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Hi,

My soon to be husband and I will be applying for his onshore 820 partner visa around about the 1st of July.

Can anyone tell me how long it took for you or your partner to get confirmation of their BVA?

He will be here on an ETA visa which will expire on the 3rd of August so we are hoping the BVA will come through before that time, I think I saw there should be a decision on the first part of the application process which was granting of the BVA within 10 working days, but now I can't find that information.

Thanks :)
 

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Hi,

My soon to be husband and I will be applying for his onshore 820 partner visa around about the 1st of July.

Can anyone tell me how long it took for you or your partner to get confirmation of their BVA?

He will be here on an ETA visa which will expire on the 3rd of August so we are hoping the BVA will come through before that time, I think I saw there should be a decision on the first part of the application process which was granting of the BVA within 10 working days, but now I can't find that information.

Thanks :)
In my case the BVA came in within 5 minutes of the payment being processed (Online application). I think the BVA is an automated process and your husband should have it well before his ETA expires :)
 

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In my case the BVA came in within 5 minutes of the payment being processed (Online application). I think the BVA is an automated process and your husband should have it well before his ETA expires :)
YAY that is so good to hear....

We have a return ticket booked just encase something went wrong but its great to know it should just be a straight forward process once the payment is received online.

Thanks for replying though it really put my mind at ease :)
 

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YAY that is so good to hear....

We have a return ticket booked just encase something went wrong but its great to know it should just be a straight forward process once the payment is received online.

Thanks for replying though it really put my mind at ease :)
Yep, it's definitely automatic on the online application. Once your payment is confirmed, bam it hits your inbox.
 

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Hi,

My soon to be husband and I will be applying for his onshore 820 partner visa around about the 1st of July.

Can anyone tell me how long it took for you or your partner to get confirmation of their BVA?

He will be here on an ETA visa which will expire on the 3rd of August so we are hoping the BVA will come through before that time, I think I saw there should be a decision on the first part of the application process which was granting of the BVA within 10 working days, but now I can't find that information.

Thanks :)
Yes, the BVA is automatically generated after you've made payment. It will go into effect as soon as your partner's ETA visa expires (or at the end of the current stay window, if that is the case). Keep in mind that there is a possibility that the visa fees will go up on 1 July, as that is the beginning of the new fiscal year. I've heard others say that the visa fees are going to increase. So, if you can apply a day or two beforehand, you may be better off.
 

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Also if you pay by BPAY, the payment may take a few days to process so you won't get your bridging visa immediately. We paid by BPAY on 16 January and I got my bridging visa (and official date of application) on 19 January 2016. If you pay by credit or debit card it will be roughly an extra $80 but you'll get the bridging visa immediately.
 

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I received an email from CO to request for further evidence yesterday 18/04/2017 (I lodged my application on 03/03/2016). I am from high risk country and I lodged my application in Sydney online.

Below is the question. My question is should I be worry about this request or the CO only wants to get an update of my de-facto relationship?

All the help, advice and comments will be much appreciated.

The request is:

"Evidence of your relationship with your de facto partner"

The decision maker must be satisfied that you and your partner:

● have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others

● have a relationship that is genuine and continuing

● live together; or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis

● are not related by family.

To assist in deciding your application the decision maker must have regard to all of the

circumstances of your relationship with your partner including: the financial aspects of the

relationship, the nature of the household, the social aspects of the relationship and the

nature of the person's commitment to each other.

Please provide additional evidence, acquired since the lodgement of your partner visa

application, about the following aspect/s of your relationship:

The financial aspects of your relationship. This may include:

● any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets

● any joint liabilities

● the extent of any pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial

commitments

● whether you or your partner owe any legal obligation in respect of the other

● the basis of any sharing of day-to-day household expenses.

The nature of your household. This may include:

● any joint responsibility for care and support of children, if any

● your living arrangements

● any sharing of responsibility for housework.

The nature of your commitment to each other. This may include:

● the duration of your relationship

● the length of time you and your partner have lived together

● the degree of companionship and emotional support that you draw from each other

● whether you and your partner see the relationship as a long-term one.
 

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I received an email from CO to request for further evidence yesterday 18/04/2017 (I lodged my application on 03/03/2016). I am from high risk country and I lodged my application in Sydney online.

