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309 Visa - Biometrics and ALL EVIDENCE Required Within 28 Days?!?


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Old 10-15-2019, 06:45 AM
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309 Visa - Biometrics and ALL EVIDENCE Required Within 28 Days?!?

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Yesterday My Malaysian Partner and I applied and paid for the 309/100 partner visa. Immiaccount has now been updated to show she is at 'initial assessment; stage for the 309 Visa.

This morning we received two emails from DHA. The first was telling us she needed to complete biometrics checks (fingerprints and photos) that she must attend an address halfway across the country from her home within 28 days. If this is not done within 28 days, the visa will automatically be rejected.

The next email was a checklist of all the required evidence. This is also stated that ALL DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE (police checks, health check etc) must be provided within 28 days.

Reading here and on the wait times on the DHA website, I was not expecting to have to front up with all of this information so quickly. Some people aren't submitting medicals for nearly a year after their initial application. We have most of the required documents already but didn't want to apply for police checks etc until prompted.


My questions:

1. Is this correct? What happens if the documents aren't all attached within the time frame?

2. I was hoping it was possible to book now for the biometrics and medical and submit evidence of a booking for six weeks time, that way the case officer knows it has been actioned at least. Does anyone else have any experience with this?

Doing the biometrics and medical within 28 days would mean taking a separate (and financially taxing) trip for her halfway across the country to the one centre in Malaysia make sure they are done in time. We already have booked a trip there six weeks from now and really wanted to stretch it until then. It would save us a fortune.

Thanks in advance for your help everyone.


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My suggestion only - others may have differing opinions: Make the booking for bios and medical and upload supporting documentation eg - Letter addressed to the case officer advising that the appointments have been made and are on xx date. Attach the letter to an email and forward to the email address provided on the S56 - Request for Further Information (RFI). Additionally upload the letter to your Immi account. Don't forget to include the required identifiers (TRN & Application ID). I would also include a reason why you cannot complete within 28 days (eg work / distance etc).

What you received sounds like a standard RFI from DHA. You should be mildly excited as they have perused your application very quickly.

Please remember that DHA can make a determination at any time after submission of your application. They are not required to give you any time although in reality they provide reasonable notice if a document/s are missing.

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Hi Everyone

Yesterday My Malaysian Partner and I applied and paid for the 309/100 partner visa. Immiaccount has now been updated to show she is at 'initial assessment; stage for the 309 Visa.

This morning we received two emails from DHA. The first was telling us she needed to complete biometrics checks (fingerprints and photos) that she must attend an address halfway across the country from her home within 28 days. If this is not done within 28 days, the visa will automatically be rejected.

The next email was a checklist of all the required evidence. This is also stated that ALL DOCUMENTS AND EVIDENCE (police checks, health check etc) must be provided within 28 days.

Reading here and on the wait times on the DHA website, I was not expecting to have to front up with all of this information so quickly. Some people aren't submitting medicals for nearly a year after their initial application. We have most of the required documents already but didn't want to apply for police checks etc until prompted.


My questions:

1. Is this correct? What happens if the documents aren't all attached within the time frame?

2. I was hoping it was possible to book now for the biometrics and medical and submit evidence of a booking for six weeks time, that way the case officer knows it has been actioned at least. Does anyone else have any experience with this?

Doing the biometrics and medical within 28 days would mean taking a separate (and financially taxing) trip for her halfway across the country to the one centre in Malaysia make sure they are done in time. We already have booked a trip there six weeks from now and really wanted to stretch it until then. It would save us a fortune.

Thanks in advance for your help everyone.
I'm not a qualified immigration attorney, but my thinking would be they want to see some sort of evidence that you are attempting to gather the required documents (or in this case, the health check) within the 28 days. This is why a receipt for the background checks can extend that period...but I'm not sure a booked appointment would hold the same weight. Is there a way you could pre-pay, or perhaps put down a small part of the payment now, and then submit that receipt? Hopefully someone else can provide some more insight.

As for the quick turnaround, we ran into a very similar situation. We submitted our application 29/08/2019, and did not anticipate receiving a request for additional evidence/documents for some time. To our surprise, we received a request for Medical and Background Checks on 19/09/2019, which was only 20 days later. We are fortunate enough that the nearest Medical Examination Location was only 5 hours drive away, so we made a long day-trip and submitted the required documents on 10/12/2019.

May I ask how long you have been in a relationship/married? We were thinking perhaps our quick turnaround was due to being married for > 3 years. I also realize a lot of this is just chance.

Having said that...best of luck to you and your partner!


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It has been stated many times before that people who do not submit a complete application ( with the exception of a medical) are putting themselves at risk.
Recently there has been an assumption that the department will ask for any missing documents, it is my understanding that they are entitled to make a decision based on the information initially provided.

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The biometrics must be done immediately.

Police certificates can be applied for and receipt attached.

Medicals can be booked for a future date and evidence of booking provided.

All other evidence should have been provided at time of application.

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