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Hello,
Sorry if this is being posted in the wrong place, but I havent had any response in the travel section of this forum.

My Provisional 309 partner visa was granted a few days ago. I am looking to travel to Sydney, from the UK, hopefully at the end of march, to reunite with my girlfriend.
I wanted to ask if anyone knew the protocol on getting a flight. Is it just a case of booking a flight, getting a test before I fly, and hoping that my flight doesn't get cancelled? Or is there a lot more to it than that?

Any advice or info on what anyone else's experiences have been would be really appreciated.

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Hello,
Sorry if this is being posted in the wrong place, but I havent had any response in the travel section of this forum.

My Provisional 309 partner visa was granted a few days ago. I am looking to travel to Sydney, from the UK, hopefully at the end of march, to reunite with my girlfriend.
I wanted to ask if anyone knew the protocol on getting a flight. Is it just a case of booking a flight, getting a test before I fly, and hoping that my flight doesn't get cancelled? Or is there a lot more to it than that?

Any advice or info on what anyone else's experiences have been would be really appreciated.

Thanks
I think they require valid PCR test for 72 hours, also need to fill out Australian Travel Declaration, google it.

Also how long was your process, what was your processing embassy ?
 

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Pre-departure testing
Passengers travelling to Australia must be tested for COVID-19 72 hours or less prior to the scheduled flight departure, and display evidence of a negative test result at the time of check-in. COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is required. Passengers arriving on a green safe travel zone flight are exempt from pre-departure testing requirements. Countries where COVID-19 PCR testing is not reasonably available are also exempt, as determined by the Australian Government.
 

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I’ve been keeping an eye on this forum privately but would like to share my timeline.

Yesterday my 309 and 100 visas were granted. We are absolutely thrilled.

Timeline was:
Visa Lodged: 11th November 2020
RFI: 22nd December 2020
Medical: 8th January 2021
Police Check completed: 12th January 2021
Medical results finalised: 21st January 2021
Visas granted: 2nd February 2021

Application made offshore from the UK. My wife is Australian and here in the UK with me on a spouse visa. We’ve been married nearly 2 years.

I used a registered migration agent from the government website. It adds to the cost but gave me peace of mind.

Just trying to work out the best time to get over now because of Covid, limited flights and hotel quarantine.

Good luck everyone.
 

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Hello friends should 309 visa have to fill declaration form also any one who already take flight and go to sydney can suggest me plz what they do ?? thankyou ..
 

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Hi All,

Do we have a tracker where all the subclass 100/801 are entering their timelines.
I think having a tracker will help people to understand which month is being processed at the moment.
 

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I've been keeping an eye on this forum privately but would like to share my timeline.

Yesterday my 309 and 100 visas were granted. We are absolutely thrilled.

Timeline was:
Visa Lodged: 11th November 2020
RFI: 22nd December 2020
Medical: 8th January 2021
Police Check completed: 12th January 2021
Medical results finalised: 21st January 2021
Visas granted: 2nd February 2021

Application made offshore from the UK. My wife is Australian and here in the UK with me on a spouse visa. We've been married nearly 2 years.

I used a registered migration agent from the government website. It adds to the cost but gave me peace of mind.

Just trying to work out the best time to get over now because of Covid, limited flights and hotel quarantine.

Good luck everyone.
Thanks for sharing. It's great to see yet another application done in under three months. My timeline is somewhat similar, so I'm hoping to hear some good news soon, but of course it could also be forever from now... ah, the fun of awaiting a decision. :D
 

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Pre assessment check email from New Delhi office

Hi Kris,

I did apply in may 2019 and this i believe is just a pre assessment check and i was bit confused on the police check part but now being under lockdown in Victoria thought will ignore the police check as of now and hit the confirm button. Hopefully they come back for Police Check if needed.

Thanks,
Kartheesh
Hi Kartheesh,

I received a similar email from processing office in New Delhi for my Partner's application. We have front loaded all documents expect Police Clearance, which we will do in next 10 days. My question is, does getting this pre assessment notification mean that the application is actively being processed by an officer and we can expect an outcome soon ? The status of my partner application shows Initial Assessment , does any one have any idea what stages are there after initial assessment ? will the application again be put on a long wait queue ?

