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Getting work rights whilst waiitng for 820 grant, if current 457 visa is cancelled?

Hi Guys,

I am hoping that someone may have a similar experience to me, as I am struggling in my current circumstances.

I was granted a 457 visa in May 2016 (from the UK), and the plan was to apply for PR through my job. The changes to sponsorship visa's back in April meant this was no longer an option for me. I have been with my Australian partner since Feb 2015, and have lived together since August 2015. We applied for the partner visa in May 2017, and have not heard a peep since.

I keep reading about the waiting times being pushed out to 24 months….which is a concern for me as I am extremely unhappy in my sponsored role. I am hanging in there (which is what all my friends keep saying) but the job is having a negative impact on my life and health. I just don't know if I can do another potential 18 months in this company. My migration agent has also advised me to stay put, as my bridging visa A doesn't come into effect till the 457 ends (May 2020). He has explained that if I leave my job, the 457 and the bridging visa A will be cancelled, and I will go on to the evil bridging visa E with no work or travel rights. The travel isn't a worry, but the work is….

My question is, has anyone successfully applied for work rights on a bridging visa E, and how long does it take? I have read in some forums that you have to be careful claiming financial hardship, as part of the role of your sponsor is to be able to support you whilst you live in Australia. However I would argue that it is a 'Partnership' in which we both support each other.

Needless to say I am super stressed about all of this, and it would help to hear from others that I know are going through similar visa stress!! Feels like life is well and truly on hold, and on bad days I wonder if it's all really worth it 
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Hi Guys,

I am hoping that someone may have a similar experience to me, as I am struggling in my current circumstances.

I was granted a 457 visa in May 2016 (from the UK), and the plan was to apply for PR through my job. The changes to sponsorship visa's back in April meant this was no longer an option for me. I have been with my Australian partner since Feb 2015, and have lived together since August 2015. We applied for the partner visa in May 2017, and have not heard a peep since.

I keep reading about the waiting times being pushed out to 24 months….which is a concern for me as I am extremely unhappy in my sponsored role. I am hanging in there (which is what all my friends keep saying) but the job is having a negative impact on my life and health. I just don't know if I can do another potential 18 months in this company. My migration agent has also advised me to stay put, as my bridging visa A doesn't come into effect till the 457 ends (May 2020). He has explained that if I leave my job, the 457 and the bridging visa A will be cancelled, and I will go on to the evil bridging visa E with no work or travel rights. The travel isn't a worry, but the work is….

My question is, has anyone successfully applied for work rights on a bridging visa E, and how long does it take? I have read in some forums that you have to be careful claiming financial hardship, as part of the role of your sponsor is to be able to support you whilst you live in Australia. However I would argue that it is a 'Partnership' in which we both support each other.

Needless to say I am super stressed about all of this, and it would help to hear from others that I know are going through similar visa stress!! Feels like life is well and truly on hold, and on bad days I wonder if it's all really worth it 
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Hi, your story is almost identical to mine! Except I applied in June.It can be a very stressful waiting game, I am braced until Christmas 2018 and that is being super optimistic. I have just tried to live in the present, other wise it will end up wishing my life away. Equally, we have also got to think of Australian partners, this visa stress and our constant talking about it doesn't make life easier. I am in a 457 role, which I am lucky to like a lot, but there is a constant fear of redundancy which would leave me in a very dodgy position. As similar to you, my job is off 457 list now.

My agent told me that you can apply for bridging A if you can demonstrate you need to work, which of course you can. Bridging E is basically a prison sentence!
 

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Hello fellow 820 Onshore-ers!

Just looking for a little bit of guidance because, as im sure most of you guys have been at some point, i am confused.

So i've just submitted my application, uploaded a good chunk of evidence, ensuring all the biggies are on there (joint bank account, joint lease, joint everything) So what happens now? When can I expect to hear from a CO? Will they decide if I have sufficient evidence and will they let me know if i Haven't and allow me to submit more?

Also one final thing about the bridging visa. I originally came over on a working holiday visa, once i transition to a bridging Visa, will i have the same working rights as when i was on the Working Holiday Visa? if yes, can i do anything about that? its a nightmare getting solid work on a working holiday visa.

Thanks for your help!
 

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Hi all, hoping someone might be able to give me a bit of help with timescales? I applied for and got my PMV in June-Oct 2016 and we moved over here in Feb. We got married at the end of June and applied for the 820/801 towards the end of the July (about four days before the PMV expiry). What are the timescales for the processing of this, I have read several accounts of people who have received their 820 within a few weeks of applying when coming from a PMV but I'm now three months down. I assume that this sort of thing isn't the case, or at least not anymore. Are situations like mine processed faster or am I in the same queue and timescales as everyone else? I have frontloaded as much as possible to make sure everything will go through as smooth as possible and it just feels ridiculous that you have to go through so much effort to get documentation signed off and provided to them for the PMV and then have to go through it all a second time when you apply for the next one!
 

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Hi Everyone,

Just like everyone else out here,I had applied for my 820/801 visa in March 2016 by an MA. The agent advised me to register to NSW Registry as we were not living together at the time of lodging the application .
After I registered our relationship, I moved in with my partner and got the bills under our names.

