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Um, we got a 7 and a half month multiple entry bvb for my wife but it wasn't for future vacation purposes. It was granted because a) my wife needed to travel for work once her maternity leave finished and b) I too needed to work vintage in Europe which would see all of us overseas at least till the end of October; and c) we had to renovate our apartment before putting it on the market to facilities our purchasing a place in Australia.

It was granted immediately even though the only piece of evidence we uploaded was a copy from the Italian Centrelink detailing the end of my wife's paid maternity leave.

Maybe travel is too frivolous a reason to ask for a long bvb?

My wife was granted a 3 month BVB for travel in May this year. Originally only 2 weeks was granted because of the planned travel time of 2 weeks on our itinerary but we requested a longer time for future travel. I emailed and complained and they reissued the BVB with a 3 month multiple entry.
It still wasn't what we wanted but was better than the initial one. We didn't end up utulising the 3 months anyway due to my work and general situation.
Now we are needing to travel again for a month and requested up to 6 months to plan for future trips including holidays to wherever. We have paid another BVB fee, this time $145. Gone up $5 in just 4 months.
They came back with a 2 month multiple but dated from the time of application not the date of expected departure so in effect only a window of 6 weeks travel.
I emailed complaining about it and they said it won't be changed due to various reasons being:
We didn't provide evidence of future travel and the visa was granted based on what we did submit which was the travel dates for this trip and the itinerary to go with it.
I have replied further complaining that I was not pleased with the decision and that we could not provide further details of future travel or supporting documents due the fact that we can't book it if the BVB is not granted etc..
I stated that we provided information of intended future travel, the reasons why and that the 6 months should be granted based on that.
We also stated in our initial supporting letter that we applied for partner visa onshore in Dec 2016. Most of the required docs have been submitted.
DIBP have requested Aust and Overseas police checks and wifes medicals which have all since been submitted a couple months ago. Although they have requested all this stuff already and it's been submitted, it's still only 9 1/2 months since we submitted onshore application.
For this reason, I expresed to DIBP that we are not expecting the 820 to be granted anytime soon so why are they not granting the longer term for the BVB?
I have read in this forum where others have been granted up to 6 months to travel on the BVB. We have paid now twice totalling $285 for BVB.
I'm not a happy person.
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Are you able to elaborate a little more on the circumstances of your relationship which enabled you to be granted the visa in 11 months?
It may help others understand the system a bit better in comparison to their own applications.
Hi Guys,

Just to update you all, the wait is over and my visa has been Granted.

Please see my timeline below

Nationality: UK
Applied online from Sydney, NO agent
Front loaded - uploaded all necessary documents straight away, police checks x 3 different countries, 888 forms etc.. just waited for my medical which I did in Feb 2017.

06 Sep 2016 - Application received 820/801
06 Sep 2016 - BVA granted
29 Sep 2016 - BVB granted (to allow me to travel)
21 Feb 2017 - DIAC information required to access your Partner visa application (sent by email)
24 Feb 2017 - Health assessment
27 Feb 2017 - Health Clearance provided
21 June 2017 - Case officer assigned - request for missing document
22 June 2017 - Assessment in progress
23 Aug 2017 - BVB granted (to allow me to travel)
06 Sep 2017 - GRANT NOTIFICATION!!!!!

Exactly one year to the day since I applied.

Good luck to everyone out there, I'm sure your Grants are right around the corner!
 

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Um, we got a 7 and a half month multiple entry bvb for my wife but it wasn't for future vacation purposes. It was granted because a) my wife needed to travel for work once her maternity leave finished and b) I too needed to work vintage in Europe which would see all of us overseas at least till the end of October; and c) we had to renovate our apartment before putting it on the market to facilities our purchasing a place in Australia.

It was granted immediately even though the only piece of evidence we uploaded was a copy from the Italian Centrelink detailing the end of my wife's paid maternity leave.

Maybe travel is too frivolous a reason to ask for a long bvb?
The request wasn't just for holidays, it was also to sort out personal belongings, property, personal matters and visiting family.
what is the big deal in travelling for extended periods when the grant is a long time away? They really make the applicants and their sponsoring partners feel like prisoners in this system, no freedom to come and and go ( until the visa is granted off course).
 

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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:
Hi New2Aussie,

From my own personal experience after I received the generic email and submitted all my documents, it took them 4 months to assign a Case Officer - although I was convinced it would be a shorter wait.

Then after that it took another 2.5months to GRANT my visa.

Every case is different, good luck I'm sure your Grant will be coming soon.
 
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The request wasn't just for holidays, it was also to sort out personal belongings, property, personal matters and visiting family.
what is the big deal in travelling for extended periods when the grant is a long time away? They really make the applicants and their sponsoring partners feel like prisoners in this system, no freedom to come and and go ( until the visa is granted off course).
I can only go by what you wrote in your original post. I guess if you had concrete plans then they would have had something to go by. We booked our tickets back to Europe well and truly before we applied for the BVB. Also, I was specific about what we needed to do and the timeframes involved. So while I didn't have a heap of evidence, what little I had i made sure they received. I guess it seemed probable cause to them.