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Lalith
 

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Pre Assessment checklist notification from New Delhi Office

We are in the same situation. Do not have to support financially because both are working.
Already provided statements regarding relationship and mention all the parts of the criteria but individual things are there too don't know what we have to submit nature of the household...
Applying police checks both me and my partner again....
They mentioned donot re submit the same document which we have already submitted...
I am thinking to write a short statement regarding nature of household.
Please share your opinions.
Thanks
Hi Krisri,

Last week, I received a similar email from processing office in New Delhi for my Partner's application. We have front loaded all documents expect Police Clearance, which we will do in next 10 days. Similar situation again with financials where both are earning and there is no dependency. Did you end up writing a statement explaining the financial situation? My question is, does getting this pre assessment notification mean that the application is actively being processed by an officer and we can expect an outcome soon ? The status of my partner application shows Initial Assessment , does any one have any idea what stages are there after initial assessment ? will the application again be put on a long wait queue ?
Thanks in advance for your reply.

Regards,
Lalith
 

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Hi Kartheesh!

I have also received something similar from the New Delhi office today.

For context, we applied for a 309 in May 2019. I'm also a little confused as to whether we need to add anything else to the application!

The email we received has two attachments
1. s56- Request for more information
This document didn't mention what information they were wanting, it just outlined when and how to upload, warnings about fraudulent documents etc
2. Request details and checklist
This is the document that mentioned it was a pre-assessment checklist and not to upload documents if you already had done so already. Documents that were mentioned in this checklist included (Sponsor form, Form 80, character assessment for applicant and sponsor, evidence of relationship including financial, social, household, commitment)
They basically*mentioned everything except the health check (which has now expired).

We front-loaded everything and if we had only received the pre-assesment*checklist document I wouldn't be worried, but it clearly states in the s56 they need more information to assess our application, but the 2nd document contradicts this by saying it's a preassessment checklist.

They certainly make it confusing! I'm thinking of emailing the CO to tell them all of this information is already in the application. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?*
Hi Sbuggie,

I received a similar email from processing office in New Delhi for my Partner's application. We have front loaded all documents expect Police Clearance, which we will do in next 10 days. My question is, does getting this pre assessment notification mean that the application is actively being processed by an officer and we can expect an outcome soon ? The status of my partner application shows Initial Assessment , does any one have any idea what stages are there after initial assessment ? will the application again be put on a long wait queue ?

Regards,
Lalith
 

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Hi Sbuggie,

I received a similar email from processing office in New Delhi for my Partner's application. We have front loaded all documents expect Police Clearance, which we will do in next 10 days. My question is, does getting this pre assessment notification mean that the application is actively being processed by an officer and we can expect an outcome soon ? The status of my partner application shows Initial Assessment , does any one have any idea what stages are there after initial assessment ? will the application again be put on a long wait queue ?

Regards,
Lalith
If you received a s56 letter and the app status is now Initial Assessment, then your case has definitely been assigned a CO. Once you uploaded the missing Police Check and clicked the "I confirm I have uploaded all the documents" button, the status will automatically change to Further Assessment. As some people say, their visa got granted within 2 months of RFI.
 

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Hi guys,

My de facto partner have just submitted an offshore partner visa 309/100. We have evidence to be granted the direct PR visa without the 2 year wait due to our long-term relationship of 3+ years. She is currently working in Japan and is unable to practically visit Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The visa will be processed in Seoul, South Korea because there is no visa processing facility in Tokyo.

When she gets granted the PR visa, she will have to enter Australia by the initial entry date to "activate" the visa.

According to DHA, the first entry date is generally set at 12 months from the date of visa grant. However, I have seen images of grant letters where the first entry date is set at less than 12 months. I have also read conflicting information from other migration agent websites that the first entry date is set at 12 months from the earliest police/medical check result.

Please advise what would be likely be the case.

Thanks!
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309 Approved USA

My wife's 309 partner visa got approved this morning!!!

Applied: April 12, 2019 (offshore from USA)

Request for further information: 12 August, 2019 (Health Waiver PIC4007)

Responded to Request For More Information (100 pages) September 2019

Health Waiver granted January 2021

Request for further information (new FBI and local police checks because the ones submitted in 2019 had long expired)

Final approval of 309 visa Feb 8 2021

Must enter Australia bu February 2022

We are so glad that after all this waiting we finally have an outcome. Good luck to everyone still waiting!
 

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Hi everyone
We got this RFI yesterday
Sponsor - Character requirements - Australian Federal Police (AFP) clearance National Police Check
Please provide an Australian National Police Certificate for the sponsor with the following aliases:

1- X,x ( my husband exact name and DOB)
2- X,x( his name with different speling but same DOB)
3- X,x ( his name with same speling but different DOB)
4- X,x ( his name with different speling and different DOB) completely different person.
My husband has never changed his name and never used different DOB.
They asked us (AFP) and now we have to fill the forms by using these names and DOBs as the names and DOBs he has used them which is not true. We afraid of the consequences.
Because we do not know the other ones. (3-4)
Why they ask us to do this?what if the other person has criminal records?!!!
 

