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Old 03-09-2019, 08:43 AM
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Hi Mark,
My question is in regards to Partner visa 820/801. We submitted in April 2017 and coming up to 2 yrs now since initial application. We have only receive one request and that was a AFP check for the sponsor in January 2018. We have not been granted the temporary visa yet and heard nothing at all. We have still been uploading evidence of our relationship of new lease agreement and notified of the birth of our son Feb 2018, photos of holidays etc etc. Should be contact Immigration to check up or just leave it?

Kind regards,

Sponsor From - Australia ( ME )
Applicant from - Pakistan
Applied - 25th April 2017
Onshore/Offshore - Onshore
Visa Subclass - Partner Visa 820/801
Application made by - Online
Agent used - No
Medicals Submitted - 14th May 2018
AFP check for Sponsor - Request for check on 18th January 2018 / submitted on 24th January 2018
AFP check for Applicant - 15th March 2019 - Uploaded on Immi 23th March 2019
Visa Granted - 801 PR Visa GRANTED - 10th May 2019

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Old 03-10-2019, 12:13 PM
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Hi Mark,

I'm new to the forum but would really appreciate any advice you guys might have.

I'm getting married in May this year in India, and I want my bride to accompany me back to Australia and live with me here (of course).

I'm Australian citizen. Lived here for the last 10 years.
My fiance is from India, has a multiple entry tourist visa with last entry before Oct 2019. Only conditions are "No Work" (8101) and "Max 3 months study" (8201) - nothing else.

Question: can I apply for the onshore partner visa when she comes here on her tourist visa after the wedding? Or as the wedding is offshore, must I apply for the offshore partner visa?

Would really love some clarification from the experts - I've had many people tell me many different things


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Old 03-11-2019, 12:35 AM
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Hello Mark,

I only have a quick question. Would I be able to renew my NZ citizen family relationship (461) visa more than one time ?

Cheers! Thank you for your work, appreciate it.

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:38 PM
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Skills Assessment

Hi Mark,

I'm posting on behalf of my partner who is looking in to applying for a 189 visa under the Management Consultant thread, I myself am an Australian citizen.

1) How strict is the criteria for which a skills assessment will be accepted for this job title? She is working for a Big 4 accounting firm in their consultancy division; her tasks seemed to adhere to what is listed on the VETASSESS website, however feedback from other posts indicate it is quite hard for a positive result under this job title.

2) Were she to be granted a 189 visa for Management Consultant, would she have to stay in this particular field to continue working in Australia? What if she was offered a different position outside of this area?

3) Can you provide any domain knowledge on how strictly they will deem a degree "highly relevant"? She has a BSc in International Business and Economics, and a MSc in Financial Economics. I understand you can not say whether this will suffice or not, but your general feedback based on what you've experienced would be helpful.

4) She had 15 months of work experience at a company in their internal consulting division, the work she was doing is relevant to the consultancy work she provides now. Do you feel that this could be accepted when determining her Date Deemed Skilled?

I appreciate any advice you can give on this.


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Old 03-12-2019, 05:53 PM
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After aat win?

Hi All

would anyone have any idea how long does it take for the visa grant (820) after the AAT remits back the application?

If anyone has been in the same situation?

many thanks

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Old 03-13-2019, 07:53 PM
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Hi Mark - I am an Australian citizen with Permanent Resident Status. My husband is an American citizen. We have been married for 10 years and live in the US. What is the better option - apply for a spousal/partner visa from outside Australia or inside Australia? Is the visa review process any faster for people married for more than two years? Thanks in advance. KCrawfordGray

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Old 03-18-2019, 12:57 AM
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Hi Mark,

My partner and I are applying for PMV, and I'd like to know if it's best to do the health check before applying or afterwards?

Also, I have many receipts that myself and my partner have whilst travelling together but they are not in English should I translate all of them?

Many thanks

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Old 03-18-2019, 07:42 AM
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Hi Mark. Wanted to know if the condition for sponsor to be a usual resident of Australia would affect my spouse offshore application. I am Australian PR. After receiving the grant in December 2017, I validated my PR with initial entry in March 2018 and came back immediately to get married in Dec 2018. I am still in India. Wanted to know if anyone with same situation has been given grant.

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Old 03-19-2019, 12:52 PM
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820 to 801 with more than 3 years de facto?

Hi Mark

I applied for my partner visa on 23 May 2017 and was granted the 820 visa on 13 Nov 2018.

I had asked in my statement for the 801 to be considered at the same time, as my partner and I have been in a de facto relationship since October 2014. However this wasn't granted and no mention made of it, and since they seem to make it so difficult to contact a case officer (no direct contact details) I let it slide, thinking it was of no consequence.

I'm now in a position of looking for a new job, and finding that I am excluded from some (mostly government jobs) as they require permanent resident status. So I wondered if it is possible/advisable for me to ask again for the 801 to be considered on the grounds of 3+ years de facto? And if so how would I best go about that, as contacting anyone related to the case seems discouraged by the fact they don't provide a direct contact?

Thanks for your help in advance, this thread helps so many people through what can be a confusing and stressful process!

Take care,


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Old 03-19-2019, 06:10 PM
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Hi All -

Thought I would start a new thread here for the new year (well, a few weeks early!) to answer questions given all the recent changes in migration law and policy, especially in the area of partner and fiance visas - an area I specialise in. In the last few months my business got quite busy, and I wasn't able to get to all the questions I wanted to from the previous thread - my apologies for the delay.

As an immigration lawyer and registered migration agent, I'm happy to answer general questions as my workload allows, and always enjoy sharing information and knowledge with visa applicants. A few quick house rules:

* I cannot assess your specific case here - that's what consultations are for - see my website in the email signature below. It takes more time to properly assess a case than is practical for back&forth forum questions.

* Please include any info or details you can related to your question.

* I can't help you in the following areas: finding a job/sponsor, job prospects for specific occupations, how much time DHA will take to [fill in the blank], what the chances of success are for your application, whether your evidence is sufficient, etc.

* I can help you in areas such as the requirements for various visas and skills assessments, procedural questions working with DHA, AAT, etc, more complex visa issues such as cancellations, exclusion periods, PIC 4020, Schedule 3 (another specialty area of mine) condition 8503 and other conditions, refusals, reviews, ministerial intervention, health and character issues, etc

My workload keeps me very busy, so I am not always able to get back and respond to questions same-day, but will do my best. Please be patient. If a matter is very urgent, please contact me directly (contact info on website listed in my email signature)

I hope you find this helpful and useful.


Mark Northam
Hello Sir,
Hope you are well,
i m writing this letter that ex my husband is an Australian citizen, once i traveled in 2017 for a month, i had 309/100 partner visa, my ex husband came to Pakistan and divorced me without my knowledge he canceled my 309/100 visa, before cancellation of visa Australian Embassy never contacted me. i have been residing in Pakistan since the birth of baby girl. i want to come Australia and and get my daughter legal is my humble submission please kindly guide me what is right thing to do for me and 9 month old baby girl. i am waiting for positive reply
kind regards

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