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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.

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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Hi Nelly, my husband's friend applied at the end of August and got his 820 at the end of October, so it was just two months waiting for him. He lodged his application in Sydney. He got every document ready except Form 80, which I guess he later added. He did not go through 300 but he has been living in Australia for 3-4 years on other visas. And he's from China.

As for me, I'm from Malaysia and I applied for 820 in Sydney in early October. Mine is a decision-ready application as well. I did not go through 300. So far I have only received an email from the department acknowledging that my application is valid, together with the grant of Bridging Visa A, etc.

I'm not worried about anything, really. Soon after my BVA kicked in, I applied for a Tax File Number, and enrolled into Medicare. Currently I'm looking for a job. In terms of visa, there is nothing I can do now except waiting patiently for my 820 because you really don't know how long it will take. When things are beyond my control, I will just let it be.

Here's wishing all of us a smooth journey to 820/801. :)
Hi Just a question did you come to Australia on a tourist visa before filling in 820?
 

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Hi! I have some queries regarding the health assessment.

I Lodged my Onshore Partner Visa application 25th February all done except for my Police Clearance from Philippines which is already in process and the Health Assessment for me and fir my daughter (dependant).
I am currently 37 weeks pregnant and scheduled to give birth really soon.

Me and my 11 year old daughter are both required to do the Health Assessment. Upon clicking on it, it leads to the Emedical page where its asking for medical history. Last questions there asked if the applicant is pregnant or not and the due date.

Questions:

1. Should I answer the Emedical questions now? Or wait until I give birth?

2. After answering the Emedical medical history questions, what will happen? Is that when they will send the Referral Letter for Health Assessment?

3. How long does the emedical Referral letter lasts? Does it have expiration date?

4. How much does the Health Assessment usually cost? What tests were you asked to do?

5. There's a question there: Have you ever been admitted to hospital and/or received medical treatment for an extended period for any reason (including for a major operation or treatment of a psychiatric illness)?
- I had cesarean delivery with my first child and appendectomy several years back. Should I put that on this particular question?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi! I have some queries regarding the health assessment.

I Lodged my Onshore Partner Visa application 25th February all done except for my Police Clearance from Philippines which is already in process and the Health Assessment for me and fir my daughter (dependant).
I am currently 37 weeks pregnant and scheduled to give birth really soon.

Me and my 11 year old daughter are both required to do the Health Assessment. Upon clicking on it, it leads to the Emedical page where its asking for medical history. Last questions there asked if the applicant is pregnant or not and the due date.

Questions:

1. Should I answer the Emedical questions now? Or wait until I give birth?

2. After answering the Emedical medical history questions, what will happen? Is that when they will send the Referral Letter for Health Assessment?

3. How long does the emedical Referral letter lasts? Does it have expiration date?

4. How much does the Health Assessment usually cost? What tests were you asked to do?

5. There's a question there: Have you ever been admitted to hospital and/or received medical treatment for an extended period for any reason (including for a major operation or treatment of a psychiatric illness)?
- I had cesarean delivery with my first child and appendectomy several years back. Should I put that on this particular question?

Thanks in advance!
I wouldn't bother doing the health assessment until you're ready to do the medical. Prices vary. Best to contact the center you plan to attend and ask.
 

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Hi Guys! I just wanted to give an update on my fiancée and my timeline.

I’m Australian he is from USA; he came to australia on a WHV in Dec 2016

Submitted Onshore 820 Spousal: 11 Oct 2017

Request For More Information: 10 Feb 2018 from Australian Embassy in Washington
Required:
-AFP Checks for us both
-FBI clearance for him
-Medical

Submitted all remaining docs: 8th March 2018

Fingers crossed we get an answer soon as it’s been really quick!

Just FYI for all USA applicants; you can now submit the FBI check and pay online through their website and send the fingerprint card in the mail. We did it online, express posted the card and got the clearance within 1 week of posting it. We also went to officeworks and purchased a stamp pad and did the fingerprints ourselves as the NsW police wanted to charge us $50 to take them. We watched a short tutorial on YouTube and sent 3 sets away and it worked fine!!

Good luck to everyone waiting
 

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Hi Guys! I just wanted to give an update on my fiancée and my timeline.

