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Hi everyone, silent reader here, I would like to share my experience.

I've lodged my application on 3rd of May 2018, then got a request for AFP check, birth certificate for my child and medical check on 6th of November 2018 by CO. I did the medical check the next day and also submitted my AFP check (I've got the check already). And after around month time on 8th of December I got both 820 and 801 granted! Best Christmas present ever.

Hope for the best for everyone!
That's great news! Congratulations! May I ask which country you are from? Also any idea why both were granted at the same time?

Thank you!
That's a good question too. I wonder about it as well cause the 820/801 granted in 7 months since applied. Probably she had been in long term partner already
 

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That's great news! Congratulations! May I ask which country you are from? Also any idea why both were granted at the same time?

Thank you!
Hi, thank you. I'm from China, the reason both granted is because of long term relationship: with my partner 3 years +, or 2 years + if we have a depended child.

So 801 will be granted immediately after 820 grant.
 

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That's a good question too. I wonder about it as well cause the 820/801 granted in 7 months since applied. Probably she had been in long term partner already
Yes, you are right, we are in a long term relationship, we have a child and been married for 4 years. My child is born in Aus and Aus citizen as well.
 

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Clarification Needed

Hi All,

Need some guidance on the Partner Visa 820.

The case officer has mailed my wife requesting additional details. There is a checklist requesting the following

1) PCC's of 3 countries - Australia, UAE and India. - We have already uploaded this under the section 'Character, Evidence of' in the Applicant document section. Looks like the case officer didn't see that.

2) Birth Certificate - We are going to India next week and we can get this attested by a Public notary in India. Only issue is her birth certificate does not have her initial expanded. However we have found that the India Consulate in Sydney can issue is a Birth Certificate based on the passport. Hope that will be sufficient. Experts please advice.

Do we need to re-upload the PCC's in the Immiaccount under 'Character, Evidence of' and reply back to the CO?

Also how do we contact the case officer? The mail was sent from [email protected].

Also do we need to notify the CO that we are travelling to India on a BVB or is that not required?

A bit nervous. Please guide me.
 

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Hi guys,

I have just got visa 820 grant today. Here is my timeline:

Applied for 820: 05 May 2017
CO request for documents (AFP and Health check - I did it after applying 820 but I was asked to do it again): 01 Nov 2018
Submitted all requested docs: 23 Nov 2018
820 Visa Grant: 13 Dec 2018
 

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Hi guys,

I had applied my visa 820 on 4 April 2018, and yesterday I received email that required me to provide AFP police check and translated national ID.
I have a few question :
1. how we answering their request ? should we attach the requirement on immi account or we reply the email that CO had sent ?
2. aside for the attachment that request a police check and translated national ID, there is other attachment that state

"Information from another person or organisation
In this request we have asked you to provide information from another person or organisation about your health, your ability to satisfy public interest visa criteria (including your character and police history), your English proficiency, or your skills or qualifications. You are allowed to take longer than the period specified above to provide this information to us. You must provide us with evidence, within 28 days after you are taken to have received this letter, that you have requested the information from the other person or organisation. When the other person or organisation gives you the information you must then give it to us as
soon as possible.
If you do not reply within the timeframe specified above your application may be decided without the Department taking any further action to obtain the requested information. If you are unable to provide this information within this time you should contact us using the contact
details provided below."

I am confused with colour part. I have done the medical check up when it is required. And do we need to do IELTS test for applying partner visa ?
Or it is just attachment as explanation for us since it was in different attachment from requested detail?

Thanks for answering.

Regards,

Oktavia Tan
 

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Hi guys,

I had applied my visa 820 on 4 April 2018, and yesterday I received email that required me to provide AFP police check and translated national ID.
I have a few question :
1. how we answering their request ? should we attach the requirement on immi account or we reply the email that CO had sent ?
2. aside for the attachment that request a police check and translated national ID, there is other attachment that state

"Information from another person or organisation
In this request we have asked you to provide information from another person or organisation about your health, your ability to satisfy public interest visa criteria (including your character and police history), your English proficiency, or your skills or qualifications. You are allowed to take longer than the period specified above to provide this information to us. You must provide us with evidence, within 28 days after you are taken to have received this letter, that you have requested the information from the other person or organisation. When the other person or organisation gives you the information you must then give it to us as
soon as possible.
If you do not reply within the timeframe specified above your application may be decided without the Department taking any further action to obtain the requested information. If you are unable to provide this information within this time you should contact us using the contact
details provided below."

