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Old 03-10-2018, 09:54 AM
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Excitingly, we were contacted yesterday for our medical and police checks, just 2.5 months after submitting our visa application. We have 28 days to submit this information. In experience, how long have others waited between submitting the medical and police checks and then receiving the visa? They also asked for a certified full copy of our daughters birth certificate. I suppose as proof we have a child together. I submitted that as we had that on file already when applying for her citizenship. We have since had another child however, just 5 weeks ago. Should I get her birth certificate certified and upload a copy of that too even though they didn't ask for it?


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Excitingly, we were contacted yesterday for our medical and police checks, just 2.5 months after submitting our visa application. We have 28 days to submit this information. In experience, how long have others waited between submitting the medical and police checks and then receiving the visa? They also asked for a certified full copy of our daughters birth certificate. I suppose as proof we have a child together. I submitted that as we had that on file already when applying for her citizenship. We have since had another child however, just 5 weeks ago. Should I get her birth certificate certified and upload a copy of that too even though they didn't ask for it?
Lately it seems grants are coming within a few days to weeks of supplying the requested info so get on to it as quickly as you can.

Yes, I would have already uploaded the new child's birth certificate when they were born as that is extra evidence of your relationship.


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Hi all,

Just wanted to share our exciting news! I received a visa grant (for 309) today - just a little over a month from application date!

Sharing the application details hoping it might help others!
Our story is the follows - I met my boyfriend in Brazil back in Nov 2013. He was on his way back to Aus and I was on holiday from UK. We stayed in touch and ended up in long distance relationship for 1.5 years until he moved to UK. Since then we have lived together for 2.5 years.

My application timeline:
Feb 7th submitted application and some evidence (joint bank statements, a few photos, holiday bookings & tenancy agreements)
Feb 9th got contacted for additional information. Request asked for 10 years address history for us both, police checks from uk for me and both uk and aus for my boyfriend, my birth certificate + translation ( I’m originally from Latvia), medical checks and my boyfriend’s birth certificate + 40sp form.
March 7th loaded all requested docs + additional evidence (joint bills, Xmas cards addressed to both, 2 forms 888 from boyfriend’s mum and cousin)
March 12th grant notification letter received

The approach I’ve taken is to load only a few pieces of evidence but quality over quantity. I took screenshots from Facebook of our joint pictures (that showed dates and comments on our pictures as a couple; in addition extra endorsement that it is public). I only put together 5 photos from travels, 3 pics from social events and two invites to wedding and birthday. I also scanned various travel tickets circling both names and dates of travel.

In my application in the relationship description I put in brackets reference to the evidence. For example, I mentioned we were invited to my friend’s wedding abroad. I put in brackets to see evidence named wedding invite,wedding hotel booking, photos from wedding.

I also referenced these in the additional descriptions when uploading evidence, so again, when loading wedding invite under ‘joint invites’ header I put sub description of what exactly it was.

We decided to only quote de facto relationship from my boyfriend’s move date to UK as thought it would be more straight forward although we did mention that we were in committed relationship before that.

NB I had only used 21 out of 60 attachments and 4 under boyfriend’s 40sp.

The first entry date I was given is 26th of Feb 2019.

Hope this helps!

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Old 03-13-2018, 04:10 AM
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Congratulations!
It would be great if you were able to obtain some feedback on why this was processed so quickly and if there's anything we can learn from it.

And in particular the grant of 100 at the same time as many folks are being denied thus even after 10+ years of marriage
I asked my migration agent for some feedback and he stated that every application is assessed on its own merits, and timeline for visa grants are affected by quality of evidence, case officer workloads, how quickly requested further info (medicals, police checks etc) are submitted, staffing at DIBP...all things I guess we already knew. As for the 100 I'm really not sure why I got it and others in long relationships haven't. My partner and I have been together for nearly 2 decades, most of it living in the UK, and have the usual joint financial history, bank accounts, credit cards, bills, mortgage etc, that couples in long term relationships have. It would make sense to me that couples who meet the the required length of time together for the 100, should be granted this when applying for the 309/100. It seems strange to me that someone in 10 year marriages, especially those who have children, shouldn't be granted the 100.

