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Mish, your whole application process went very smoothly. Do you think you had a really strong application or just lucky?
I think it was a bit of both, especially with the 820 and 801. The PMV I was always worried that it would be rejected as we were going through an embassy that had had a lot of rejections.

The 820 was just a tick and flick to make sure we were married as we had already been proven to be in a genuine relationship from the PMV.

The 801 I made sure we had a lot of evidence as my husband was from a high risk country. I even made sure I updated them regularly, so for the first 6 months I did it every 3 months and then after that it was monthly. I would make sure that I attached our joint bank statements and joint bills at a minimum.

I did lodge a complaint with immigration after they announced the citizenship changes and I just got a standard reply that about the global processing times and that they would forward it to the relevant department for investigation. It appeared to be that they had just fobbed it off so I lodged a complaint with the ombudsman. Not long after I got a phone call from the assistant director of immigration (having an email sent to your husband asking you to call the assistant director of immigration almost gives you a heart attack!). To cut a long story short, the assistant director said that they were looking into the complaint (the immigration complaint) and was ready to finalise my husband's visa but needed me to withdraw the ombudsman one (extra paperwork for them to do).

My personal opinion is that all the evidence that we supplied them help a lot. I had the case that they could just look at it and it would be an easy decision for them.

Unfortunately, I will never know if it was luck, all the evidence or both, as there are other people that lodged with the ombudsman and got no action. However, now the ombudsman does not investigate unless it is outside global processing times.
 

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I think it was a bit of both, especially with the 820 and 801. The PMV I was always worried that it would be rejected as we were going through an embassy that had had a lot of rejections.

The 820 was just a tick and flick to make sure we were married as we had already been proven to be in a genuine relationship from the PMV.

The 801 I made sure we had a lot of evidence as my husband was from a high risk country. I even made sure I updated them regularly, so for the first 6 months I did it every 3 months and then after that it was monthly. I would make sure that I attached our joint bank statements and joint bills at a minimum.

I did lodge a complaint with immigration after they announced the citizenship changes and I just got a standard reply that about the global processing times and that they would forward it to the relevant department for investigation. It appeared to be that they had just fobbed it off so I lodged a complaint with the ombudsman. Not long after I got a phone call from the assistant director of immigration (having an email sent to your husband asking you to call the assistant director of immigration almost gives you a heart attack!). To cut a long story short, the assistant director said that they were looking into the complaint (the immigration complaint) and was ready to finalise my husband's visa but needed me to withdraw the ombudsman one (extra paperwork for them to do).

My personal opinion is that all the evidence that we supplied them help a lot. I had the case that they could just look at it and it would be an easy decision for them.

Unfortunately, I will never know if it was luck, all the evidence or both, as there are other people that lodged with the ombudsman and got no action. However, now the ombudsman does not investigate unless it is outside global processing times.
I dare say it looks like the Ombudsman looks like it may have helped the application along. It's great that you got a fast response. Did immigration comment on the new citizenship changes, in terms of it definitely going ahead?

I applied for my 820 In Dec 2016 and I put the application together across 2 months and felt very rushed. I've been collecting since I lodged so when Dec 2018 comes, I will have it all in place and ready. My only issue is now my partner has purchased a property and I am not eligible to put my name on the Gas/Water bill because my name is not on the deed for the property - throws a spanner in the works! Prior to this we were renting and both names on the lease.

We have obviously all the other stuff - owning pets together, gym memberships, photos, invites, phone bills, internet and joint account etc etc. In the joint account, I transfer my rent equivalent across, then he transfers to his account to pay the mortgage. Hoping it's sufficient!
 

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Hi - Is it possible to print-off all required documents from the immi site / fill them all out, upload all supporting documentation, etc before paying and clicking the submission button on the partner visa? We won't apply until October, but want to get started with the fill-out/uploading processes gradually over the next couple of months.
 

