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We have been applying for a PMV 300 since 2nd July 2018 for my fiancee who was in Thailand back then but has been with me since 1st August on a visitor visa until 30 April 2019.
The PMV 300 is incomplete due to difficulties obtaining a police check for her 16 year old son. Now I am planning a trip to get this finished.
My fiancee is also due to have my baby in August :)
I am not sure we would get more approval for a visitor visa as we have told DHA she is pregnant.

However I spoke at length to a very helpful agent from DHA yesterday.
He suggested that as we now have an established relationship we could apply for a PV 820 rather than a PMV 300.
I think this means another $7160 application fee :(
But potentially this could be granted in time for the baby to be delivered in Australia.
Of course the pregnancy puts an additional deadline on this as travel after May will be difficult.

Should we just continue with the PMV 300 or switch to a PV 820?
Would a migration agent be able to give genuine advice as to the likely outcome and timeline?
or is it like so many processes in the immigration minefield - dependent on the CO's discretion?

Must be an important question as this is post 100 for me!! :) :)
I really think you need to consult an RMA and not use this forum for complicated scenarios like this... they can't give you outcome and timeline but they can give you advise how to approach to make your application successful...
DHA agents giving advise is like someone from the forums giving advise, take it with a grain of salt... I don't think the 820 will be granted in time as it generally takes more time... visa grants are luck of the draws..
I've read somewhere that there's a chance a sub300 can be transferred to an 820... but again, consult the RMA...
 

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You've read wrong. A offshore application cannot be changed to a onshore. And in this case they would have to meet the criteria of a 820 not a 300 and that's a massive difference.
And to say a 820 will be granted in a couple of months is rubbish, while there is a chance is not very likely.
I stand corrected... is it one of the other offshore partner visa im thinking of?
 
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