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Old 04-20-2020, 02:12 PM
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Hi Brit_in_aus -

Thanks for the question. They likely won't be able to help her via phone, however she could lodge (on form 424A) a Freedom of Information request for that time period requesting a copy of any application she lodged. Alternatively if the date is required on the form, you could put "01 Jan 1900" which is the "recognised" date that can be entered into a field on some visa applications when a date is required but is not known by the applicant despite best efforts. You might also include a note with the application explaining that she doesn't have the date, if she remembers the year then she could put that in the note, etc.

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Hi Mark! Quick question. My Aussie partner has already sponsored an ex partner. She was from Europe and the relationship ended more than fifteen years ago.

Because it was so long ago he has forgotten the date he lodged the sponsorship for her. I know we will be asked this information at the application, so just being organised!

Can he call Home Affairs or IMMI for this info? Thanks for your time! 🙂

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Hi Vik-per -

That screen can be confusing - you can only upload 10 files at a time, however you generally have a total of 100 files (see indication at the top) total. Merging PDFs is a good idea - just make sure how you merge them is logical (ie, you could merge all the photos, tickets and evidence from a particular vacation trip into one file) - also note the 5MB size limit - you will make friends with your PDF shrink/compress/optimise software before long!

Note that you get 100 files for the sponsor and 100 files for the applicant, which changes once the sponsor is "approved" midway through the process - at that point you don't get to upload any more for the sponosr, so definitely consider loading up the sponsor section with anything related to the sponsor. Other files are for files you want to submit that do not fall into any of the categories that are available, so feel free to use that as appropriate.

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Hi Mark,
Thank you again for answering my questions so far its greatly appreciated.
So we paid our fee and it was approved today and now im uploading documents to the immi account. From what i can see a lot of our documents will be in the "relationship" requests and it only accepts 10 files. Can the rest be uploaded onto the sponsors section? )if that makes sense. The "other" documents uploads section at the bottom is that just for documents the CO requests or can more be uploaded there?
Im thinking i might have to merge some pdf's together cos we have a lot of evidence to attach lol.

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Old 04-20-2020, 02:21 PM
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Hi Shushuk -

Thanks for the note - see my responses below after each question at ***:


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Dear Mark
Thank you so much for offering your knowledge and expertise with us.
A few questions:

1) I lodged 309 today and soon after got an email requesting biometrics and health check. One month ago i had these done for a 600 but my 600 was refused. Do i need to redo biometrics/health check.
*** You will need to do the health check again as it is more extensive for a partner visa. You might be able to get them to reuse your biometrics - have seen this work and not work depending on the case, doesn't hurt to try.

2) if i do need to do these what do i do about meeting the 14 day deadline. Everything is in lockdown in my country.
*** It is ridiculous that they publish these things with 14-day deadlines when it is literally impossible to get them done within that deadline. Suggest you immediately email them back to advise that you are unable to make the appointment for health or biometrics (assuming that's the case) and request additional time.



3) i noticed the website says translators outside Aus do not need to be accredited but they must state their qualification. Does this mean anyone of any priofession can translate our docs? Do they need to have done any english proficency tests or is simply knowing english enough?
*** No, should be a professional licensed/qualified/etc translator qualified in your country to translate government documents. If you cannot find a NAATI certified translator in your country, I'd go for a similarly licensed professional translator that has a seal, and has some sort of official recognition or license for his/her work and is qualified to do official translations for government documents in your country. I also recommend putting the translator's contact info on the documents.

4) my wife lives in australia so we have no joint accounts or shared expenses etc. We are financially stable and never needed to send each other money. We only lived together for 3 months after our wedding in december. We lived with my parents. We do plan on sharing living expenses once living together. In the meantime what evidence can we provide for the financial aspect.
*** You might show evidence you both contributed to the bills/expenses when you lived together for the 3 months, evidence you paid for gifts or wedding expenses that benefitted both of you, etc

Hope this helps -

Best,

Mark Northam

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Old 04-20-2020, 02:24 PM
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Thank you for such a quick reply, Mark. This was very helpful and reassuring. He remembers his ex's full name, date of birth and the year, so it shouldn't be too difficult for the CO to find it.

He will wrote a note to explain he cannot remember the date exactly due to time passing, but this is all the info he can give to best of his ability.

Cheers again, Mark. You are a diamond for all the time you put into helping people!


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Thank you for all your help Mark!
What is your personal view about the actual travel ban ? What is your guest about the end date? Do you think they can allow visa holders to enter Australia , and keep tourism banned ?


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Hi Brit_in_aus -

Thanks for the kind words! Glad I could help, and with the info you said you have, shouldn't be an issue.

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Thank you for such a quick reply, Mark. This was very helpful and reassuring. He remembers his ex's full name, date of birth and the year, so it shouldn't be too difficult for the CO to find it.

He will wrote a note to explain he cannot remember the date exactly due to time passing, but this is all the info he can give to best of his ability.

Cheers again, Mark. You are a diamond for all the time you put into helping people!

