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Old 03-14-2020, 10:58 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Iím new to the forum. Lots of interesting posts and information on here.

Wanting to pick a few brains as we are in a bit of panic at the moment.

I am Irish and my wife is Australian. She has been living in Northern Ireland with me for nearly 5 years. She has been here on an ancestry visa as her grandad was from Brighton, but it expires in June.

We got married last year and have had a little baby boy and how things change when a baby comes along.

My wife is keen to get back home now with her family and friends around her. With that we made a quick decision (maybe too quick), to not extend her visa but to put the money into my visa application (309 Partner Visa).

We understood that with the partner visa (309), as soon as it was paid for a bridging visa was granted to allow the applicant to enter Australia whilst the partner visa was processed. How wrong were we!

This is not the case and we are in a panic at the moment as we booked flights for the end of March thinking the above was true.

We also applied for our sonís citizenship and are waiting for this to be confirmed.

We are thinking it might have to be a holiday visa (3 months) for me and pray that it gets granted within the 3 months and I will leave Oz for a short trip.

The application only went in on February.

Anyone had any recent applications for the 309 that have been approved quickly?? Obviously panicking and wondering what options we have.

Thanks.


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Old 03-15-2020, 09:42 PM
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As you seem to have discovered, a bridging visa is granted if and only if a valid onshore application for a visa that can be granted onshore is lodged.

With increasingly draconian conditions being imposed to counter COVID-19 it is unlikely that there will be any good news soon.

From what you have posted (baby + at least 2 years relationship) you can expect permanent residence to be granted without a 2-year wait.

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Old 03-15-2020, 10:57 PM
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Hi Everyone,


We are thinking it might have to be a holiday visa (3 months) for me and pray that it gets granted within the 3 months and I will leave Oz for a short trip.

The application only went in on February.
It's very unlikely to happen in that time frame. Stated processing times are up to 14-19 months for a 309 visa, and although London can be quicker, it's not generally that quick. There's a helpful post here with recent times:
https://www.australiaforum.com/visas...ml#post1985425

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Old 03-16-2020, 05:31 PM
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As you seem to have discovered, a bridging visa is granted if and only if a valid onshore application for a visa that can be granted onshore is lodged.

With increasingly draconian conditions being imposed to counter COVID-19 it is unlikely that there will be any good news soon.

From what you have posted (baby + at least 2 years relationship) you can expect permanent residence to be granted without a 2-year wait.
Hi wrussell,

Yes we have been together for nearly 7 years. I was in Oz previously for two years on a working holiday. We met and were together for almost 6 months and decided to give long distance a go.

After 1 and a half years of long distance my partner moved to Northern Ireland where she has lived with me for 5 years.

I feel my application has all the required information for proof that we are legitimate. Just hope it helps with the speed of approval process.


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