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Old 02-13-2012, 11:11 PM
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Hi Larzipan! My hubby and I are going through the same thing. We applied back in December to the DC office and we're waiting. I was told that the processing time for the 309 is 5 months. We're asking that they bypass the 309, however, because hubby and I have been married 7 years this March and have a 3 year old daughter. We're hoping to be able to be in Australia by May for birthdays so we're right there with you lol. If your application is complete and there's sufficient evidence, I don't see why you can't by there in July or August. Good luck! I'll be keeping an eye on you guys to see how a fellow American is doing

Also! Meant to add: make sure police checks are included for cities that your partner has lived in for 12 months or more for the past 10 years. For example, I lived in a city in Texas for most of my life and then moved to California and have lived here for a couple of years. I had to provide a check from the city in Texas, the State of Texas, the city here in California, and the State of California (along with the FBI check, of course). And also, my CO had told me they need photocopies sent along with the originals, so just letting you know!
Hi Vyktoria..we are going through the same..applied in November..my husband of almost 22 years is the applicant as my kids and I are Australian...submitted our app and have since submitted FBI and state police and medicals..now hubby has a job offer down under - just waiting on the visa...Where are you looking at moving? btw I love Texas - almost moved there a few years ago..also are you shipping your belongings? Thanks Liz


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Date of application: 2nd May 2011

Nationality: British

Visa type: De Facto Visa

Offshore/onshore: Onshore Sydney by post

Medicals submitted (yes/no): Yes

Police Checks: Yes. UK and Australia submitted



Visa Approved - Almost 9 months of waiting ! Great Valentines Day Present. Good luck everyone, and thank you again for all your support and experiences. )

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My hubby and I are going through the same thing. We applied back in December to the DC office and we're waiting. I was told that the processing time for the 309 is 5 months. We're asking that they bypass the 309, however, because hubby and I have been married 7 years this March and have a 3 year old daughter.
Hello Vyktoria. How did you ask for the 309 to be bypassed? Was it in a cover letter accompanying the application or did you talk directly to the Case Officer? I have been married for over nine years and we have two daughters who are now Australian citizens. From what I've read my wife is eligible for a permanent visa (subclass 100).


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Date of application: 2nd May 2011

Nationality: British

Visa type: De Facto Visa

Offshore/onshore: Onshore Sydney by post

Medicals submitted (yes/no): Yes

Police Checks: Yes. UK and Australia submitted



Visa Approved - Almost 9 months of waiting ! Great Valentines Day Present. Good luck everyone, and thank you again for all your support and experiences. )
Big congrats! Very happy for you. I called them (again!) this morning and was told most people were still waiting. I submit mine one month after you in Melbourne, so hopefully will get mine soon too.


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Good Luck Clareby I'll keep everything crossed for you. Shouldn't be too long now. Pls let us know when it arrives :0)


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Hi Larzipan! My hubby and I are going through the same thing. We applied back in December to the DC office and we're waiting. I was told that the processing time for the 309 is 5 months. We're asking that they bypass the 309, however, because hubby and I have been married 7 years this March and have a 3 year old daughter. We're hoping to be able to be in Australia by May for birthdays so we're right there with you lol. If your application is complete and there's sufficient evidence, I don't see why you can't by there in July or August. Good luck! I'll be keeping an eye on you guys to see how a fellow American is doing

Also! Meant to add: make sure police checks are included for cities that your partner has lived in for 12 months or more for the past 10 years. For example, I lived in a city in Texas for most of my life and then moved to California and have lived here for a couple of years. I had to provide a check from the city in Texas, the State of Texas, the city here in California, and the State of California (along with the FBI check, of course). And also, my CO had told me they need photocopies sent along with the originals, so just letting you know!
Hi Vyktoria! We have included the city police check from where we live (in CA) and the state one. But because she was under 18 where we lived everywhere else we didnt include that (she grew up in Hawaii) So she is only 25 but has lived in CA since she was 18 because we werent sure if that would be relevant or not.
Thnaks for all your advice! It's been tough and I had to move back to AUS this week to start uni and now we're playing the waiting game!


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Hi Vyktoria..we are going through the same..applied in November..my husband of almost 22 years is the applicant as my kids and I are Australian...submitted our app and have since submitted FBI and state police and medicals..now hubby has a job offer down under - just waiting on the visa...Where are you looking at moving? btw I love Texas - almost moved there a few years ago..also are you shipping your belongings? Thanks Liz
Hey, aussieliz123! We're looking at moving to the Sydney area so we can be close to hubby's family. They're dying to meet their granddaughter and I'm dying to have a babysitter lol. Texas was ok. I miss my family and that's it. It's so hot lol. As for our belongings, because we'll be staying with his family for a while before getting our own place, we're going to sell some things like our bed, dressers, bookshelves, desk, etc but keep things like my expensive cookware, clothes, linens, and things that are meaningful (my mother gave them to me). We'll be shipping them by boat, though, to save on cost and we won't need them immediately so we don't mind the wait. How about you guys?

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Hello Vyktoria. How did you ask for the 309 to be bypassed? Was it in a cover letter accompanying the application or did you talk directly to the Case Officer? I have been married for over nine years and we have two daughters who are now Australian citizens. From what I've read my wife is eligible for a permanent visa (subclass 100).
I did submit the request in the form of a cover letter, yes, but ultimately, it's still up to the CO. I had asked the Embassy about that because in Booklet 1 it talks about how a couple can be eligible for skipping over the temporary part of the visa if the couple meets the requirements which you and I both meet. They suggested I request it in my cover letter to just bring it to the attention of my CO that I had met those requirements. Fingers crossed! lol

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Hi Vyktoria! We have included the city police check from where we live (in CA) and the state one. But because she was under 18 where we lived everywhere else we didnt include that (she grew up in Hawaii) So she is only 25 but has lived in CA since she was 18 because we werent sure if that would be relevant or not.
Thnaks for all your advice! It's been tough and I had to move back to AUS this week to start uni and now we're playing the waiting game!
In the email I received from my CO, she had put

"1. A police report from the state where you are currently residing
AND
2. An FBI criminal history record check, and
3. Police clearances for all countries where you have lived for a
total of one year or more in the last 10 years."

and didn't mention anything about age. Even though she was only 15 while in Hawaii, she did also live there for a total of one year or more in the last 10 years so I would consider starting that background check. It doesn't seem too expensive for the State check, ($20 for fingerprint check) and it probably wouldn't take too long and that way if your CO asks for it, you'll already be in the process of getting it.

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Date of application: Feb 14th 2012

Nationality: I am American and my husband is Australian

Visa type: Partner visa (subclass 309)

Offshore/onshore: offshore - in United States

Medicals submitted (yes/no): No, but going in two weeks.

Police check submitted (yes/no): Local Yes, FBI, still waiting on them.

Date CO assigned: not yet

Date visa granted:

So finally have it all together and sent off. Okay is now a good time to PANIC?! Just wanted to say thank you to everyone on here I have been reading all around doing research and this really has been the most helpful site!

My husband and I have have been married just two months shy of 5 years, and we have one son together. I have a son from a previous marriage too. So with all the supporting documentation, certifying all those birth records/passports/pictures... I'm wore out! Good luck to everyone here, and keep your fingers crossed for me too! <3

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