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Hi - Is it possible to print-off all required documents from the immi site / fill them all out, upload all supporting documentation, etc before paying and clicking the submission button on the partner visa? We won't apply until October, but want to get started with the fill-out/uploading processes gradually over the next couple of months.
You can create an immi account and fill out the entire application. You cannot submit at the end unless you pay but it will save everything as you go. You cannot upload any evidence until after the application is paid for and the sponsor cannot complete the online sponsor application until your app is paid for.

Feel free to print out other documents like the Form 80 (which can take awhile to gather the info) and get started on the Form 888s as people can take a long time to get these back with a certified copy of their passport or Aussie PR.

You can also gather all of the supporting evidence beforehand. My suggestion is to create a partner visa folder on your computer and start uploading color scans of the evidences and combining like evidences in to one pdf to avoid using too many upload slots (all holiday travel evidence in one file, as an example). Clearly label the files on your computer as it will make it easier for the CO to see what the file contains when you upload it to immi.
 

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820 12 months evidance

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when I applied for visa I was with my partner 14 months but living 9 months together. I didn't realize de facto MUST live 12 months together before apply.
We attached pictures of us when my partner was visiting me in Poland, also tickets attached. Some skype call - not many. Confirmation of him buying me birthday flowers etc.His mum and sister wrote us supporting letters.

We got a mail from immi asking for more 12 months of course - as examples they gave us joint bank accounts and mail to the same address - which we don't have for 12 months but for all the time we live together which si now 20 months.. Also we used to call each other only on facebook while I was away bit my partner was getting suspicious friends requests and messages so he removed that facebook account.

Now we are happy little family with an 4 months old daughter.

Also my partner is "approved" in immi account.

How should we talk to immi and explain them our situation?

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when I applied for visa I was with my partner 14 months but living 9 months together. I didn't realize de facto MUST live 12 months together before apply.
We attached pictures of us when my partner was visiting me in Poland, also tickets attached. Some skype call - not many. Confirmation of him buying me birthday flowers etc.His mum and sister wrote us supporting letters.

We got a mail from immi asking for more 12 months of course - as examples they gave us joint bank accounts and mail to the same address - which we don't have for 12 months but for all the time we live together which si now 20 months.. Also we used to call each other only on facebook while I was away bit my partner was getting suspicious friends requests and messages so he removed that facebook account.

Now we are happy little family with an 4 months old daughter.

Also my partner is "approved" in immi account.

How should we talk to immi and explain them our situation?

Regards
Kamila
Talking to immi will likely do nothing and if they don't document the conversation then it basically never happened. People often get bad advice from them over the phone and it has devastated applications and immi isn't responsible for any of it. Invest in a registered migration agent. Many that comment on these forums are highly recommended by so many people that post here and who have used them, and they may be able to save your application.
 

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I dare say it looks like the Ombudsman looks like it may have helped the application along. It's great that you got a fast response. Did immigration comment on the new citizenship changes, in terms of it definitely going ahead?

I applied for my 820 In Dec 2016 and I put the application together across 2 months and felt very rushed. I've been collecting since I lodged so when Dec 2018 comes, I will have it all in place and ready. My only issue is now my partner has purchased a property and I am not eligible to put my name on the Gas/Water bill because my name is not on the deed for the property - throws a spanner in the works! Prior to this we were renting and both names on the lease.

We have obviously all the other stuff - owning pets together, gym memberships, photos, invites, phone bills, internet and joint account etc etc. In the joint account, I transfer my rent equivalent across, then he transfers to his account to pay the mortgage. Hoping it's sufficient!
I am honestly not sure if the ombudsman helped because they don't do alot for most people so maybe just luck and also due to the amount of evidence we gave them.

You should be uploading your evidence until the 820 gets granted as the 801 is since the grant of the 820.

We didn't have the rates or water in my husband's name as the house is in my name and there was no issue at all.
 

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Hi Everyone, I have a quick question. We applied for my visa around 3 months ago and I'm getting ready further proof to show that we are still together. I received some postcards from my brother but he misspelled my partner family name. Do you think I should still include them? We didn't have much mail sent to our address in our application.
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Should I update?

Hi everyone!
We lodged our application for partner visa online on 5th of April 2016, and within 30 days we submitted all the required documents. When we lodged our application ( 5th April 2016), my partner and I had been living together for 13 months, and were engaged but applied as de facto.

