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Hi Expatin
I went through much the same frustration/annoyance late last year as you are now. So I really understand. There was an 820 grant today that took about six months - but this seems to be rare, in this forum anyway. I think DIBP should properly review and update their advertised processing standards if they are not being met in reasonable numbers. We are not the only ones who have had our hopes raised, only to have them smashed when reality hits. Cheers and best wishes. :)

Ok I see what you mean with links now sorry!
 

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Hello everyone..

Just received a mail (post) today.. Notification of grant temporary partner visa..
At last.. after a long waits they approved our visa..
Thank you so much for all the help..
Congrats!!!!

How long was the wait? When did you apply?
 

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Congratulations!

Hi Ghielyn - Wonderful news. I can see from your earlier posts that you have waited a long time. Best wishes to you both as you enjoy your life together in Oz. Cheers. :)

PS - When you have time (after celebrating) it would help others waiting here if you shared the timing and processing details of your application. Thanks. :)

Hello everyone... Just received a mail (post) today... Notification of grant temporary partner visa... At last.. after a long wait they approved our visa...Thank you so much for all the help...
 

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Hi, just sent my application in yesterday!
I'm from Sweden and I sent in a decision ready application hoping for a quick procession time. But reading on this forum is really dragging my expectations down. I have been thinking the processing time is 6 months from reading on the page the immi website always refer to, but I, realising now I might be stuck for more than a year!

I'm on a visitor visa and I'm already dying, after 3 months with out work, and I can't imagine how one more year will be like!
 

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The long wait begins...

Hi Moa05 - Welcome to the 820 waiting room. When does your visitor visa expire? Your Bridging Visa A will kick in when your visitor visa expires and you will have full working rights. Remember, you can already apply for Medicare, so that may help a bit. The average processing time is currently showing as from 12-15 months. Cheers and best wishes... :)

Hi, just sent my application in yesterday!
I'm from Sweden and I sent in a decision ready application hoping for a quick procession time. But reading on this forum is really dragging my expectations down. I have been thinking the processing time is 6 months from reading on the page the immi website always refer to, but I, realising now I might be stuck for more than a year!

I'm on a visitor visa and I'm already dying, after 3 months with out work, and I can't imagine how one more year will be like!
 

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Hi Ghielyn - Wonderful news. I can see from your earlier posts that you have waited a long time. Best wishes to you both as you enjoy your life together in Oz. Cheers. :)

PS - When you have time (after celebrating) it would help others waiting here if you shared the timing and processing details of your application. Thanks. :)
For those who still waiting, I would like to share all the ups and downs of my visa application. I arrive in Australia on February 2010 with my daughter (single parent) as a student visa, sponsored by my mom in Queensland. Then I met my husband thru chat and personally met him March 2011 (his from NSW) then we got married July 2012 before my visa expired.

August 20, 2012 Applied partner visa in Sydney, same day my visa expires
August 21, 2012 Received my bridging visa a

Then haven't heard from immigration in 2013

November 2013 email immigration regarding medical hap ID (we haven't submitted medical as immi agent said that wait till they said to do so)

End of January 2014 they informed me that they transfered my application to Melbourne, and Melbourne contacted me regarding the medical and AFP check of my husband.

February 14 2014 we submitted all documents and medical before the 28th day.

End of March 2014 they didn't inform i had a case officer I just knew coz its not team4 but instead a case officer name and asking for additional documents regarding my relationship and custody issues of my daughter

15th of April 2014 submitted the documents that I believe could help to support my daughter's application.

Today.. after 1 year and 9 months.. Granted.. Received an envelope with our photo and other original documents.
With the documents we don't submitted much coz we only live together for 6 months and pretty much we had a long distance relationship. But as long as your genuine in relationship everything will follow.
 

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A big thank you...

Hi Ghielyn - a big thank you from us all for sharing your journey in such a detailed way. Each little step along the way gives us insights and understanding of the way DIBP handles our applications and individual circumstances. Congratulations again... great news... :):):)

For those who still waiting, I would like to share all the ups and downs of my visa application. I arrive in Australia on February 2010 with my daughter (single parent) as a student visa, sponsored by my mom in Queensland. Then I met my husband thru chat and personally met him March 2011 (his from NSW) then we got married July 2012 before my visa expired.