I am confused with colour part. I have done the medical check up when it is required. And do we need to do IELTS test for applying partner visa ?
Or it is just attachment as explanation for us since it was in different attachment from requested detail?

Thanks for answering.

Regards,

Oktavia Tan
Answered in the other thread.
 

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Partner Visa 820 Granted

Hi All,

Wanted to share the good news that my wife's partner visa 820 has been granted. It's been one of the most stressful experiences in my life and this forum has given me the support and resources needed to lodge the partner visa.

So some background.

Me and my wife are from India. I got my PR in April 2016 and moved to Sydney in July 2016. Me and my wife met online in a matrimonial forum and I left to Australia. In the meanwhile my wife was processing her skilled independent 189 visa but she didn't get an invite as she had only 65 points and even with 70 points she didn't get a state sponsorship.

We were in a long distance relationship and we decided to get married in April 2017.

So then we got married in April 2017 and we applied for a fast track tourist visa from India. I left to Australia by end of April and she came to Australia in Early May. Her Visitor Visa did not have a 'No Further Stay' condition. We extended her Visa by another 3 months and then lodged the Onshore Partner visa by Oct 2017 (6 months after the wedding).

Got the BVA and then applied the BVB. Got a mail from DHA in October 2018 that the visa has moved up the queue. We applied for a BVB on Dec 2nd 2018 and was granted as we were leaving to India for christmas.

Dec 12th 2018 we get a mail from the CO requesting for more information. We were requested the Birth Certificate and PCC for UAE, Australia and India. We had already uploaded the PCC's and it was missed. So we re-uploaded it last night and put a note to the CO saying we did not have a 'Birth Certificate' but instead uploaded other govt issued documentation from the Government of India including the Voter Id and the Aadhar card certified by a JP.

Guess what we got the grant 10 minutes ago today and I have tears of Joy typing this. It has been an extremely stressful journey in the partner visa process and it is such a relief. We are leaving to India this weekend and now don't have to worry about Bridging Visas.

The other intention of this post is also to notify other Indians that if you don't have a birth certificate, don't fret about it. As long as you can show other government forms of identification you are good! I kept googling for hours on what alternatives we could provided once the CO asked for a birth certificate. That did stress me out the last 3 to 4 days. However we uploaded 3 proofs being the 'Aadhar' card, Voter Id and the NSW Photo ID card.

I did make the documentation extremely robust and had 95/100 documents uploaded. I constantly kept uploading documents till early December this year. All the hard work paid off. We will be applying for the Birth Certificate at the Indian Embassy here for the Aussie citizenship.

Timeline as below.

Tourist Visa granted in India (No NFS condition) : April 2017
Wife in Australia : May 2017
Partner visa 820/801 lodgement : Oct 2017
BVB application : Dec 2017
Generic processing email from DHA : Oct 2018
Co request for additional information : Dec 12th 2018
Partner Visa 820 grant : 17/12/2018!
So a Partner Visa 820 in 14 months is fantastic news to us! Now to plan for our life and long terms plans! We come from India classified as a high risk country.

There was a bit of luck involved as well. Wife's UAE PCC was about to expire by the 25th of December and we re-uploaded it last night and ran the risk of being requested another new UAE PCC if the visa was not granted before 25th. So Yes we got a bit lucky!

Hang in there those who are waiting for the grant. It could arrive at your mailbox any moment.

Cheers
RK
 

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Hi All,

Wanted to share the good news that my wife's partner visa 820 has been granted. It's been one of the most stressful experiences in my life and this forum has given me the support and resources needed to lodge the partner visa.

So some background.

Me and my wife are from India. I got my PR in April 2016 and moved to Sydney in July 2016. Me and my wife met online in a matrimonial forum and I left to Australia. In the meanwhile my wife was processing her skilled independent 189 visa but she didn't get an invite as she had only 65 points and even with 70 points she didn't get a state sponsorship.

We were in a long distance relationship and we decided to get married in April 2017.

So then we got married in April 2017 and we applied for a fast track tourist visa from India. I left to Australia by end of April and she came to Australia in Early May. Her Visitor Visa did not have a 'No Further Stay' condition. We extended her Visa by another 3 months and then lodged the Onshore Partner visa by Oct 2017 (6 months after the wedding).

