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Old 08-06-2020, 06:25 AM
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Hi Mark.
Hope you are well during this time.
Looking for some advise regarding a dependant child 445 visa.
Looking to complete a 445 visa, however my wife's child is currently offshore. I believe we must apply via VFS in Jakarta however due to COVID the office is currently closed, would you know if we can forward an application to the Perth DHA office or would we be best to wait until VFS re-opens or is there another way we should be approaching this?
My wife was approved for her 820 partner visa Tuesday this week.
Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Thanks Jason

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Old 08-08-2020, 03:44 PM
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Hi Mark

Holders of Prospective Marriage Visas are not being granted travel exemptions at this time and as such may not be able to abide by the enter by date visa condition. As there a reprieve from immigration to alter the enter by date or one would have to reapply for a new visa when that happens.

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Old 08-09-2020, 07:23 AM
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Hi Mark,

I am in need of some advice regarding PMV 300

My fiance and I are in the process of applying for the PMV 300.
We are stressing about whether now is a good time to apply for it, due to the lockdown but we also want to make the most of this time and rather use it to wait for the visa.

He is still in Aus and I had to come back to South Africa (SA) and we haven't seen each other in almost 5 months now.

I have a few questions and would really appreciate it if someone could help us get clarity on a few things.

Due to the lockdown in Aus and SA, he is not able to get the Stat Decs signed and I also have to do a health and police check.
How soon after submitting the application and paying the money do we need to add all the documents? We have all the photos, Whatsapp/call logs ready, but not the stat decs, police checks, or health checks.

I also read online that Aus might be planning to open for Jan 2021 - June 2021 (not sure if how true this is) but I am scared that if we apply now, and 12 months from now borders close again and then we get the grant - would we be able to apply for an exemption? (I read a few sad stories of couples getting their exemptions denied and their visa time running out and about to lose the money and visa)

Any advice would be highly appreciated as this is such a big step and with so much uncertainty, any clarity would be really great.

Thank you so much in advance.

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Old 08-09-2020, 08:20 AM
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for doing this thread again, I know it's helped a lot of people in the past!

I wanted to ask a couple of questions about my partner visa (on shore) application:
I applied in Feb 2020 and immediately (literally straight away) it flagged that I should get health checks. I ignored this as I figured it would take ages to get a case officer etc and I didn't want it to time out, with the departments website even saying you should wait until near the end of the average processing time, but now, 6months on, with it still stuck on 'received' with the action required flag, I wondered if I should get my health checks done? I haven't received any info from the department and my application's last update is 'payment received'. Really don't want to waste $500 on health checks if I'll need a new set next year.

Also when I generated my referral letter for a medical exam through immi it says my Visa is an 801 Spouse Permanent. Does this mean I would be heading for an immediate permanent visa rather than doing the 820 - 2 years - 801 route, or do all 820s just take an 801 medical exam? Don't want to get my hopes up but that would be marvelous!

Thanks for any help!

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Old 10-01-2020, 03:48 AM
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Help in deciding the right visa; carer visa or visit visa

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Hi All -

I'm very excited to be back on the Australia Forum after some time away - it's such a fantastic and friendly community here. I wanted to announce a new 2020 edition of my Ask Mark! thread which I've hosted previously here for some time - as before, happy to do my best to provide information to anyone about Australian migraiton. A few notes:

* I tend to focus on family/partner visas, skilled and employer sponsored visas, and complex cases such as Schedule 3, PIC 4020, health and character cases, and do cases at the AAT Tribunal and the Courts
* I don't work a lot in the areas of student and refugee visas, so may not be the best source of info for these
* I may not be able to give you specific advice for your case if it involves complex or private issues that it's not practical to go into on a public forum - will let you know in this case

In these challenging times, communicating and sharing information is more important than ever, especially with things changing so quickly as they are now with the COVID-19 situation. I'm happy to be here to help, and look forward to your questions.


Mark Northam
Hi Mark,

I hope you are doing well. Thanks for providing your valuable time in guiding the community over here. I have couple of questions and would appreciate your help in this regard.