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Old 04-20-2020, 02:33 PM
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Hi Sauzer -

Thanks for the note. I hope I'm wrong, but I expect the travel ban will be one of the last government restrictions to be lifted. As to when, I'm guessing sometime towards the end of this year or beginning of next, but that's entirely dependent on a couple of things:

Vaccine - if a vaccine is developed this year, that could hasten the end of the travel ban or lifting of parts of it - people who are vaccinated may be more easily allowed to travel to Australia.

New spike in infections - if the social distancing rules are lifted in Australia and that results in a spike (increase) in cases, that could push back the lifting of the travel ban considerably

Politics - students represent 9% of Australia's gross national product, and a reduction in students will put the education sector under tremendous pressure. This combined with the overall lower infection/severity rate of younger people (no medical evidence here, that's based on news stories, etc) might push the travel ban to open sooner for students.

Overseas situations - if containment is not effective in major countries overseas, that could push the travel ban back.

The NZ "bubble" - given New Zealand's world-leading efforts and success at containing the virus, I'm guessing we might see the travel ban lifted first for NZ residents who have not traveled overseas.

All of this is just guesswork - we'll have to see how things develop over the coming months.

Hope this helps -

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Thank you for all your help Mark!
What is your personal view about the actual travel ban ? What is your guest about the end date? Do you think they can allow visa holders to enter Australia , and keep tourism banned ?

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Old 04-21-2020, 12:50 AM
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Hi Shushuk -

Thanks for the note - see my responses below after each question at ***:


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Dear Mark
Thank you so much for offering your knowledge and expertise with us.
A few questions:

1) I lodged 309 today and soon after got an email requesting biometrics and health check. One month ago i had these done for a 600 but my 600 was refused. Do i need to redo biometrics/health check.
*** You will need to do the health check again as it is more extensive for a partner visa. You might be able to get them to reuse your biometrics - have seen this work and not work depending on the case, doesn't hurt to try.

2) if i do need to do these what do i do about meeting the 14 day deadline. Everything is in lockdown in my country.
*** It is ridiculous that they publish these things with 14-day deadlines when it is literally impossible to get them done within that deadline. Suggest you immediately email them back to advise that you are unable to make the appointment for health or biometrics (assuming that's the case) and request additional time.



3) i noticed the website says translators outside Aus do not need to be accredited but they must state their qualification. Does this mean anyone of any priofession can translate our docs? Do they need to have done any english proficency tests or is simply knowing english enough?
*** No, should be a professional licensed/qualified/etc translator qualified in your country to translate government documents. If you cannot find a NAATI certified translator in your country, I'd go for a similarly licensed professional translator that has a seal, and has some sort of official recognition or license for his/her work and is qualified to do official translations for government documents in your country. I also recommend putting the translator's contact info on the documents.

4) my wife lives in australia so we have no joint accounts or shared expenses etc. We are financially stable and never needed to send each other money. We only lived together for 3 months after our wedding in december. We lived with my parents. We do plan on sharing living expenses once living together. In the meantime what evidence can we provide for the financial aspect.
*** You might show evidence you both contributed to the bills/expenses when you lived together for the 3 months, evidence you paid for gifts or wedding expenses that benefitted both of you, etc

Hope this helps -

Best,

Mark Northam
Thank you so much for the info.
Regarding translating can we translate lettrs and texts we wrote each other ourselves but have legal documents eg. Birth certificates done with a proper translator from my home country


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Hello, Mark, I have some questions.It would be grateful if I could get some answers because it has been very stressful since I got the request more info e-mail.

This is my timelines:
March 2016, Met my Australian same sex partner.
July 2017 Visited him in Australia.
March 2018, Started living together.
Aug 2018, Married.
22 Aug 2018, Lodged application online,including police certificate for my partner and no criminal record certificate from my own country. 2 form 888 from family and friend etc.
22 Aug 2018, Completed health check later on same day.
Kept uploading evidences of relationship, photos, holiday tickets,beneficiary of each other's super etc from time to time.
22 Aug 2019, computer generated letter-application is being processed.
Kept uploading evidences of relationship, photos, holiday tickets,beneficiary of each other's super etc from time to time.
18 Feb 2020, Request for more information(Sponsor's police check only and evidence of relationship)
19 Mar 2020, Uploaded sponsor's police check and statements from family and friend and more photos.
31 Mar 2020, computer generated letter-application is being processed.

Application status: further assessment.
Sponsorship status: submitted.

My questions are:
1. My partner is Australin born, never married before, no criminal history, why is the sponsorship still submitted, not approved yet?
2. Before I moved in with my partner,I have many oversea travel history due to work, at least twice a month for the past 15 years, is that going to be a problem?
3.When I received the e-mail from the case officer on 18 Feb, it is from ,e-mail is from vistoria permanent partner processsing centre, not temperary partner processing centre, is that normal?
4. the e-mail said no assessment has been done yet, but the case officer did not ask for my AFP certificate, only aske for my partner's, is that normal too?
5. There is big age gap between me and my partner, is that a problem?
THank you very much for your precious time.
G


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Hi Mark,

My wifes visa is being processed in Fiji, we got the request for the medical right before the Virus started to blow up, the medical is cleared according to the account, have you heard of anyone getting a 309/100 grant lately from Fiji?

Boz


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