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Hello all,

New to the forum, but with some questions - our agent is hopeless at giving responses :/
We applied Jan 2017 for the 820. My partner is Brazilian. Since the application we had a request for me to provide sponsor police check in October, and nothing more. My questions are:
1) Is there any meaning to the request - i.e. do we have a CO, or being assessed?
2) Is it possible to add documents to the application after? We are planning our wedding so have heaps of new evidence :)
3) We also just bought our house, but were advised to put it solely in my name as he's not a citizen. However, he's still contributing equally to the cost of it. Is anyone else in this boat? I'm a bit concerned as to how this could be interpreted by DIBP, but we can't be the only ones. We had a dual lease agreement prior to this.
4) Is it possible to get an extension to the BVB? His expires April 25 and our honeymoon has us overseas until May 1...

Thanks!
Hi Rezzie,

1. My friend in Melbourne is 19 months waiting now and they have an agent. Nothing heard, not even new police and health check. Only your agent can answer your question if it is being assessed or not. If the police check requested by your agent, no CO and vice versa.
2. It is surely a good idea to add more documents. But since you have an agent, ask the agent for that matter.
3. I have no idea but this is just how i think. DIBP would understand it, he's not a citizen. His contribution is an evidence.
4. I have no idea.

Goodluck

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Hello, I'm a new member here but have been a reader for a long time. Yesterday the immigration sent me an email requesting AFP police check. May I know if I can get this one even if I have been living in Australia for 6 months. I am confused on this statement from the letter "if you are 16 years old or above and have lived in Australia for a total of 12
months or more in the last 10 years (these 12 months are calculated cumulatively and need
not have been consecutive) you need to obtain a 'Complete Disclosure' AFP National Police
Certificate by completing a National Police Check Application Form."

Also, I was given a timeframe of 28 days. Does this mean 28 working days? So I should exclude holidays and weekends from the count? How do you request for extension?

Thank you in advance.

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been waiting 20 months

My partner is from China (high risk) we applied for our 820 last March. At this time it said 18 months, till processing. It is now almost 21 months. She has only recently done her 2nd medical. This is driving me nuts, and seems like there is nothing we can do to expedite the process.
 

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Just starting my journey

I am a new member of the forum and I am so glad I found this. I am starting out on my journey through the dreaded partner visa application process. I am currently living in Australia with my Australian boyfriend on a 6 month Visitor 600 visa. We have just completed the dutiful exit and re-entry to the country after 6 months (Lovely holiday to Cambodia), with 6 months left on my current Visitor Visa. Now we are going to start the process of applying for the 801/820. I am hoping in good time.

I will apply for the first stages of the Partner visa and having read through this forum already, I am comfortable that we will not need an agent.

Any advice or comfort going forward will be a great help.
 

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Waiting since March 2016! I am still on BVA! :(
 

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If I was you I would be hoping that they make the decision after 24 months as then you will be granted the 820 and 801 at the same time and don't need to wait another 12 months or so for the 801.
Thank you. :) Now, fingers are crossed! That would be so good.
 
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Hello, I'm a new member here but have been a reader for a long time. Yesterday the immigration sent me an email requesting AFP police check. May I know if I can get this one even if I have been living in Australia for 6 months. I am confused on this statement from the letter "if you are 16 years old or above and have lived in Australia for a total of 12
months or more in the last 10 years (these 12 months are calculated cumulatively and need
not have been consecutive) you need to obtain a 'Complete Disclosure' AFP National Police
Certificate by completing a National Police Check Application Form."

Also, I was given a timeframe of 28 days. Does this mean 28 working days? So I should exclude holidays and weekends from the count? How do you request for extension?

Thank you in advance.

Xoxo

Aj
I've seen someone else on this forum that was only in Oz for 7 months and was still requested to do the AFP.

If you were specifically asked to do it by the CO, then you should just do it even if it doesn't make sense.

28 days is 28 days, not working days. You should submit proof that you've applied for the check once you do. It might take longer than 28 days to get it but you should still submit proof that you've applied and are waiting on it.

Best of luck your visa comes soon after your upload!
 

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Always liked to check the updates here whilst I was stressing about my visa and to see what was going on with everyone elses, so thought I'd come share my good news story.