Got the BVA and then applied the BVB. Got a mail from DHA in October 2018 that the visa has moved up the queue. We applied for a BVB on Dec 2nd 2018 and was granted as we were leaving to India for christmas.

Dec 12th 2018 we get a mail from the CO requesting for more information. We were requested the Birth Certificate and PCC for UAE, Australia and India. We had already uploaded the PCC's and it was missed. So we re-uploaded it last night and put a note to the CO saying we did not have a 'Birth Certificate' but instead uploaded other govt issued documentation from the Government of India including the Voter Id and the Aadhar card certified by a JP.

Guess what we got the grant 10 minutes ago today and I have tears of Joy typing this. It has been an extremely stressful journey in the partner visa process and it is such a relief. We are leaving to India this weekend and now don't have to worry about Bridging Visas.

The other intention of this post is also to notify other Indians that if you don't have a birth certificate, don't fret about it. As long as you can show other government forms of identification you are good! I kept googling for hours on what alternatives we could provided once the CO asked for a birth certificate. That did stress me out the last 3 to 4 days. However we uploaded 3 proofs being the 'Aadhar' card, Voter Id and the NSW Photo ID card.

I did make the documentation extremely robust and had 95/100 documents uploaded. I constantly kept uploading documents till early December this year. All the hard work paid off. We will be applying for the Birth Certificate at the Indian Embassy here for the Aussie citizenship.

Timeline as below.

Tourist Visa granted in India (No NFS condition) : April 2017
Wife in Australia : May 2017
Partner visa 820/801 lodgement : Oct 2017
BVB application : Dec 2017
Generic processing email from DHA : Oct 2018
Co request for additional information : Dec 12th 2018
Partner Visa 820 grant : 17/12/2018!
So a Partner Visa 820 in 14 months is fantastic news to us! Now to plan for our life and long terms plans! We come from India classified as a high risk country.

There was a bit of luck involved as well. Wife's UAE PCC was about to expire by the 25th of December and we re-uploaded it last night and ran the risk of being requested another new UAE PCC if the visa was not granted before 25th. So Yes we got a bit lucky!

Hang in there those who are waiting for the grant. It could arrive at your mailbox any moment.

Cheers
RK
Nice one, congrats. I bet you will enjoy the holidays even more now
 

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Request for country national identification card

Hi, I was hoping someone could offer some advice on my situation :) We received a communication from our case officer requesting additional information - including health check, form 80, police certificate from my partners home country, these are all fine. The other document requested was a national identification card. My partner is from Japan and as far as we both know no such id card exists in Japan. When we filled in the application we selected that my partner does not have a national identification document. We emailed the CO (located in the Philippines?) and we received a generic reply saying just provide all of the document requested. Has anyone else been in this situation/know if a Japanese national identity card does exist?
Any help appreciated! thanks :)

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Contact case officer

Hi Guys!

Long time lurker here, first time poster.

Just had some great news that my 820 has been granted after 11 months waiting :)

However, not to sound ungrateful, but had been hoping to be immediately granted the 801 visa as I've lived with Australian partner here in Aus for last 8 years, and now have a dependant child. Both the request for consideration, plus evidence of this provided in original application.

I know it's not a guarantee, but I was hoping to make contact with the case officer in Jakarta to ask if these circumstances have been considered. However the grant notification comes from a No Reply address, and other than name and position number, there are no contact details for the case officer.

I also filled in Australian Immigration Enquiry Form (can't post link as I'm a new member) but received an automated reply stating that it was only for certain correspondence (820/801 not included).

Any other suggestions on how I might get in touch?
 

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Hi Guys!

Long time lurker here, first time poster.

Just had some great news that my 820 has been granted after 11 months waiting :)

However, not to sound ungrateful, but had been hoping to be immediately granted the 801 visa as I've lived with Australian partner here in Aus for last 8 years, and now have a dependant child. Both the request for consideration, plus evidence of this provided in original application.

I know it's not a guarantee, but I was hoping to make contact with the case officer in Jakarta to ask if these circumstances have been considered. However the grant notification comes from a No Reply address, and other than name and position number, there are no contact details for the case officer.

