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Hi Carllai84. I will just give you my contribution to this. When I got a request for more information last month (January 2018) i was surprised that the CO needed more evidence for my case. I used a lawyer to apply in 2016 and they said I had provided sufficient evidence at that time. The request for information looked a copy paste of the initial evidence for the application.- nature of relationship, financial aspect, social aspect..etc. NOTE that I had submitted all these in 2016. So this time i provided an updated and active joint bank statement, my car rego and insurance showing my current address, more recent photos, previous wedding invitations, updated whatsapp communication, I did an Australian stat Dec, partner and his mum did an Australian format stat dec, i wrote a personal statement, i submitted 2 form 888 from different people who didn't submit in the first go, our updated timeshare paid off, future travel plans..etc We gave them more information to prove that our relationship is still genuine and on going. So I would suggest you dig up all the strong evidence you have since you applied and submit to them. It has been 3 weeks since i submitted the evidence and i have now been asked to go for my medical assessment.
So just give them what they want and good luck!
That is an interesting point.

They may be asking for more recent evidence, to prove the relationship is still ongoing, but not wording the question correctly...

Maybe they need feedback on that one..
 

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Hi Everyone!

Very excited to share that we received our 820 grant this morning!

This was our timeline:

OnShore Application from Victoria as DeFacto
Partner from Colombia - High Risk Country


18/06/2017 - Application submitted, we uploaded all of our evidence only missing medical checks and police checks

17/01/2018 - Request for Police Checks, Medical Check and Evidence of sponsors parents citizenship at birth ( this came from the Australian Embassy in Washington DC)

24/02/2018 - Notification of 820 Grant - also came from the Australian Embassy in DC

We were really lucky with a short waiting time. All the best of luck to you all :)
 

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I have received my additional documents request yesterday after only applying on 2nd December 2017. So shocked with how quickly it’s starting to be processed! My CO stated in the email “please respond to me in writing within 28 days to the contact details below” .... what writing am I suppose to be responding to her with? I thought I just have to upload my requested additional documets to my immi account?
Can anyone shed some light on this for me please
 

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Good afternoon all,

My partner and I recieved the amazing news that my 820 visa was granted today at 4pm by the Jakarta office. Im Scottish and my partner is Scottish/Australian.

Our time line is:

We have been together since August 2015.
Started living together in Australia August 2016.
Applied for visa online August 2017.
Request for more information 13th February 2018.
Visa Granted today 27th February.

Very quick process for us i hope everone else has the same luck as us now to wait for the permanent visa in 2 years ?.
 

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Applied for visa online August 2017.
Request for more information 13th February 2018.
Visa Granted today 27th February.

Very quick process for us i hope everone else has the same luck as us now to wait for the permanent visa in 2 years ?.
Make a note to submit the 801 documents around August 2019, two years after the 820 application.

Immigration do not remind us anymore.
 
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Applied for visa online August 2017.
Request for more information 13th February 2018.
Visa Granted today 27th February.

Very quick process for us i hope everone else has the same luck as us now to wait for the permanent visa in 2 years ?.
Make a note to submit the 801 documents around August 2019, two years after the 820 application.

Immigration do not remind us anymore.

Thanks for this handy Info will definitely remember that!!
 

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Hi everyone!

Onwards and Upwards... still celebrating my grant!!

It has been a very looong wait but i'm over the moon at the moment. I have been granted the 820 visa. I'm in Melbourne, partner Aussie & am African...HIGH risk country. Visa lodged onshore and migration lawyer lodged on my behalf. Below is my timeline:

26/06/2016 - Application lodged online with ALL the evidence documents in the checklist minus medical assessment.

***From then, no other documents updated to my application*** until,

20/03/2017- submitted evidence of overseas travel, plus photos of my partner and i with my family.

**No other documents submitted until...

8/01/2018 - Department requests more information indicating i need to submit evidence under the 4 main categories of the checklist i.e. nature of relationship, financial and social aspects..etc..