August 20, 2012 Applied partner visa in Sydney, same day my visa expires
August 21, 2012 Received my bridging visa a

Then haven't heard from immigration in 2013

November 2013 email immigration regarding medical hap ID (we haven't submitted medical as immi agent said that wait till they said to do so)

End of January 2014 they informed me that they transfered my application to Melbourne, and Melbourne contacted me regarding the medical and AFP check of my husband.

February 14 2014 we submitted all documents and medical before the 28th day.

End of March 2014 they didn't inform i had a case officer I just knew coz its not team4 but instead a case officer name and asking for additional documents regarding my relationship and custody issues of my daughter

15th of April 2014 submitted the documents that I believe could help to support my daughter's application.

Today.. after 1 year and 9 months.. Granted.. Received an envelope with our photo and other original documents.
With the documents we don't submitted much coz we only live together for 6 months and pretty much we had a long distance relationship. But as long as your genuine in relationship everything will follow.
 

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Hi Moa05 - Welcome to the 820 waiting room. When does your visitor visa expire? Your Bridging Visa A will kick in when your visitor visa expires and you will have full working rights. Remember, you can already apply for Medicare, so that may help a bit. The average processing time is currently showing as from 12-15 months. Cheers and best wishes... :)
I had no idea I would be aloud to work on a bridging visa! If I would have known that when I applied for my tourist visa I would just have got 3 months but now got a 12 months visitor visa. But I read earlier in this thread that you can cancel your visa and jump straight on your bridging visa? Is that correct? :) I've already got my Medicare so that's all sorted! All I want now is a job, I really want to do something with my days and not just wall around like a living dead! Haha!
 

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Hi Moa05

I do not know the answer to your question, so I don't want to guess.

It would better to post your question in the "Ask Mark" thread in this forum. Mark Northam is a qualified immigration agent and can be relied upon for accuracy. Hope Mark can help.

Glad you already got your Medicare. Cheers. :)

I had no idea I would be aloud to work on a bridging visa! If I would have known that when I applied for my tourist visa I would just have got 3 months but now got a 12 months visitor visa. But I read earlier in this thread that you can cancel your visa and jump straight on your bridging visa? Is that correct? :) I've already got my Medicare so that's all sorted! All I want now is a job, I really want to do something with my days and not just wall around like a living dead! Haha!
 

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I had no idea I would be aloud to work on a bridging visa! If I would have known that when I applied for my tourist visa I would just have got 3 months but now got a 12 months visitor visa. But I read earlier in this thread that you can cancel your visa and jump straight on your bridging visa? Is that correct? :) I've already got my Medicare so that's all sorted! All I want now is a job, I really want to do something with my days and not just wall around like a living dead! Haha!
Whatever you do, don't cancel your visa. Your bridging visa is linked to your tourist visa, so if you cancel your tourist visa, your bridging visa will be cancelled too, and you'll be in the country illegally. You might be able to get another bridging visa, but this one (category E) doesn't come with work or travel rights. So don't cancel your tourist visa!!

What kind of tourist visa are you on? Is it just a 12month tourist visa? Or is it a 12 month visa but with multiple entries of 3 months max stay? I'm not entirely certain, so please don't take this as gospel and would recommend confirming with Mark Northam in the Ask Mark thread, but if you are on a 12 month visitor visa with 3 month maximum stays, and you apply for a visa and are granted a bridging visa, the bridging visa comes into affect at the end of your current three month stay. Can anyone confirm this?

Edit: ahh, I see that Mark has responded to you in the Ask Mark thread. So yes, if you have a 12 month visa with 3 month multiple entries, your bridging visa will kick in at the end of your current three month stay, and you will be able to work. If you have a 12 month visa without multiple entries, your bridging visa and subsequent work rights would not start until the end of the 12 months. And again, don't cancel without being fully aware of the consequences!
 
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Whatever you do, don't cancel your visa. Your bridging visa is linked to your tourist visa, so if you cancel your tourist visa, your bridging visa will be cancelled too, and you'll be in the country illegally. You might be able to get another bridging visa, but this one (category E) doesn't come with work or travel rights. So don't cancel your tourist visa!!

