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It seems to me that medical and police check are only valid a year, and that when the visa is granted, you have to enter before the end of validity of your medical and/or police check.

From the booklet (1127.pdf on the immigration website) page 19, it claims that if the processing time goes above 12 months, you will be required more medical exams.

Marjan, if I was you, I would contact the CO at 10 months (after you medical date) in a concise email asking if you will need to redo your medical, and to inquiry about the limit date of entry in case your visa get granted soon.
My sons medicals were refferd and needed more medical information. Only just got a clearance for his medicals 1.5 week ago. Co did say in that same email she would contact us again within 2 weeks about our application. So that would be this week. I hope that this saying we're getting an answer very soon.
But what if we still have to wait longer and need to do medicals all over again will his medicals get refferd again?? Police check is vaild till dec 19th 2013. We applied for the PMV on jan 14th 2013.
 

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@jjferrandis: I assume that means people send their Medical assessment in on average 2.1 months after they've applied? I'm asking because we would like to move to Australia in January 2015 and the Medicals cannot be older than 1 year when you enter Australia. We were thinking mid-late December would be a good time to apply as we assume they would ask for the Medicals at the start of February 2013 which would be perfect. I hope you this isn't confusing you! Haha.

Also, for anyone else like myself that was wondering about the stat dec's when applying to Berlin Embassy, I phoned this morning and she said please do NOT include stat decs when you apply unless they are essential in your application (e.g. You lived with your family and need them to state so). I was told if it were necessary they will ask for the stat decs later in the process and it will not hold up the time frame of your visa being granted.
I really don't understand this. Berlin seems to be the ONLY embassy that thinks stat decs are optional... it's bizarre! I mean... lucky for you folks! The only downside to that is that they probably give you a 28-day time frame to get them back to them once requested, which can be difficult when you're organizing stat decs from other people.
 

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My sons medicals were refferd and needed more medical information. Only just got a clearance for his medicals 1.5 week ago. Co did say in that same email she would contact us again within 2 weeks about our application. So that would be this week. I hope that this saying we're getting an answer very soon.
But what if we still have to wait longer and need to do medicals all over again will his medicals get refferd again?? Police check is vaild till dec 19th 2013. We applied for the PMV on jan 14th 2013.
Marjan, I wouldn't worry. As Sunnysmile said, the CO can extend their validity for a certain period of time, and if your son has only just gone through the referral process, it would make no sense for them to make him do that all over again. I have never heard of them doing that in similar cases, so I think you can relax. :)

When did you do his medical originally? Just wondering how long it took them to clear once they were referred. Referrals were taking 3-4 months, but seem to be moving much more quickly these days.
 

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I really don't understand this. Berlin seems to be the ONLY embassy that thinks stat decs are optional... it's bizarre! I mean... lucky for you folks! The only downside to that is that they probably give you a 28-day time frame to get them back to them once requested, which can be difficult when you're organizing stat decs from other people.
I know...and I think those statements add to your application....I'd actually prefer to submit them but I don't what to annoy them -.-
 

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Marjan, I wouldn't worry. As Sunnysmile said, the CO can extend their validity for a certain period of time, and if your son has only just gone through the referral process, it would make no sense for them to make him do that all over again. I have never heard of them doing that in similar cases, so I think you can relax. :)

When did you do his medical originally? Just wondering how long it took them to clear once they were referred. Referrals were taking 3-4 months, but seem to be moving much more quickly these days.
Good to know that it can be extened.. lil less worry.

We did our medicals on feb 21st this year. In april we recieved a clearance for me and my daughter. But my son his medicals were referred (ADHD and PDD-Nos and goes to a special school). In june i got an email where i got asked to send reports from school and his specialist. I've send these on the 5th of july and on sept 18th i finally recieved his clearance. So from the date he did his medicals till the clearance took close to 7 months.

And about the stat decs.. i did send them with the application anyway.
 

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WOW. That's a long time, even for referred medicals! Yikes.
 

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I know! It was very stressful because i have read it should be close to 4 months. I kinda gave up and figured he wouldnt get a clearance. I have read so many stories about cases with the same "disorders" which didnt get approved. So it came as a big suprise and a happy dance on skype with my partner!
 

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I'm hoping that in my case since we provided them up front with all the documentation from specialists that they could possibly want, and it's been nearly four months without us hearing anything from them, that we'll know soon, either way, whether they're accepting or rejecting me. Who knows, though. I hope we don't have three more months wait ahead of us. :(
 

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I hope so too, The whole visa process is already very stressful and then adding a medical referral which took 7 months.. Sleepless nights really.

Fingers crossed you get your medical clearance very soon!
 

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Thank everybody for the greetings!
We didn't provide any stat decl and we have lived together only for 4 months and got married in the last month before submitting. We had really no joint bank account.. and no social evidence (except few photos with friends and family).
We gave them only 12 photos (well, including those of our previous relationship of 20 years before..we looked so young and cute).
To be very honest, our applications was very "slim" and we were surprised that it was enough for them.

So be positive, Marjan the approval can be just round the corner.
 

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Our application is very slim too, No skype history or facebook chats. Only 15 pictures from the past years. Letters from my brother and parents telling them about us and our relationship.Stat decs from his mum and grandmother and our own letters. And the things from the checklist they wanted. Thats about it. We are in a relationship since december 2008. We hope that says enough about how strong we are as a couple. we have been trough so much, many ups and downs. But we're still together and our relationship is only getting stronger.
 

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I have spoken to my CO on the phone yesterday.

She needs a signature from my ex husband so i can take the kids. I hope to arrange that within a week.
She also said that she will grant us our visa as soon as she gets those papers.

