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Old 02-20-2012, 02:57 PM
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Nationality: Greek citizen, Australian wife, living in Greece
Area migrating to: Melbourne
Visa type: Partner visa (spouse) 309/100
Offshore: Berlin office
Agent: No
Date of application: Confirmation received on 17.11.2011
Police check: Submitted with original application
Date CO assigned: 12.01.2012
Medicals & Form 886 requested: 12.01.2012
Form 886 submitted: 24.01.2012
Medicals submitted (via e-Health using HAP ID provided by Berlin office): 06.02.2012
Date visa granted: Pending

My case seems pretty simple: Six years of marriage with two kids (both already Australian citizens) should be a strong proof of a genuine marriage.
Thanks to a post in this forum, I sent yesterday an e-mail to the Berlin office, asking if I could skip over the provisional part of my 309 visa (marriage since 2006, two children). Reply came today, with a VISA GRANT NOTIFICATION of my 100 (permanent) visa. Waiting period was 3 months+3 days. Absolutely satisfied with Berlin office and my CO. Many thanks to everybody posting in here, my best wishes to all of you. Next step --> Melbourne

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Old 02-20-2012, 08:00 PM
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Urgent!

Hi guys, I hope you're all doing well. I'm worried about my partner application because I need to travel for 7 months this year, and the DIAC won't give me a straight answer as to what would happen if I'm overseas and they reach a decision about my partner visa application.

When I lodged my file on June 2011 I was told that it'd take 9 months to process, that's why I decided to travel this year in April, but seemingly the DIAC doesn't care about the timeframes they give. They think we all need to put our lives on hold while they do their job in slow motion.

Do any of you knows what happens if a decision is reached while an applicant is overseas? I'd appreciate any help guys.

Thanks so much


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Old 02-20-2012, 08:41 PM
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Hi guys, I hope you're all doing well. I'm worried about my partner application because I need to travel for 7 months this year, and the DIAC won't give me a straight answer as to what would happen if I'm overseas and they reach a decision about my partner visa application.

When I lodged my file on June 2011 I was told that it'd take 9 months to process, that's why I decided to travel this year in April, but seemingly the DIAC doesn't care about the timeframes they give. They think we all need to put our lives on hold while they do their job in slow motion.

Do any of you knows what happens if a decision is reached while an applicant is overseas? I'd appreciate any help guys.

Thanks so much
Hi barney. Theoretically, if you are offshore (and you inform DIAC about it), they sent you a pre-notification when your visa is ready. Then they'll wait for you to come back, before your visa is granted. Please double-check what I'm saying, because I can't remember where I've read it. As I said, it can be just theory.


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Old 02-20-2012, 10:24 PM
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Unfortunately the processing times are getting longer and longer but its not because DIAC want to work slow. There are outside agencies that are also delaying the process and with a huge number of applications this is pushing out the processing time. It's extremely frustrating and yes to an extent you have to put your life on hold.

If you travel overseas and DIAC advise you when they are ready to decide your application then you will have to come back anyway so it may be best for you to delay your travel if you don't want the hassle of having to come back during your travels.

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:51 PM
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Hi barney. Theoretically, if you are offshore (and you inform DIAC about it), they sent you a pre-notification when your visa is ready. Then they'll wait for you to come back, before your visa is granted. Please double-check what I'm saying, because I can't remember where I've read it. As I said, it can be just theory.
I don't think they check to make sure you're outside of the country. I called the other day to ask what I should do if we choose to visit my husband's family and they said I would need to let my Case Officer know what dates we will be in Australia so I imagine they go off of this, as well.

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If you apply onshore you must be onshore when the visa is granted. If you apply offshore you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you advise your CO of your travels they will inform you when a decision is ready to be made and they will delay the grant of the visa until you are back onshore/ offshore.

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:11 AM
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If you apply onshore you must be onshore when the visa is granted. If you apply offshore you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you advise your CO of your travels they will inform you when a decision is ready to be made and they will delay the grant of the visa until you are back onshore/ offshore.
can you apply tourist visa and then if you're already in australia can you apply onshore partner visa?


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Old 02-21-2012, 10:55 AM
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Date of application: 30.09.2011

Nationality: German (but resident of the UK)

Visa type: Spouse visa 820/801

Offshore/onshore: Onshore - Brisbane office (handed in the application in person in Cairns and they sent it to Brisbane)

Medicals submitted (yes/no): Not needed again as I applied as the holder of a valid PMV (medicals were still valid)

Police check submitted (yes/no): as above

Date CO assigned: Never, didn't even get the confirmation letter that my application has been received

Date visa granted: TODAY!

I am really surprised as I was not expecting it to happen that quickly! Now I just have to wait for the 2nd stage visa. So happy :-)

Good luck to all of you still waiting!


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Old 02-21-2012, 11:45 AM
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Date of application: 7 Jan 2012
Nationality: Singapore
Visa type: Offshore partner (309/100) applying through berlin.
Medicals submitted (yes/no): 8 feb 2012
Police check submitted (yes/no): yes
Date CO assigned: some time before 21 feb 2012
Date visa granted: 21 feb 2012
Latest status - as of 16 jan, money deducted, valid application notification sent along with medical exam paper.

good luck to you all!
today was my first and probably last communication with my case officer. Barely over a month after applying, my visa (100) was approved. thank you to everyone on this forum and good luck. where berlin is concerned, if your paperwork is in order, dont worry.

also, we did not send in too much. a few bank statements, membership to a gym, phone bills, to name a few. We followed the instructions posted on the website by diac Berlin. Also, i suggest keeping an excel sheet of all the questions you think are relevant including answers given by hotline / forum. IMO a systematically prepared application is key to a quickly processed application. Good luck to everyone!


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Old 02-21-2012, 02:30 PM
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Hey!!!

I've gotta say - well done this is an amazing forum and it has given me a lot of help for my visa application!!

I have applied for a partner visa a couple of days ago - here are the details!

I am Austrian
my partner australian

applied on 16/2/2012
first contact of CO 20/2/2012
medical test 20/2/2012
police check not yet requested

I have been in Australia for the last two years on a 457 visa and met my partner there.
we spent Christmas with my family in Austria and he went back to Australia to start work again!

can ANYBODY tell me how long it will take till I can go to Australia to be back together with my boy??? the embassy in Austria told me that it will be between 5 and 6 months!! our application map was about 5 cm thick we gave them everything!!

can anybody cheer me up???


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