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Has anyone applied for a tourist 600 visa and got accepted during this time?
I did apply around March 10 2020 and received 5 months entry for 600 subclass on 24 April 2020 by submitting all documents and proof on enquiry form too for travel restrictions.

Partner Visa application was lodge on 8th July 2020 and no news yet but received the RFI regarding 40sp online form only on 3rd March 2020.
 

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Has anyone applied for a tourist 600 visa and got accepted during this time?
I did apply around March 10 2020 and received 5 months entry for 600 subclass on 24 April 2020 by submitting all documents and proof on enquiry form too for travel restrictions

Partner Visa application was lodge on 8th July 2020 and no news yet but received the RFI regarding 40sp online form only on 3rd March 2020.
Which country did you apply from?
 

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Sorry for asking so many questions but am really desperate and have been separated from my husband for 4 months.
What visas are currently being processed?
Because so far all I see is 820.. Are there any more kinds? What about 309 grants
 

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Sorry for asking so many questions but am really desperate and have been separated from my husband for 4 months.
What visas are currently being processed?
Because so far all I see is 820.. Are there any more kinds? What about 309 grants
The 820 is an onshore visa, and can be granted easily as there are no travel issues.

The 309 is an offshore visa and normally depend on the local processing office. However, some are still being granted, and actually, in April 2020, they seem faster than pre COVID.

In Apr 2020, 75% took up to 13 months.
In Dec 2019, 75% took up to 16 months.
In Nov 2019, 75% took up to 17 months.

Some of these couples are separated for quite a long time.
 

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Well I found it better to write under one document with different subtitles. Separating the four key areas helped organise information.
Thanks for the reply. I thought it'd be easier this way too. I have a tendency to go off course when I'm writing information, lol so I think it'd be the best option.
 

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Sorry for asking so many questions but am really desperate and have been separated from my husband for 4 months.
What visas are currently being processed?
Because so far all I see is 820.. Are there any more kinds? What about 309 grants
There is a plethora of 820s being granted and a lot of them in as low as 3-4 months. My wife and I have only met for 3 weeks in the past year. It is not fair and it is very hard but staying strong is very important.
 

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There is a plethora of 820s being granted and a lot of them in as low as 3-4 months. My wife I have only met for 3 weeks in the past year. It is not fair and it is very hard but staying strong is very important.
It is a shame that DHA has stopped/reduced 309 grants while 309 holders are entitled (as a rule) to unite with their partners during the international travel ban. It is a laughable but a sad fact that Australian government is penny-pinching on 309s (who have paid dearly for their visas) while bearing huge costs on other initiatives which cannot be condoned.

It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.:(
 
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There is a plethora of 820s being granted and a lot of them in as low as 3-4 months. My wife I have only met for 3 weeks in the past year. It is not fair and it is very hard but staying strong is very important.
It is a shame that DHA has stopped/reduced 309 grants while 309 holders are entitled (as a rule) to unite with their partners during the international travel ban. It is a laughable but a sad fact that Australian government is penny-pinching on 309s (who have paid dearly for their visas) while bearing huge costs on other initiatives which cannot be condoned.

It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.
It is a very sad situation. I left Australia in June last year but still pay my phone bill, rego, insurance, post office locker etc. So basically have been paying for services without using them not knowing it would be this long and I would settle back in with ease. Oh well it's not in our hands.

Another thing that is funny is that they are still accepting new 309 files with new applicants thinking the time taken will be 13-17 months.
 

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It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.:(
Immigration seem pretty good, not hostile, to foreign partners of Australian citizens, where they are dealt with in Australia, ie, the onshore 820s.

The issue for 309s is the offshore processing. Often being done by overseas local staff. Who may be more affected by Covid lockdowns etc.
 
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It is a shame that DHA has stopped/reduced 309 grants while 309 holders are entitled (as a rule) to unite with their partners during the international travel ban. It is a laughable but a sad fact that Australian government is penny-pinching on 309s (who have paid dearly for their visas) while bearing huge costs on other initiatives which cannot be condoned.

It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.:(
90% of Australias Covid-19 cases have come in from overseas or been in contact with someone from overseas. That is the only "sad fact" you need to know. All the other stories you keep posting as facts are pure tripe.

After the [email protected] that the Vic and SA Health departments have just been through in allowing a UK resident into Australia holding an exemption who then got another exemption to leave quarantine after just 1 week in Victoria to travel by air to South Australia who subsequently tested positive on arrival in SA, the Premier has announced that he is banning anyone with a travel exemption from entering the state.

The Australian Government is doing its utmost to protect its people from this virus. If that means stopping granting offshore visas then so be it. The less people coming in from overseas the better i say. The whole world is suffering from Covid-19. Stop being selfish...
 

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It is a shame that DHA has stopped/reduced 309 grants while 309 holders are entitled (as a rule) to unite with their partners during the international travel ban. It is a laughable but a sad fact that Australian government is penny-pinching on 309s (who have paid dearly for their visas) while bearing huge costs on other initiatives which cannot be condoned.

It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.
90% of Australias Covid-19 cases have come in from overseas or been in contact with someone from overseas. That is the only "sad fact" you need to know. All the other stories you keep posting as facts are pure tripe.

