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Old 04-14-2015, 03:36 AM
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Question Partner Visa from Malaysia!

Hi guys,

Long time lurker, first time poster.

I am an Australian citizen dating my girlfriend of close to 4 years who is in Malaysia. We met when she came to Australia on an exchange program during university for two years.

We are planning to get married in Australia in the next couple of months and put in our application for a partner visa for her.

I need help on a few questions and am hoping the wonderful community here can assist us:

1. Once we get registered (married) in Australia, is it better to submit our application onshore from Australia, or offshore once she goes back to Malaysia? Since she is a Malaysian citizen, does the application for her partner visa NEED to be processed through the High Commission there? Is there any advantage to getting it done there vs. in Australia or vice versa?

2. For anyone who has experience with applying for a Partner Visa to Australia from Malaysia, how long does it take? The Immigration department in Australia tells me that if the application is being lodged from outside Australia, each country has their own processing times. Does anyone have an idea of how long Malaysia takes to process?

3. The fact that my girlfriend has lived and studied in Australia for two years in the past, can that be beneficial to our application being processed quicker?

Thanks guys.

I'm quite confused, as I've been lurking around these forums and its so drastic, that some people get their applications back in a matter of months and others can take years. I would like to know if there is a method to this madness. We just want to be together as soon as possible.

There's not many Malaysian threads which are active that I could post this into, appreciate your responses.

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Old 04-14-2015, 03:51 AM
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1 & 2. It depends on your circumstances. But the processing time is slightly shorter if you apply from Malaysia (a friend recently got his partner visa granted in about 8 mths). If you applied onshore, then the processing time is around 12 mths (we recently received our partner visa after 11 mths processing) but you get to spend time together and she can work here using her Bridging Visa A.

3. No benefits. There is no short-cut unfortunately.

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