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Offshore Partner Visa - In London but can't wait 8-9 months!


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Old 02-13-2013, 03:17 PM
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Offshore Partner Visa - In London but can't wait 8-9 months!

I am an Australian living in London, married to a Japanese woman with whom we have a 16 month old daughter who is Australian by decent.
My wife lodged her application for a Partner visa on Monday 11/02/2013 and I have only just realised the waiting times - 8-9 months!!

My wife did not include a Medical or Police check with her application as the application form did not list it as prerequisite.
Should my wife start the process now of obtaining Medical and Police check before being instructed by CO to do so?

Also, we can't afford to wait in London if the Visa will take 8-9 months to process as I am being made redundant at the end of June.
We are thinking of returning to Australia in August, my wife entering on a Tourist Visa. I understand that she cannot be in Australia when the Partner visa is granted but I believe it is possible that our CO can pre-warn us when the Visa is going to be granted so that my wife can leave the country.
Has anyone had any experience in doing this? Are all CO's open to such an agreement?

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I am an Australian living in London, married to a Japanese woman with whom we have a 16 month old daughter who is Australian by decent.
My wife lodged her application for a Partner visa on Monday 11/02/2013 and I have only just realised the waiting times - 8-9 months!!

My wife did not include a Medical or Police check with her application as the application form did not list it as prerequisite.
Should my wife start the process now of obtaining Medical and Police check before being instructed by CO to do so?

Also, we can't afford to wait in London if the Visa will take 8-9 months to process as I am being made redundant at the end of June.
We are thinking of returning to Australia in August, my wife entering on a Tourist Visa. I understand that she cannot be in Australia when the Partner visa is granted but I believe it is possible that our CO can pre-warn us when the Visa is going to be granted so that my wife can leave the country.
Has anyone had any experience in doing this? Are all CO's open to such an agreement?

Thanks in advance

takemehome
Theoretically yes. I am in Australia on an ETA waiting for a grant of my 309. I will go to New Zealand when immigration is ready to grant the visa, I hope. We have had no direct contact with our case officer yet, she didn't contact us to say it wasn't OK and immigration both suggested the ETA in our case and confirmed they were aware of my plans to travel to Australia, just no direct contact from our Case Officer yet.

I had to travel to Australia when I did, as I had cats who's vaccinations would have run out if I had just waited in the US.

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My wife did not include a Medical or Police check with her application as the application form did not list it as prerequisite.
Should my wife start the process now of obtaining Medical and Police check before being instructed by CO to do so?
I noticed that I hadn't answered that part of your question. You should definitely start the process of police checks. Your medicals being in London may need to wait for a request, you should contact the embassy and panel doctors to see if you could do them now. I was able to do my medical in the USA before it was requested, but immigration is moving to only allow doctors to lodge the medical electronically, in which case you have to wait to be asked.

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Theoretically yes. I am in Australia on an ETA waiting for a grant of my 309. I will go to New Zealand when immigration is ready to grant the visa, I hope. We have had no direct contact with our case officer yet, she didn't contact us to say it wasn't OK and immigration both suggested the ETA in our case and confirmed they were aware of my plans to travel to Australia, just no direct contact from our Case Officer yet.

I had to travel to Australia when I did, as I had cats who's vaccinations would have run out if I had just waited in the US.

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It's reassuring to know the ETA option is available to Japanese passport holders and is available without a significant cost! - a service charge of $20
Thank you for sharing your knowledge Ktttykat


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It's reassuring to know the ETA option is available to Japanese passport holders and is available without a significant cost! - a service charge of $20
Thank you for sharing your knowledge Ktttykat
You are welcome. Just make certain that if she does go on an ETA that immigration has been informed and double check that they are aware. She must be offshore when the visa is granted, but like I said New Zealand is fine for that purpose.

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Hello Kttykat - I am hoping you can spare some advice.
My wife submitted her Partner Visa appliaction in London in mid February. Payment was taken three weeks later and we had some (not all) photos returned to us, but we have had no other contact to indicate our appliaction is being processed. I have read here that many other people have received confirmation letters.
As we have already booked flights back to Australia and will likely have to travel without the Partner Visa for my wife, when is it best to contact the Australian Immigration about our plans?
Many thanks
Josh


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Hello Kttykat - I am hoping you can spare some advice.
My wife submitted her Partner Visa appliaction in London in mid February. Payment was taken three weeks later and we had some (not all) photos returned to us, but we have had no other contact to indicate our appliaction is being processed. I have read here that many other people have received confirmation letters.
As we have already booked flights back to Australia and will likely have to travel without the Partner Visa for my wife, when is it best to contact the Australian Immigration about our plans?
Many thanks
Josh
Hi,
You should contact immigration ASAP. You want to keep them in the loop. If you are in Australia and they try and grant the visa then it wrecks the whole process so you really need to make sure they know that you are in the country.

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