It's understandably very confusing and frustrating for people affected by this.

Can anyone else shed any light on this?


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I asked my migration agent for some feedback and he stated that every application is assessed on its own merits, and timeline for visa grants are affected by quality of evidence, case officer workloads, how quickly requested further info (medicals, police checks etc) are submitted, staffing at DIBP...all things I guess we already knew. As for the 100 I'm really not sure why I got it and others in long relationships haven't. My partner and I have been together for nearly 2 decades, most of it living in the UK, and have the usual joint financial history, bank accounts, credit cards, bills, mortgage etc, that couples in long term relationships have. It would make sense to me that couples who meet the the required length of time together for the 100, should be granted this when applying for the 309/100. It seems strange to me that someone in 10 year marriages, especially those who have children, shouldn't be granted the 100.

It's understandably very confusing and frustrating for people affected by this.

Can anyone else shed any light on this?
Luck of the draw and luck of the draw.

Sometimes it's at the fault of the applicant. They only provide recent evidence instead of evidence of the entire length of the relationship and without strong evidence for the entire length, a CO may not bother with granting PR straight away. People can date for years before living together or combining their lives and just because they've been dating for a long time doesn't mean they meet the long-term relationship requirement either as it involves a lot of evidence as well. Sometimes the CO just doesn't grant it for reasons only known to them it feels, even when the applicant says they supplied enough.

I just put it all down to luck of the draw. Luck of the draw that an app gets pulled early, luck of the draw that you get a certain CO.

My motto in the partner visa process is expect the worst and hope for the best. Expect it to take forever and you'll be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't kind of thing.

My 820 from a 300 was granted in 20 days, but someone might wait 20 weeks or 20 months. There's no secret code that I put in my app, there's nothing that I did differently than anyone else on here that does that apps themselves without professional help. I just got lucky and I'm grateful for that. Do I expect my 801 to get processed any faster than usual? Nope. Expect the worst, hope for the best.

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Received 309 and 100 today!! Applied 14 November 2017 so exactly 4 months

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Congratulations! Every time I see a visa granted I hope my isn’t that much further away, the fact you waited nearly a month between submitting further information and getting your grant settles me a little that I’ve not been forgotten about! 17 days since I submitted mine so I’m hoping I’m moving up that pile at least everyday ��


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How long did Au residents living in UK wait for their Australian police certificate? For our visa application we have 21 days left to submit health/police checks. Hubby has health check today and I did my Au police check online today, it says processing time 15 days but will it take longer to send the certificate to my UK address? Also when all our final information is uploaded how do I find the contact details for our case officer to let them know we have completed their request for further info?
Many thanks - this forum has been a godsend during our application!


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How long did Au residents living in UK wait for their Australian police certificate? For our visa application we have 21 days left to submit health/police checks. Hubby has health check today and I did my Au police check online today, it says processing time 15 days but will it take longer to send the certificate to my UK address? Also when all our final information is uploaded how do I find the contact details for our case officer to let them know we have completed their request for further info?
Many thanks - this forum has been a godsend during our application!
Don't stress about how long it takes to get the police check. As long as you upload proof within the allotted timeframe that you've applied for it and waiting for it to arrive, you'll be fine. Then just upload it to immi when it does and then click the "information provided" button. You don't have to contact the CO. They're expecting the information and will go back to your case.

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Don't stress about how long it takes to get the police check. As long as you upload proof within the allotted timeframe that you've applied for it and waiting for it to arrive, you'll be fine. Then just upload it to immi when it does and then click the "information provided" button. You don't have to contact the CO. They're expecting the information and will go back to your case.

Thanks for your help!!


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