I knew it would be a wait to get the 820 visa approved as the agent advised me the processing time to be 12 to 16 months.

In Jan 2017 we got engaged and I received an email from my agent in Feb 2017 advising us that DIBP is requesting for the following documents
1. AFP – Australian Federal Police Check
2. Overseas Police Clearance
3. Form 80
4. Medical Health Examination

I immediately started arranging the required documents and booked my medical in March.

In May i received another email from my agent to provide Joint accounts, ownership, bills etc. which i did and had to wait after i submitted it.

It was a waiting game as i was patient enough till 1st week of October when i contacted immigration must I say contacting them is a pain as i had to wait for almost 3 hrs to speak to someone and all i got from the person was your file is in the queue (no time frame given).

After a week or so i received an email from the agent that my visa was granted.

Now another waiting game for 801 visa
 

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Hello fellow 820 Onshore-ers!

Just looking for a little bit of guidance because, as im sure most of you guys have been at some point, i am confused.

So i've just submitted my application, uploaded a good chunk of evidence, ensuring all the biggies are on there (joint bank account, joint lease, joint everything) So what happens now? When can I expect to hear from a CO? Will they decide if I have sufficient evidence and will they let me know if i Haven't and allow me to submit more?

Also one final thing about the bridging visa. I originally came over on a working holiday visa, once i transition to a bridging Visa, will i have the same working rights as when i was on the Working Holiday Visa? if yes, can i do anything about that? its a nightmare getting solid work on a working holiday visa.

Thanks for your help!
Waiting times for 820 are up to 22 months now, but that means your application could take anywhere from tomorrow to 22 months from now to process (so don't stress about it taking that long!). Average wait times for the 820 seem to be around 13 months (I received my grant after 15). So essentially, now is just a waiting game for you. Most 820 applicants receive a generic e-mail reminding them to upload all their evidence about 9 months after applying; the only time a CO will contact you directly will be when they need more or updated info. I wasn't contacted for additional info until a week before my visa was granted, so don't wait by the phone or computer expecting them to contact you immediately.
It is advisable for you to continue submitting updated evidence as you go along, so after three or four months from now maybe submit some new photos or utility bills to your immi account.
Work rights on your bridging visa will be the same as for the 820, NOT your WHV. So, you can work full time if you like...good luck!
 

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Finally got my hand on the 820 yesterday after 19 months of waiting. I'm happy I got it but I was ready myself to wait up to 24months, when I might be able to get PR straight. good luck to those who are waiting. :)
 

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Finally got my hand on the 820 yesterday after 19 months of waiting. I'm happy I got it but I was ready myself to wait up to 24months, when I might be able to get PR straight. good luck to those who are waiting. :)
Congrats! I know it stinks getting the 820 so late, as it only gives you a few months to breathe easy. Good luck with your 801 at any rate!
 

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I posted on the forum before, but couldn't get a clear advice and was wondering if anyone here would know the answer to this question. I applied for the 820/801 in December 2016 and have plans to go overseas with my partner for a couple of weeks soon. I'm currently on a student visa so no need for a bridging visa B, however I still need to notify DIBP and am not quite sure how to go about this? Is there a form to fill out or an email address ([email protected] ?) to send this information to or is it acceptable to upload the itinerary to the online application? tia :)
 

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I posted on the forum before, but couldn't get a clear advice and was wondering if anyone here would know the answer to this question. I applied for the 820/801 in December 2016 and have plans to go overseas with my partner for a couple of weeks soon. I'm currently on a student visa so no need for a bridging visa B, however I still need to notify DIBP and am not quite sure how to go about this? Is there a form to fill out or an email address ([email protected] ?) to send this information to or is it acceptable to upload the itinerary to the online application? tia :)
Hi Blue, I wasn't in the same situation as I wasn't on student visa, but I don't think there is a form to inform them this (while we should inform). I think you just give them all the accurate info you want and a good quick contact way in case they need, as I remember on the BVB form there is a question for that. Hope it helps.
 

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Hi Blue, I wasn't in the same situation as I wasn't on student visa, but I don't think there is a form to inform them this (while we should inform). I think you just give them all the accurate info you want and a good quick contact way in case they need, as I remember on the BVB form there is a question for that. Hope it helps.
thank you for your reply :) Would you suggest just sending an email with all the info to the processing center in the state I applied in (even though they may not be the one processing my application)?
 

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thank you for your reply :) Would you suggest just sending an email with all the info to the processing center in the state I applied in (even though they may not be the one processing my application)?
Yea I think just send to the email of your state, because you would put your visa ID on so they still can work it out if they are not processing yours, that's what I think :)
 

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Visa Grant :)

Hi everyone!
I have received my 820 grant today!!

Its been 12month&2weeks waiting.. :)

I have been reading this thread and had my hopes up when i saw others getting theirs granted
You know.. comparing the time frames, countries, situations etc..
I am hoping i can do the same for those of you who are still patiently waiting..

