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Hi everyone,
I noticed that there is a waiting room for people waiting on the Onshore Partner visa, but nothing similar (that I could find!) for those of us waiting offshore.
There will be some similarities for both groups, but I thought it might be helpful for those of us waiting offshore to stick together for morale!
We applied 6 weeks ago (and it feels like FOREVER!), and I've been feeling really down in the dumps about being offshore. All I really want is to go home and be closer to my family, and start building our lives together in Aus. I miss home a lot. Unfortunately we can't go home until we have my partner's visa!
We moved from Aus to NZ when my partner's last Aus visa ran out, and we've been essentially waiting here until we can go back home. He's from the UK.
I guess I'm just hoping that there are other people out there who have applied for their 309/100 and might want to keep in touch.
 

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Hi everyone,
I noticed that there is a waiting room for people waiting on the Onshore Partner visa, but nothing similar (that I could find!) for those of us waiting offshore.
There will be some similarities for both groups, but I thought it might be helpful for those of us waiting offshore to stick together for morale!
We applied 6 weeks ago (and it feels like FOREVER!), and I've been feeling really down in the dumps about being offshore. All I really want is to go home and be closer to my family, and start building our lives together in Aus. I miss home a lot. Unfortunately we can't go home until we have my partner's visa!
We moved from Aus to NZ when my partner's last Aus visa ran out, and we've been essentially waiting here until we can go back home. He's from the UK.
I guess I'm just hoping that there are other people out there who have applied for their 309/100 and might want to keep in touch.
Dear Jmac01,

Thanks for the concern for those who are waiting for partner visa 309/100 offshore as you do.
I am one of you, and applied just before 2 weeks, less than you are waiting!!!!!!!

I am in Kenya, my wife and daughter in Brisbane, QLD. I am thirst for their reunification and wanted it to happened as soon as tomorrow, if possible, I know it is not.

I am worse that Kenya is a high risk country.

Wish you soon grant of visa:):)
Hassan
 

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Jmac, the reason is that the process and the experiences vary widely from embassy to embassy. So there are threads for specific embassies so you get information (and can commiserate with) people who are going through the same process as you are. :) For example - the wait for a 309 from Kenya or Pakistan or Bosnia-Herzegovina can be 18 months or longer, but the wait for a 309 from, say, Berlin is more like 6-8 months. And the embassies handle the process very differently. That's why general 309 threads don't tend to last long - people seek out other people going through the same thing as them.

As an example, if you talked to someone applying from the US they'd tell you it was just fine to apply for a visitor visa while you're waiting out the 309, and that your CO will let you know when to get offshore to get your visa granted, and it won't delay it (it's true in almost every embassy). But if that information was given to someone applying through India, they'd risk delaying their application by several months if they didn't time their visitor visa correctly.

Just my two cents! :)
 

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Jmac, the reason is that the process and the experiences vary widely from embassy to embassy. So there are threads for specific embassies so you get information (and can commiserate with) people who are going through the same process as you are. :) For example - the wait for a 309 from Kenya or Pakistan or Bosnia-Herzegovina can be 18 months or longer, but the wait for a 309 from, say, Berlin is more like 6-8 months. And the embassies handle the process very differently. That's why general 309 threads don't tend to last long - people seek out other people going through the same thing as them.

As an example, if you talked to someone applying from the US they'd tell you it was just fine to apply for a visitor visa while you're waiting out the 309, and that your CO will let you know when to get offshore to get your visa granted, and it won't delay it (it's true in almost every embassy). But if that information was given to someone applying through India, they'd risk delaying their application by several months if they didn't time their visitor visa correctly.

Just my two cents! :)
Thanks CollegeGirl. I knew there were embassy-specific forums but nobody seems to apply from New Zealand! So it's kind of sad to be all alone! I was hoping there might be some moral support since we're all offshore, some of the experience may be universal.

Just a question you might be able to help with - now that most applications are online, do the applications still get assigned to an embassy?
 

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Yes, they do still get assigned to an embassy - whichever one is closest to you in most cases.

There really won't be too many universal experiences embassy to embassy, unfortunately, except for the waiting (and even that will be different since some people have two years of waiting while others have six months, and some people can visit their partners while waiting and others can't). When a CO gets assigned varies, whether you get notified of this varies, how long your acknowledgment takes varies, how long processing takes varies, if they tell you how long processing will take varies, IF they stick to their quoted processing times varies, whether processing times are getting slower or looking like they might be getting better varies, which forms you need to provide varies, whether or not a tourist visa during processing could potentially affect your application processing time varies, what requirements they have for proving genuine relationships (to some extent) varies, what sort of marriage ceremony needs to have been had for them to view it as legit can vary, etc. etc. etc. It's insane how different requirements can be from embassy to embassy! Yikes.
 
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Hi!

We are offshore too, I am British and my fiancee is an Aussie, we are applying for the 309 visa.
We are living in Vietnam and applied coming on a month ago now!
Would love to hear about anyone who has applied in Vietnam... I have searched and searched but cant seem to find anyone!! We have already submitted our police checks and our medical check!
 

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Good to hear from you guys!
Bella, where is your partner from? (or you, if you're the one applying for the visa :) ) We are also in the South Island, I'll see if I can figure out how to message you.
Hi Jennie, I haven't heard of anyone applying from Vietnam - it's an unusual situation that we're in too, Aussie/Brit relationship and living in a third country! Looks like we applied at a similar time, so it will be interesting to talk about similarities/differences. We haven't heard anything from IMMI yet, but figured we won't hear anything for a while!