Either that or whoever handled the application was in a good mood.

Also don't assume you won't get approved earlier than the average. Quite a few people who frequent this site got theirs in less than 7 or 8 months. One of my mates got his wife's after only 6 and a half months. But you need to be in Oz for that to happen. I'm actually pissed at how our being away might actually put the breaks on their processing of our application.
 

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Hi Guys,

Just to update you all, the wait is over and my visa has been Granted.

Please see my timeline below

Nationality: UK
Applied online from Sydney, NO agent
Front loaded - uploaded all necessary documents straight away, police checks x 3 different countries, 888 forms etc.. just waited for my medical which I did in Feb 2017.

06 Sep 2016 - Application received 820/801
06 Sep 2016 - BVA granted
29 Sep 2016 - BVB granted (to allow me to travel)
21 Feb 2017 - DIAC information required to access your Partner visa application (sent by email)
24 Feb 2017 - Health assessment
27 Feb 2017 - Health Clearance provided
21 June 2017 - Case officer assigned - request for missing document
22 June 2017 - Assessment in progress
23 Aug 2017 - BVB granted (to allow me to travel)
06 Sep 2017 - GRANT NOTIFICATION!!!!!

Exactly one year to the day since I applied.

Good luck to everyone out there, I'm sure your Grants are right around the corner!
Grant for which visa 820 or 801?
Sorry, silly me. this is the thread for 820 waiting room so I guess it is the 820 temporary that has been granted.
 

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I don't see how traveling out of Oz with an 820/801 app will put the brakes on an application unless they need something more from you and cannot get in contact. Surely they'd do as they do with 300 applicants onshore that need to leave for grant and contact you saying "our movement records show you are outside of Australia. You must be onshore for finalization of your visa application." Or along those lines...
 

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Sponsor Approved

We logged into our online Immi account today to check the status of our partner visa application, and noticed this:



We are guessing this is a good sign. Does anyone who has noticed this on their own application have any anecdotes / information about whether their sponsor being approved meant their 820 application was close to completion?

Thank you :)
 

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I don't see how traveling out of Oz with an 820/801 app will put the brakes on an application unless they need something more from you and cannot get in contact. Surely they'd do as they do with 300 applicants onshore that need to leave for grant and contact you saying "our movement records show you are outside of Australia. You must be onshore for finalization of your visa application." Or along those lines...
It's purely conjecture on my part, to be honest.

I mean, if my wife tells the department that she's probably going to be out of the country till November and they grant her a BVB for that duration, then I expect they might postpone finalising the application till she gets back. Otherwise, she'd have to travel home especially for the approval. Not that she wouldn't, but maybe the department in this case would decide its easier for everyone to wait till she is back.

The only thing they communicated to us when I informed them of our intention to be away from Australia for some time, was to make sure that my wife gets a new Italian police clearance since she'd be in the country for more than 6 weeks. A pain in the arse, but fair enough.
 

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We logged into our online Immi account today to check the status of our partner visa application, and noticed this:



We are guessing this is a good sign. Does anyone who has noticed this on their own application have any anecdotes / information about whether their sponsor being approved meant their 820 application was close to completion?

Thank you :)
It is usually a good sign that you visa will be APPROVED, and that a case officer is processing your application. Unfortunately as to how soon you'll receive your grant varies case by case. I know one woman who was approved a day or two after her sponsor was, and I know another who was approved nearly two months later. My case was approved about a week after my sponsor was. This was about 10 months ago too, so things may have changed as far as wait times are concerned. However, be on the look out for a grant in the near future...just don't get your hopes down if it doesn't come tomorrow or next week :)
 
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It is usually a good sign that you visa will be APPROVED, and that a case officer is processing your application. Unfortunately as to how soon you'll receive your grant varies case by case. I know one woman who was approved a day or two after her sponsor was, and I know another who was approved nearly two months later. My case was approved about a week after my sponsor was. This was about 10 months ago too, so things may have changed as far as wait times are concerned. However, be on the look out for a grant in the near future...just don't get your hopes down if it doesn't come tomorrow or next week :)
Thanks for the info, and for the glimmer of hope! :)
 

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Hi,
Just did my medical, now waiting for them to upload the result. Bought a lotto ticket as well. Hope for some good luck lol
Hi Alice, I applied one day earlier than you on 6 February 2017, but I haven't heard anyone back yet, just wondering after being requested for medical and form 80 in June, have you been followed up? Have you got the grant already? I am just curious and stressed as it has been more than 7 months already and no contact whatsoever, many thanks.
 

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You can continue to upload evidence on your wife's sponsor account if you feel you need to do so. 9 months is still early yet, I believe the average wait time is 12-15 months. You can put in a complaint to immigration, but it's not going to amount to much if you haven't reached the average wait time.
Thank you for your info. However, I have recently submitted my new born baby's birth certificate and in reply I was encouraged to do my foreign police certificate and health check up. I am not sure if I should go ahead and act on it since its not a reply from actual case officer.