Since then, we have not added any document to the application, and we did not update the department yet, but we are still living together and the big change is that we got married on May 2017 and have already received our marriage certificate. Haven't hear anything from the department, it is obvious they have not even specify an officer to our case.

Now, my question is:

1- Don't you think it is getting too long to have an officer for our case?

2-Whether we need to update them about our new circumstances? and how this can happen? Should we just add marriage certificate to the attachment? or should we update them through the section called " change of circumstances"?

I would appreciate any help or advice from other experienced applicants.
 

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I as the sponsor was requested to provide an overseas and Australian police check back a few months ago. Then a couple of months ago my wife was requested to provide an overseas and Australian police check as well as her medical. Does this mean that DIBP are close to granting the 820? As these things are valid 1 year is it likely they would request these documents back then and then wait close to a year to grant the 820? We applied for the onshore, online in December 2016. We have already submitted just about everything.
 

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I as the sponsor was requested to provide an overseas and Australian police check back a few months ago. Then a couple of months ago my wife was requested to provide an overseas and Australian police check as well as her medical. Does this mean that DIBP are close to granting the 820? As these things are valid 1 year is it likely they would request these documents back then and then wait close to a year to grant the 820? We applied for the onshore, online in December 2016. We have already submitted just about everything.
Sounds like they are getting ready to approve the visa once they have the documents they requested. I supplied mine and got my grant just 2 days later. Best of luck! So excited for you!! :)
 

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I thought I was going to get a grant soon but have not....I supplied everything like asked and its been 2 months and nothing :( Hope my medical doesn't expire :/ So discouraging, just wish you heard nothing until they were going to actually do something lol
 

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I thought I was going to get a grant soon but have not....I supplied everything like asked and its been 2 months and nothing :( Hope my medical doesn't expire :/ So discouraging, just wish you heard nothing until they were going to actually do something lol
Did you try contacting them? I called the CO after I submitted the documents she requested and had my grant 20 minutes later. Did they give you an email address or a CO's name? Couldn't hurt to give a call if you have a name...or even to just call the centre and "let them know" you've submitted your requested documents or to "check" to ensure they got them. ;)
 

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I haven't submitted the online application yet. I see the 47sp "Submit" button, but haven't pressed it. I don't want to press it, because we want to wait another month for our de facto anniversary. We haven't paid yet.

When will we pay? After the submit button or do we have to launch the 40sp? When we pay, does the bridging visa get launched? And only after we pay is when the uploading process happens?
 

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No It was that generic email that was sent to me, from QLD no case officer, but if they were asking me to make sure these things were submitted, hopefully I can't be faulted if they dont get to it in time.:eek:

Did you try contacting them? I called the CO after I submitted the documents she requested and had my grant 20 minutes later. Did they give you an email address or a CO's name? Couldn't hurt to give a call if you have a name...or even to just call the centre and "let them know" you've submitted your requested documents or to "check" to ensure they got them. ;)
 
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Hi everyone!
We lodged our application for partner visa online on 5th of April 2016, and within 30 days we submitted all the required documents. When we lodged our application ( 5th April 2016), my partner and I had been living together for 13 months, and were engaged but applied as de facto.

Since then, we have not added any document to the application, and we did not update the department yet, but we are still living together and the big change is that we got married on May 2017 and have already received our marriage certificate. Haven't hear anything from the department, it is obvious they have not even specify an officer to our case.

Now, my question is:

1- Don't you think it is getting too long to have an officer for our case?

2-Whether we need to update them about our new circumstances? and how this can happen? Should we just add marriage certificate to the attachment? or should we update them through the section called " change of circumstances"?

I would appreciate any help or advice from other experienced applicants.
I believe now would be a good time to update the Department, it will certainly strengthen your application. If you changed your name, address etc. you can do so by going into the "update us" bar and fill out the relevant documents. It has been a while since you uploaded evidence by the sounds of it, so I believe submitting more current documents will be beneficial especially to ensure the assessing CO can see your relationship is genuine and ongoing.
 
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