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Hello
It has been almost eight weeks since I lodged à partner visa application and a family sponsored tourist application. The maximum time for processing the tourist visa is supposed to be six weeks for someone from my husband's country. They say you can't enquire within that six weeks. But then you can, right? But how? I am prepa red to call with Skype credit and sit on the phone for hours however the Internet reception is so bad here (we are in West Africa) I don't know if it is possible, it will more than likely drop out then it's back to start etc. And the time difference means I have to do it late at night....
Is there any other way? I thought about the feedback form and that takes up to 15 days, supposedly, to get a response.
What's going on with the processing times, is this now the norm because no one can get in touch so the department doesn't worry about the processing times, or is something going on?
Thanks for any insight or just let me know if you're having a similar experience, at least we won't feel like the only ones! !!
Cheers, M and S
 

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Thanks chicken999, I know, it's difficult and devastating. This is the second tourist visa application but I was assured when you have a partner visa application in place as well they are not concerned about the overstaying thing as you obviously won't be risking your partner visa and application fee. But that's good to know. Maybe I should unpack and cancel everything! Our bags are at the door and I'm booked in for medical treatment! Can I ask if you were married and had a PV application in place all three times? Have you had success yet, is your partner in Australia yet? If you are here we should catch up and commiserate some time!
 

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They don't care if you have a partner visa in place. I know of someone who recently lodged a family sponsored tourist visa and has a partner visa application in place and he was rejected as they believed he would not return to his home country.

No-one knows what the outcome will be until it happens but all you can do is wait for the decision and be prepared that it will either be an approval or a rejection there are no guarantees just because there is a partner visa in place.
 

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If you've lodged a partner visa, shouldn't you have received an acknowledgement email and a bridging visa already?
There was an email that acknowledged the application had been lodged. As we live together in Africa he doesn't get bridging visas or anything. We are wanting to leave the kids here for the few months we visit Australia, get everything set up, I have my medical treatment, then return to continue our business here, wait for the outcome on the partner visa and bring the kids back with us to Australia when the PV is approved. That was the plan. He couldn't overstay as his kids will be here, a business he's leaving in someone else's hands, he has work to come back to at the end of the year and we are leaving most of our life and belongings behind here in Africa too!
 

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Leaving the kids behind can work on your favour but only time will tell. One forum member ampk his then fiance had to leave a child behind to get a standard tourist visa.

Please keep us updated regardless of the outcome, it helps to advise future applicants.
 
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