**Submitted within 3 weeks and then back to WAITING..... Again...

19/02/2018- Department requests for me to undergo medical assessment

*** Couldn't find an earlier date, so on...

24/02/2018 - Went for my medical assessment- (took me 45 mins to complete the 3 checks..WOW! so quick and organised)

And finally the email I have been waiting for...on

27/02/2018 - Notification of 820 Grant - came from Melbourne.

In total it's been 20 months and 1 day of WAITING and unsure of my future in Australia.Now I'm so excited, overwhelmed and thankful.

My Advice: Keep updating the department through uploading more documents (i.e. recent evidence) as soon as you get them. For my case we had evidence since lodging in 2016 but we didn't submit until we were asked in 2018. It would have saved us the hassle and stress of providing the documents on the checklist (already previously submitted in 2016) to prove that our relationship is ongoing. HOWEVER.. every case is different, this may not apply to you. I am providing THIS ADVICE as to how i think may have turned around my case. However i think it was up to the CO to decide on what documents they saw fit to proceed processing MY case!

All the best everyone who has lodged or waiting for the outcome..

Now onto the next stage 2 permanent visa 801 to apply in June 2018.

Hope this detailed timeline helps someone!
 

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Hi everyone!

Onwards and Upwards... still celebrating my grant!!

It has been a very looong wait but i'm over the moon at the moment. I have been granted the 820 visa. I'm in Melbourne, partner Aussie & am African...HIGH risk country. Visa lodged onshore and migration lawyer lodged on my behalf. Below is my timeline:

26/06/2016 - Application lodged online with ALL the evidence documents in the checklist minus medical assessment.

***From then, no other documents updated to my application*** until,

20/03/2017- submitted evidence of overseas travel, plus photos of my partner and i with my family.

**No other documents submitted until...

8/01/2018 - Department requests more information indicating i need to submit evidence under the 4 main categories of the checklist i.e. nature of relationship, financial and social aspects..etc..

**Submitted within 3 weeks and then back to WAITING..... Again...

19/02/2018- Department requests for me to undergo medical assessment

*** Couldn't find an earlier date, so on...

24/02/2018 - Went for my medical assessment- (took me 45 mins to complete the 3 checks..WOW! so quick and organised)

And finally the email I have been waiting for...on

27/02/2018 - Notification of 820 Grant - came from Melbourne.

In total it's been 20 months and 1 day of WAITING and unsure of my future in Australia.Now I'm so excited, overwhelmed and thankful.

My Advice: Keep updating the department through uploading more documents (i.e. recent evidence) as soon as you get them. For my case we had evidence since lodging in 2016 but we didn't submit until we were asked in 2018. It would have saved us the hassle and stress of providing the documents on the checklist (already previously submitted in 2016) to prove that our relationship is ongoing. HOWEVER.. every case is different, this may not apply to you. I am providing THIS ADVICE as to how i think may have turned around my case. However i think it was up to the CO to decide on what documents they saw fit to proceed processing MY case!

All the best everyone who has lodged or waiting for the outcome..

Now onto the next stage 2 permanent visa 801 to apply in June 2018.

Hope this detailed timeline helps someone!
Big congrats, Qween! Thanks for sharing your story with us, I'm sure the additional evidence you uploaded and medical test was worth it :) I hope you enjoy your time here in Oz with your partner. Best of luck for the 801.
 

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Hi everyone!

Onwards and Upwards... still celebrating my grant!!

It has been a very looong wait but i'm over the moon at the moment. I have been granted the 820 visa. I'm in Melbourne, partner Aussie & am African...HIGH risk country. Visa lodged onshore and migration lawyer lodged on my behalf. Below is my timeline:

26/06/2016 - Application lodged online with ALL the evidence documents in the checklist minus medical assessment.

***From then, no other documents updated to my application*** until,

20/03/2017- submitted evidence of overseas travel, plus photos of my partner and i with my family.

**No other documents submitted until...

8/01/2018 - Department requests more information indicating i need to submit evidence under the 4 main categories of the checklist i.e. nature of relationship, financial and social aspects..etc..

**Submitted within 3 weeks and then back to WAITING..... Again...

19/02/2018- Department requests for me to undergo medical assessment

*** Couldn't find an earlier date, so on...

24/02/2018 - Went for my medical assessment- (took me 45 mins to complete the 3 checks..WOW! so quick and organised)

And finally the email I have been waiting for...on

27/02/2018 - Notification of 820 Grant - came from Melbourne.