After the [email protected] that the Vic and SA Health departments have just been through in allowing a UK resident into Australia holding an exemption who then got another exemption to leave quarantine after just 1 week in Victoria to travel by air to South Australia who subsequently tested positive on arrival in SA, the Premier has announced that he is banning anyone with a travel exemption from entering the state.

The Australian Government is doing its utmost to protect its people from this virus. If that means stopping granting offshore visas then so be it. The less people coming in from overseas the better i say. The whole world is suffering from Covid-19. Stop being selfish...
Tell the applicants who havnt been able to meet their first new born child and have been waiting over 18 months for their visa that they are selfish for wanting to go.

People are depressed and very anxious at the lack of information, left in limbo whilst their medicals and police checks expire and having to pay for new ones. Everything I hear on 309 visas is a rumour, nothing official. It's hard living life like that. Have a bit of compassion.
 

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It is a shame that DHA has stopped/reduced 309 grants while 309 holders are entitled (as a rule) to unite with their partners during the international travel ban. It is a laughable but a sad fact that Australian government is penny-pinching on 309s (who have paid dearly for their visas) while bearing huge costs on other initiatives which cannot be condoned.

It almost looks like the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens who have significantly contributed and contributing to the Australian society.
90% of Australias Covid-19 cases have come in from overseas or been in contact with someone from overseas. That is the only "sad fact" you need to know. All the other stories you keep posting as facts are pure tripe.

After the [email protected] that the Vic and SA Health departments have just been through in allowing a UK resident into Australia holding an exemption who then got another exemption to leave quarantine after just 1 week in Victoria to travel by air to South Australia who subsequently tested positive on arrival in SA, the Premier has announced that he is banning anyone with a travel exemption from entering the state.

The Australian Government is doing its utmost to protect its people from this virus. If that means stopping granting offshore visas then so be it. The less people coming in from overseas the better i say. The whole world is suffering from Covid-19. Stop being selfish...
Easy said when you aren't stuck away from your wife mate
 

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Everything I hear on 309 visas is a rumour, nothing official.
This is the official info:
If you don't have a visa
You can't come to Australia until you have a visa. Apply for a visa and include proof (such as your marriage certificate, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children).

Disruption of services
Some services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19 and a range of services we rely on are increasingly unavailable.

This includes overseas panel doctors, English language testing facilities, biometric collection and paper application lodgement centres.

While these services are unavailable, many applicants cannot meet visa requirements. Applicants will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.
It is pretty clear that COVID is disrupting visa grants. From official sources, not rumours.
I have seen people saying "not to worry, your visa will soon be granted". They are not Official statements, and have become the rumours.

People with special circumstances are getting visas. Quite a number of 309 applicants, with compelling circumstances, are actually going direct to the subclass 100 permanent visa much faster than normal, probably processed in Australia, rather than the overseas local office.

Your comment that "the Australian government is hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens" is plain wrong.

Applicants without compelling circumstances, ie: just the normal separation that most applicants go through, are still having to wait as normal, for their local office to finalise their case. COVID is obviously causing issues for these, along with issues for many other people in the world, including Australians in Australia.

Many people have to wait until this is all over, until they can meet their relatives again, and this includes Australians in Australia, due to State lockdowns, with few exemptions for Australians.
 

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Easy said when you aren't stuck away from your wife mate
And what about the Australians separated from their families in Australia, with no exemptions for state travel?
How can that be blamed on the "Australian government being hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens"?

It is the lockdowns due to the COVID pandemic that is causing this.
 

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Tell the applicants who havnt been able to meet their first new born child and have been waiting over 18 months for their visa that they are selfish for wanting to go.

People are depressed and very anxious at the lack of information, left in limbo whilst their medicals and police checks expire and having to pay for new ones. Everything I hear on 309 visas is a rumour, nothing official. It's hard living life like that. Have a bit of compassion.
Unfortunately the situation regarding all partner visas has been the same for decades, and not just since this Pandemic started. All that has really happened is that the price of the Visa has increased.
The Department's Political overlords view partner visas as a " Cash Cow' and therefore charge as much as they can, and as they have the tacit approval of the electorate, I can see nothing improving in the near future.
I know exactly what it is like to be separated for 18 months, it happened to my wife and myself, it was a very trying time, I would hate to be going through it now with a Pandemic just adding to your misery.
 

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Easy said when you aren't stuck away from your wife mate
And what about the Australians separated from their families in Australia, with no exemptions for state travel?
How can that be blamed on the "Australian government being hostile without compassion towards foreign partners of Australian citizens"?

It is the lockdowns due to the COVID pandemic that is causing this.
I'm not here to argue or debate with anyone and no it's not fair that you can't see your family.
 

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Easy said when you aren't stuck away from your wife mate
I am stuck away from my wife and son mate. They went to visit her family. She could've come back but i told her to stay. Didn't want them getting on a diseased riddled plane.

Edit: Im also enjoying the peace and quiet
 

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I'm not here to argue or debate with anyone and no it's not fair that you can't see your family.
Correct, but it is the fault of the virus, not an Australian government being hostile without compassion towards foreign partners. That is the bit that that I find is an unfair comment, and I disagree with.

The Australian government appear to be granting as many subclass 100 visas, even before the normal 309 waiting times, as they can. I can't see how people can see that as being "without compassion". But at the same time stopping Australians from travelling other states to see their families.
 
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