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I provided form 80 as well.i actually thought it was mandatory.

Did you receive a reply for your Covid exemption request?
i applied for my travel exemption approval on 24th March and received a response by 27th March. You will receive a mail mentioning whether an exemption has been considered or not. No other attachment is included on the mail. It said there is no documentation they can provide to guarantee entry in to Aus however the visa system is electronic and details are recorded.

When did you apply for the travel exemption?
I applied on the 8th April for the exemption , I came back from Australia on the 14th of March but my visitor visa was just single entry visa, so it was basically expired and my travel exemption came back as 'unclassified' . But we also requested for our 309 to be granted in the same form since it has been a year since we lodged. But they said 'currently no provision to expedite your partner visa'
That's it. I did not receive any emails or calls from a CO or anyone. It' was just the initial email requesting for health assessment and biometrics. Nothing after that. Btw, did you provide the 80sp form for the 309?
 

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I did not submit the form 1221 as form 80 pretty much covers all which is included on form 1221..
I submitted only the form 80 and case officers did not request for the other :)
Okay. Thanks. I expected this is to be the case.
 

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309 Colombo AHC Stats

I have compiled some statistics of 309 processing performance of the Colombo AHC for the fiscal year 2019/2020 (from 1/7/2019 up to now) based on the information provided by the 309 applicants on Internet forums.

Stats of the processing time is given in months and days.
Percentile points of the distribution: 25%, 50%, 75%, 90%, 95% give the percentage of applications processed in given number of months and days.

Please post your timelines (or the timelines that you know of) for Colombo AHC 309 to improve the accuracy of these stats. Thank you.

DOL Grant TotalDays
1/09/2018 16/09/2019 380
5/10/2018 9/08/2019 308
25/10/2018 29/11/2019 400
19/03/2019 19/08/2019 153
23/04/2019 23/03/2020 335
21/08/2019 30/03/2020 222
8/01/2020 3/04/2020 86

Stats: Months Days
Average: 9 21

Percentile points:
25% 6 3
50% 10 4
75% 11 23
90% 12 23
95% 12 29
 

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In case this is of interest:

Median Times for Partner Visa Stage One Grants:
Processed at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
230 days (7.6 months) in 2017/18 (726 finalised)
262 days (8.6 months) in 2018/19 (635 finalised)
485 days (15.9 months) in the last 6 months of 2019. (216 finalised)

Median Times for Partner Visa Stage Two Grants:
Processed at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
347 days (11.4 months) in 2017/18. (128 finalised)
528 days (17.4 months) in 2018/19. (156 finalised)
501 days (16.5 months) in the last 6 months of 2019. (113 finalised)

Source Home Affairs Foi

Fewer stage 1 grants, and a longer median time in July - Dec 2019.
But more stage 2 grants (on monthly average), with slightly faster times in July - Dec 2019, compared to 2018-19.
 

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Just before I received my 309 and 100 grant I had also applied for exemption to travel. I received the approval 2 days after application. It was an email from the Australian Home Affairs dept saying I was exempt from travel restrictions. However as I received my 309 and 100 grant a day after this approval, travel exemptions were not required for my travel to Aus.

Did you receive a reply for your Covid exemption request?
Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
 

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Hi yes I did! Got to Melb on the 5th April and quarrantined at a hotel till the 18th April. Back home now 🙂

Any news on your Visa?

At the Lankan airport they did ask me which Visa I had. I said I had the permanent residency ( 100 visa) but it was my first entry as PR. They did a quick check with Aus officials if it's ok.for me to enter since it was my first entry as PR. They gave the go ahead and it was fine from that point onwards:)

Just before I received my 309 and 100 grant I had also applied for exemption to travel. I received the approval 2 days after application. It was an email from the Australian Home Affairs dept saying I was exempt from travel restrictions. However as I received my 309 and 100 grant a day after this approval, travel exemptions were not required for my travel to Aus.

Did you receive a reply for your Covid exemption request?
Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
 

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Hi yes I did! Got to Melb on the 5th April and quarrantined at a hotel till the 18th April. Back home now 🙂

Any news on your Visa?

At the Lankan airport they did ask me which Visa I had. I said I had the permanent residency ( 100 visa) but it was my first entry as PR. They did a quick check with Aus officials if it's ok.for me to enter since it was my first entry as PR. They gave the go ahead and it was fine from that point onwards


Just before I received my 309 and 100 grant I had also applied for exemption to travel. I received the approval 2 days after application. It was an email from the Australian Home Affairs dept saying I was exempt from travel restrictions. However as I received my 309 and 100 grant a day after this approval, travel exemptions were not required for my travel to Aus.

Did you receive a reply for your Covid exemption request?
Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
Good to know. No news yet unfortunately
 

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Hopefully they grant it soon! The embassy should grant the offshore spouse visas at least esp with the current situ. did u try contacting the embassy?maybe drop them a mail.

Hi yes I did! Got to Melb on the 5th April and quarrantined at a hotel till the 18th April. Back home now 🙂

Any news on your Visa?