In total it's been 20 months and 1 day of WAITING and unsure of my future in Australia.Now I'm so excited, overwhelmed and thankful.

My Advice: Keep updating the department through uploading more documents (i.e. recent evidence) as soon as you get them. For my case we had evidence since lodging in 2016 but we didn't submit until we were asked in 2018. It would have saved us the hassle and stress of providing the documents on the checklist (already previously submitted in 2016) to prove that our relationship is ongoing. HOWEVER.. every case is different, this may not apply to you. I am providing THIS ADVICE as to how i think may have turned around my case. However i think it was up to the CO to decide on what documents they saw fit to proceed processing MY case!

All the best everyone who has lodged or waiting for the outcome..

Now onto the next stage 2 permanent visa 801 to apply in June 2018.

Hope this detailed timeline helps someone!
Congrats on your successful application!

I am currently on Bridging Visa (class WC), applying for Partner (Temporary) (class UK) Partner (subclass 820) visa - I lodged all my documents on 26 Jan 2018 and have been waiting since then.
 
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I wanted to share some very exciting news, we just received our 801 grant. We got the 801 immediately as we have been together for over 5 years and we were careful to detail that specifically in our statements.

Timeline below:
UK (low risk) applicant onshore (Ours came from Jakarta embassy)
Applied: Sep 19 2017 (everything incl. police checks front loaded)
Request for medical: 9th Feb 2018
801 Granted: 28th Feb 2018.

I am hoping that this means that the visa processing times are speeding up. I would recommend anyone who has waited an exceptionally long time to call, or email or get in touch with the DBIP by any means to have your story heard. We waited a bit over 5 months in the end.

Best of luck to everyone!
 

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I wanted to share some very exciting news, we just received our 801 grant. We got the 801 immediately as we have been together for over 5 years and we were careful to detail that specifically in our statements.

Timeline below:
UK (low risk) applicant onshore (Ours came from Jakarta embassy)
Applied: Sep 19 2017 (everything incl. police checks front loaded)
Request for medical: 9th Feb 2018
801 Granted: 28th Feb 2018.

I am hoping that this means that the visa processing times are speeding up. I would recommend anyone who has waited an exceptionally long time to call, or email or get in touch with the DBIP by any means to have your story heard. We waited a bit over 5 months in the end.

Best of luck to everyone!
Congrats for your quick grant of 801,
Will you please share your evidence list you provided , would be a great guide

Thx
 

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Hi guys,
am so happy to see many grants going through . I hope someday I will be the one sharing my good news.
We applied for 820 in August of 2016, I had to fulfill a schedule 3, which I did submit since Nov of 2016, haven’t heard anything since then. Am from a high risk country.
I pray someday we will rejoice.
This has put us in a very stressful days but we’re happyto still be alive.
Working on my depression and anxiety.
Congrats guys
 

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Hi Guys,

I DIY the application and always feel that I did not get it done correctly. Here is my current situation and background.

I submitted my 820 onshore application in August 2017 and did the medical in December. The immigration office in Bangkok sent me a checklist for more information on 28 Feb 2018 asking for police certification from Australia, UK and China as well as form 40sp.

At the time when I lodged my application, my husband and I have been in a serious relationship for 7 years, but we have only been married for 2 years and 8 months. Our relationship started in year 12 when we were both in Australia. I then went to UK and we were physically separated, but we visited each other every holiday. My husband moved to UK to accompany me for one year in my last year of uni and we moved back to Australia after my graduation.

My question is whether I need to provide more evidence when the immigration did not ask for them in the checklist. I actually uploaded very little evidence , just photos since high school, flight tickets during the time of separation, and evidence shows we've been living together since 2015 as well as marriage certificate. This makes me very anxious especially seeing many said they've uploaded the maximum of 60. (mine is 10 currently) I did not upload any documents regarding financial aspect of our relationship since both of us are full time student. not much social aspect either since we are pretty much otaku couple that rarely leave our house. No wedding since we simply could not find a time that suits our friends from UK, China and Australia. This seems to be a very long post with many silly questions. Appreciate for any suggestion and advise!!

