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CollegeGirl 05-31-2013 10:18 PM

Scotty, other people's processing times aren't necessarily going to help you here. I haven't seen many others here from her country. What factors into processing time is country of origin, countries where the applicant has lived, whether there's anything in the applicant's health history that DIAC wants a closer look at, the strength of the evidence you send in, and (the biggest variable) how long the security agency in the applicant's home country takes to get back to DIAC on their external security check.

Generally, low-risk countries' applications process more quickly than high-risk countries, and her country doesn't seem to be classified as low-risk... but there are exceptions to every rule. The Philippines is a country technically considered high-risk, but their prospective marriage visa applications usually get through pretty quickly. (Except for right now, actually, since they're capped.)

DIAC does have some basic processing time guidelines on their website, but many people get theirs faster, while others get theirs way slower. It's pretty difficult to predict.

CollegeGirl 05-31-2013 10:24 PM

Actually, looking at the Spouse and Family Timelines feature in this forum, it looks like one other person from Mauritius entered a timeline. They applied for a PMV in August of last year and got it granted in March of this year. Again, your case could be similar.. or theirs could have been held up by something. Impossible to know.

Scotty P 03-21-2014 03:58 AM

Just a quick update, it's been a while since i've been on the forum. My Fiancee ended up staying in the country we were able to enroll her in some extra units for her uni degree as her student visa expires September this year.

We are getting married on the 24th of May this year, just a couple of months to go :) i had a quick question about the letter of intent to marry. Since my partner was able to stay we will be applying for the onshore partner visa after we are married. I believe we have to obtain the letter one month prior to the wedding. My question is what do we do once we have the letter? Do we get married and submit the letter with the visa application?

Inkhearted 03-21-2014 04:33 AM

Scotty -- I think what you're talking about is the Notice of Intention to Marry form, which is something you have to fill out and lodge with Birth, Deaths, and Marriages one month before you get married in Australia. You can find some information about it here: Getting married - Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria

Our celebrant lodged ours for us. You don't actually need to show evidence of this to Immigration (or at least, I didn't). Your marriage certificate, which you can obtain after you get married, is the evidence they're looking for when you lodge an onshore (married) partner visa. :)

kangaroogirl 03-21-2014 05:58 AM

No you don't need to show this to immigration if you'll be applying as a married couple. It's only if you're applying for a prospective marriage visa (PMV) that you need to show the letter of intent to proove you plan to marry.

Since you'll already be married you obviously don't need to do that :)

Scotty P 06-02-2014 05:28 AM

Thanks for all the info guys, i just want to say that my partner and i are now married we were married last week on the 24th of May in Perth and will be going to Mauritius at the end of June for another ceremony with my wife's family and to have a honeymoon.

Now I can begin the visa process, although i started many months ago gathering evidence and documents etc. At this stage because its been at least twelve months or so since i made my initial inquires about an onshore partner visa, I'm wanting to know if any laws have changed in regards to onshore partner visa applications?

I have few different templates of the contents of the application and how to present it which i obtained from this forum. Apologies i can't remember who they came from however the information is extremely helpful, i will be using these templates to collate the info. I have one of the most important documents the marriage certificate, our minister also submitted the intent to marry letter for us.

We will be submitting a dissension ready application, is there any other advice you could offer?

GBP 06-02-2014 05:34 AM

So far, there is no major changes to partner visa application, except there are updated forms and longer processing time.

Make sure you are using the latest forms.

Scotty P 06-02-2014 06:04 AM

Thanks for that, once i have the application finished i was planning on submitting it in person. Would this be the best way or via registered post?

Engaus 06-02-2014 07:29 AM

I don't think they like you dropping the applications off anymore.
Why not apply online? Makes things a lot easier in my opinion - keeps a record of everything you upload and no stressing about post arriving or getting lost.

CollegeGirl 06-02-2014 07:49 AM

You can't submit in person anymore.

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