I also filled in Australian Immigration Enquiry Form (can't post link as I'm a new member) but received an automated reply stating that it was only for certain correspondence (820/801 not included).

Any other suggestions on how I might get in touch?
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/hel...ner-permanent-processing-centres-enquiry-form Try this one. Explain your situation and that you would like to know why you weren't considered as meeting the long term relationship criteria when you supplied evidence of your relationship over the 8 year period. (Just remember time dating doesn't count).
 

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It worked!!

immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/partner-permanent-processing-centres-enquiry-form Try this one.
Thanks a million Skybluebrewer!

I submitted an enquiry through that form too, it may or may not have helped as I just received a reply from the original enquiry.... Along with MY 801 GRANT NOTIFICATION 10 mins later - I couldn't be happier!!

For anyone reading along - it's definitely worth reaching out to the department if you are in a similar situation. That one email has saved me years on the citizenship quest, not to mention the extra worry and data collection :)

For anyone interested, my obligatory timeline:

Applicant From: UK
Working Holiday Grant: 15 October 2010
Enter Australia: 25 January 2011
457 Visa Grant: 9 October 2011
Second 457 Visa Grant: 13 May 2015
Apply for 820/801: 7 February 2018
Sponsor Police Checks Requested: 13 June 2018
PCC's Submitted: 11 July 2018
Applicant Request for PCC / Medical: 21 November 2018
Medical, AU & UK PCC's submitted: 7 December 2019
820 Grant: 7 January 2019
Contacted department via enquiry form: 7 January
Contact made to request reconsideration of immediate 801 grant. This had been requested in original application along with evidence of 8 year de-facto relationship + dependant child.
801 Grant: 9 January 2019
Citizenship: Watch this space :)
 

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Hi everyone, I have a question someone may be able to answer.

My partner and I have recently applied for her 820 visa onshore. She is currently on a tourist visa. The tourist visa says it expires in September but she can only stay for 3 months at a time. Do you know if the bridging visa will start after the 3 months
(in march), or will it start in September?

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Hi everyone, I have a question someone may be able to answer.

My partner and I have recently applied for her 820 visa onshore. She is currently on a tourist visa. The tourist visa says it expires in September but she can only stay for 3 months at a time. Do you know if the bridging visa will start after the 3 months
(in march), or will it start in September?

Thanks!
When the current stay expires. Do a VEVO check for the exact date and the BVA will go into effect the day after that, assuming she hasn't gone offshore and back again to reset the stay period.
 

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When the current stay expires. Do a VEVO check for the exact date and the BVA will go into effect the day after that, assuming she hasn't gone offshore and back again to reset the stay period.
Thanks so much for the response! That is great to know.

Follow up question. We're going to greece in July for a wedding. So if her BVA comes into effect in March. Then we apply for a BVB for July so she can leave and return. When we return will she remain on the bridging visa or will the tourist visa kick in again and reset the period. Confusing situation :p

Thanks for the help!
 

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Thanks so much for the response! That is great to know.

Follow up question. We're going to greece in July for a wedding. So if her BVA comes into effect in March. Then we apply for a BVB for July so she can leave and return. When we return will she remain on the bridging visa or will the tourist visa kick in again and reset the period. Confusing situation :p

Thanks for the help!
If the BVA goes into effect, and she gets a BVB for travel, then when she returns she'll remain on the BVB with the same work conditions as the BVA. The BVB has only a limited window of travel though, so don't confuse still holding a BVB as being able to travel on it (others have made this mistake and paid for it). Always a good idea to print the grant letter and highlight the important dates.
 

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My wife (German) who is currently on a BVA just got an Oz police check request from immi for her 820 (coming from PMV 300). About a 4 month wait.

PMV 300 applied: 29/10/17
PMV 300 granted: 06/01/18

820 applied: 06/09/18
PCC request: 11/01/19
 

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Hi all,

Applied for 820/801 from a PMV 300 visa early last year. Still waiting after a year. Recently received this automated email from immi on the anniversary of the application date of 820/801

"Subject: Your Australian Partner (subclass 820) visa application is progressing

Automated message from the Department of Home Affairs

We are writing to inform you that your application for a Partner visa is in progress. Your application takes time to process as we complete a number of thorough checks."

Does this mean the grant will be coming soon or is it just a generic email sent on the anniversary of applications?
 
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