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Report: NSW Onshore Partner Application Processing Time Est: 15 months - Page 3


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Old 02-03-2013, 09:43 PM
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I personally don't think the timeframe is the worst part of it when you're applying onshore. At the end of the day we are lucky enough to be home with our loved ones. What really bugs me is I'm not "authorized" to leave the country until my visa has been approved.

15 months is a long time to put one's life on hold especially when you know deep down you're going to be approved anyway... When I think about all the things we will be missing back in Europe just because we're waiting on my Temp Partner Visa to be approved, it really sickens me. They want you to build a real relationship, to do things together so you can "prove" it's all genuine. Realistically, in increasing the processing times, they're just making it yet more complicated for people to start their real life together and give them proof they are in a committed relationship.

Seeing that I'll be applying for my visa in a week or so, I now know I won't be able to make it to my cousin's wedding next year, and also know we won't be able to start planning our European wedding for yet another couple of years. This is ridiculous.

And I feel so sorry for those who are waiting abroad, hoping to get the good news on a daily basis

In saying that though, why is it some people on this forum have managed to get their visa approved within weeks? What is it that makes them worth the grant more so than someone else?
I wish I knew deep down I'm going to be approved anyway... that would take a lot of anxiety out of the wait.

But good luck with BVB sounds like you definitely have the circumstances for it, I hope they won't make you miss the wedding!

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This is really frustrating and upsetting. Not to mention confusing! I have just spoken to "Lea" on the DIAC hotline, who GUARANTEED that if we hand in a DR application (onshore partner visa) that not only would we have a faster processing time, but
a) the italian police checks (normally valid only six months) would be valid for 12 months.
b) my partner would NOT have to re-submit any expired medicals or police checks, in the case that the "guaranteed" short processing time exceeded 12 months. (Obviously contradicting the first guarantee..)
She also said that on his application he needn't write down every entry and departure date of multiple visits to the same country.

This is after reading Mark's post and the original blog post. And after previously talking to someone else on the DIAC hotline who said that they CANNOT guarantee quicker processing times for DRA.
Personally, I'm not going to kill myself running around at last minute (his WHV expires late March) collecting forms, paying heaps of money etc in order to hand in a DRA on the back of what ONE person has said.
This process is already time consuming and emotionally draining without being given contradictory and/or confusing advice too.

However we are so lucky that we are both in the same country already and we can afford to pay the fees.
Good luck everyone!
P.S. Mark - we are applying for a bridging visa B as we have booked flights to return to Italy for a holiday for 6 weeks and to celebrate his parents wedding anniversary.. Do you think that will suffice? We desperately need a holiday after all of this!


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Hi Tahlia -

Sounds like a good Bridging Visa B application reason to me! - Best to apply 1-2 weeks before you wish to leave, and bring your flight booking info and any other evidence with you just in case (ie wedding information or plans, even emails, etc) - it's often not necessary, but just in case you get stuck with a picky case officer, always ready to be prepared.

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I reckon a strongly worded letter to my local MP is required to get things started :P


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Thanks a lot Mark! Your input on this forum is so helpful.


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Thought I'd throw this one in there too since I just received the acknowledgement letter:

Processing times
The onshore partner visa program is experiencing strong
demand, and as a result, the current average processing
time for subclass 820 applications is around 13 months
from lodgement. Note that this is an average processing
time, and the actual processing time for each application
may vary significantly, and in many cases may be
significantly shorter, or longer, than the average
Applications which are fully documented will generally be
processed more quickly than applications which are
incomplete, so please ensure that if you have not yet
provided us with all the necessary documentation that
you do so as soon as possible.



So yeah 13months average is pretty bad but we'll see how I go. They received mine on Valentine's day. Hope it'll be a good omen!

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Mark....would you consider getting in contact with 60 minutes...the age...the Herald Sun...Today Tonight (I know the calibre is slipping as I write) and sharing the story...the reality, the ins and outs...the tragedy of the situation both on and off shore for the Australian population to see how much stress and agony the legit people go through to get here?

I can see the headlines now - "Julia does it both way - traumatises legal and illegal immigrants!"


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Mark....would you consider getting in contact with 60 minutes...the age...the Herald Sun...Today Tonight (I know the calibre is slipping as I write) and sharing the story...the reality, the ins and outs...the tragedy of the situation both on and off shore for the Australian population to see how much stress and agony the legit people go through to get here?

I can see the headlines now - "Julia does it both way - traumatises legal and illegal immigrants!"
Yes, yes, yes!! This is what I have been hoping could happen. It may take not one person but several of us who are experiencing hardship from this unfair system to tell the Australian public how it is.

Please somebody tell me this is possible for us to do!

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Sorry to resurrect a month-old thread, I only recently found the blog article written by Grant Williams on my own, then found this thread here. Here's a question that has no answer: why on earth has DIAC not updated this page? Client Service Charter

Is it really good practise to get people thinking they'll have their temp partner visa processed in 6 - 8 months?? On Grant's blog I read a post by a fellow who submitted his 820 application in person at the Melbourne office on March 7th of this year, and was granted his visa on March 22nd. Yet they prefer applications by post... what on earth is going on with DIAC? If this was a private corporation they'd be bankrupt and facing lawsuits by now.

I know there are no answers to be had out of this messy, messy thing. I don't know what I'd do without these forums, the support and sense of community they provide. Not to mention the great venting platform!

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Sorry to resurrect a month-old thread, I only recently found the blog article written by Grant Williams on my own, then found this thread here. Here's a question that has no answer: why on earth has DIAC not updated this page? Client Service Charter

Is it really good practise to get people thinking they'll have their temp partner visa processed in 6 - 8 months?? On Grant's blog I read a post by a fellow who submitted his 820 application in person at the Melbourne office on March 7th of this year, and was granted his visa on March 22nd. Yet they prefer applications by post... what on earth is going on with DIAC? If this was a private corporation they'd be bankrupt and facing lawsuits by now.

I know there are no answers to be had out of this messy, messy thing. I don't know what I'd do without these forums, the support and sense of community they provide. Not to mention the great venting platform!
I would like to say that it is laziness that they haven't updated the pages but I think it is more strategic than that. In the end I think it has nothing to do with us, the consumers of their service, and a lot to do with the appearance in an election year and how this would reflect upon the minister and the government.

I think that they only way that these kind of things and the other great points that you raised can and will be changed is when there is public outcry and I cant only see this happening when people like us take the venting from the forum to the media....places like the newspapers and the current affairs shows.

This is the time to make the noise with it being an election year if it is going to change they will have the most incentive to do something now.

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