At the Lankan airport they did ask me which Visa I had. I said I had the permanent residency ( 100 visa) but it was my first entry as PR. They did a quick check with Aus officials if it's ok.for me to enter since it was my first entry as PR. They gave the go ahead and it was fine from that point onwards


Just before I received my 309 and 100 grant I had also applied for exemption to travel. I received the approval 2 days after application. It was an email from the Australian Home Affairs dept saying I was exempt from travel restrictions. However as I received my 309 and 100 grant a day after this approval, travel exemptions were not required for my travel to Aus.

Did you receive a reply for your Covid exemption request?
Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
Good to know. No news yet unfortunately
 

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Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
I'm in Melbourne right now on quarantine arrived on 24th May :/ counting days to go fast so i can get to Brisbane soon.

Was a bit paranoid about travelling amidst this situation but everything went smooth and i got a nice decent hotel to stay.

What's new about your situation?
 

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Hi RG123 and tezzie,
Were you able to travel to Aus after your visa grants?
I'm in Melbourne right now on quarantine arrived on 24th May 😕 counting days to go fast so i can get to Brisbane soon.

Was a bit paranoid about travelling amidst this situation but everything went smooth and i got a nice decent hotel to stay.

What's new about your situation?
My husband flew into Aus on his visitor visa the same day the SL airport closed the airport to inbound commercial flights. Now he is unable to exit the country so we will have to apply for another visitor visa to extend his stay here.

Good to know that there are flights still available to come to Aus from SL.
 

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My husband flew into Aus on his visitor visa the same day the SL airport closed the airport to inbound commercial flights. Now he is unable to exit the country so we will have to apply for another visitor visa to extend his stay here.

Good to know that there are flights still available to come to Aus from SL.
I'm glad he managed to be with you. he can apply for a onshore partner visa.
i was suppose to fly on 23rd March but decided to stay back however luckily 5 days after i got my partner visa approved. Otherwise i would have got stuck trying to fly back to get the grant of my partner visa
 

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yeah it now says further assessment, not sure when it changed though. yes we uploaded police clearance and medicals when we lodged application in March 2019.
But we haven't been uploading any additional evidence apart from replying to the RFI...
Hey! Have you received any information regarding your application? Did you receive the email saying it's been one year since you applied and stuff?
It's been a year and a month since I applied for 309 too but I didn't receive an email.
 

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Hey! Have you received any information regarding your application? Did you receive the email saying it's been one year since you applied and stuff?
It's been a year and a month since I applied for 309 too but I didn't receive an email.
Usually you should get an automated email in one year from DOL. Sometimes this can be bit late. You should be able to see a copy of that email under messages in your Immi account. If you have an agent, he/she might have not forwarded that to you.
 

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Hey! Have you received any information regarding your application? Did you receive the email saying it's been one year since you applied and stuff?
It's been a year and a month since I applied for 309 too but I didn't receive an email.
Hey!
no haven't received the one year email either. Its been nearly 14.5 months since our application and no news :(
I wonder if they are still processing 309 visas from Sri Lanka with the lockdown...
 

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Any updates!?
Unfortunately, no much activity from Colombo in May and June. Last 309 grant that I know of was in early April.

I have some stats in the below given post regarding the performance of Colombo AHC in relation to 309. If you know of any other recent 309 grants from Colombo, please post the details.

https://www.australiaforum.com/visas-immigration/15852-spouse-visa-sri-lanka-215.html#post1992199

Have you applied for a 600 and an exemption again. Apparently, you need to apply for a 600 first and then apply for an exemption while linking the exemption request to you your 600 visa application via the reference number. Please update.

I have seen few recent 309 grants from other countries:
https://www.australiaforum.com/visas-immigration/80537-offshore-partner-visa-309-100-waiting-room-410.html#post1994625
 

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no haven't received the one year email either. Its been nearly 14.5 months since our application and no news :(
I wonder if they are still processing 309 visas from Sri Lanka with the lockdown...
I have heard that currently 309 visas are processed onshore due to service disruptions in overseas offices. However, I am not sure whether Colombo has transferred processing to an onshore office.
 

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In case this is of interest:

Median Times for Partner Visa Stage One Grants:
Processed at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
230 days (7.6 months) in 2017/18 (726 finalised)
262 days (8.6 months) in 2018/19 (635 finalised)
485 days (15.9 months) in the last 6 months of 2019. (216 finalised)

Median Times for Partner Visa Stage Two Grants:
Processed at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
347 days (11.4 months) in 2017/18. (128 finalised)
528 days (17.4 months) in 2018/19. (156 finalised)
501 days (16.5 months) in the last 6 months of 2019. (113 finalised)

Source Home Affairs Foi

Fewer stage 1 grants, and a longer median time in July - Dec 2019.
But more stage 2 grants (on monthly average), with slightly faster times in July - Dec 2019, compared to 2018-19.
Thanks for the stats. This gives the median which is a very useful parameter. However, other percentile points of the distribution cannot be derived from this data. If you have access to the raw-data, i.e. the duration of processing for each individual grant, I can integrate this data with my analysis of percentile points. Mainly interested in recent data, grants by Colombo AHC since 1/7/2019.
 
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