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309 Applicants in Australia

Hi guys,

I am new to this thread. I am an Australian citizen and my husband's 309 application was submitted in September 2019 in Hong Kong. The status at this stage is still only 'received' although we did receive an email saying that they began processing it sometime last year.

We have never received any RFI, although we did give as much information as we can at the time of submission.

Our case officer refused to communicate with us in terms of where we are at, just continually told us to keep waiting. The issue is I saw on this thread that a few applicants from Hong Kong who applied for the visa at around the same time as us got RFI a few months later and had their visas granted sometime in mid 2020. Does this sound like a concern to anyone?

On top of that, my husband and I travelled to Sydney in March 2020 (before the lockdown) and he has been on visitor visas since then. The department never issued him a visitor visa for more than 3 months although we have sufficient funds in Australia. We have been paying substantive visa charges for applying for a substantive visa while being onshore. His visitor visa is going to expire in early March 2021.

Are there any visa309 applicants currently onshore? What visa are you on? has anyone successfully applied for a bridging visa? The Migration Regulation seems to be suggesting that you cannot apply for a bridging visa unless the substantive visa was applied onshore.

The Department hasn't been helpful / responsive and we are not sure who to write to with regard to this situation which requires the Department to exercise its discretion.

If we try and apply for a bridging visa and it gets refused, does this leave a 'bad mark' on his application?

We are writing to MPs at this stage, hoping for the best. Will be grateful if anyone can shed some light on this.
 

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Hi guys,

I am new to this thread. I am an Australian citizen and my husband's 309 application was submitted in September 2019 in Hong Kong. The status at this stage is still only 'received' although we did receive an email saying that they began processing it sometime last year.

We have never received any RFI, although we did give as much information as we can at the time of submission.

Our case officer refused to communicate with us in terms of where we are at, just continually told us to keep waiting. The issue is I saw on this thread that a few applicants from Hong Kong who applied for the visa at around the same time as us got RFI a few months later and had their visas granted sometime in mid 2020. Does this sound like a concern to anyone?

On top of that, my husband and I travelled to Sydney in March 2020 (before the lockdown) and he has been on visitor visas since then. The department never issued him a visitor visa for more than 3 months although we have sufficient funds in Australia. We have been paying substantive visa charges for applying for a substantive visa while being onshore. His visitor visa is going to expire in early March 2021.

Are there any visa309 applicants currently onshore? What visa are you on? has anyone successfully applied for a bridging visa? The Migration Regulation seems to be suggesting that you cannot apply for a bridging visa unless the substantive visa was applied onshore.

The Department hasn't been helpful / responsive and we are not sure who to write to with regard to this situation which requires the Department to exercise its discretion.

If we try and apply for a bridging visa and it gets refused, does this leave a 'bad mark' on his application?

We are writing to MPs at this stage, hoping for the best. Will be grateful if anyone can shed some light on this.
A 309 grant at the moment would mean having to leave Australia for the decision to be given. Not really an ideal situation.

With the recent change, from 27th February, the grant can be given while onshore in Australia.

I would guess that immigration have been holding most grants, for those onshore, until late February.

This change was mentioned back in November, so decisions from that date, or earlier, might have taken this impending change into account.
 

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A 309 grant at the moment would mean having to leave Australia for the decision to be given. Not really an ideal situation.

With the recent change, from 27th February, the grant can be given while onshore in Australia.

I would guess that immigration have been holding most grants, for those onshore, until late February.

This change was mentioned back in November, so decisions from that date, or earlier, might have taken this impending change into account.
Hi JandE,

Thanks for this. I understand all of these, but he hasn't even been asked to do a police check or anything so I am pretty doubtful that anything will happen in the end of Feb.

My understanding of the new change is only that IF by any chance his visa is granted, he doesn't need to travel offshore in order for the visa to be 'activated' / granted.

However, this doesn't mean exactly 'solve' the step before hand, being offshore partner applicants not being given the same treatment as other onshore partner applicants who would be able to automatically hop on a bridging visa pending outcome of their visas, and that offshore partner visas who are somehow in Australia will need to keep paying money to keep a valid visa.

I wonder how many of us are in this situation at the moment.
 
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