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when you say 'front loaded the application' do you mean you had all the docs ready to go before submitting? i guess i didnt really... i had most things ready when i submitted in April, but since then ive been just adding evidence week by week
When I say "front loaded", I mean we handed in approximately a 9cm thick folder :cool:

So basically yes, I got all the documents before submitting the application. The only documents I did not provide were the health check and the AFP. I will get them either when DIBP asks for them or in april 2018.
 

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thanks xemmafellowsx, i was thinking that too, although i felt my application was lacking/weak on a few aspects of evidence but if they wanted more info for the actual application they would prob request this now / or after the health check?
i know mark's the man to ask on this but looks like he's away til monday... :(

best of luck on your application anyway, hope it gets picked up soon for you!
We were the same with lacking in evidence, especially in the nature of household as I moved into to live with his sister (and she owns the place) so we don't pay rent, and also financial aspects. However, with our case, we were strong in other parts of the application.

What happened with us was,we received a call from DIBP in December 2016 (Including my husband at the same time - FYI it was no caller ID)

I managed to pick up, however my husband couldn't as he was working.
Question asked was
- How many people living in this address
- What's your spouse DOB & my DOB too
- Who are your in-laws & where they lived
However, I couldn't talk on the phone for long and actually had to cut the phone call short due to being called while at work. They did not reattempt to contact us again.

And further requested more evidence within 28 days. They actually called us a day before we were about to go on holiday to Malaysia. Luckily we are doing this application with an agent (literally saved us because we were freaking about the 28 days and was going to be gone for about 6 weeks overseas). However, our agent assured us DIBP will know if we are not in Australia and will not fail the visa because of us going overseas. They postponed it until we came back and 28 days counted from there.

- We sent in evidence such as more proofs of myself residing in that address (any letters/mails addressed to us or myself with the address on it - such as flybuy memberships, my blood donation letter, subscription magazines)
- Our photos of our Malaysia holiday, accom, airline tickets
- Household expenses: joint names when we purchased AC, couch, fridge (I heard this is a good indication of couples living in same address especially for applications that don't have rent as evidence!)

We came back in end of Jan from our holiday and sent everything in around early/mid Feb 2017 and got granted 820 in March 2017. If it wasn't for the holiday, I'm sure we wouldve got the 820 around Dec 2016. This was a 18 months wait in total! (Applied in September 2015)

Anyway good luck with your 820 and future 801! Sounds like they're looking at your applications right now. And hopefully processing time will change in the near future (when I say change, i hope they decrease it! :) )
 

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Hi all,

I applied for my partner visa 820/801 last week, on 1/11/2017 while currently on visa 485 (Post Study Work). DIBP sent me an automatically generated email saying that a BVA will come into effect when my current visa runs out in 4/2019.

I'm aware that people who apply for visa 820/801 are entitled to enrol in Medicare. Does it mean that I can apply for Medicare right away or do I have to wait until my current visa expires in 2019?

Also, we applied online and I've read from different forums/threads saying differently about form 40SP. I've submitted our application using my personal immi account and I've attached a few documents about my partner's identity (passport/drivers license) but extremely confused about form 40SP. Does he have to fill in this form if we applied online?!

Hope to hear back from you guys soon. Any answer is greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)
 

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when you say 'front loaded the application' do you mean you had all the docs ready to go before submitting? i guess i didnt really... i had most things ready when i submitted in April, but since then ive been just adding evidence week by week
Yes gave them a completed application with sufficient evidence to hopefully not warrant any more evidence needed.
 

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Hi all,

I applied for my partner visa 820/801 last week, on 1/11/2017 while currently on visa 485 (Post Study Work). DIBP sent me an automatically generated email saying that a BVA will come into effect when my current visa runs out in 4/2019.

I'm aware that people who apply for visa 820/801 are entitled to enrol in Medicare. Does it mean that I can apply for Medicare right away or do I have to wait until my current visa expires in 2019?

Also, we applied online and I've read from different forums/threads saying differently about form 40SP. I've submitted our application using my personal immi account and I've attached a few documents about my partner's identity (passport/drivers license) but extremely confused about form 40SP. Does he have to fill in this form if we applied online?!

