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Old 01-15-2015, 10:35 AM
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Hi guys,

My partner and I are currently in Denmark. We are planning on submitting our application in July (after we get married and have time to accumulate all the evidence). I have been doing most of my research on what to supply as evidence etc, and I am only reading now about the price increase and the extended time frame!

There seems to be a lot of feedback on this thread talking about different time frames and people being assigned their CO later than others. Can anyone clear this up for me? Is the wait now 10 - 14 months??? The website says 6 - 9months and we have been planning our future with this information. If there is an increase in the time frame why is it not updated on the website?

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Hi guys,

My partner and I are currently in Denmark. We are planning on submitting our application in July (after we get married and have time to accumulate all the evidence). I have been doing most of my research on what to supply as evidence etc, and I am only reading now about the price increase and the extended time frame!

There seems to be a lot of feedback on this thread talking about different time frames and people being assigned their CO later than others. Can anyone clear this up for me? Is the wait now 10 - 14 months??? The website says 6 - 9months and we have been planning our future with this information. If there is an increase in the time frame why is it not updated on the website?

thanks for any information!
Yes the timeframes have been confirmed from various high commissions/embassy. The website is extremely out dated unfortunately. We also got caught out as we applied in October 2014 after the timeframes changed at end of June 2014. I would definitely apply before end of June 2015, who knows what the processing time will be after June.
The fees also went up on 1st January 2015 after something like 16 days notice which caught people out. I guess the Australian government want to prove that it's not a right to bring your spouse to Oz, its a privilege!
You do have 28 days after submitting your application to upload the evidence, and to be honest I have continued to upload evidence as I remember other bits that could be useful. I would make the application as soon as your married and upload evidence as you go, if you think you have what you need and are just waiting for certificates etc.

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Yes the timeframes have been confirmed from various high commissions/embassy. The website is extremely out dated unfortunately. We also got caught out as we applied in October 2014 after the timeframes changed at end of June 2014. I would definitely apply before end of June 2015, who knows what the processing time will be after June.
The fees also went up on 1st January 2015 after something like 16 days notice which caught people out. I guess the Australian government want to prove that it's not a right to bring your spouse to Oz, its a privilege!
You do have 28 days after submitting your application to upload the evidence, and to be honest I have continued to upload evidence as I remember other bits that could be useful. I would make the application as soon as your married and upload evidence as you go, if you think you have what you need and are just waiting for certificates etc.
Hi Homesickaussie,
I had been looking everywhere to find any information on a timeframe for uploading evidence. Where did you find it to be 28 days?
Do you know if this includes form 888 stat decs? I have a few that might be coming in a week or two later due to friends being in remote areas....
Cheers

I've also found from some of my reading that the government has increased refuge intakes this year as well as decreasing partner visa allocations so my theory is that they increased the prices so significantly to ensure they still make the same amount of income from our "border-challenged" relationships... Just a theory... Although it seems they increase the price quite a bit every year...


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Few months ago, I rang Australian Embassy in London (I am formally under Berlin, but all phone calls are directed to London). At the end of conversation the officer (or the consultant) asked me for my email to send me sort of summary. It turned out to be standard FAQ. There is a paragraph about 888:

"STATUTORY FORM 888

For the purposes of the Partner visas, friends and family in Australia or
outside Australia in your country of residence, can complete statutory
declarations attesting to your relationship. A statutory declaration is a
written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised
witness. The form or document that can be used for this and who is
considered an authorised witness depends on which country a person is in
when making the declaration. Statutory declarations made outside Australia
using Form 888 are not legally binding under Australian law. You may like
to make a declaration, affidavit or appropriate declaration that is
legally binding in your country of residence.

Please refer to the following information regarding the number and format
of statutory declarations that are required depending on which post you
are lodging your application to:


Berlin - No signed declarations are required.

Madrid/London/Belgrade/Moscow – 2 signed and dated declarations are
required but do not need to be witnessed. A form of photo identification
of the person making the declaration will need to be attached but does not
need to be certified.

Vienna - 2 signed declarations are required. The form should be witnessed
(a scanned copy of the original is acceptable). A form of photo
identification of the person making the declaration will need to be
attached but does not need to be certified.
"

Next time I asked precisely about it. They told me Berlin did not need 888 at all. The conclusion is if your other evidences are strong, do not bother about 888 in Berlin.


