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I lodged my 820 Application at the Melbourne office in person today - TIPS!!


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Old 02-13-2013, 02:03 AM
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I lodged my 820 Application at the Melbourne office in person today - TIPS!!

Just wanted to share my experience today at the Melbourne processing centre for anyone who is waiting to lodge their VISA and give you a few tips I picked up.

Firstly I am British and currently on a 417 Working Holiday VISA that expires on Monday 18th February 2013, I have been in a de-facto relationship for 5 days short of 12 months at the day of lodgment.

I went into the Melbourne Department of Immigration yesterday afternoon to hand my application in person. There was a few reasons for doing this, firstly I wanted to make sure it was received and my bridging VISA was ok to go through as I am close to the end of my current VISA expiring and secondly I didnít have a credit card to lodge it by post.

I joined the queue and got to a counter after about 5 mins, I explained to the lady what I wanted to lodge my partner VISA, she asked how long I had left on my current VISA and I said 5 days. She said that because I had more than 3 days left I would have to make an appointment to lodge it! So she made me an appointment for the following morning at 9.30am (today). FIRST TIP, make an appointment if you have less than 3 days on your current VISA!!

So I got to Immigration at around 9.15am this morning and proceeded to the counter to get my appointment ticket only to be told they couldnít issue a ticket until 10 mins prior to the appointment (the lady was a little angry in telling me this!!). SECOND TIP Ė Donít work about being early, just arrive 10 mins before.

Because it was early, I was waiting for around 5-10 minutes until my number was called. I went to my counter and was greeted by yet another lady who seemed like she would rather have been somewhere else, hardly a smile or even a good morning! I placed my A4 Ring binder file on the desk and explained what VISA I wanted to lodge. She hardly said anything and started to look through my 40SP form to get my details to input into the computer. When she got to the Ďdate de-fact relationship startedí and saw that I was 5 days under the 12 month requirement she told me that the case officer may not even look at the application because I havenít met the 12 months then started to give me a lectureÖto which I kindly interrupted her and told her that I had registered my relationship with Birthís Deaths and Marriages and then she shut up and carried on filling in my details. It took around 30 minutes for her to fill in me and my partner details and then it was just a matter of making payment.

She did then tell me that the processing staff donít like applications in ring binder files, they preferred just loose paper so she took all my documents out of it and placed in a large envelope. THIRD TIP Ė Donít send your application in any kind of file, just loose paper is what they prefer. Apparently itís due to them taking up too much room for storage etc.

Once she had sone the form filling she seemed a little more human and went onto to explain that she had processed my Bridging Visa A that will come into effect next week and some other information about the application process. I asked the question we are all asking..HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE! She said that itís about 6 months at the minute to get a Case Officer and up to 12 months for the process start to finish!

But at least itís lodged now, I just have to sit back and wait

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Thanks for this very helpful


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I received my letter yesterday and my VISA has been granted!!!! Lodged on the 13th Feb 2013 and it was granted on the 22nd March 2013! Can't believe how quickly it took!
Thanks to all the posts on this sure, couldn't have done it without all if the advice!

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Congratulations! What a relief that must be for you!

My partner and I handed in his application in person too, but at the Sydney office in mid March. Decided to lodge in person as we've had bad experiences with AusPost, my partner wanted to pay by direct debit and we also wanted an official to double check it before lodging and coughing up $4000.

TIP: Turns out they don't accept direct debit payments anymore - despite this being an option on the forms. Luckily I had my credit card on me.

Anyway enjoy your new status in Australia!


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Congratulations! That's great news!

I'm in the same situation as you, but a few months behind you. I'm hoping to lodge my application at the Melbourne office around he time my whv2 ends.

I was hoping for a bit of advice re. How you registered your relationship in Victoria, do you feel this was essential? Also, did you go for your medical assessment prior to lodging your application? And finally, any chance you could share with us the evidence you gave? Thank you for your help in advance!

I hope you're celebrating!


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Congratulations!

We sent in our application to the Melbourne office on 23 January (a week before my visa would expire) and got the acknowledgement of receiving it the next day. We are still waiting, though. We've been together for 2.5 years. But I've been counting on those 1.5 years processing time from the start!

I hope you and your love go celebrate and enjoy the freedom of finally knowing you can be together

Did you ever get notified you got a case officer?

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CONGRATULATIONS!!


You must be so pleased and thanks for the great tips.

