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Can you add me to the waiting list timeline, please?

I'm an Australian engaged to a Chinese girl whom I met on fb in late 2013.

We have had 2 holidays together in Thailand and Vietnam, then she came to live with me for a year on a WHV. We applied for an offshore PMV (300) in March and since then, I've been to China to stay with her for a wonderful fortnight.

We are finding this delay so cruel and I wish I had ignored the advice of the migration lawyer to apply offshore.
If we had applied onshore, at least we would have been able to be together while waiting.

We're planning to apply for a visitor visa so that she can come to stay for as long as possible and hope we get a long one granted to make it worthwhile to give up her job in China.
I think the timeline is specifically for offshore applications lodged in Washington.
 

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We are in the same position. Applied for PMV June 2017, police checks Jan 2018, medical done April 2018. Not a word from immi. The only email we have received is acknowledgment of our application the day we lodged it. Not even the “application is processing” email a lot of others have received. 13 months, 7K later and nothing... It’s so disheartening
 

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Oops! Sorry, I must belong elsewhere.
I'm sure I've seen a thread for applicants from China. Do a quick search and you'll find it. It's really helpful to be able to follow other peoples journeys through the same embassy. It helps with the anxiety of waiting at least.
 

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I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere (sorry for being a bad searcher) but:
For the 309, if you didn't supply enough evidence that the sponsor can support the applicant or something like that, is a case worker likely to contact you and ask for more info, or just deny the application?
 

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I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere (sorry for being a bad searcher) but:
For the 309, if you didn't supply enough evidence that the sponsor can support the applicant or something like that, is a case worker likely to contact you and ask for more info, or just deny the application?
I think department should ask if they need additional information or if they have any query.
 

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I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere (sorry for being a bad searcher) but:
For the 309, if you didn't supply enough evidence that the sponsor can support the applicant or something like that, is a case worker likely to contact you and ask for more info, or just deny the application?
Please keep me posted if you receive any news from department about visa grant.
 

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Hello All, I have added a couple names, hopefully it is all correct.

December 2016
SwedeinNYC: granted March 2018

January 2017
Rnnomad: granted 26 March 2018

February 2017
AussieNYank: (300?) granted 26 April 2018
Deebs

March 2017
Nicole-PMV300: granted March 2018
Minesapint: granted 26 March 2018
Cardude151
#62Aussie
Redleg33 (309) granted July 2 2018
Oyetoba

April 2017
Mattsfoot (309) granted July 2, 2018
Ella77 (309): granted 26 March 2018
Ronniedee (309) granted July 5 2018
NYCtoAus (309)

May 2017
A+K_OZ (309) granted July 2 2018

June 2017
chnaveedakhtar (309)
AnnainNYC (300)
NYCSYD18
Space_Dog (309)

July 2017
Dannygolucky (309)
Soccerplr

August 2017
Rdtrip (300)
CBR2011

October 2017
JTeam (309)

November 2017
MJAus!2018 (309)
Julzy (300)
ladypilot (309)

December 2017
MzSkeptica (300)

January 2018
Salmon1411 (309) granted July 6 2018
Ozbound3 (309)

March 2018
JaneoOz

April 2018
YankeeAussie (300)
Pyrite
BeeBee2 (309)
esiyah (309)
KTE711 (309)
Hi All,
Just an update on me. I still have received no word for immigration after the initial automated email the day I applied (June 1, 2017). My fiance and I got married a couple of weeks ago (yay!) so I've now requested that my application be changed from a 300 to a 309. I am hoping that the request doesn't put us back at square one as we originally applied almost 14 months ago. The timeline change was a real shock. I was planning on moving to Australia on a tourist visa in a couple of months, thinking that my visa would have to come through soon, but with the timeline changes, not knowing how they'll count my time with the visa change, etc., I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.
The wait continues...
Anna
 

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Hi All,
Just an update on me. I still have received no word for immigration after the initial automated email the day I applied (June 1, 2017). My fiance and I got married a couple of weeks ago (yay!) so I've now requested that my application be changed from a 300 to a 309. I am hoping that the request doesn't put us back at square one as we originally applied almost 14 months ago. The timeline change was a real shock. I was planning on moving to Australia on a tourist visa in a couple of months, thinking that my visa would have to come through soon, but with the timeline changes, not knowing how they'll count my time with the visa change, etc., I'm not sure what I'm going to do now.
The wait continues...
Anna
Sorry, I did also want to say congratulations to everyone who received their visas. I can only imagine how exciting it is to finally get word.
 

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Sorry, I did also want to say congratulations to everyone who received their visas. I can only imagine how exciting it is to finally get word.
And just like that, I got an email from Home Affairs yesterday. When I posted my "Notice of Changes in Circumstances" to my ImmiAccount about getting married, I had requested in it that my visa application be changed from prospective spouse to spouse. Five days later, Home Affairs emailed me saying that I could not be granted a prospective spouse visa because we had gotten married. It suggested that I request my visa be changed. It also said that the change would not affect my current timeline (whatever that may be).