I'm Australian he is from USA; he came to australia on a WHV in Dec 2016

Submitted Onshore 820 Spousal: 11 Oct 2017

Request For More Information: 10 Feb 2018 from Australian Embassy in Washington
Required:
-AFP Checks for us both
-FBI clearance for him
-Medical

Submitted all remaining docs: 8th March 2018

Fingers crossed we get an answer soon as it's been really quick!

Just FYI for all USA applicants; you can now submit the FBI check and pay online through their website and send the fingerprint card in the mail. We did it online, express posted the card and got the clearance within 1 week of posting it. We also went to officeworks and purchased a stamp pad and did the fingerprints ourselves as the NsW police wanted to charge us $50 to take them. We watched a short tutorial on YouTube and sent 3 sets away and it worked fine!!

Good luck to everyone waiting
I'm assuming all these quick turn arounds and grants are due to offshore embassies taking over some of the load. Congrats and good luck guys!
 
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Hi Guys! I just wanted to give an update on my fiancée and my timeline.

I'm Australian he is from USA; he came to australia on a WHV in Dec 2016

Submitted Onshore 820 Spousal: 11 Oct 2017

Request For More Information: 10 Feb 2018 from Australian Embassy in Washington
Required:
-AFP Checks for us both
-FBI clearance for him
-Medical

Submitted all remaining docs: 8th March 2018

Fingers crossed we get an answer soon as it's been really quick!

Just FYI for all USA applicants; you can now submit the FBI check and pay online through their website and send the fingerprint card in the mail. We did it online, express posted the card and got the clearance within 1 week of posting it. We also went to officeworks and purchased a stamp pad and did the fingerprints ourselves as the NsW police wanted to charge us $50 to take them. We watched a short tutorial on YouTube and sent 3 sets away and it worked fine!!

Good luck to everyone waiting
You applied 1 week before us and we got approved 2 business days after we submitted the requested Health/AFP Checks. Partner is from USA as well and our case officer's letters were from Washington DC embassy we noticed. Approval came thru around 7am Sydney time, which is 4pm Washington DC time. Took 4.5 months total from application date to 820 approval - we were amazed and so excited. Good luck! :)
 

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Just update everyone of our visa progress. We were asked yesterday for more information to provide -only AFP on the list. Guess They don’t need other evidence otherwise They would have asked. The email came from the Processing center in Victoria. I live in Victoria and was a surprise to Find out that My visa is processed in Victoria. There was no case officer number just signed as Temporary Partner Processing Center Victoria.
History of application
Applied: 20 th February 2017
Type of application: marriage
Applied onshore
Medicals done upfront
Other police checks included upfront (They are expired now But didn’t leave Australia since applied and wasn’t requested other)
December 2017 sponsor asked for AFP because We put a normal national police Check and They wanted the federal police one
March 2018 asked more information -applicant’s AFP only
Total 12 months and one week So far
Quick question did u mention in your AFP application all your previous adresses you lived at abroad? I haven’t lived at different addresses in Australia just one?
Thank you

Fingers crossed and good Luck to everyone ?
 

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Hi guys , I have a question please. I had filled in my health assessment form more than a year ago but haven’t done the test yet but I have the HAP ID, been waiting 19 months now. Was wondering if I should do my test or wait. And which test do I have to check in to do on the BUPA form? . Can’t find appointments around me but checked in other states and there are openings am in NSW can I do it in another state ?
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Congratulations!!!! Seems like we were in the same boat for sure!! I hope I get an answer by tomorrow that will just be the absolute best weekend present!! 4.5 months is pretty amazing; glad they are sourcing the straight forward apps offshore to get them out of the way quicker.
 

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Yes it seems like the quick ones are all coming from Aus Embassays offshore; the US applicants all seem to be coming out of Washington.

Exciting for us lucky ones with low risk straight forward apps; wishing luck to everyone else still waiting.
 