Besides, I am also concerned about the medicare card which I was issued since I got granted for BV of 820. and it is valid for 12 months. therefore, if they take 18-21 months to make decision then whats gonna happen to medicare after running of its date?

Here I have started processing for my country police certificate which I am not sure if that is too early to apply, Also I have done my medical check up before I launched my application for 820. I am not sure now which medical check up they are asking me to go for.

So if you have any idea on this please let me know.

Much appreciated.
 

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I am moving this post from another thread:
It's now 17 months since we submitted our partner visa application online ( 5th April 2016). Since then I have not received a single contact/notice from the immigration department. I am getting worried and cannot understand how much time they need until they contact us and say something. In the website they mentioned 75% of the application proceed within 18 and 19 months of their lodgement! 90% within 21 to 24 months. I hear many people have applied after me have already received their granted visa. It means that the case officer have been in contact with them asking them to do their medical test or other supporting document much more earlier than the expected processing periods, while I still have not heard anything back from these people! Shouldn't I be worry now? I have lots of decisions to make at the time and all are depended to this visa and this waiting time without hearing any feedback is driving me crazy! Isn't it odd that they haven't contacted me yet to say or ask something?! Any help or advice from you guys?!
 

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Unfortunately, more and more people are applying onshore which is bound to drive up processing times. There's really nothing you can do until you're outside of the current global processing times. After that you can lodge a complaint.
 

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I am moving this post from another thread:
It's now 17 months since we submitted our partner visa application online ( 5th April 2016). Since then I have not received a single contact/notice from the immigration department. I am getting worried and cannot understand how much time they need until they contact us and say something. In the website they mentioned 75% of the application proceed within 18 and 19 months of their lodgement! 90% within 21 to 24 months. I hear many people have applied after me have already received their granted visa. It means that the case officer have been in contact with them asking them to do their medical test or other supporting document much more earlier than the expected processing periods, while I still have not heard anything back from these people! Shouldn't I be worry now? I have lots of decisions to make at the time and all are depended to this visa and this waiting time without hearing any feedback is driving me crazy! Isn't it odd that they haven't contacted me yet to say or ask something?! Any help or advice from you guys?!
This has been our situation as well. We haven't been waiting quite as long as you - 4 days shy of 16 months for us - but the wait has been quite excruciating for my partner and also stressful for me. It's partly impacted by the fact that we are shelling out 7-8k / trimester to maintain my partner's student visa while we wait for the partner visa to be processed. We recently noticed (via the Immi portal) that I have been approved as a sponsor, so that is a positive. I think we will try emailing again to enquire about that status change and see if we can wrangle a bit more information, though not too hopeful about that!
 

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This has been our situation as well. We haven't been waiting quite as long as you - 4 days shy of 16 months for us - but the wait has been quite excruciating for my partner and also stressful for me. It's partly impacted by the fact that we are shelling out 7-8k / trimester to maintain my partner's student visa while we wait for the partner visa to be processed. We recently noticed (via the Immi portal) that I have been approved as a sponsor, so that is a positive. I think we will try emailing again to enquire about that status change and see if we can wrangle a bit more information, though not too hopeful about that!
I also was in Australia by student visa, my partner (my sponsor) has Australian citizenship. However, I don't understand what you mean by being approved as sponsor. I did not know that we should get approval for sponsorship. We applied online and the current status of my sponsor's application is submitted. Should we wait until my partner's sponsorship is approved?!

When I applied for partner visa, my student visa still was in effect. I decided to not extend my student visa, while still I had right to continue my study ( which I did). So after my student visa expired, my visa switched to bridging visa automatically, and now I have bridging visa.
 

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I also was in Australia by student visa, my partner (my sponsor) has Australian citizenship. However, I don't understand what you mean by being approved as sponsor. I did not know that we should get approval for sponsorship. We applied online and the current status of my sponsor's application is submitted. Should we wait until my partner's sponsorship is approved?!
See this post.

When I applied for partner visa, my student visa still was in effect. I decided to not extend my student visa, while still I had right to continue my study ( which I did). So after my student visa expired, my visa switched to bridging visa automatically, and now I have bridging visa.
Yeah my partner's student visa expires in about 9 months ... so we're stuck dealing with it until either then, or until 820 is approved.
 

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See this post.

Yeah my partner's student visa expires in about 9 months ... so we're stuck dealing with it until either then, or until 820 is approved.
Thanks for sharing your information. We have not been yet contacted to have a medical check. As such, I don't think so that a case officer has been specified to our case yet! :(

I am going to give them a call to check if there is an issue there!
 

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Thanks for sharing your information. We have not been yet contacted to have a medical check. As such, I don't think so that a case officer has been specified to our case yet! :(

I am going to give them a call to check if there is an issue there!
We jumped the gun on that and got the health check done before any request was made. Basically our application has been ready for processing since we lodged it.
 
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