This whole process is so stressful.

Wondered if you could give any advice on the following...

I've been with my Aus partner for nearly 3 years (long distance relationship with a GREAT deal of traveling to each others home countries and holidays etc)
Finally moved here in Nov 12 on a WHV
Gathering all the requisite info for de facto (seems were in quite a good position here - live together, joint bank account, utility bills, plane tickets, about to register relationship etc etc etc )

On of the issues that's of huge concern to me is working rights once my WHV expires and before my de facto application decision is made. I understand I will be granted a bridging visa A, but it seems as if this only allows you the restrictive working rights of the WHV? I see that there's another bridging visa you can apply for in exceptional circumstances which gives you unrestrictive working rights but does anyone know how difficult it is to obtain this?

Any advice would be much appreciated. I have just been offered the job of my dreams an explained in interview that my partner and I were currently applying for a de facto visa. I don't want to have to up and leave when my WHV expires and am massively stressing about all !!


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Hi Anna,
Good news! Once granted a bridging visa, you will receive unrestricted work rights. They changed it to this late last year due to the fact that processing times are averaging 13-15 months for a temporary partner visa now. The only thing that is really restricted on the bridging visa is your travel rights. If you want to leave Australia you need to apply for a bridging visa B, which allows you to return to the country.
Hope that helps!


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Just wanted to share my experience today at the Melbourne processing centre for anyone who is waiting to lodge their VISA and give you a few tips I picked up.

Firstly I am British and currently on a 417 Working Holiday VISA that expires on Monday 18th February 2013, I have been in a de-facto relationship for 5 days short of 12 months at the day of lodgment.

I went into the Melbourne Department of Immigration yesterday afternoon to hand my application in person. There was a few reasons for doing this, firstly I wanted to make sure it was received and my bridging VISA was ok to go through as I am close to the end of my current VISA expiring and secondly I didnít have a credit card to lodge it by post.

I joined the queue and got to a counter after about 5 mins, I explained to the lady what I wanted to lodge my partner VISA, she asked how long I had left on my current VISA and I said 5 days. She said that because I had more than 3 days left I would have to make an appointment to lodge it! So she made me an appointment for the following morning at 9.30am (today). FIRST TIP, make an appointment if you have less than 3 days on your current VISA!!

So I got to Immigration at around 9.15am this morning and proceeded to the counter to get my appointment ticket only to be told they couldnít issue a ticket until 10 mins prior to the appointment (the lady was a little angry in telling me this!!). SECOND TIP Ė Donít work about being early, just arrive 10 mins before.

Because it was early, I was waiting for around 5-10 minutes until my number was called. I went to my counter and was greeted by yet another lady who seemed like she would rather have been somewhere else, hardly a smile or even a good morning! I placed my A4 Ring binder file on the desk and explained what VISA I wanted to lodge. She hardly said anything and started to look through my 40SP form to get my details to input into the computer. When she got to the Ďdate de-fact relationship startedí and saw that I was 5 days under the 12 month requirement she told me that the case officer may not even look at the application because I havenít met the 12 months then started to give me a lectureÖto which I kindly interrupted her and told her that I had registered my relationship with Birthís Deaths and Marriages and then she shut up and carried on filling in my details. It took around 30 minutes for her to fill in me and my partner details and then it was just a matter of making payment.

She did then tell me that the processing staff donít like applications in ring binder files, they preferred just loose paper so she took all my documents out of it and placed in a large envelope. THIRD TIP Ė Donít send your application in any kind of file, just loose paper is what they prefer. Apparently itís due to them taking up too much room for storage etc.

Once she had sone the form filling she seemed a little more human and went onto to explain that she had processed my Bridging Visa A that will come into effect next week and some other information about the application process. I asked the question we are all asking..HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE! She said that itís about 6 months at the minute to get a Case Officer and up to 12 months for the process start to finish!

But at least itís lodged now, I just have to sit back and wait

That's awesome news!! Congratulations, it must be a great feeling!

Can't wait to apply for my visa. I've been waiting for the 12 months requirement (which it's going to happen in September this year).
I saw that you registered your relationship in Victoria. Was it easy? Because people say they're quite restricted with the 12 months living in Victoria! Did you live in Victoria for 12 months? I want to register my relationship before applying for a partner visa cause I went home for a few months during this period - even though I have strong reasons I don't want this to be an issue for my application.

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