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Partner Visa 820 Granted In Three Weeks


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Old 08-24-2013, 01:24 AM
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Partner Visa 820 Granted In Three Weeks

I submitted my application in Sydney and I received a letter from Immigration dated 01 August 2013 advising that the application had been received. My case officer was allocated on the 19th of August and sent me an email requesting more information. I provided it on the 20th of August and the very next day, my visa was granted. I did not receive an email advising that my visa had been granted. On the 23rd of August, I received correspondence in the mail which included the letter advising that my application had been received, the bridging visa grant notice, then the letter advising that the partner visa has been granted (dated 21st of August) along with the visa grant notice. I also received some general information on my visa. My police checks and photos were also returned to me.

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Congrats!!! You are the lucky one. :-)


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That's fantastic! I hope mine is as easy too!
Congrats though you must be over the moon!


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Thank you! I'm still sort of in shock that it got approved so quickly but I already went to the local Medicare office and got an enrollment form.

I submitted a mountain of supporting evidence and made sure it was organised and presented in a way that was easy for my case officer to navigate and read.

I think that might have helped in the speedy approval.


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The funniest part was that when I got the acknowledgement email, it was missing the attachments relating to my bridging visa. I sent three emails (two to the general email address and one to my case officer when I provided the additional information) and I never received a response.

When the visa grant arrived, it had the bridging visa grant notice as well.

I kind of joked around when I didn't get the bridging visa grant notice initially that maybe they were just going to approve it straight away and didn't bother telling me about the bridging visa.


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Congratulations this is so amazing !! Did you apply with everything ready (medicals and police check) ??

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That's great! Were there any special circumstances about your application where you asked for expedited or priority processing?

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Yes, I applied with the medicals and police checks. I didn't see form 1221 on the list of forms I needed so I didn't complete that and my case officer asked me to complete it.

There were no special circumstances but I did ask that the 12 month relationship requirement be waived since we had our relationship registered. We hadn't been living together for 12 months when I lodged the application. It was more like 11 months so not too far off.


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That's great, Perrfy, and I'm very glad for you and your partner. The reason I asked is that I'm aware of expedited service for unique cases - I worked on one recently where the sponsor had been diagnosed with recurring cancer that was spreading, and that application went through in a week after a request for expedited processing due to medical reasons.

The frustrating thing is that 3-week approvals for non-expedited cases show just how wildly inconsistent and unfair DIAC can be when processing onshore partner applications - when people who lodged their applications many months before you are forced to wait up to a year or more, you have to wonder what's really going on down at DIAC and how chaotic and out of control things may be. I say this not to reflect negatively on you in any way, Perrfy! But if you think about it, what am I as a migration agent supposed to tell clients who have been waiting 6 or 9 months - some without even a case officer assigned yet - when they read online that DIAC puts some applications through in 3 weeks and one from a higher-risk country at that! The natural question people ask me is, "How come that guy on the forum jumped ahead of us in line by 9 months?"
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It does seem extremely inconsistent. As a migration agent, you can't really tell your clients that it's seemingly completely random either.

The DIAC does seem to hint that it is random as well. When they sent me the acknowledgement email, they said that current processing was 13 months, but processing could be significantly shorter or significantly greater than that estimate. Essentially, it is totally random.


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