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Old 08-05-2017, 01:43 AM
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** 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.
Thank you for answering those things - I think we'll lean towards doing the Partner Visa submission first, and then try for the visitor visa after it's all submitted.

When you say "do the medicals before also" - I thought you had to wait to be requested for the medicals, or is it possible to go have it done whenever we choose? Then what happens? Does it just sit on file somewhere? Or do they upload the results to our application prior to it being requested?

We were requested to do the medical exam for the visitor visa last year, which I believe was at a particular medical centre in Durban. Would we just make an appointment at that same medical centre for a new exam? Then how long would it be valid for? If we do the medical soon, and then they don't request the medical information for another 6 months or so, would it not expire?

I'm sure this information is on the website somewhere, but it's so nice to have someone explain/confirm - I really appreciate it!


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With the online Partner Visa application you can generate your own Health Check ID at any time. It needs to be done at an approved place like the last time.

They are valid for 12 months, so I would do it about 2 weeks before Visitor Visa application and inform them that the medical has been done and give them a ref number.


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With the online Partner Visa application you can generate your own Health Check ID at any time. It needs to be done at an approved place like the last time.

They are valid for 12 months, so I would do it about 2 weeks before Visitor Visa application and inform them that the medical has been done and give them a ref number.
Oh that makes sense - good chance of being able to use it for both is great.

Thanks so much! You've been very helpful. I'll come back if I have more questions.


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Old 08-05-2017, 12:24 PM
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Any updates Selwyn?

I am moving back to Aus in a month or two but have been thinking of you and your situation!


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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.
Hello Nicnac!

Welcome on board. Our friend ampk already responded to all your queries with valuable advises. What I would add is that SA Citizen applying for 309 is taking between 8-10 months on average (non SA Citizen between 10-16 months).

Btw, why did you not apply for 820 onshore while he was in Aus on visitor visa (I guess there was an obligation for him to be back in SA for personal reasons?)?

Please keep us posted with your visas which you are planning to submit.

Last but not the least, there are some very great RMAs from Aus here on this forum. You can always consult them once you gather all your documents and the fee would be very competitive, like ampk advised. You can contact anyone from them and you won't regret. I'll most likely consult one for my next visa application, just for the peace of mind...

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Any updates Selwyn?

I am moving back to Aus in a month or two but have been thinking of you and your situation!
Hi Soro!

Nice to hear from you. Thanks for your msg, unfortunately no contact yet. My PCC would be expired early Sept 17, so I hope they will contact me by then for a renewed one.

I'm excited for your 'new' adventure with your love in Aussie land ;-)

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Hello Nicnac!

Welcome on board. Our friend ampk already responded to all your queries with valuable advises. What I would add is that SA Citizen applying for 309 is taking between 8-10 months on average (non SA Citizen between 10-16 months).

Btw, why did you not apply for 820 onshore while he was in Aus on visitor visa (I guess there was an obligation for him to be back in SA for personal reasons?)?

Please keep us posted with your visas which you are planning to submit.

Last but not the least, there are some very great RMAs from Aus here on this forum. You can always consult them once you gather all your documents and the fee would be very competitive, like ampk advised. You can contact anyone from them and you won't regret. I'll most likely consult one for my next visa application, just for the peace of mind...
Hi Selwyn,

Thank you for that!

We couldn't apply on shore because of the 'no further stay' restriction on the visitor visa that we had for the past year. We spoke to an immigration lawyer who said that we couldn't apply on-shore because of that restriction.

We also have the maximum 12 month stay within 18 months restriction. My partner has returned back to South Africa now but as we used up a 12 month stay, we now have to wait at least 6 months to lodge another visitor visa application

I get a bit confused with all of the different restrictions and what we can and can't do - so that's why I worry about messing up.

We are almost ready to submit, we just have a bunch of unrelated bills coming up and need to be careful. $7000 is so much money for us.


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Hi Selwyn,

Thank you for that!

We couldn't apply on shore because of the 'no further stay' restriction on the visitor visa that we had for the past year. We spoke to an immigration lawyer who said that we couldn't apply on-shore because of that restriction.

We also have the maximum 12 month stay within 18 months restriction. My partner has returned back to South Africa now but as we used up a 12 month stay, we now have to wait at least 6 months to lodge another visitor visa application

I get a bit confused with all of the different restrictions and what we can and can't do - so that's why I worry about messing up.

We are almost ready to submit, we just have a bunch of unrelated bills coming up and need to be careful. $7000 is so much money for us.
Hello Nicnac!

Oh he had the NFS condition.

Yes immigration restrictions/laws are complicated, but hey that's why RMAs are here. Do consider their professional services, in case you just want to have a good peace of mind and most importantly the grant!

There are also lots of valuable advises on this forum and also from kind members who have lots of knowledgeable info. Do feel free to search on any aspects you want and also to ask any questions.

It's too hard living the long distance life with your partner!

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Still waiting, we applied 19 January 2017. No contact besides the request for biometrics and medicals the same day.

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Still waiting, we applied 19 January 2017. No contact besides the request for biometrics and medicals the same day.
I know someone in SA (SA Citizen) who applied at start of April 17 and 01 Aug 17 got a request to provide Sponsor's AFP. Did you provide Sponsor's AFP already?

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