Below is the question. My question is should I be worry about this request or the CO only wants to get an update of my de-facto relationship?

All the help, advice and comments will be much appreciated.

The request is:

"Evidence of your relationship with your de facto partner"

The decision maker must be satisfied that you and your partner:

● have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others

● have a relationship that is genuine and continuing

● live together; or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis

● are not related by family.

To assist in deciding your application the decision maker must have regard to all of the

circumstances of your relationship with your partner including: the financial aspects of the

relationship, the nature of the household, the social aspects of the relationship and the

nature of the person's commitment to each other.

Please provide additional evidence, acquired since the lodgement of your partner visa

application, about the following aspect/s of your relationship:

The financial aspects of your relationship. This may include:

● any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets

● any joint liabilities

● the extent of any pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial

commitments

● whether you or your partner owe any legal obligation in respect of the other

● the basis of any sharing of day-to-day household expenses.

The nature of your household. This may include:

● any joint responsibility for care and support of children, if any

● your living arrangements

● any sharing of responsibility for housework.

The nature of your commitment to each other. This may include:

● the duration of your relationship

● the length of time you and your partner have lived together

● the degree of companionship and emotional support that you draw from each other

● whether you and your partner see the relationship as a long-term one.
If I were you, I would contact a MARA agent (several excellent ones on this forum). It sounds to me like they are questioning your relationship. You need to provide strong evidences to meet all of those categories. Things like property/lease agreements, wills, being on each other's superannuation funds, utilities in both names, mail that both receive at the same address, any clubs or registries that you both belong to. I would definitely do a stat dec each to discuss each of the requirements as well. Do you have ticket stubs where you both went to see any shows? Plane tickets? Photos of the two of you together at social events? Invitations you both received? All of these things are evidence.

Contact a MARA agent (CCMS (Nick), Mark Northam, Westly Russell, Jeremy Hooper). Have a consult and go over what you've already provided. Then, you can get an idea of what you need to provide now. With the possibility of a refusal and wasting all those thousands of dollars, you need to get professional advice.
 

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Hi Guys,

Just to let u know that my wife got her 820 today,

Its just one day short of completing 1 year processing.
Medicals and pcc done last month without CO
CO allocated as we sent an email requesting for status and after 3 days we got CO requesting for AFP and form 80,
Yesterday we sent afp and form 80.
And here today she has her grant :)
This forum been quite helpful as we lodged on our own.
Btw She has a indian passport. Which is high risk country.

Good luck to everyone.
Cheers
 

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Hi Guys,

Just to let u know that my wife got her 820 today,

Its just one day short of completing 1 year processing.
Medicals and pcc done last month without CO
CO allocated as we sent an email requesting for status and after 3 days we got CO requesting for AFP and form 80,
Yesterday we sent afp and form 80.
And here today she has her grant :)
This forum been quite helpful as we lodged on our own.
Btw She has a indian passport. Which is high risk country.

Good luck to everyone.
Cheers
Congratulations!! That is so awesome! I honestly think completing the medicals are somehow prompting them to look at visas...or something is prompting them to process faster. This is GREAT news! I had a request for AFPs and form 80 yesterday. And I had just completed my medicals (without a CO) last week. Ok folks, get those medicals and checks done! :D
 
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Hi,

My soon to be husband and I will be applying for his onshore 820 partner visa around about the 1st of July.

Can anyone tell me how long it took for you or your partner to get confirmation of their BVA?

He will be here on an ETA visa which will expire on the 3rd of August so we are hoping the BVA will come through before that time, I think I saw there should be a decision on the first part of the application process which was granting of the BVA within 10 working days, but now I can't find that information.

Thanks :)
I got my BVA instantly after applying online...submitted and at same time BVA was emailed.
 

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Congratulations!! That is so awesome! I honestly think completing the medicals are somehow prompting them to look at visas...or something is prompting them to process faster. This is GREAT news! I had a request for AFPs and form 80 yesterday. And I had just completed my medicals (without a CO) last week. Ok folks, get those medicals and checks done! :D
Yep you are right, completed applications get priority as they want to reduce workload as it approaching year end.
 