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it will be interesting to see what the time frame is for NZ applications... the subcontractor (?) that processes applications in NZ says on their website that the time frame for the 309 is 12 months, but on the IMMI website it says the time frame is 5 months for low risk countries.
 

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Good to hear from you guys!
Bella, where is your partner from? (or you, if you're the one applying for the visa :) ) We are also in the South Island, I'll see if I can figure out how to message you.
Hi Jennie, I haven't heard of anyone applying from Vietnam - it's an unusual situation that we're in too, Aussie/Brit relationship and living in a third country! Looks like we applied at a similar time, so it will be interesting to talk about similarities/differences. We haven't heard anything from IMMI yet, but figured we won't hear anything for a while!

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it will be interesting to see what the time frame is for NZ applications... the subcontractor (?) that processes applications in NZ says on their website that the time frame for the 309 is 12 months, but on the IMMI website it says the time frame is 5 months for low risk countries.
Ignore that timeframe on the Immi website. It has not been updated for at least two years and is very misleading. There's no low-risk embassy anymore with an average of 5 months processing... I really wish they'd just take that wrong information down.
 

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Hi Jennie, I haven't heard of anyone applying from Vietnam - it's an unusual situation that we're in too, Aussie/Brit relationship and living in a third country! Looks like we applied at a similar time, so it will be interesting to talk about similarities/differences. We haven't heard anything from IMMI yet, but figured we won't hear anything for a while!
Yeah I have struggled to find information on doing it through a third country especially Vietnam!! I would love to hear when you hear back from IMMI.
We submitted everything including medicals and PC on the 13th of July but have not heard from a case officer or anything yet!! Keep me updated with how you get on!!! Good luck!
 

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We've decided to go to australia next month we hope, my husband will use a ETA while he waits for his visa to be approved. Meaning he will have to go offshore every 3 months and visit new zealand i guess. We made this decision very carefully as my mom (some of you may know from previous posts) has cancer and needs our support asap as she is having chemo injections.... my husband did call immigration and they told him it was fine for him to visit australia while he waits out the visa approval.... they told him to use a ETA or whatever to get in. he will most likely have a return ticket to either the US or buy a ticket to new zealand with a 3 month timeframe to get offshore to obey the rules on the ETA.
 

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Sorry to hear about your mum's illness, sharyny. It is good that you are in a position to go to Aus while you wait for the visa! It is hard to be waiting offshore away from family but would be much worse in your situation. I hope she has a speedy recovery and that your partner gets his visa soon :)
 

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Another offshore 309 here~

Applied from USA
Currently in OZ on 12 month, ME ETA

Submitted the application____________ April 20, 2014
Received request for police/medicals____ June 12, 2014
Submitted all police checks_____________ July 31, 2014
Submitted medicals_____________________ August 12, 2014
C.O. assigned____________________________ Nada :D
 

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Another offshore 309 here~

Applied from USA
Currently in OZ on 12 month, ME ETA

Submitted the application____________ April 20, 2014
Received request for police/medicals____ June 12, 2014
Submitted all police checks_____________ July 31, 2014
Submitted medicals_____________________ August 12, 2014
C.O. assigned____________________________ Nada :D
Welcome to the waiting room H.Protagonist :) Although, you applied before me so you've been waiting longer!
I'm impressed you've already had a request for police and medicals. We've heard nothing yet! I assumed that it was the CO who requested them, so it's interesting that you've been asked for them but not had a CO assigned! Best of luck... hope your visa comes through soon :)
 

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Welcome to the waiting room H.Protagonist :) Although, you applied before me so you've been waiting longer!
I'm impressed you've already had a request for police and medicals. We've heard nothing yet! I assumed that it was the CO who requested them, so it's interesting that you've been asked for them but not had a CO assigned! Best of luck... hope your visa comes through soon :)
Hey, Jmac~

Thanks for the welcome. I haven't been waiting tooooo long, but the request for more info was certainly heartening even though a C.O. hasn't yet been assigned. The request for more information letter I got also specifically noted that my application had not been allocated yet, though, so who knows what's going on. :)

I am hopeful that it means I passed initial clicks and it will be processed quickly. I just applied and was granted (almost instantly) a 600 extension on my tourist VISA, so fingers and toes crossed that that speed indicates something bigger in the VISA world like, "This one's good to go! Grant away!"

We'll see how it pans out after I give them the heads up on my new stay situation AND let them know I'm heading to NZ for a trip in a week. Maybe the VISA gods will shine upon me twice and they'll just grant it while I'm there? Wishing you the best of luck as well! Perhaps we'll have an avalanche of grants as Immigration tries to clean their plates before Christmas. :D
 

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I would read about your visa here: Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988). It only allows you to work as crew on a ship. "Offshore" means OUTSIDE Australia (i.e., at sea, on a ship). Can't help on the work or salary. It definitely doesn't allow studying.
 

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Thks a lot!!! But please can I change my visa status to a work visa wen getting to australia.. And please so u know anything about how life on offshore is? Thanks
As College girl has said you can only work on a ship off shore , you would have a basically no prospect of easily changing to a "work " visa. To do that you would need a whole new skilled visa application.
 

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Hey, Jmac~

I am hopeful that it means I passed initial clicks and it will be processed quickly. I just applied and was granted (almost instantly) a 600 extension on my tourist VISA, so fingers and toes crossed that that speed indicates something bigger in the VISA world like, "This one's good to go! Grant away!"
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Haha we are hoping they will say that about us too!
We've been in and out of Australia together about 6 times in the past year, so we are hoping that might help show we are genuine and they will give us a speedy grant!! Of course, it probably doesn't work like that, but we can hope.

No updates from us still, only that we can't upload any documents to our online application at the moment, and we need to upload our NOIM!
 
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