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So I've always used this forum for information for our partner visa journey. If you have found yourself here, I hope you don't bother reading elsewhere.

I just happened to start perusing other forums and Australian partner visas popped up. Turns out, those other forums are full of some serious misinformation, most recently someone claims a 300 wouldn't be done by any reputable agent because it's the least secure visa option, whatever that means, and requires the same amount of evidence as a de facto visa including living together (also not true). And then another where the OP was told that any person can only have one visa processing at any given time, so applying for a visitor visa while a partner visa is in process cancels the partner visa application (again, not true).

Moral of the story, use the forums as a tool but not as the final line. Be smart about what you read and feel free to ask for proof of claims (at least here regulations are often quoted or links supplied). Remember, these are for sharing other experiences but what worked for one might not work for another. And if you want to be absolutely certain, hire a professional RMA that you've researched is a genuine agent.

I comment here frequently but the majority of the time, it's answering a question that immigration has already answered or listed on the visa website that someone either failed to read or forgot that they read it. The rest of the time is sharing my experience but again, what worked for me may not for you.
 

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Internet forums and social media are awash with incorrect information and crazy rumours about Australian visas and migration. Unfortunately everybody is an expert nowadays. I deal with this sort of misinformation on a regular basis. Just about everybody seems to have friend or a cousin who was granted a visa in 2 weeks without meeting any of the requirements. Oh, and the agent only charged them 50 bucks!
 

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So I've always used this forum for information for our partner visa journey. If you have found yourself here, I hope you don't bother reading elsewhere.

I just happened to start perusing other forums and Australian partner visas popped up. Turns out, those other forums are full of some serious misinformation, most recently someone claims a 300 wouldn't be done by any reputable agent because it's the least secure visa option, whatever that means, and requires the same amount of evidence as a de facto visa including living together (also not true). And then another where the OP was told that any person can only have one visa processing at any given time, so applying for a visitor visa while a partner visa is in process cancels the partner visa application (again, not true).

Moral of the story, use the forums as a tool but not as the final line. Be smart about what you read and feel free to ask for proof of claims (at least here regulations are often quoted or links supplied). Remember, these are for sharing other experiences but what worked for one might not work for another. And if you want to be absolutely certain, hire a professional RMA that you've researched is a genuine agent.

I comment here frequently but the majority of the time, it's answering a question that immigration has already answered or listed on the visa website that someone either failed to read or forgot that they read it. The rest of the time is sharing my experience but again, what worked for me may not for you.
There is so much incorrect information out there. Obviously, I'm not as informed as some here, I'll admit that right off the hop, but the things I've seen on other forums or message boards is quite shocking to see. Everything you've mentioned to people who have wondered why their visa was refused when they haven't submitted evidence. It's actually quite shocking.

I've said it before and I'll say it as long as I'm active here, this place is a godsend, and without it and the help of people like you and Ampk (to only name a few, sorry for not listing every last person) we surely would have made a $7,000 donation to the department.
 
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There is no shortage of prospective applicants who know someone whose cousin worked at the embassy and knows all about Australian immigration.

From my novel - circa 1993:

The Visa

I managed to obtain some of the unlisted numbers
from Foreign Affairs by declaring an emergency. Officers
are not in, until they think they are receiving a call from
Canberra. When a call from Canberra comes in on their
unlisted numbers they are not out of the office after all.
'I thought you were at lunch?'
'I was going.'
'How many lunches do you have in a day?'
I am an Australian citizen. So what?

They have found the file and there is no application.
My solicitor had a wealth of ideas about what to do next to
the losers of the file. We certainly have grounds for
complaint, but the embassy can point out that their
administrative glitches are relatively minor, compared with
complaints about the progress of an application that has not
been lodged. We withdraw the complaints unreservedly.
Another mistake.
I have found out what happened. Joy went to lodge
her fiancée visa application and her tourist visa application.
I never saw this as a good idea. The immigration officer
who suggested it claimed it was not his idea. He told me Joy
could be given a short tourist visa if her fiancée visa was in
place and she had passed the medical. He did not say that
this visa would not include Romeo. The Gulag Gambit-
declined.
Philippine counter staff had their own ideas about
accepting two applications and accepted only the touristvisa
application. Joy counted this as an interview and one
other such brush-off. The embassy did not. Then Joy went to
a travel agent and paid her to submit the fiancée visa
application. The agent was useless of course. For a fee,
agents can arrange the issue of visas for all sorts of places,
but Australia is not one of them, so I thought. The agent had
never arranged a visa to Australia before, but she told Joy
she could. She took the fee and assured Joy the application
would be submitted immediate
ly.
 

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PMV assistance

Hello,
I noticed you assisted another user with information on the PMV. My fiancé is preparing his application for a PMV and in the section with the 5 questions about the relationship details are the answers supposed to be in third person or does my fiancé respond in first person using our names? If you could please give us some assistance on this it would be appreciated.

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Wise advice. Trouble is that two situations that may seem similar without all the facts on the table will often have very different solutions when the details are known. Forum posts are great for getting some basic information, but don’t stake an application on them.
 
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Wise advice. Trouble is that two situations that may seem similar without all the facts on the table will often have very different solutions when the details are known. Forum posts are great for getting some basic information, but don't stake an application on them.
Too right, there are so many variables. Furthermore, what may work for one particular applicant at one processing centre, may not work for someone else.It's a minefield.
 
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