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Congratulations!! That is so awesome! I honestly think completing the medicals are somehow prompting them to look at visas...or something is prompting them to process faster. This is GREAT news! I had a request for AFPs and form 80 yesterday. And I had just completed my medicals (without a CO) last week. Ok folks, get those medicals and checks done! :D
I wish I could prompt them somehow. Might be necessary to call them if I don't got a response to my email ... I've been putting calling off because I heard they put you on hold for hours, and I can't really do that while I'm at work. I did my medical 11 months ago (4.5 months after applying) and updated my police check in Feb...
 
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I wish I could prompt them somehow. Might be necessary to call them if I don't got a response to my email ... I've been putting calling off because I heard they put you on hold for hours, and I can't really do that while I'm at work. I did my medical 11 months ago (4.5 months after applying) and updated my police check in Feb...
I've called earlier in the morning and wasn't on hold for all that long. I've also called later in the day and had a 30 minute hold (longest). Still, may be the only way to get them to look at your application.
 

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I wish I could prompt them somehow. Might be necessary to call them if I don't got a response to my email ... I've been putting calling off because I heard they put you on hold for hours, and I can't really do that while I'm at work. I did my medical 11 months ago (4.5 months after applying) and updated my police check in Feb...
Hi Sharks, their phone number has call back function, just chose that. They will call you back within the time frame. Make sure your question is specific, i.e. update of the process, whether case officer is been allocated.
 

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Thanks all for your advice :).

I emailed them again yesterday, just to say that my application was up to date and complete and that I was worried my medical would expire.

A couple of hours later I got an email from them (at 8pm!), with in it my grant!
So yeah, it went from 'received' to 'granted' in like... 4 hours. I'm so relieved :)... so I don't have to worry when I go on holiday!

I was kind of hoping to get the 801 since we've been in a committed relationship since Jan 2012 and lived together for over 3 years when we applied, but I got the 820. I might send them an email to check whether I'm eligible for the 801 anyway... but at the moment that doesn't matter. I'm just happy I got some security, especially now we're building a house and stuff. Yay!

Processing time was 15 months and 3 days
 

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Just a quick one, for our 820 onshore.. Will we need to complete a family tree?

If so how far back do we have to go, my husband to-be has family scattered all around and so I just want to ensure we have all the correct information.

Thanks,

Caragh
 

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Yes, the BVA is automatically generated after you've made payment. It will go into effect as soon as your partner's ETA visa expires (or at the end of the current stay window, if that is the case). Keep in mind that there is a possibility that the visa fees will go up on 1 July, as that is the beginning of the new fiscal year. I've heard others say that the visa fees are going to increase. So, if you can apply a day or two beforehand, you may be better off.
Awesome, thanks heaps for the tips on the fees...
At this stage our wedding date is the 25th of June so we may have it on the 30th or if not it may be after the fee's go up.
Fingers crossed if it does its not too much.. 7k is enough!
But I guess it is a small price to pay because I need him here when our bub is born.

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Thanks all for your advice :).

I emailed them again yesterday, just to say that my application was up to date and complete and that I was worried my medical would expire.

A couple of hours later I got an email from them (at 8pm!), with in it my grant!
So yeah, it went from 'received' to 'granted' in like... 4 hours. I'm so relieved :)... so I don't have to worry when I go on holiday!

I was kind of hoping to get the 801 since we've been in a committed relationship since Jan 2012 and lived together for over 3 years when we applied, but I got the 820. I might send them an email to check whether I'm eligible for the 801 anyway... but at the moment that doesn't matter. I'm just happy I got some security, especially now we're building a house and stuff. Yay!

Processing time was 15 months and 3 days
Oh my goodness, Sharks!! That is AWESOME!!! I'm seriously so happy for you!! :D See? Sometimes a little prodding is all it takes! Yes, I would definitely contact them asking about the 801. With you having been together since 2012, they should have put you right through to the 801. Doesn't hurt to ask, right?? ;) ;)

Again though, I'm over the moon for you and now you don't have to worry about taking your trip. :D
 
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Just a quick one, for our 820 onshore.. Will we need to complete a family tree?

If so how far back do we have to go, my husband to-be has family scattered all around and so I just want to ensure we have all the correct information.

Thanks,

Caragh
You'll need to provide information about parents, siblings and their spouses (if they have any) for both yourself and your partner. You'll need names, birth dates, places of birth, etc. If you can't provide it all/can't find it, some folks give approximate dates while others provide a statement that says they aren't in contact with certain people/can't get all the information, etc.
 
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