Hope to hear back from you guys soon. Any answer is greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)
Hi HaileyB, apologies i dont know the answer to your question but for our application my partner filled in the form 40SP by hand and then i scanned it in and uploaded to his side of the application (as the sponsor). I cant say for sure if this is the correct thing to do or not though, sorry.

Also - I was not aware that once youve applied for 820/801 you can apply for medicare, can you confirm this is definitely the case? and if so, how would i go about doing that?
thanks
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I've been contacted by the 'sponsorship assessment unit' ('sau' based in WA) requesting my police check. Anyone else get get contacted by SAU and what happened following that contact?

I was travelling for work at the time and wasn't able to apply for my police check until a few days later. AFP said it takes around 15 working days to issue the check but I got notification it was done a day after I applied! Unfortunately it appears to be lost in the post :mad: because I still haven't received it...I have requested a reissue. I'm really impatient to get the process moving now that I've finally heard something.
 

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Hi HaileyB, apologies i dont know the answer to your question but for our application my partner filled in the form 40SP by hand and then i scanned it in and uploaded to his side of the application (as the sponsor). I cant say for sure if this is the correct thing to do or not though, sorry.

Also - I was not aware that once youve applied for 820/801 you can apply for medicare, can you confirm this is definitely the case? and if so, how would i go about doing that?
thanks
A
This is definitely the case. My husband went to the Medicare office a few days after we applied for the 820. He took in the confirmation of 820 application letter generated by the system and his current visa and bridging visa notice even though it still hasn't commenced. He had no problems enrolling. There's a particular form that you fill out - you can probably download it but I picked one up at the office a few days before my husband went in with his documents.
 

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Bridging Visa question! Hello! I have just officially lodged my 801 Partner visa and paid the $7000 and got a receipt. I have called immigration several times before and have spoken with them to confirm that once I lodged this, I would automatically get a bridging visa. My question is, I just paid 15 minutes ago and have not gotten a bridging visa, so how long should I expect to hear about this said bridging visa? My working holiday visa expires on December 2, 2017. I just want to make sure that comes through before then? Also, my boyfriend cannot access his 40sp application online even though I have lodged and paid. Has this happened to anyone? Any info would be great. Thanks guys!
 

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Bridging Visa question! Hello! I have just officially lodged my 801 Partner visa and paid the $7000 and got a receipt. I have called immigration several times before and have spoken with them to confirm that once I lodged this, I would automatically get a bridging visa. My question is, I just paid 15 minutes ago and have not gotten a bridging visa, so how long should I expect to hear about this said bridging visa? My working holiday visa expires on December 2, 2017. I just want to make sure that comes through before then? Also, my boyfriend cannot access his 40sp application online even though I have lodged and paid. Has this happened to anyone? Any info would be great. Thanks guys!
Just so you know it is the 820/801 that you lodged so depending on your circumstances you may not get the 801 for 3 years or more.

My husband got his bridging visa notification the next working day about 8AM in the morning.

How did you pay for the application fee?
 

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I received my bridging visa within minutes, but I did it during the day here in Australia, also with the 40sp, My partners was typed out and signed, then I just loaded on my account but under his name, as he gets 60 pieces under my account. So that's how I did mine. I am not sure thats correct either but I figured if they want it resent they will ask. And I have heard of others doing it that way. As my partner doesn't do much online, so I have uploaded it all.
 

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Hi all,

I applied for my partner visa 820/801 last week, on 1/11/2017 while currently on visa 485 (Post Study Work). DIBP sent me an automatically generated email saying that a BVA will come into effect when my current visa runs out in 4/2019.

I'm aware that people who apply for visa 820/801 are entitled to enrol in Medicare. Does it mean that I can apply for Medicare right away or do I have to wait until my current visa expires in 2019?

Also, we applied online and I've read from different forums/threads saying differently about form 40SP. I've submitted our application using my personal immi account and I've attached a few documents about my partner's identity (passport/drivers license) but extremely confused about form 40SP. Does he have to fill in this form if we applied online?!

Hope to hear back from you guys soon. Any answer is greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)
While some people who apply online compete the sponsor form by hand and upload as a document, this is not the preferred method by DIBP and they are in the process of changing it so no one that applies online can even do that anymore.

Paper forms are intended for paper applications.