Sooo i'm shocked.. happy.. scared. Omg.
 

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I have spoken to my CO on the phone yesterday. She needs a signature from my ex husband so i can take the kids. I hope to arrange that within a week. She also said that she will grant us our visa as soon as she gets those papers. Sooo i'm shocked.. happy.. scared. Omg.
That's great news Marjan! Hopefully things go smoothly for you :)
 

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I GOT MY 309 VISA GRANTED!!!!
In 5 months and a half time. No Stat. Declaration needed.
I was sitting in my office desk, I saw the mail on my smartphone and I started screaming, jumping and crying like a child...and had nearly a heart attack.
All my workmates were so happy for me and started hugging and kissing me, you know we are italians and very friendly and we cry easily!!
Now it's time to think about the move. And start my new life.
Thank you to all of you !! This forum helped to overcome the sad moments and it's a source of precious information.
I hope that those who are waiting won't wait too long.
God Bless all of you.:)
Congrats with your visa! Great news! How much time did they give you to enter Australia if I may ask? :)
 

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Hello all

I thought my husband and I could throw our hat into the mix as we have also joined the Berlin Embassy visa queue. We applied for a Partner Visa Offshore Temporary (Subclasses 309).

Here are our statistics:

- Wife: Finnish/Australian (dual citizen) (age 27)
- Husband: Swedish (age 34)
- Wifes immediate family all reside in Australia and are citizens
- No previous marriages or children between us
- No criminal records
- Both with strong professional career backgrounds

Application submitted (courier): 25 Sept 2013
Medicals submitted: 25 Sept 2013
Police certs submitted: 25 Sept 2013
Payment taken: 26 Sept 2013

We submitted statutory declarations from both of my parents but decided to err on the side of caution when it came to oversaturating our application with more than was absolutely necessary.

It is likely that I will have to travel to Australia at the end of October for my work.

I have noticed on here that many (but far from all) have been allocated a Berlin embassy CO approximately 10 days after applying. This is of particular interest to me because it is our intent for me to permanently relocate at this time (end of Oct) and (ideally) for my Husband to join me on a tourist visa (unless by some divine miracle we are granted his spouse visa prior to this). This would entail notifying our CO in the interests of transparency and honesty.

Our understanding is that our financial circumstances need to be such that he can display at least 1000 dollars p/month of intended stay. Our hope is that we could show funds that were adequate for a 12 month tourist visa.

Given our ongoing partner visa application, do you believe we would be asked for a security deposit to ensure he left after 12 months? Common sense tells me that they would anticipate us relying on receiving the spouse visa during this 12 month period. I wonder what the ramifications of this process might be.

Also, I wondered if any of you felt that our circumstances in particular placed us in the category of "easy-to-handle" as opposed to "harder-to-handle". In our minds our circumstances are very straight-forward (ha - I laugh as I type this - who would have ever thought after the agony of putting together our application I would now refer to anything relating to visas as "straight-forward"). Perhaps that is a silly question and I am thinking out loud in hopes that this forum would be understanding and supportive.

Good luck to one and all - may we all receive what we so desperately desire!
 

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Hi omamaamansikka - Welcome to the boards. :)

It is definitely very common on these boards for the applicant to visit Australia while their partner visa is processing. DIBP (formerly DIAC) has gotten more and more accustomed to this (and some officers are even recommending it themselves to clients) since processing is taking longer and longer. There are so many people who have done this here I wouldn't even be able to tell you where to start searching for them, but I've been a member of this forum for a year, and I can tell you 1) I have seen it done more times than I can count and 2) I have never, ever seen someone's visa delayed or jeopardized by doing it.

There used to be a concern that the offshore partner visa would be accidentally approved while you were onshore, nullifying it. But now everything is electronic, so they would easily see you were onshore if they went to approve it. And as long as you have notified them in advance (if you don't have a CO yet, it is PERFECTLY fine to just use the general email address for this) there won't be a problem.

I understand wanting to be 100% sure about this with so much at stake. If you do end up sending it to the general e-mail address, you can always call them to verify they received it and that it's okay for you to make the trip.

If they're ready to approve your visa while you're there on a tourist visa, they'll let you know you need to get offshore, and you can go anywhere in the world you want (NZ, Bali, back home, anywhere) as long as it's outside Australia. Let them know when you've booked your flight to leave, and again when you're offshore. Your grant will follow, generally pretty quickly.

You shouldn't have too much trouble getting a tourist visa. Obviously there's no guarantee you'll get 12 months, but it sounds like you're doing everything you can to maximize your chances, and being from a very low-risk country and having already applied for a partner visa is a really big help.
 

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CollegeGirl - were it in my powers to do so I would ensure your visa was granted with immediate effect. You should get paid for the advice and comfort you seem to bring to (at a guess) 100s of forum users.

The notion that we could simply notify Berlin of our intentions to travel without the allocation of a CO has caused spirits in this household to rise this evening.

The idea that a stranger to us would take the time to respond, in detail, to our questions and concerns is so so comforting. I would trawl these forums searching for some sort of insight for months before today finally committing to become a member. Im happy to note that it immediately became worth it!
 

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Awwwwwww, omamaamansikka, that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your kind, kind words. :) If only immigration took other people's opinions into account and I could be with my fiance right this minute. ;) Wednesday marks a year since we've been engaged and waiting on Immigration in one form or another (first for his PR, which took six months to process instead of the six weeks it was supposed to take, and now for my PMV). I've seen him for only two weeks in that year. It's so hard.

I am so glad I was able to make things a little easier tonight for the two of you. That makes me so happy. :)
 
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