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Old 06-03-2017, 03:16 AM
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Thanks for the update. Good to know they are moving. My partner is living in the US. We applied for 309 on 13 Sep 2016, had the health assessment in Oct, and submitted FBI and state police check in early Dec. But we do not hear anything yet.

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Ummm... you SHOULD know what you applied for. And no, they won't figure it out for you... If I remember correctly, one of the first questions in the application asks which visa you are applying for.

DIBP is unforgiving. If you submitted the wrong app, you're out that application fee. If you accidentally selected 300 instead of 309 and you're married already, you've just wasted a bunch of money. No refunds given.

I suggest you get on to immi, review your application, and make sure you applied for the correct visa.
The online program starts with a number of automated questions, then based on your inputs, it assigns you to a particular category. For example 1) are you already married to your sponsor? 2) How long have you been married to your sponsor? 3) Are you applying for this application outside of Australia?.. It is fool proof, and there was no way possible to apply to the wrong visa--one of my initial worries.

So to answer your question, I applied for the 309/100. Per my recent reply and my ImmiAccount listed category, I applied for the 300, 309/100, 820, 801.

I got my wife her US green card 8 years ago... It is not as bad and as cold hearted as you are making it out to seem. The immigration office denies potentially dangerous people and/or couples who aren't in a committed relationship. They're not looking to screw people over for honest mistakes or negligence. If they need more information and/or corrections to your application, they request it. If you can't provide what they're looking for, then they reject you.


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The online program starts with a number of automated questions, then based on your inputs, it assigns you to a particular category. For example 1) are you already married to your sponsor? 2) How long have you been married to your sponsor? 3) Are you applying for this application outside of Australia?.. It is fool proof, and there was no way possible to apply to the wrong visa--one of my initial worries.

So to answer your question, I applied for the 309/100. Per my recent reply and my ImmiAccount listed category, I applied for the 300, 309/100, 820, 801.

I got my wife her US green card 8 years ago... It is not as bad and as cold hearted as you are making it out to seem. The immigration office denies potentially dangerous people and/or couples who aren't in a committed relationship. They're not looking to screw people over for honest mistakes or negligence. If they need more information and/or corrections to your application, they request it. If you can't provide what they're looking for, then they reject you.
If you have a decent read through this forum, you'd see just how hard Australian immigration can be. People have had visitor visas denied unless they left a kid behind in their home country, they've been banned for accidentally overstaying (even seen a story about a stolen paasport on the way to the airport to leave), and visa application wasted because they applied for the wrong visa. Oh, and they deny PLENTY of couples in committed relationships, often because those couples made mistakes on their applications. DIBP can make a decision at any time on someone's application, and one would be lucky if a CO gave them a chance to fix a major mistake, especially considering how backed up the pipeline is on partner visas and the pressure to reduce wait times.


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The online program starts with a number of automated questions, then based on your inputs, it assigns you to a particular category. For example 1) are you already married to your sponsor? 2) How long have you been married to your sponsor? 3) Are you applying for this application outside of Australia?.. It is fool proof, and there was no way possible to apply to the wrong visa--one of my initial worries.

So to answer your question, I applied for the 309/100. Per my recent reply and my ImmiAccount listed category, I applied for the 300, 309/100, 820, 801.

I got my wife her US green card 8 years ago... It is not as bad and as cold hearted as you are making it out to seem. The immigration office denies potentially dangerous people and/or couples who aren't in a committed relationship. They're not looking to screw people over for honest mistakes or negligence. If they need more information and/or corrections to your application, they request it. If you can't provide what they're looking for, then they reject you.
I wish it worked as easily and nicely as you think it does. I genuinely do. I've been on this forum for several years now, and here are just a few of the reasons I've seen people with rejected partner visas:

1) Back when you could apply in person, an applicant took all her evidence to a DIBP office. They took her application forms, and she tried to give them her evidence - but the woman at the window told her they didn't want her evidence yet, and they'd contact her when they were ready for it. A short period of time later (less than a month), *without ever contacting her,* they refused her application because she didn't provide enough evidence. She was out the application fee, no refund, no recourse, and had to apply all over again, this time with a visa refusal on her record.

2) There was very recently someone on this forum who applied on paper and had their partner visa application refused because they were already married and ticked the PMV box. They were married, so weren't eligible for the PMV - too bad, so sad. Nothing they could do.

3) There was one couple who applied for a de facto visa exactly one day short of meeting the one-year relationship requirement. Their visa was refused.

There's a reason we're so cautious on this forum. It's because we've seen examples like this over time. Are they few and far between? Sure. But they happen, and they can be truly disastrous for people when they do. There have been so many applicants here given wrong advice by DIBP who end up in bad situations or with visa refusals as a result. If something goes wrong, they have no recourse, and DIBP is not held accountable. There's a reason only MARA-registered agents are permitted in Australia to give official migration advice and DIBP officers are not. It's really sad.

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Thanks for clearing that up college girl. All those stories are very unfortunate . I do think the automated system was designed so those types of problems or refusals don't happen. We will see I guess.

The timing is very important. My wife and I had to get married at least 30 days after her arrival, because in the US she did not come on the prospective marriage visa. If we had gotten married any earlier, she would have been denied the US partner visa.

As for the 309/100, does anyone know how that works? I have been married 8 years now, which qualifies me right away for the 100. Could this make approval of my 309/100 take longer? I have seen that processing times for the 100 are generally longer, which is why I ask.


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You wait the normal wait times for the 309, then ideally the 100 is granted simultaneously. This also doesn't always happen even when people meet the requirement, which then becomes a battle. Welcome to Australian immigration.

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Hi all

Just thought I'd share my update on my application. We applied late August 2016...
Medicals and FBI check both mid November 2016 and State Police check (Louisiana) late Jan 2017 after waiting nearly 3 months for it!!
We have been together 3 years and have a son. Applied for 309. Had some complex circumstances. Didn't hear from CO until we got issued grant.
Would like to thank everyone on here for advice over last year and embassy in Washington and CO
Got grant 28th March 2017.

My wife arrived in Australia 1st of April. Finally all together.
Great to hear some hopeful news regarding the processing in Washington DC and big congrats on the grant! August to March sounds like it took about 7 months? Fingers crossed that that is a indication things are moving forward with the 2016 applications .
All the best for your life together in Australia.

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Thanks for the update. Good to know they are moving. My partner is living in the US. We applied for 309 on 13 Sep 2016, had the health assessment in Oct, and submitted FBI and state police check in early Dec. But we do not hear anything yet.
Finally, we received an email from a CO saying that "I am currently assessing your Partner Visa Application. I am pleased to advise, pending final checks the application will be finalised in the new financial year (July 2017). Please do not make any travel plans to Australia. If you should travel to Australia, please advise so." It is not a grant notice but does cheer us up so much.

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I'm unclear how or why a visa subclass 100 is sometimes granted simultaneously with the 309. I thought one had to wait two years before the 100 is granted.
After you applied for 309/100, they may directly grant you a 100 visa.


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