally my bf and I lodged partner visa 820 yesterday! But I uploaded documents too much like bills, invoices, receipts etc and I realized that I should’ve merge those documents together cause it has reached to maximum 100. There’s few documents i need to add more, and do you think i can...
  6. Visas and immigration
    Hi, I just got my partner visa 820. I was wondering if i need to take any further actions for visa 801.. do I still need to upload updates or should I just wait until it is decided?
  7. Visas and immigration
    Hi everyone, My partner and I have organised almost all our documents to apply for part 2 of the offshore partner visa (visa 100). However, due to Covid we haven't been able to come to Australia yet to activate the 309 visa so we are going to apply for the visa 100 before our new entry date...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Hi, I'm applying for a Partner Visa Stage 1. 820/801. I've got a police clearance from AFP, and even though I haven't been convicted and my case was dismissed in court, there is a 'record' of a drug driving offence. I've been told this wasn't going to remain in record as it was a mistake and...
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    Hi I'm Dave. Australian citizen since 2008. Moved to Berlin, Germany in 2019. Met partner in 2018 and we have lived together in Berlin since 2019. Now wanting to move back and apply for partner visa for him. Incredibly naively thought we'd be there by the end of this year. Alarmed to see just...
  10. Visas and immigration
    Hi Everyone, I have been looking online and can't seem to find an answer. When writing a Statement for a visa application, Who do you address the statement to? Or how do you start it if you do not address it to a specific person/government body? We are applying for a Partner or Prospective...
  11. Visas and immigration
    I’ve applied for my defecto relationship visa in 2011 and i still haven’t been granted my visa. ive been to jail and failed the character, so I was sent to villawood for 12 months and I won my case and was given my BVE back in 2018, since then immigration has only been in contact with me 1 time...
  12. Visas and immigration
    Hi guys! I recently lodged my De facto partner visa and I am filling out Form 80 which is the personal assessment thing. On the end part, it asks if “have you or any other person included in this application ever:” basically asks about previous convictions. So my question is my partner had...
  13. Visas and immigration
    Hi everyone, I have three questions. 1) Can a father-in-law be an exempt person using the 956? My wife is the applicant. My father (her father-in-law) would like to contact the department on her behalf as he's in Australia. 2) We have seen no movement on her immi account for almost a year...
  14. Visas and immigration
    I am currently going through the laborious task of attaching documents to my wife's partner visa application. A question - some attachment categories seem to overlap requiring the same documents. Just as one example, the category 'Marriage, evidence of' gives you the option to upload 'Marriage...
  15. Visas and immigration
    Hi guys. I'm a bit panicked as I thought this day would never come and I've been minding my business, pretending I'm a permanent resident already. I have applied for my Partner Visa (820) in Feb of 2019. I have just gotten the email requesting for police checks and the medical exam. They...
  16. Visas and immigration
    Hey guys, we're just about to get started on the dreaded partner visa 820 application and have a quick question. I've spoken to a friend who went through the process in 2016 and I'm planning on uploading similar documents etc. One thing I'm confused about though, do both the applicant and the...
  17. Visas and immigration
    Hello! My wife and I are completing the 820 Lodgment at the moment, compiling the last bits of evidence over the next week or so. Does the temporary visa get granted upon lodgment (paying) or do we have to allow for a few days? My wife's current visa expires a month from now. I just want to...
  18. Visas and immigration
    Hi everyone. My partner visa was granted a few weeks ago and I wanted to write a blog post to help others in the same situation. I have put together loads of tips and advice for people applying for the 820 and 309 visa. I really wanted to help other couples, as the process is looonnggg...
  19. Visas and immigration
    Hey everybody, new to the forum here. Could use some help with my situation. I've applied for an onshore partner visa 820/801 in September 2019. I'm still on a bridging visa A while I wait for a decision to be made. This upcoming year I'm intent on going home (with my partner) to begin studying...
  20. Visas and immigration
    Hi all! My partner and I have just received the message from Immigration that we can now apply for the 801 permanent visa. I have a few questions. What period does the evidence we supply have to cover? Is it from the day our 820 was granted or the day we submitted our 820 application? If it is...
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