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I am trying to get hold of the May and June figures.

I do have a feeling that when this pandemic is over, there will be a lot of visas ready for immediate grant.

It raises an interesting question:

Will immigration issue them all immediately, and risk employment issues, or will they stagger the grants.

Too many new arrivals, at a time when jobs are rare, might not be seen to be a good thing.
Please share the May, June, July figures when you get it.
I hope they dont wait till the pandemic is over to grant visas because it will take 1 more year.
Regarding the risk of increase in unemployment due to too many arrivals depends on the type of skill the new arrivals have. If there is demand for their skills then it will have a positive effect on the economy rather than a negative one.
 

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Regarding the risk of increase in unemployment due to too many arrivals depends on the type of skill the new arrivals have. If there is demand for their skills then it will have a positive effect on the economy rather than a negative one.
I think they are prioritising people with skills, for that reason.

However, with the massive number currently not working, I can't see many in that position.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has revealed the real unemployment rate is 13.3%. The figure is far higher than the headline rate, which doesn't include those Australian workers who have stopped looking for employment during COVID-19

It was 5.1% at the end of 2019, before COVID hit.
 
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I hope they dont wait till the pandemic is over to grant visas because it will take 1 more year.
I think that people might have to be prepared for just that.

The Australian governments are doing as much as possible to cut down the movement of people in and into Australia. Both citizens and foreign nationals.

One of the Premiers used the phrase: " it is important that passengers returning home do not overrun the capacity of NSW Health and hotel quarantine." to explain why they are limiting the numbers of overseas arrivals.

It would seem counter productive to grant offshore visas to allow entry, and block entry at the same time.
 

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hence the couple "bumped off " a plane to make way for 50 busines class passengers paying $30,000 for the fare if report in the mail online is correct ! crazy times !
 

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309 + 100 granted!

Hi all!

Just wanted to share with you the good news that my 309 + 100 was granted today! :)

Application submitted: August 2019
RFI: January 2020
Police check, medical check and additional docs submitted: February 2020
309 + 100 granted: 7 August 2020

Good luck to all of you! :) x
 

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Hi all!

Just wanted to share with you the good news that my 309 + 100 was granted today!


Application submitted: August 2019
RFI: January 2020
Police check, medical check and additional docs submitted: February 2020
309 + 100 granted: 7 August 2020

Good luck to all of you!
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Best news on the thread today. Congratulations! You've given the rest of us hope, thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂
 

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Hi all!

Just wanted to share with you the good news that my 309 + 100 was granted today!


Application submitted: August 2019
RFI: January 2020
Police check, medical check and additional docs submitted: February 2020
309 + 100 granted: 7 August 2020

Good luck to all of you!
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Congratulations! That's amazing! May I know which office you applied from?
 

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Please share the May, June, July figures when you get it.
I hope they dont wait till the pandemic is over to grant visas because it will take 1 more year.
While waiting for the numbers..

Some actual 309 offshore processing times:
Grant Date:
May 2020.
309 Finalised after 11.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?.

June 2020.
309 Finalised after 2.8 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: ?.
309 Finalised after 10.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
309 Finalised after 11.3 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
309 Finalised after 13.2 months. Passport: China. Processed at: ?

July 2020.
309 Finalised after 14.2 months. Passport: India. Processed at: Pretoria .

August 2020.
309 Finalised after 8.8 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: New Zealand.
309 Finalised after 11.8 months. Passport: . Processed at: China Guangzhou.

Compared to Onshore 820's

May 2020.
820 Finalised after 12.2 months, from Indonesia.
820 Finalised after 13.2 months, from UK.
820 Finalised after 13.5 months, from Japan.
820 Finalised after 16.7 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 17.7 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 18.5 months, from Singapore.
820 Finalised after 23.6 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 24.3 months, from UK.

June 2020.
820 Finalised after 3.9 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 4.6 months, from USA.
820 Finalised after 12.1 months, from Hungary.
820 Finalised after 14.9 months, from Philippines.
820 Finalised after 17.4 months, from Solomon Islands.
820 Finalised after 18.7 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 18.9 months, from UK.
820 Finalised after 20.6 months, from UK.

July
820 Finalised after 11 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 11.3 months, from ?.
820 Finalised after 19 months, from Indonesia.
820 Finalised after 22.7 months, from Papua New Guinea.

August
820 Finalised after 7.7 months, from Indonesia.

More onshore ones were granted, (72% of the ones I have seen), but already being onshore makes it easier, with no travel needed. However: The 309s averaged 11 months processing times, while the 820s averaged 15 months.
 

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sorry to bother you but I am concerned about how covid 19 affects the situation as I am an aussie citizen in UK and wish to return next year and my foreign fiancee will apply for a PMV . As I understand it , only OZ citizens can return at present and most are "bumped off" plane if they do not upgrade to business class costing about $30,000 . So have immigration dept given an indefinite extension for visa holders like you to return as that would be fair but right wing governments are not know for being fair or doing anything morally sound ? ( wry smile ) ,. hoping you will comment as I am puzzled after talking to my daughter in W.A who told me about the limited quarantine places and the "bumping off" .
 