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Hi guys , I have a question please. I had filled in my health assessment form more than a year ago but haven't done the test yet but I have the HAP ID, been waiting 19 months now. Was wondering if I should do my test or wait. And which test do I have to check in to do on the BUPA form? . Can't find appointments around me but checked in other states and there are openings am in NSW can I do it in another state ?
Thank you
Hi cycy, after 19 months I would definitely get the medical done. The medical is good for a year, and I don't see you waiting a year longer (who knows it may actually help your processing go a little faster!). I would CALL your local BUPA center to schedule an appointment. It may be easier to get in and an actual person on the other line may offer better advice or help. I had to call for my appointment, and it was much less confusing than doing it online. If the call center is too busy, try calling right when they open. Good luck!
 

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Hi All,

Been reading through many pages here and all seems positive. I have had a really quick initial process from application to getting a CO Request. Figured I would share my current process with fingers crossed that the approvals after S56 are consistently quick

Current IMMI Application Status: Further assessment

Living with partner since: September 2016
Applied for 820: 20th September 2017
Completed Initial Forms: October/November 2017
CO contact: 12th February - S56 request AFP & ACRO police clearance and more proof of relationship
Medicals: 16th February 2018
Police Clearances Uploaded: 7th March 2018
 

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Grant!

Hey guys, after nearly 17 months I got my grant. Now to wait until October 20, 2018 when I can apply for permanent residency! To get past the first part is exciting, but here comes the stress of doing it all again. So happy though! Also I live in WA and it was approved by WA. Might be why I was in a long queue. Seems applications being sent offshore are faster!
 
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Hey guys, after nearly 17 months I got my grant. Now to wait until October 20, 2018 when I can apply for permanent residency! To get past the first part is exciting, but here comes the stress of doing it all again. So happy though! Also I live in WA and it was approved by WA. Might be why I was in a long queue. Seems applications being sent offshore are faster!
Congrats! I know it's easier said than done, but try and relax for a few months and not stress too much about 801. Now that you already know what to supply it will go by much smoother I assure you :)

Also, from what I can tell it's only newer applicants that are being sent offshore. Which isn't very fair to many like yourself who've been waiting a long time already! Nonetheless this is still great news and maybe your 801 will process much quicker Cheers!
 
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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
We have received a similar request for further information after submitting 820/801 application and all docs and evidence except Singapore Police Check on October 24 2017. Our email request included 3 attachments, which included the official request (in letter form) plus a Request Checklist and Details and a cover letter.

When we logged into our ImmiAccount, the same documents were in the correspondence area to open, download and save or print. If there are no attachments in your email, check your ImmiAccount and/or email your CO explaining that you don't have the attachments and ask for them to be resent.
 

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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?
We're in a similar situation - submitted application, all evidence and doc.s
except offshore police checks Oct 24 '17, and received a request for offshore police checks first week of March '18.
 

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Hi everyone, I just got my 820 granted yesterday, half way through yay! So I applied on the 13th of Nov 2017, only finished attaching all the documents on mid Jan this year (I was a bit hopeless lol) then received an information needed email on Feb for the national police check from kuala lumpur office, after i attached the AFP i applied for a bridging visa B, got granted it last friday, and then the 820 came yesterday, i was like, can you guys refund my bridging visa fee plz :D
Overall it took them about 4 months which is way quicker than i expected!
 

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This forum has been super helpful with the application process.

We applied on December 19, 2017 and I just received an email from immi asking for the police certificates and the medical examination. Didn't expect such a quick turnaround. I also notice that the processing office is in Kuala Lumpur.

Also just a quick question if anyone knows, if they ask for the police check/medical examination does that mean the documents I provided are sufficient (partner is from Canada so it is a low risk country). Quite anxious!! TIA.
 

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This forum has been super helpful with the application process.

We applied on December 19, 2017 and I just received an email from immi asking for the police certificates and the medical examination. Didn't expect such a quick turnaround. I also notice that the processing office is in Kuala Lumpur.

Also just a quick question if anyone knows, if they ask for the police check/medical examination does that mean the documents I provided are sufficient (partner is from Canada so it is a low risk country). Quite anxious!! TIA.
Technically the only thing a CO has to request is police checks and medicals, but they are usually nice enough to request other missing items from people along with those things.

If they plan on approving your visa based on what you have and you had already submitted the medical and police checks, you probably would have received a grant email instead of a request for those things. Very likely a grant will come soon after you comply so get that stuff in asap!

And yes, the fact that it's processed elsewhere is a positive because your app probably got picked up a lot sooner than it would have been otherwise.
 
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