It was amazing to finally hear from them after 14 months. On the other hand, the letter I received was a bit confusing about what exactly they needed from me (since I thought I had already made the request) and how to properly get it to them. I wrote a separate letter that I attached to my ImmiAccount and emailed back to Home Affairs making the request again. Hopefully, that will do the trick.

I don't know if I heard from them because our situation needed to be addressed or because they're moving into reviews of June 2017 applications. Hopefully more applicants will hear from them soon. Continued good luck to everyone!
 

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Working while on 309......

Thanks MJAus!2018. We submitted the application in April 2018, submitted medical checks May 2018. Currently no movement. I called Immigration in Australia and they couldn't offer an explanation for the increase in waiting times. They said one option would be if my husband got sponsored by a company for work in Australia, and then he could work there while the application is processing, but he'd have to leave the country for when the decision is made.
Super frustrating and depressing. I did want to be back in Australia with my little one and husband by mid next year.
Hey, I have been watching this website for about 3 months. My husband is Aussie, and I am American. We have been married for 16 years with 2 children both Aussie citizen by descent. We applied Sept 2017 and we have heard not a thing. I have supplied all the clearances and medical which are going to expire come Oct. Anyhow, I just wanted to say that we also contacted immigration and we were told that if I (USA citizen) wanted to come and be sponsored on a work visa while waiting we would be forced to withdraw our 309 app. We contacted a migration agent as well for clarification, and he stated the same. Just thought you should double check that information you received before you have to withdraw and lose your app fee. :)
 

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Hey, I have been watching this website for about 3 months. My husband is Aussie, and I am American. We have been married for 16 years with 2 children both Aussie citizen by descent. We applied Sept 2017 and we have heard not a thing. I have supplied all the clearances and medical which are going to expire come Oct. Anyhow, I just wanted to say that we also contacted immigration and we were told that if I (USA citizen) wanted to come and be sponsored on a work visa while waiting we would be forced to withdraw our 309 app. We contacted a migration agent as well for clarification, and he stated the same. Just thought you should double check that information you received before you have to withdraw and lose your app fee. :)
Never heard of that before. Did you get that in writing?
 

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never heard that before...

Never heard of that before. Did you get that in writing?
SKybluebrewer... I spoke with immigration and then I contacted a migration agent with an office in the states. He stated when i asked about the waiting times "you would be better withdrawing your 309 visa and reapplying as skilled migrant worker" I asked why and he stated "you can not have two visas processing at the same time with the except of an ETA visa or a 600 visa".

To be honest we are actually considering this option. My husbands mom is ill and she wants us to come home, and we are wasting precious time. IF you have heard differently or know where they got it wrong...please let me know I really don't want to lose 7000.
 

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SKybluebrewer... I spoke with immigration and then I contacted a migration agent with an office in the states. He stated when i asked about the waiting times "you would be better withdrawing your 309 visa and reapplying as skilled migrant worker" I asked why and he stated "you can not have two visas processing at the same time with the except of an ETA visa or a 600 visa".

To be honest we are actually considering this option. My husbands mom is ill and she wants us to come home, and we are wasting precious time. IF you have heard differently or know where they got it wrong...please let me know I really don't want to lose 7000.
Calling immigration isn't ever a good idea. They very often give incorrect answers, often directly contradicted by their own website. And they're not responsible for what you do with the information they give you either.

I already know that information from that agent is incorrect because I know plenty of people (and one personally) that have applied for and been granted WHVs after partner visa applications with no issues, then had the partner visa granted later on, and that's not an ETA or 600.

I've never read about anyone being forced to withdraw a partner visa app because they applied for another visa, but I could be wrong.

Personally, I would have asked an Australian based RMA for immigration matter relating to Australia. Why not create your own thread and see the responses you get?
 

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Jkbs,
I'm so discouraged and sad to see your timeline. We have been married 10 years and 3 children all Australian citizens by decent. We applied April 2018 and was hoping to move June 2019. The more and more I read the more I don't know if we will be even close to that. It's so frustrating. I hope you hear soon. Looking forward to seeing your updates.
 

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Hey, I have been watching this website for about 3 months. My husband is Aussie, and I am American. We have been married for 16 years with 2 children both Aussie citizen by descent. We applied Sept 2017 and we have heard not a thing. I have supplied all the clearances and medical which are going to expire come Oct. Anyhow, I just wanted to say that we also contacted immigration and we were told that if I (USA citizen) wanted to come and be sponsored on a work visa while waiting we would be forced to withdraw our 309 app. We contacted a migration agent as well for clarification, and he stated the same. Just thought you should double check that information you received before you have to withdraw and lose your app fee. :)
Hi there - just wanted to chime in and strongly encourage you to double check this with someone in Australia. I spoke with my company's immigration team, DHA help line, and a lawyer in Australia, all who told me I could be sponsored on a 457 (now TSS) visa as long as it was completely processed by the time my 309 visa was "in progress." It's true you can't have two visas in progress at the same time, so it really depends on when you submitted and where you think you are in the timeline. With this new 21-26 month timeline, I'm likely going to get a WHV in the next month or two then transition onto a TSS when I get to Australia.
 

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The thing to realize is that if the 309 is granted, you need to immediately withdraw any other application still pending a decision or risk that visa being granted and overriding the partner visa.
 
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