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sorry to bother you but I am concerned about how covid 19 affects the situation as I am an aussie citizen in UK and wish to return next year and my foreign fiancee will apply for a PMV . As I understand it , only OZ citizens can return at present and most are "bumped off" plane if they do not upgrade to business class costing about $30,000 . So have immigration dept given an indefinite extension for visa holders like you to return as that would be fair but right wing governments are not know for being fair or doing anything morally sound ? ( wry smile ) ,. hoping you will comment as I am puzzled after talking to my daughter in W.A who told me about the limited quarantine places and the "bumping off" .
Last update at 5 Aug, for WA.
From Sunday, 12 July, Western Australia will receive a maximum of 525 international passengers per week, or about 75 a day, for 4-weeks initially.

That $30,000 air fare example might have been an extreme case. I recall the news story when it was mentioned as "as high as $30,000".

Some others have mentioned paying normal fares. Not sure how an airline can operate at normal rates for so few passengers though.

Immigration should give a COVID extension for visa holders, but not sure if anything is happening like that. I think they are avoiding giving grants, partially to stop people being put in that position.
 

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thanks a lot for your comments and it is a scary situation . I intended to sell my house here in UK this summer and return home to OZ but of course covid 19 changed my plans and especially as an "oldie" and in vulnerable category I guess . My concern is that if I sell house later in year and then book a flight to Perth, I could be "bumped off " the flight and would have to stay in a hotel for a while until I could get a flight at normal economy rate and my hotel costs would be high . As you imply, any citizen returning would have to pay business class . Oh, to be a millionaire and a few divorces put paid to that dream ( smile ) . The amazing thing is that W.A has no covid 19 cases and my daughter was at nightclub with her girlfriends last night where
hundreds of people I suppose . But I guess they want to keep it that way understandably .
 

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sorry to bother you but I am concerned about how covid 19 affects the situation as I am an aussie citizen in UK and wish to return next year and my foreign fiancee will apply for a PMV . As I understand it , only OZ citizens can return at present and most are "bumped off" plane if they do not upgrade to business class costing about $30,000 . So have immigration dept given an indefinite extension for visa holders like you to return as that would be fair but right wing governments are not know for being fair or doing anything morally sound ? ( wry smile ) ,. hoping you will comment as I am puzzled after talking to my daughter in W.A who told me about the limited quarantine places and the "bumping off" .
Last update at 5 Aug, for WA.
From Sunday, 12 July, Western Australia will receive a maximum of 525 international passengers per week, or about 75 a day, for 4-weeks initially.

That $30,000 air fare example might have been an extreme case. I recall the news story when it was mentioned as "as high as $30,000".

Some others have mentioned paying normal fares. Not sure how an airline can operate at normal rates for so few passengers though.

Immigration should give a COVID extension for visa holders, but not sure if anything is happening like that. I think they are avoiding giving grants, partially to stop people being put in that position.
Airlines fares is normal i buy ticket already its expensive but not to much if u buy for late travel than its normal
 

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.lThe amazing thing is that W.A has no covid 19 cases and my daughter was at nightclub with her girlfriends last night where
hundreds of people I suppose . But I guess they want to keep it that way understandably .
That is the positive aspect of border controls, which WA are being very strong with.

People in WA can lead normal lives, albeit cut off from the rest of Australia.
 

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Airlines fares is normal i buy ticket already its expensive but not to much if u buy for late travel than its normal
The issue at that time, and maybe now, was that people booked tickets at normal prices, but just before the flight they were told that business class passengers were being prioritised for seats, and due to the daily limits, there were no seats available for economy passengers. They either missed that flight or upgraded to business class on the day.
 

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Airlines fares is normal i buy ticket already its expensive but not to much if u buy for late travel than its normal
The issue at that time, and maybe now, was that people booked tickets at normal prices, but just before the flight they were told that business class passengers were being prioritised for seats, and due to the daily limits, there were no seats available for economy passengers. They either missed that flight or upgraded to business class on the day.
Oh ok thanks for your help
 

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Is anyone here who is waiting for their 309 to be granted actually in Australia right now? I applied in Aug 2019 from within Canada and my husband (my sponsor) moved to Aus ahead of me while I finished my degree. I came to visit him in March just before coronavirus hit. We decided I should stay in Australia with him rather than risk being separated for a long time. It has been challenging though for him to be working every day so hard to support us while I am legally unable to work. I'm a teacher so I just volunteer right now but we are keen to get our lives moving forward, save money, buy a house, have a baby, etc.

Even if the visa is ready to be granted, there is no way for me to leave the country so they can approve it, not without spending tons of money on flights, quarantine for weeks in hotels, and risk being separated. It seems like such a silly rule that it has to be approved offshore and there is no change in that rule despite the current circumstances.

Is anyone else in this situation? Has anyone gotten the email to leave while they were in Australia during covid and what did you do?
 

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I'm in exact same situation. My visa finishes in December. The department didn't contact me. I applied last year in April for 309/100.
Is anyone here who is waiting for their 309 to be granted actually in Australia right now? I applied in Aug 2019 from within Canada and my husband (my sponsor) moved to Aus ahead of me while I finished my degree. I came to visit him in March just before coronavirus hit. We decided I should stay in Australia with him rather than risk being separated for a long time. It has been challenging though for him to be working every day so hard to support us while I am legally unable to work. I'm a teacher so I just volunteer right now but we are keen to get our lives moving forward, save money, buy a house, have a baby, etc.

Even if the visa is ready to be granted, there is no way for me to leave the country so they can approve it, not without spending tons of money on flights, quarantine for weeks in hotels, and risk being separated. It seems like such a silly rule that it has to be approved offshore and there is no change in that rule despite the current circumstances.

Is anyone else in this situation? Has anyone gotten the email to leave while they were in Australia during covid and what did you do?
 
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