Gotta tell you though.. if your relationship is genuine and have every evidence lodged.. you will get the grant!!!
all you can do is keep on waiting patiently and do what you gotta do :)

So here you go

Visa application date - 9th of October 2016
Visa grant - 28th of October 2017
Health check - may 2017

I did all my police checks, form 80, 888 when i lodged the visa.
In 2weeks from application date, everything was all uploaded apart from the health check.

I uploaded more photos from overseas trip to my family's wedding on July this year and that was my last update.

Havent heard from the case officer at all.
All i got was the grant letter this morning.
It truely mad my day and im sure it will do for you too!!

Dont get depressed( i was... when i hit 12month, major meltdown..)
I know ppl out there waited longer than me though.
But as long as you are in genuine relationship, you will get it im sure!

Any questions, im happy to answer :)
 

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Hi everyone!
I have received my 820 grant today!!

Its been 12month&2weeks waiting.. :)

I have been reading this thread and had my hopes up when i saw others getting theirs granted
You know.. comparing the time frames, countries, situations etc..
I am hoping i can do the same for those of you who are still patiently waiting..

Gotta tell you though.. if your relationship is genuine and have every evidence lodged.. you will get the grant!!!
all you can do is keep on waiting patiently and do what you gotta do :)

So here you go

Visa application date - 9th of October 2016
Visa grant - 28th of October 2017
Health check - may 2017

I did all my police checks, form 80, 888 when i lodged the visa.
In 2weeks from application date, everything was all uploaded apart from the health check.

I uploaded more photos from overseas trip to my family's wedding on July this year and that was my last update.

Havent heard from the case officer at all.
All i got was the grant letter this morning.
It truely mad my day and im sure it will do for you too!!

Dont get depressed( i was... when i hit 12month, major meltdown..)
I know ppl out there waited longer than me though.
But as long as you are in genuine relationship, you will get it im sure!

Any questions, im happy to answer :)
Congrats on that! I hope your 801 comes through quickly and smoothly!

For us, we actually had a case officer call myself, my husband (sponsor) and my mother-in-law (she was the witness for the 820) - However, my husband and mother-in-law couldn't pick up. I managed to, and they asked very general question, such as DOB of us, address, who lives in what address (from my family and his family) and that was it really, barely lasted 10mins. And they never had reattempted to call us after that. But it was scary as they called us all exactly at the same time! And not long after that call they requested more evidence within 28 days, however, we couldn't provide it as we had to go oversea for 5 weeks afterwards! So they postponed it for us until we came back which the 28 days started from there.

Our waiting for 820 was extremely long as well, basically our timeline goes
- Applied in Sept 2015
- Nothing for 13 months, until Dec 2016 (that's the time we got called)
- Gave in extra paperwork in Feb 2017
- 820 granted March 2017!
- Now we have recently gave in our 801 and I am praying it doesn't go for 16 months :( It's been adding so much stress and also so hard to find a job and it's impacting my exams (since i'm studying at the same time) but so hard to say since I am applying from a high risk country, vietnam.
 

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Hi, your story is almost identical to mine! Except I applied in June.It can be a very stressful waiting game, I am braced until Christmas 2018 and that is being super optimistic. I have just tried to live in the present, other wise it will end up wishing my life away. Equally, we have also got to think of Australian partners, this visa stress and our constant talking about it doesn't make life easier. I am in a 457 role, which I am lucky to like a lot, but there is a constant fear of redundancy which would leave me in a very dodgy position. As similar to you, my job is off 457 list now.

My agent told me that you can apply for bridging A if you can demonstrate you need to work, which of course you can. Bridging E is basically a prison sentence!
It sure is a stressful waiting game, I guess I have to accept that it's not going to come thorugh any time soon....My migration agent has advised me to stay put, or to find another sponsor to transfer my 457. He says the work rights application is no guarantee so I think it will be a case of 'Better the devil you know' for me. Sorry to hear there is talk of redundancy at your work, just an extra bit of stress for you! Lets hope neither of us is left waiting for 22 months! Wishing you the best for your application :)
 

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so today I uploaded my partner's NPC and clicked the ' information provided' thinking that is for his documents only!!! both status changed to ' assessment in progress' and now im freaking out because i am still waiting for my police check from the high commission in Melbourne. what do i do now? Expecting to get the police cert by this week.
 

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820/9 months

Hi guys, I'm back with update of my application.

Lodged online 6th Feb, and yesterday afternoon we received an email from CO requesting for additional docs which are hubby's AFP and my NBI (police check) from Philippines:D

We are in Perth but it is being processed in Australia Embassy Manila. We got excited and never expected to hear from them in 9 months.

Can anyone please help me with my NBI clearance, in the email it says that the NBI clearance must match the name in the passport but in Philippine Consul General website, it says that if I change my name I must provide a copy of marriage certificate. I am confused now if I have to use my maiden name or married name in my NBI clearance.. Thanks a lot.

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work overseas on 820?

Hi I was wondering if you are allowed to go and work overseas while my pemanent 801 is getting processed?
I know i can travel but what about work? I am in tourism industry and there is shortage of work over winter
Many thanks
 
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