If applying online, your partner can either create their own immi account or log in using yours, create a new application, and choose the sponsorship for a partner visa option. Then s/he fills it out online, very similar to the applicant application.

And yes, once an 820/801 has been applied for, you are eligible to apply for Medicare.
 

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Bridging Visa question! Hello! I have just officially lodged my 801 Partner visa and paid the $7000 and got a receipt. I have called immigration several times before and have spoken with them to confirm that once I lodged this, I would automatically get a bridging visa. My question is, I just paid 15 minutes ago and have not gotten a bridging visa, so how long should I expect to hear about this said bridging visa? My working holiday visa expires on December 2, 2017. I just want to make sure that comes through before then? Also, my boyfriend cannot access his 40sp application online even though I have lodged and paid. Has this happened to anyone? Any info would be great. Thanks guys!
Some people get the grant straight away, others in a few hours, others in a few days. If you paid BPAY, don't expect it to go through straight away.
 

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Just to let you all know, in case anyone out there in similar circumstances, worrying and stressing about the waiting time for 820s to be processed (as i was until yesterday) - I just got my 820 granted, within just 7 months of submitting!
I only got the request for health check last thursday, went for the medical the following wednesday (ie two days ago), and within 24 hours, I got an email saying visa granted... So happy and relieved!
best of luck to everyone waiting
 

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Just to let you all know, in case anyone out there in similar circumstances, worrying and stressing about the waiting time for 820s to be processed (as i was until yesterday) - I just got my 820 granted, within just 7 months of submitting!
I only got the request for health check last thursday, went for the medical the following wednesday (ie two days ago), and within 24 hours, I got an email saying visa granted... So happy and relieved!
best of luck to everyone waiting
Wow congrats! That must be such a relief... I applied in July so only a few months after you. I can only dream that mine will be approved that quickly.
 

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It's absolutely ridiculous ... I thought they would never go over 24 months of processing time for the 820 visa...

820 - Temporary visa:
75 per cent of applications processed - 20 months
90 per cent of applications processed - 25 months (!!)
On a positive note if it takes 25 months you would get 820 and 801 at the same time. That is not a bad thing considering the waiting time for the second stage. Therefore someone who waited 25 months would get their 801 before someone who got their 820 in say 15 months.

Sometimes we just need to try to find a positive.
 

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Just to let you all know, in case anyone out there in similar circumstances, worrying and stressing about the waiting time for 820s to be processed (as i was until yesterday) - I just got my 820 granted, within just 7 months of submitting!
I only got the request for health check last thursday, went for the medical the following wednesday (ie two days ago), and within 24 hours, I got an email saying visa granted... So happy and relieved!
best of luck to everyone waiting
Perfect example of how it works... 75% processed in 20 months and you clearly fall into that category. It's a bit annoying to see people keep saying it's a 20-25 month wait according to the website and that's just not true.

Congrats on your visa.
 

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On a positive note if it takes 25 months you would get 820 and 801 at the same time. That is not a bad thing considering the waiting time for the second stage. Therefore someone who waited 25 months would get their 801 before someone who got their 820 in say 15 months.

Sometimes we just need to try to find a positive.
I appreciate that getting the 801/820 at the same time when it goes over the said 24 month period may seem a positive thing for some but in our case and others who applied onshore, it is actually not so much beneficial.
We would rather have the 820 processed pretty quickly so at least we can travel overseas freely without the need to keep applying for exit visa's (bridging visa B)
I have done it twice this year already for my wife and she is getting frustrated not being able to go back to visit her family often let alone the process and costs to do it.
At least with the 820 approved, we can go every month if we wanted to and then just wait for the 801 to be approved.:(
 

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Oh, my dear! This is exactly how I feel! :mad: When we lodged our application, the waiting time was between 12 m - 15m. While I was waiting for a decision for our case, the waiting time has been extended. And of course, I am from "high danger level" country. :(
Have you heard anything from DIBP if not i suggest try contacting them just for a follow up like how i did.

I was in a similar situation as you were as i applied in the same month March 2016 waited for almost 18 months then i contacted my agent he advised that ill need to wait. However i contacted the immigration office in the 1st week of October and on the 2nd week i was granted the 820 visa.

Hope this helps
 
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