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Someone I know in SA who applied in early April 2017 for 309 visa through Pretoria just received a request this morning for the Sponsor - Character requirements - Australian Federal Police (AFP) clearance- National Police Check that has to be submitted within 28 days.

I hope they won't leave the Non-SA Citizens too much behind. It's been 10 months for me already for my PMV.
Of what I have been advised previously by someone is once they ask for AFP clearance that they may be looking to finalise the visa. I still haven't heard anything since I sent papers they have requested which will be 6 weeks on Friday. Last time they replied to me was around the 8 week mark but I will be emailing them tomorrow to email my renewed passport with my married name along with my updated citizenship in the married name. I have booked my flight to Malaysia and leaving on the 19th August and will be advising them of that, lol and will mention hoping to have it finalised to come back home with my husband. Hopefully I will hear something while in Malaysia and may go and visit the embassy if no responses have been received.


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Of what I have been advised previously by someone is once they ask for AFP clearance that they may be looking to finalise the visa. I still haven't heard anything since I sent papers they have requested which will be 6 weeks on Friday. Last time they replied to me was around the 8 week mark but I will be emailing them tomorrow to email my renewed passport with my married name along with my updated citizenship in the married name. I have booked my flight to Malaysia and leaving on the 19th August and will be advising them of that, lol and will mention hoping to have it finalised to come back home with my husband. Hopefully I will hear something while in Malaysia and may go and visit the embassy if no responses have been received.
Hopefully after you email them this will wake them up with your application. Crossing fingers for you..

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Of what I have been advised previously by someone is once they ask for AFP clearance that they may be looking to finalise the visa. I still haven't heard anything since I sent papers they have requested which will be 6 weeks on Friday. Last time they replied to me was around the 8 week mark but I will be emailing them tomorrow to email my renewed passport with my married name along with my updated citizenship in the married name. I have booked my flight to Malaysia and leaving on the 19th August and will be advising them of that, lol and will mention hoping to have it finalised to come back home with my husband. Hopefully I will hear something while in Malaysia and may go and visit the embassy if no responses have been received.
They requested for that 18 days after l had applied and gave me 28 days to submit. My initial application date was 24/02/2017. AFP was submitted in April so still waiting to hear from them since then.


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Hopefully after you email them this will wake them up with your application. Crossing fingers for you..
I emailed immigration yesterday and emailed them my certified passport and citizenship showing my married name. Also made them aware of my travel plans in two weeks and mentioned it would be nice to have the visa finalised so I can travel back home with my husband.

The case officer emailed me back to upload the documents in my immi account online as they clear any documentation from previous uploads so your able to keep uploading new documents, pictures as the months progress to keep them informed of updates in the relationship.

They advised in the email " Please be advised that this application is in the midst of assessment" and we will advise you once this application progresses to the next stage.

Sounds promising as this is the first time they have advised they are in the midst of assessing the application.


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They requested for that 18 days after l had applied and gave me 28 days to submit. My initial application date was 24/02/2017. AFP was submitted in April so still waiting to hear from them since then.
Okay I thought you had applied ages ago as I did the same when i applied on the 9th June 2016 my husband was requested to do the medicals and police check within 28 days. This was done by the 28th June and they only last 12 months, waste of time really as when he gets his visa they probably will have to get him to do it again before arriving in Australia. Our visa will be 14 months on the 9th August and they are now looking at assessing his documents.

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I emailed immigration yesterday and emailed them my certified passport and citizenship showing my married name. Also made them aware of my travel plans in two weeks and mentioned it would be nice to have the visa finalised so I can travel back home with my husband.

The case officer emailed me back to upload the documents in my immi account online as they clear any documentation from previous uploads so your able to keep uploading new documents, pictures as the months progress to keep them informed of updates in the relationship.

They advised in the email " Please be advised that this application is in the midst of assessment" and we will advise you once this application progresses to the next stage.

Sounds promising as this is the first time they have advised they are in the midst of assessing the application.

This definitely looks promising and crossing fingers for you. My gut says you will get it on time for you both to return together.

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This definitely looks promising and crossing fingers for you. My gut says you will get it on time for you both to return together.
Thanks Selwyn. I hope so too and hope that yours gets moving soon too. Will keep you updated if I hear anything while I am away.

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Thanks Selwyn. I hope so too and hope that yours gets moving soon too. Will keep you updated if I hear anything while I am away.
Thanks Bekatina... Have an enjoyable holidays with your husband and looking forward to the good news soon..

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I'm so glad I found this thread - lots of interesting information!

I've been asking questions in another thread, but I think you all would know best.

I'm Australian, living in Sydney. My partner is South African and just returned to South Africa yesterday after being in Australia for about 11 months on a tourist visa.

I have been saving up and will finally have the money for a partner visa application in about 2 weeks from now, but I'd really like for us to spend Christmas together and obviously just simply be back together as soon as possible.

I don't know whether to apply for another tourist visa now and then the partner visa in 2 weeks, or should we apply for the partner visa first and then a tourist visa after that?

We do understand the possibility of the tourist visa being denied, but want to know the best way to do it to increase our chances of an approval.

Also - I would love tips on the best migration service, if anyone can recommend one that benefited their application time-wise? I wanted to save the money and just do the application myself, because I am quite prepared and have done many hours of research so I'm fairly confident I can work through it myself. But I wonder if going through a migration agent helps to speed things up at all, or increases the chances of being approved overall? That's the only benefit I'd be looking for.

Last question - I see that the waiting time has now been increased on the visa website. It used to be 5+ months, and now it just says 18 months for everyone. Is that still the case for South Africa? What is the average that most other people having been waiting?

Apologies for the super long post! Just always looking for as much advice as possible.


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South Africans do get a preference over other nations that are processed in South Africa - but only for Visitor Visas.

* It is better to have a Partner Visa application submitted to get a better chance of a Visitor Visa approved (it is a reason to return).

* Some Case Officers will be compassionate to your desire - others will not.

* Having an agent do your Visitor Visa application - in my opinion will help (I have seen the type of submission letters they do, in short amazing work).

* In my opinion these days - a consultation with a RMA when you think you have it all together is very wise money spent ($150 - $200). From there make your mind up on the full service or not.

* An agent can only be faster in process time if your application is not complete or not very good and the Case Officer requests more information/documents - All Partner Visas are "meant" to be processed in order they are received all things being =.

** If you do your Partner Visa application before the Visitor Visa application, I would do the medicals before also - some have been given good Visitor Visa stay periods if they have done medicals - but it is a lottery.


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