Applied for 820 Partner Visa - 12th April 2017
820 Finalised/Approved - 9th Dec 2017.

Never received any kind of update or requests, but I uploaded a ton of information and documents, and did the police checks and medical two weeks after paying for the visa. Happy days!
 

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Hey everyone, my husband and I have been watching this forum for ages, ever since we applied lol Here's a little bit about our experience with applying. We have been waiting since October 26th 2015 (Never used a migration agent). Now we are eligible for 820 aand 801 at the same time unless of course they extend the processing time, again.

The only thing we can really put it down to is that my husband is from Lebanon (maybe it's high risk?), the external agency checks took ages but they must have got the checks back bcz we heard from dibp just before the 24 month mark and they requested a little bit more info (basically updates) and a statement on if we think our relationship will be long term and questions about our household & day to day activities etc. Same questions we were asked originally when we applied. So we got them together (photos, bills, wedding invitations, bank statements, updated police check, statements on our relationship and life together, records of our business we created, records of convos while apart etc.) and certified everything and sent them through, so now we are still waiting. Ours is being processed in WA. Anyone have any experience with WA processing office?

Now we are just past 26 months waiting lol. We will celebrate our 3rd anniversary in January on the 26th which is really exciting :D This has been a long process, we uploaded new things to our immi all throughout this time to keep them updated on what we were up to in our life bcz thats what we saw ppl here advise to do. It's been stressful at times because we have so much planned for our future like owning our first home, business ventures, travel plans and gaining approval from dibp means we can go forth with our plans. So, we have just got to keep waiting (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming) :D

Sorry for the lengthy post lol Also does anyone have any idea of how much longer you think we might have to wait? Did you have to wait a long time to get your grant and how did you cope? We did considered complaining but we really don't think it would have made much difference so i mean we are happy just as long as we are together. We just put it to the back of our minds and we just keep living our life together. Did any of you complain? How was the process and the response? did you feel your application was processed faster afterwards?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, TYIA. :)
 

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Hey everyone, my husband and I have been watching this forum for ages, ever since we applied lol Here's a little bit about our experience with applying. We have been waiting since October 26th 2015 (Never used a migration agent). Now we are eligible for 820 aand 801 at the same time unless of course they extend the processing time, again.

The only thing we can really put it down to is that my husband is from Lebanon (maybe it's high risk?), the external agency checks took ages but they must have got the checks back bcz we heard from dibp just before the 24 month mark and they requested a little bit more info (basically updates) and a statement on if we think our relationship will be long term and questions about our household & day to day activities etc. Same questions we were asked originally when we applied. So we got them together (photos, bills, wedding invitations, bank statements, updated police check, statements on our relationship and life together, records of our business we created, records of convos while apart etc.) and certified everything and sent them through, so now we are still waiting. Ours is being processed in WA. Anyone have any experience with WA processing office?

Now we are just past 26 months waiting lol. We will celebrate our 3rd anniversary in January on the 26th which is really exciting :D This has been a long process, we uploaded new things to our immi all throughout this time to keep them updated on what we were up to in our life bcz thats what we saw ppl here advise to do. It's been stressful at times because we have so much planned for our future like owning our first home, business ventures, travel plans and gaining approval from dibp means we can go forth with our plans. So, we have just got to keep waiting (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming) :D

Sorry for the lengthy post lol Also does anyone have any idea of how much longer you think we might have to wait? Did you have to wait a long time to get your grant and how did you cope? We did considered complaining but we really don't think it would have made much difference so i mean we are happy just as long as we are together. We just put it to the back of our minds and we just keep living our life together. Did any of you complain? How was the process and the response? did you feel your application was processed faster afterwards?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, TYIA. :)
I help with the majority of that I'm afraid but I can share a bit of experience. You don't necessarily need to put off buying a house, I got a mortgage whilst on a BVA.

There was only one lender willing to do so (rates are average, not awful), and my name is fully on it etc etc, as if I were a citizen/resident.
 

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Hey everyone, my husband and I have been watching this forum for ages, ever since we applied lol Here's a little bit about our experience with applying. We have been waiting since October 26th 2015 (Never used a migration agent). Now we are eligible for 820 aand 801 at the same time unless of course they extend the processing time, again.