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Few months ago, I rang Australian Embassy in London (I am formally under Berlin, but all phone calls are directed to London). At the end of conversation the officer (or the consultant) asked me for my email to send me sort of summary. It turned out to be standard FAQ. There is a paragraph about 888:

"STATUTORY FORM 888

For the purposes of the Partner visas, friends and family in Australia or
outside Australia in your country of residence, can complete statutory
declarations attesting to your relationship. A statutory declaration is a
written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised
witness. The form or document that can be used for this and who is
considered an authorised witness depends on which country a person is in
when making the declaration. Statutory declarations made outside Australia
using Form 888 are not legally binding under Australian law. You may like
to make a declaration, affidavit or appropriate declaration that is
legally binding in your country of residence.

Please refer to the following information regarding the number and format
of statutory declarations that are required depending on which post you
are lodging your application to:

Berlin - No signed declarations are required.

Madrid/London/Belgrade/Moscow – 2 signed and dated declarations are
required but do not need to be witnessed. A form of photo identification
of the person making the declaration will need to be attached but does not
need to be certified.

Vienna - 2 signed declarations are required. The form should be witnessed
(a scanned copy of the original is acceptable). A form of photo
identification of the person making the declaration will need to be
attached but does not need to be certified."

Next time I asked precisely about it. They told me Berlin did not need 888 at all. The conclusion is if your other evidence are strong, do not bother about 888 in Berlin.
Honestly I don't know if I'd run the risk of not having submitted the 2 888 forms. Maybe others can advise on that.

I have seen the 28 day rule discussed on here before can't find the link in the app to post. However I think a lot of people continue to upload evidence throughout their processing time.

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Before we submitted our application, we also contacted the department about statutory declarations as I noticed there was some discrepancy between the information on the immi website and the website of the Australian Embassy in Berlin. We submitted everything for our application in one go and also submitted statutory declarations and a police check. We're doing the health check next week as requested by our CO.

This was the response from the Europe Service Centre:

Do you require statutory declarations from two Australians about our
relationship?

For the purposes of the Partner visas, friends and family in Australia or
outside Australia in your country of residence, can complete statutory
declarations attesting to your relationship. A statutory declaration is a
written statement declared to be true in the presence of an authorised
witness. The form or document that can be used for this and who is
considered an authorised witness depends on which country a person is in
when making the declaration. Statutory declarations made outside Australia
using Form 888 are not legally binding under Australian law. You may like
to make a declaration, affidavit or appropriate declaration that is legally
binding in your country of residence.


Please refer to the following information regarding the number and format
of statutory declarations that are required depending on which post you are
lodging your application to:

Berlin - No signed declarations are required.


Do you need the character assessment or health checks?
We would recommed you to lodge your application without those 2 documetns and wait for your Case Officer to require you to undergo Medicals and provide Penal certificates.

I just realised this is the exact same text they sent mmis4167. Haha. Good to know!


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Hi EvieP,

My husband and I are also in Denmark! We applied for our (supposedly easy and straight forward application) on May 31st so we are coming up to 8 months. We have been deciding if we should contact our caseworker just to see if everything is ok or if that is just going to annoy her. I would say apply giving yourself LOTS of time before you actually want to move. We would like to move beginning of July and thought that 13 months would be plenty...... looks like we may have been wrong!


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Hi everyone,

I applied for the PMV in September 2014 and I'm going to visit my partner in Australia from March to June 2015 on a tourist visa. So I informed my case officer about my travels to Australia with the exacts dates of when I arrive and leave Australia by email just in case the PMV might be ready to be granted. I also set up a read receipt for this email. In my email I also asked the case officer that in case he didn't send the read receipt to me, I would like him to quickly confirm that he knows about travel plans. I didn't get back anything and that was two weeks ago.

Shall I upload my travel plans in my immiaccount just to be sure? Any experience with that situation?


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Hi EvieP,

My husband and I are also in Denmark! We applied for our (supposedly easy and straight forward application) on May 31st so we are coming up to 8 months. We have been deciding if we should contact our caseworker just to see if everything is ok or if that is just going to annoy her. I would say apply giving yourself LOTS of time before you actually want to move. We would like to move beginning of July and thought that 13 months would be plenty...... looks like we may have been wrong!
Hi RubySunshine,

You applied before July 2014 so I think you should be lucky to have an 8 to 9 months processing time. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


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Hi everyone,

I applied for the PMV in September 2014 and I'm going to visit my partner in Australia from March to June 2015 on a tourist visa. So I informed my case officer about my travels to Australia with the exacts dates of when I arrive and leave Australia by email just in case the PMV might be ready to be granted. I also set up a read receipt for this email. In my email I also asked the case officer that in case he didn't send the read receipt to me, I would like him to quickly confirm that he knows about travel plans. I didn't get back anything and that was two weeks ago.

Shall I upload my travel plans in my immiaccount just to be sure? Any experience with that situation?
It's very common for them not to respond. You can upload it to your ImmiAccount if you want to, but it's not necessary. You let them know. That's the extent of your obligation.

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