My 11 months daughter is unfortunately suffering from one of the rare neurological disorder which impact her overall development. She practically needs support and care for it 24/7. We have another daughter 2 and half year old who is growing and obviously need attention all the time. Its really challenging for mum to look after both the babies at the same time. I am doing full time doctorate studies and part-time driving to support the family so its very difficult to me to be with my daughter for caring purposes all the time.

We fortunately have my parents here at the moment on visit visa. They came to visit us on the birth of my daughter and are living with us from that time. Their presence and support is what has helped us so far in managing our daughter successfully. Unfortunately, their visit visa is expiring this month. They dont have any 'No further stay condition' and now I have to decide which visa will be best for them.

I came across this carer visa recently. I personally think, we fulfill the criteria. But going through this forum and internet, it seems this visa is very complicated. I have already gone through the BUPA assessment for my daughter who have issued a positive certificate in our favour. However, there is another important point for this visa which is if we have sought the support in Australia and why the care requirements can not be met in Australia Thats where I would appreciate if you can share your thoughts with me.

My understanding is as my daughter has high care needs and require support 24/7 for a longer period of time (as supported by BUPA as well), its literally impossible for any organisation to provide at-home support for such a long duration. The support organisations are able to provide respite for few hours a week but not more than that. and to hire a personal carer will be too expensive. These sort of care requirements can only be met by someone from the family and hence I would like to sponsor my mother for this purpose. She is already caring for my daughter for last 11 months and is well aware of her illness and the her caring requirements.

Considering the above scenario, what do you think of our carer visa application? Is it strong enough to be launched or you will prefer a normal visit visa instead?

Is my understanding above of why the care requirements can not be met in Australia correct? Will a letter from my social worker from hospital stating these facts will be a good enough evidence or will I need other evidences to support it?

What I am worried about is the risk that their application is rejected straight away and I even lose the opportunity to launch their visit visa. If their carer visa application is rejected, it means they will have to return back home immediately which will be a disaster for us as we really need their support. So, I am really keen to know if the case is strong enough to have atleast BVA granted for some time.

Also, in case if their application is rejected and we go to the tribunal which is also rejected and they have to go back to the home country. Will it have any impact on their future visit visa applications? So far their record is 100%, they have been granted visit visa every time they have applied and have always met the visa requirements. Will the rejection of this visa, put them in a black list and reduce their chances of getting a visit visa in the future.

Sorry for the long post but I will appreciate if you can share your valuable experience with me in this regard.


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Old 10-01-2020, 08:27 AM
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Hi Mark i ask couple time but haven't recieved any response from you I have applied 820/801 visa in June 2017 still waiting for approval 820 what could be the reason behind delay I m from India i have upload all the updated documents time to time its very painful time we going through. Can you please tell us about your experience

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Old 10-06-2020, 04:20 AM
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Hi Mark!

Firstly I would like to say this platform is really helpfull to get sorted partner visa related issues.

Now my question is related to police clearance.
My partner who is Australian received her Police clearance recently and I sent to my Agent for uploading on file but my agent refused to do it because this police clearance says "Partial Disclosure" but FPC states that no any offence recorded in Federal, State and in any territories.
And applying again is waste of money.

Now I would like to know that this police clearance is not the right one? Also if agent Upload this than it can effect on my partner application in negative way?


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Old 10-06-2020, 03:15 PM
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Hello Mark,
I'm a permanent resident, I won't apply for a citizenship because Germany won't allow me to have dual citizenship (I have the german and another citizenship already)

Can I live indefinitely in Australia without ever applying for a citizenship and apply for a Resident Return visa (RRV) every time I want to travel?

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Old 10-06-2020, 03:40 PM
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Hello Mark i'm just new here in the forum and i wanted to ask if possible for me to apply for a tourist visa subclass 600 because i wanted to visit my husband.

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Old 10-07-2020, 12:21 AM
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Hello Mark,
I received the permanent residency trough a partner visa 2 years ago, since then I broke up with my partner who sponsored me.
I want to apply for the citizenship, would it be an issue that I'm not longer with the person who sponsored me in order to obtained the citizenship?
I've been living in Aus for the past 6 years, and I've been a permanent resident for the past 2.


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