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I am guessing with processing times of 12+ months they want to make sure you are still together. Maybe they have found that relationships break down and they are not notified.

I wonder if this is going to be something common we will start to see.
 

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Yea, could be.

The CO said he needed ''a little evidence'', from 2014, before he could grant it. So I'd agree that it does basically sound like a request for evidence that we're still together.

Which, given how long it is since we applied, actually makes sense. I'd just not heard of them doing it before.
 

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Yea, could be.

The CO said he needed ''a little evidence'', from 2014, before he could grant it. So I'd agree that it does basically sound like a request for evidence that we're still together.

Which, given how long it is since we applied, actually makes sense. I'd just not heard of them doing it before.
Just a question re this new information. Are you uploading to your immi account or emailing the case officer?

Thinking of getting ahead and uploading updated info now since it's been 14 months and 2 weeks since application.
 

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Hi everyone just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone on this website that has helped me with my application. Yesterday (February 25th) i finally got granted my 820 visa. I applied on April 13th 2014 so it took just over 10 months. About a month ago i got told i was being dealt with in the Perth office, i submitted online from Sydney. Two days ago i went for my medical tests done as requests and a day later it was granted. I cant tell what a relief it is, like a weight has been lifted. To those of you still waiting, hang in there, its worth the wait. Thank you again to everyone that helped me with questions about my application, its much appreciated, and im sure ill be back with more questions about my 801 when it comes round to it. :)
 

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Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful news. Have a glass of bubbly for all of us here. Best wishes to you both as you begin the next stage towards a long and happy life together in Oz. :):):)

Hi everyone just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone on this website that has helped me with my application. Yesterday (February 25th) i finally got granted my 820 visa. I applied on April 13th 2014 so it took just over 10 months. About a month ago i got told i was being dealt with in the Perth office, i submitted online from Sydney. Two days ago i went for my medical tests done as requests and a day later it was granted. I cant tell what a relief it is, like a weight has been lifted. To those of you still waiting, hang in there, its worth the wait. Thank you again to everyone that helped me with questions about my application, its much appreciated, and im sure ill be back with more questions about my 801 when it comes round to it. :)
 

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With the knowledge you've got off the top of your head, I firmly believe DIBP need to hire you very soon :) Thanks for correcting me regarding my previous post.
Ha, thanks. I'm still pondering becoming a migration agent eventually (you can't until you're a permanent resident).

So, just to update on my situation as I described above/last page--in case anyone gets a similar email to the one I received. Immi were indeed looking for evidence from 2014 not more from prior to my application. The CO suggested things like our newer lease agreement, joint bank statements from 2014, and the such like. All very easily done. He also said that registering, even now, would indeed be accepted as evidence.

That said, whilst I am thankful that it's all they're after, I did think it a bit odd. Is it common practice? I kinda thought the only evidence they cared for was that which was from prior to the application.
That IS really interesting. As Mish said, I wonder if we'll start seeing it more. Thanks for coming back and updating us - that is something we don't see very often, and it's good to know it's happening!
 
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Just a question re this new information. Are you uploading to your immi account or emailing the case officer?

Thinking of getting ahead and uploading updated info now since it's been 14 months and 2 weeks since application.
I've been in email contact with the CO, and we're sending the extra information in through the mail. I've not done any part of the application online.
 

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Hi everyone just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone on this website that has helped me with my application. Yesterday (February 25th) i finally got granted my 820 visa. I applied on April 13th 2014 so it took just over 10 months. About a month ago i got told i was being dealt with in the Perth office, i submitted online from Sydney. Two days ago i went for my medical tests done as requests and a day later it was granted. I cant tell what a relief it is, like a weight has been lifted. To those of you still waiting, hang in there, its worth the wait. Thank you again to everyone that helped me with questions about my application, its much appreciated, and im sure ill be back with more questions about my 801 when it comes round to it. :)
Wow!! Congratulations :)

We applied June 2014 so that gives me a bit of hope (although I know better than to get too excited haha!)
 

