Applying for Visitor Visa 600 while waiting on a Partner Visa 309 approval

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Applying for Visitor Visa 600 while waiting on a Partner Visa 309 approval


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Old 02-24-2020, 06:04 AM
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Applying for Visitor Visa 600 while waiting on a Partner Visa 309 approval

Hi Guys

I have read and heard different takes on this topic. Still not 100% sure if this will affect my Partner Visa application.

I am currently outside Australia in South Africa holding a valid Visitor visa which expires 31 May 2020. I applied for a Partner Visa outside Aus in April 2019. I have been in Australia with my partner from June 2019 and we came back to South Africa for a few weeks holiday.

My thoughts are to apply for a new Visitor Visa whilst here in South Africa so that I can stay with my partner in Australia while waiting for the Partner visa to come through.. Does anyone have insight on whether extending the current Visitor visa whilst inside Australia would be a better option or rather apply for a new Visitor Visa instead? Not sure where they would grant a longer period of stay and if the extension of a 600 visa is valid for 12 months?

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Old 02-24-2020, 06:16 AM
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You cannot extend a visitor visa. You must apply for a new one

As you have until 31 May wait until at least May to apply

My experience of 600 visas is twice applied.
First one in Thailand in July 2018 and was granted in 3 days because we raced in and had the medical.
A new one (extension) was applied for in October 2018 in Australia for which 6 months was granted.
This decision took 10 days and a bridging visa was given because the expiry date was imminent
The second was applied for in Thailand in January 2020 and only 3 months again granted.

Our PMV 300 is still being assessed after 20 months


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You cannot extend a visitor visa. You must apply for a new one

As you have until 31 May wait until at least May to apply

My experience of 600 visas is twice applied.
First one in Thailand in July 2018 and was granted in 3 days because we raced in and had the medical.
A new one (extension) was applied for in October 2018 in Australia for which 6 months was granted.
This decision took 10 days and a bridging visa was given because the expiry date was imminent
The second was applied for in Thailand in January 2020 and only 3 months again granted.

Our PMV 300 is still being assessed after 20 months
Hi Chrislane

Thanks for this input. The reason I am looking at it now rather than waiting is that I will have to exit Australia again (another flight) to do it. So just trying to save on flight costs and do it now. Also my medical will still be valid so wont have to do that again.

But noted on no extension of Visitor visa.

OMW 20 months. I see current processing times have shortened to max 19 months on my side so hopefully someone contacts you soon! It is such a gruelling process with a very long waiting period.


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Old 02-24-2020, 09:25 AM
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I see current processing times have shortened to max 19 months on my side so hopefully someone contacts you soon! It is such a gruelling process with a very long waiting period.
There is no maximum processing time.

Assuming you are on the 309, the recent processing times for January 2020 were: 14-19 ie: 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.

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Old 03-09-2020, 03:39 PM
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There is no maximum processing time.

Assuming you are on the 309, the recent processing times for January 2020 were: 14-19 ie: 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.
Thanks for clearing that up JandE. I did call the immigration offices last year around July to ask if the "I confirm I have provided all requested information" button affects the processing time as at one point it was faulty. I also has provided all information.

I noticed now that my application for the 309 Partner visa says submitted in April 2019 but was still stating initial assesment. Most of my attached documents have been so-called locked as in I couldn't add any further info. I only just clicked that button now and the status changed to Further Assesment.

The immigration office told me that button wouldn't affect my application being processed. Do you have insights here perhaps? Hopefully I haven't lost a great deal of time now.

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