The only thing we can really put it down to is that my husband is from Lebanon (maybe it's high risk?), the external agency checks took ages but they must have got the checks back bcz we heard from dibp just before the 24 month mark and they requested a little bit more info (basically updates) and a statement on if we think our relationship will be long term and questions about our household & day to day activities etc. Same questions we were asked originally when we applied. So we got them together (photos, bills, wedding invitations, bank statements, updated police check, statements on our relationship and life together, records of our business we created, records of convos while apart etc.) and certified everything and sent them through, so now we are still waiting. Ours is being processed in WA. Anyone have any experience with WA processing office?

Now we are just past 26 months waiting lol. We will celebrate our 3rd anniversary in January on the 26th which is really exciting :D This has been a long process, we uploaded new things to our immi all throughout this time to keep them updated on what we were up to in our life bcz thats what we saw ppl here advise to do. It's been stressful at times because we have so much planned for our future like owning our first home, business ventures, travel plans and gaining approval from dibp means we can go forth with our plans. So, we have just got to keep waiting (Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming) :D

Sorry for the lengthy post lol Also does anyone have any idea of how much longer you think we might have to wait? Did you have to wait a long time to get your grant and how did you cope? We did considered complaining but we really don't think it would have made much difference so i mean we are happy just as long as we are together. We just put it to the back of our minds and we just keep living our life together. Did any of you complain? How was the process and the response? did you feel your application was processed faster afterwards?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, TYIA. :)
Am in the same position, been waiting since 26 October 2015 but ve not had any news on my side.. security checks I guess...
 

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Hi all,

Thanks for all your comments and information and it really helped us alot.

I have applied my wife's application online on 27th of Feb this year.
Submitted everything except my wife's and my(sponsor) police check and health examination as I saw on this thread people recommending to do those when it's been asked.

Did check online status on my wife's immi account every now and then but wasn't really paying much attention as there were many comments that the waiting period time has been extended. I was more checking on updates on this site and thread:D ..

Not too sure what this would be(could be auto generated email) but just received an email yesterday from immigration for requesting all of those checks.

So we've done the police check yesterday both mine and her's and done her medical exam today..
Feel sorry for those who've waited much much longer than us but hopefully this means grant is on the way.
Or maybe it could be just a false alarm:( , even so at least we know that they are doing something.

Will update what's happening if I get any updates.

Wish everyone waiting for any update gets a good news.
Hi,

I just wanted to update our status after the comments that I've made on early Nov.

We have received my wife's grant email on 7th of December.
A month and a day after we received an email for "IMMI s56 Request for More Information"

We have updated all the requested information, Police check for both of us and medical check for my wife, within 10 days except my police check.
My status on my wife's immi account changed to approved after couple of days even before I uploaded my police check and also my attachment section was greyed out so I thought no need for me to provide the police check.

On 7th of December received a phone call from our CO asking for my police check so I sent the information via an email due to unable to attach online, then received a grant email couple of hours later.

I guess only reason it took longer than others would be me fail to upload my police check in time.

Best of luck and wishes to everyone waiting.

PMV applied: 27 Feb 2017
Medical and Police Check requested: 06 Nov 2017
Medicals submitted: 13 Nov 2017
Police checks submitted: 07 Dec 2017
820/801 Stage 1 Granted: 07 Dec 2017
 

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Visa grant just in time for New Year's :)

Applied online 31.12.2016
DIY application (though had an agent look over it before we submitted)
June 2017: generic request for sponsor's police check
August 2017: completed medicals (wasn't requested)
15 December 2017: Request for form 80 from CO
29 December 2017: 820 granted :)

Took them just under 1 year
Low risk country but they still requested form 80 which seems to be the norm now.

Looking forward to 1 year with no visa applications processing, until we start the process for the 801 in December 2018 (until then the waiting times will probably be through the roof).
 

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Visa grant just in time for New Year's :)

Applied online 31.12.2016
DIY application (though had an agent look over it before we submitted)
June 2017: generic request for sponsor's police check
August 2017: completed medicals (wasn't requested)
15 December 2017: Request for form 80 from CO
29 December 2017: 820 granted :)

Took them just under 1 year
Low risk country but they still requested form 80 which seems to be the norm now.