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Hi everyone just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone on this website that has helped me with my application. Yesterday (February 25th) i finally got granted my 820 visa. I applied on April 13th 2014 so it took just over 10 months. About a month ago i got told i was being dealt with in the Perth office, i submitted online from Sydney. Two days ago i went for my medical tests done as requests and a day later it was granted. I cant tell what a relief it is, like a weight has been lifted. To those of you still waiting, hang in there, its worth the wait. Thank you again to everyone that helped me with questions about my application, its much appreciated, and im sure ill be back with more questions about my 801 when it comes round to it. :)
Thanks fantastic kdc - congratulations!

I'm not too far behind you - 27 April 2014; so hopefully I'll hear from DIBP in 2 weeks. Been nerve-wrecking, especially since majority of the graduate programs here require PR, & this is my last year to apply (18-24months after graduation) :eek:
 

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I hope so too Klikay
 

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I love all these grant posts, good on you guys. Also the two recent 10 month grants give me more encouragement, we just hit the 8 month mark today. If I get lucky as well my visa might be granted as soon as yours, and that's only 2 months away!
 

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I hope so too Klikay
Im checking my inbox every hour now, hoping and praying to get that sacred email from immi lol if the processing time is 10months now, we might be getting our grants next week JP! *wishful thinking*
 
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Yesssa T___T

I am sick being unuseful! Looking at jobs but cant apply anything until this visa granted!!!

Hope we all get it soon! :)))
 
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Hello everyone!

My partner and I were recently granted the PMV visa for him (yippee!) and I'm now trying to completely understand our next steps. I don't know if I've just spent too long sifting through info or if I'm just an idiot, because I still don't really understand how the PMV > Partner Visa process goes. My eyes currently feel like pickled onions, hence why I am asking on here even though I feel a bit silly because it's probably so straightforward.

My understanding is that it works like this:

1. Granted for PMV visa and arrive to Australia
2. Get married in Australia
3. Submit 820/801 application (do they require much additional info?)
4. Stay on 820 visa until 801 is granted. Anywhere from 3-15 months from what I've seen on here and on the immi site.
5. Stay on 801 for two years, relationship is assessed again, and then move to permanent residency.

My understanding is that the 820 is a temporary visa (like a bridging visa?) and that the 801 is permanent.

Do I have this right? I feel so confused!

Thank you everyone! I apologise to anyone who is kind enough to spell this out for me!
 

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Congrats!

You do seem a little confused. The 820 is a temporary visa not like a bridging visa - employers don't like the bridging visa (some do but alot don't).

Here are the steps:
1/ arrive in Australia before must enter date (do not get married before entry)
2/ get married within 9 months of grant
3/ apply for 820 (you don't need as much evidence as a straight 820)
4/ 820 usually approved within a few weeks but we do have a few that have taken a few months or so (reasons unknown)
5/ you will get a letter a few months before you are eligible for the 801 (eligible 2 years after application date of 820)
6/ you will need to gather all your evidence and submit it for 801.
7/ PR is then grant and you can enjoy the life of not collecting evidence!

With the 801 Mark said recently he is seeing more rejections so make sure you keep that evidence. Mark has said to submit the same amount as you would for an 820 (not a PMV to 820 as that doesn't require alot of evidence).

Good luck any questions feel free to ask.
 

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Hello all,

Long time no speak - in saying that I have been lurking and seeing how others have been getting on with their 820/801 visas. Congratulations to everyone on their recent grants!

We are still in the 'waiting room' with regards to our 820 application, which we submitted back in April 2014. After seeing a spate of applications approved after 10 months or so we are quietly optimistic yet extremely nervous! All I can say is when (and if) the 820 visa is granted there will be a massive sigh of relief and a few beers had.

I'll keep you all informed as much as I can, best wishes to those in the same position as ourselves or are about to apply!

James.
 

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Hi James... we know how you're feeling. Ours was over 14 months. If they haven't contacted you, apart from the usual automated email, you have some reason to be optimistic. Keep that beer cold... :):):)
I will Dinkum! :)

Yes, no email aside from the usual automated ones. We did get one informing us our application would be transferred from the Melbourne office to the Perth office mid-January (similar to 'kdc') so we'll see!
 

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Hi Jamesy,

Glad to know you were informed about that! I think It is a good sign :)

I hope Perth office is not overloaded with applications and we all can get the Grants soon!
 

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We applied april 2014 online in Vic too but never got an email apart from the acknowledgement and bridging visa. Is that a good or bad sign? :(
 
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