Thanks
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Hi Y'all - Applied for on-shore 820 back in October 2017 just 4+ months ago and we were requested last week to get medicals and AFP done. We submitted it back through all clean. Partner is from USA. Does it seem then we're weeks away from getting a decision .... instead of the "20 - 24 months?" We were so surprised to hear from Immi after 4 months and no questions about our relationship, just for the health/police check. I then saw today on these boards that people are getting quick turnarounds now?
 

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Only an estimated 15% take 20-24 months. 75% are processed in under 20 months. That means 1-19 months falls into that category so no, it's not unusual. There have been fast turnarounds recently. But some people have also been requested to complete medicals and police checks and waited nearly another year before a decision was made.
 

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This makes me very anxious especially seeing many said they've uploaded the maximum of 60. (mine is 10 currently
Some people upload evidence as single items, others put items together as one file.
We did a bit of both and maybe did about 20 uploads.
I did not upload any documents regarding financial aspect of our relationship since both of us are full time student.
Sometimes you need to upload something to explain why you can't provide some evidences.

Shared finances is a topic that is often talked about, and some people worry when only one is earning. But as long as that one can show they share theirs with the other, then that covers sharing.

You need something to show you are sharing as a couple.
 
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Hey Y'all, FYI - We got APPROVED for our 820 on-shore visa 4.5 months after submission! We applied in late October and granted approved in early March! American citizenship. Case officer only asked for Health Assessment, Medical Check, and verification of name changed by 1 letter from birth certificate vs passport of Aussie partner. We submitted those quickly and then got the approval letter 2 business days later. THANKS to everybody on these boards for coming together as a team to help each other put forth successful Partner Visa applications with our knowledge-sharing :)
 

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Hi Guys need HELP! I am a permanent resident of Australia. I recently got married in India in Dec. My wife is a wildlife biologist and finishing her research work in India. She plans to come to Australia in the month of May end/ June. The question I have is

1) Do I get her to Australia on Tourist Visa (Subclass 600). Also when I apply for tourist visa do I state in the application letter that we plan to file the Subclass 820 Onshore Partner migration Visa. I dont wish to do the offshore partner migration because that would mean she would have to be in India for a loooonggg time and I dont wish that to happen. Please Help!

Another thing which confuses me is that when we apply for onshore partner migration subclass 820 it say that the applicant needs to be onshore when the visa is granted.
How does one time this ... i mean one could be out of the country visiting family or on work etc
 

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Hi!! I'm waiting, too. I'm originally from Michigan, USA, and we didn't do a 300 first--I was in Australia on a work and holiday visa for a few months before we decided to get married. My husband and I have been in a relationship for eight years, so we knew we were going to get married eventually. A work and holiday visa made the most sense when I applied, but a variety of factors ended up changing "the plan" to get married later, so we ended up eloping and applying for this visa.

I applied back in March, but without the police checks or medical completed. I've been having horrible difficulties getting an FBI police check done. Money just left my account for what I hope to be my last application. Hopefully it turns up soon so I can get it in! (My Australian police check came within a week.) When the FBI check shows up, I'll probably go ahead and get my medicals done. I know the results are only good for a year, but as it's been eight months for me now, I doubt it's going to take another full year to process my application--fingers crossed, anyway.

When I was filling out the application I was stressing about having enough evidence and I was really nervous about forgetting something or not including enough. However, months down the track, my only real concern has been about getting this police check in and doing the medical (there's nothing wrong with me that I know about, but I really don't like going to the doctor! Completely irrational, I know). Another worry was about my husband, who is my sponsor, not making enough money as he was in a part-time position when we applied, but he's working full-time now and in a higher wage bracket as well, so no more worries there. As for other evidence, I've gained more confidence in what we turned in and have decided not to let it stress me out so much.

It's so nice to hear from other people who are applying for the same visa as me! I hope everyone gets theirs granted soon.
Hi try writing to this email id for US police clearance status which is being handled by FBI Liaison Liaison <[email protected]>
This email was responding when I had mine done in 2014
 
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