What kind of tourist visa are you on? Is it just a 12month tourist visa? Or is it a 12 month visa but with multiple entries of 3 months max stay? I'm not entirely certain, so please don't take this as gospel and would recommend confirming with Mark Northam in the Ask Mark thread, but if you are on a 12 month visitor visa with 3 month maximum stays, and you apply for a visa and are granted a bridging visa, the bridging visa comes into affect at the end of your current three month stay. Can anyone confirm this?

Edit: ahh, I see that Mark has responded to you in the Ask Mark thread. So yes, if you have a 12 month visa with 3 month multiple entries, your bridging visa will kick in at the end of your current three month stay, and you will be able to work. If you have a 12 month visa without multiple entries, your bridging visa and subsequent work rights would not start until the end of the 12 months. And again, don't cancel without being fully aware of the consequences!
Hi, yes, I'm in a pretty bad situation! I have a 12 months visa so I have 9 more months of doing nothing... Just waiting. I'm just so angry the immi website said nothing about being able to work on a bridging visa a when you have applied for a partner visa. I I have known that I would have getting a shorter visa...

Anyway, since there is nothing I can do I'm thinking of going to nz on a working visa for a few months, any one know about leaving the country while waiting for the 820 visa?
 

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Hi, yes, I'm in a pretty bad situation! I have a 12 months visa so I have 9 more months of doing nothing... Just waiting. I'm just so angry the immi website said nothing about being able to work on a bridging visa a when you have applied for a partner visa. I I have known that I would have getting a shorter visa...

Anyway, since there is nothing I can do I'm thinking of going to nz on a working visa for a few months, any one know about leaving the country while waiting for the 820 visa?
Is your visa multiple entry? What specifically are the terms of it?
 
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Okay - multiple entries means you can come and go as you like in that 12-month period. So you SHOULD be able to go to NZ to work, as far as I know. But be aware that you'll need to be in Australia when your visa is granted, so you'll want to let your CO know you're traveling to NZ, when you plan to return, etc.
 

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And you shouldn't need a BVB, either, since your TV will still be valid.
 

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Okay - multiple entries means you can come and go as you like in that 12-month period. So you SHOULD be able to go to NZ to work, as far as I know. But be aware that you'll need to be in Australia when your visa is granted, so you'll want to let your CO know you're traveling to NZ, when you plan to return, etc.
Alright, that's good, so as long as I let them know it should be alright?!

I also have a question about them sending you an email when they get your application. How long does that normally take?
 

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You may want to confirm with Mark Northam in the "Ask Mark" thread at the top of the forum to make sure, but yes, that's my understanding.

How long it takes to get an acknowledgment depends on the embassy.
 
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Yesterday, I posted about my grant in the "820 facts and tips" thread.

Time line:
PMV granted: Oct 2013
First entry to Australia: Dec 2013 (stayed for 2 weeks. 1 week pre wedding, 1 week post wedding)
Married: Dec 2013 (in home country)
Final move to Australia: March 2014
Submitted 820 application: 05/05/2014
820 granted: 13/05/2014 (7 working days)
Processing office: Perth, WA

Below are some Interesting facts that may provide some more insight into some of the controversial topics. Remember each person's case is peculiar.
- I was still uploading supporting documents up until yesterday, 1 hour before the grant (passport photo and evidence of Australian residence).
- I was yet to upload any evidence under "nature of household"
- Majority of the supporting evidence were in my husband's name but I provided a cover letter explaining each (eg. utilities' accounts were set up prior to my arrival)
- All of my supporting docs were merged into pdf files. I provided a lot of photos in picmix (is that what it's called)format. These included wedding photos, photos with family members, photos of both of us etc
- Most of the supporting documents were uploaded under my section and only about 5 documents under my husband's section (key documents eg. passport, birth cert etc)
- As previously suggested by someone here (Mish? or star hunter?), I also uploaded screenshots of my facebook page showing some of my status updates/ photos relating to my relationship/marriage and I highlighted the number of likes and comments
- Evidence of continued communication during period of separation included phone records from Rebtel (highlighting call frequency and duration), printouts of whatsapp chats, facebook messages, emails, etc
- None of my supporting documents (except the forms 888) were certified. I provided only two 888 forms: one from my sis-in-law and another from a mutual friend (both Aussie citizens)
- Most of my documents were scanned in color but a few were black and white (and not certified)

These are the few I can remember. Good luck to all who are still waiting.
 
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