Looking forward to 1 year with no visa applications processing, until we start the process for the 801 in December 2018 (until then the waiting times will probably be through the roof).
Congrats! One piece of advice I will give for the 801 is to scan the evidence as you get it ie. bills, movie tickets etc. It makes it less time consuming when the time comes and then all you need to do evidence wise is merge the files together when it comes time to lodge it.

Interesting enough the 801 waiting times on this forum seem to have reduced at the moment, we are seeing people get them in 11-12 months where previously it was about 14 months. I do wonder if it is because it is Christmas/New Year and they wanted to get some through with all the public holidays and people taking leave.
 

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Congrats! One piece of advice I will give for the 801 is to scan the evidence as you get it ie. bills, movie tickets etc. It makes it less time consuming when the time comes and then all you need to do evidence wise is merge the files together when it comes time to lodge it.

Interesting enough the 801 waiting times on this forum seem to have reduced at the moment, we are seeing people get them in 11-12 months where previously it was about 14 months. I do wonder if it is because it is Christmas/New Year and they wanted to get some through with all the public holidays and people taking leave.
Thank you! That's good advice, we have been scanning (or at least taking photos) of evidence since we submitted for the 820 since it can be quite daunting trying to do it all at once.
That is great news and I hope this trend will will continue until we are eligible for the 801 :)
 

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Congrats! One piece of advice I will give for the 801 is to scan the evidence as you get it ie. bills, movie tickets etc. It makes it less time consuming when the time comes and then all you need to do evidence wise is merge the files together when it comes time to lodge it.

Interesting enough the 801 waiting times on this forum seem to have reduced at the moment, we are seeing people get them in 11-12 months where previously it was about 14 months. I do wonder if it is because it is Christmas/New Year and they wanted to get some through with all the public holidays and people taking leave.
I thought the quick turnarounds were due to the holidays as well, but maybe with Blue. getting their grant after Christmas (and before New Years) this is a good sign? I always assumed holidays ran from Christmas Eve to early January...unless COs take their leaves at different times. Regardless, fast turnarounds for so many members can only be good news!

I hope you enjoy your year in between applying for the 801, Blue., and that you and your partner enjoy the rest of your holidays breathing easy now this hurtle is passed :)
 
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I thought the quick turnarounds were due to the holidays as well, but maybe with Blue. getting their grant after Christmas (and before New Years) this is a good sign? I always assumed holidays ran from Christmas Eve to early January...unless COs take their leaves at different times. Regardless, fast turnarounds for so many members can only be good news!

I hope you enjoy your year in between applying for the 801, Blue., and that you and your partner enjoy the rest of your holidays breathing easy now this hurtle is passed :)
Thank you HRose! Certainly didn't expect the grant mid-holidays or so early in general, but we are very happy to be able to take a deep breath and start 2018 not having the visa application in the back of our minds :) Hope you had a good holiday yourself.
 

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Hi guys,
I've lodged my 820 application on Feb this year, and have just received the s56 request for more information email from the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. I'm not holding my breath for a grant soon but it's good to know that the queue is moving.

I have one question with regards to the police clearance - I was asked to provide a police check for my home country (Taiwan) despite only visiting the place annually and for short periods at a time. I have counted my cumulative days of visit to my home country to be less than 180 days in the past 10 years, which comes down to only 2-3 weeks each year, yet a police check was requested. Most of my visits are 2 weeks, and only on one occasion had I stayed there for more than 1 month in the past 10 years. Could this be a mistake by my CO? Or do they sometimes request it anyway just because they can?

I'd really hate going through the hassle with obtaining it (having to send original passport ID overseas, police check must be picked up in person, must appoint power of attorney..etc) when it is not really required. And I don't believe I'm suspicious on character grounds, been living and working in Australia for 10+ years with no criminal offence and no employment gap.

I've written to the CO for clarification but wonder whether I should get started with my overseas police check anyways in case they still want it. If someone has received a similar request from their CO, could you please shed some light on this matter? Thanks!
 
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