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Old 08-07-2020, 02:11 AM
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PMV 300 & Travel Exemptions

Hi Everybody

I am seeking guidance on applying for a travel exemption for my fiance.

She was granted her PMV 300 Visa in Mid Feb 2020 and had just finished the mandatory notice period for quitting her job when the border closure occurred.

I have applied for Travel exemption 6 times, and been rejected each time, at least now it appears to be happening instantaneously as opposed to waiting weeks.

Her visa expires in less than 3 months.
  • I have spoken to my MP, he can't help.
  • I have spoken to immigration, PMV 300 cannot be extended nor can the entry date be changed.
  • I have spoken to immigration agents & solicitors, they won't even take my money to try as there is nothing they can do
.

Essentially we are heading in the direction of having the visa expire and paying out the exorbitant application fee and 12+ months processing time again. We definitely want to avoid that.

I reviewed several threads here and from what I see, the majority of people granted the exemption had developed defacto relationship scenarios after having applied for PMV. My fiancee and I do not meet those requirements. Her visitor visa was rejected and even then, she is not the kind of person to sit around and do nothing, so sitting at home and not being able to work or learn was simply not an option for her. So we opted to focus on paying down the application fee and saving for the wedding ceremony.

When I submit the exemption request I include the following:
- Visa Grant Notice
- Form 888's (x5 in one doc)
- Call history
- NOIM
- Financial Dependence (not much there, a she was proud of her independence, thats changed recently however since she is jobless and burned through her savings)
- Personal Statement

What am I doing wrong? What did you do to be granted the visa? We are really scared. We've already waited so long and to be told "tough, try again next time" is soul crushing. What do we do?


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Old 08-07-2020, 02:40 AM
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I am seeking guidance on applying for a travel exemption for my fiance.

She was granted an exemption in Mid Feb 2020 and had just finished the mandatory notice period for quitting her job when the border closure occurred.
The borders are not totally closed. Those with exemptions are still being allowed entry.

Has her travel ban exemption expired?

If so, have you mentioned that, in subsequent requests, with an explanation of why it wasn't used at the time, and requesting a new one based on the same grounds as the original grant.

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Has her travel ban exemption expired?
Hi JandE

Thankyou for taking the time to respond, it is very much appreciated.

I had a typo in the original msg (which i edited out), in Mid Feb she was granted her PMV 300 Visa, not an exemption.

Sorry for the confusion. Its the exemption we are struggling to get and we are hoping there is something we are overlooking that can help us secure that exemption.


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Hello,
I am so sorry to hear what is happening with your situation.

My fiance and I are wanting to apply for the PMV now, but I am terribly scared that the boarders won't open in time and then the visa will also expire and then we will lose all the money.

May I ask, did they give you a reason why they denied your exemptions?

Did you try filling an appeal at court?


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Old 08-07-2020, 09:49 AM
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Hello,
I am so sorry to hear what is happening with your situation.

My fiance and I are wanting to apply for the PMV now, but I am terribly scared that the boarders won't open in time and then the visa will also expire and then we will lose all the money.

May I ask, did they give you a reason why they denied your exemptions?

Did you try filling an appeal at court?
I would probably avoid applying too soon.

The National cabinet have agreed that restrictions on international arrivals into Australia are set to remain in place for “some months”, to avoid putting any further strain on the quarantine arrangements around the country.

It does seem wrong that a visa would expire, not be extended, due to immigration rules stopping entry.

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Hello,
I am so sorry to hear what is happening with your situation.

My fiance and I are wanting to apply for the PMV now, but I am terribly scared that the boarders won't open in time and then the visa will also expire and then we will lose all the money.

May I ask, did they give you a reason why they denied your exemptions?

Did you try filling an appeal at court?
The current processing time for a PMV is between 16 and 18 months, I would like to think that we had returned to some sort of normality and the borders had reopened before then.
As far going to court, just which court would you appeal to?

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I also hope by then things would be normal again, however I did read on a visa website that they speculate borders might open for Jan 2021 until June 2021 - not sure how true this is, but this is making me worried whether our PMV will get granted in time and then be able to reach Australia in time.

I am not sure with regards to the appeal, my fiance mentioned that he read about an appeal, but not sure where or how to do that.


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I am not sure with regards to the appeal, my fiance mentioned that he read about an appeal, but not sure where or how to do that.
People can apply for an exemption to the travel ban, as opposed to an appeal, but that depends on your circumstances.

Other than that, you would have to appeal against the National cabinets decision to reduce the numbers of international arrivals, to assist in the fight against the virus. That might not be easy, and probably involve the Supreme court, and could probably take longer than the fight against the virus.

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Ah ok, I understand now, thank you for making that more clear.


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Hi Everybody

I am seeking guidance on applying for a travel exemption for my fiance.

She was granted her PMV 300 Visa in Mid Feb 2020 and had just finished the mandatory notice period for quitting her job when the border closure occurred.

I have applied for Travel exemption 6 times, and been rejected each time, at least now it appears to be happening instantaneously as opposed to waiting weeks.

Her visa expires in less than 3 months.
  • I have spoken to my MP, he can't help.
  • I have spoken to immigration, PMV 300 cannot be extended nor can the entry date be changed.
  • I have spoken to immigration agents & solicitors, they won't even take my money to try as there is nothing they can do
.

Essentially we are heading in the direction of having the visa expire and paying out the exorbitant application fee and 12+ months processing time again. We definitely want to avoid that.

I reviewed several threads here and from what I see, the majority of people granted the exemption had developed defacto relationship scenarios after having applied for PMV. My fiancee and I do not meet those requirements. Her visitor visa was rejected and even then, she is not the kind of person to sit around and do nothing, so sitting at home and not being able to work or learn was simply not an option for her. So we opted to focus on paying down the application fee and saving for the wedding ceremony.

When I submit the exemption request I include the following:
- Visa Grant Notice
- Form 888's (x5 in one doc)
- Call history
- NOIM
- Financial Dependence (not much there, a she was proud of her independence, thats changed recently however since she is jobless and burned through her savings)
- Personal Statement

What am I doing wrong? What did you do to be granted the visa? We are really scared. We've already waited so long and to be told "tough, try again next time" is soul crushing. What do we do?
The only thing I would suggest to you - do not stop applying. Just hammer them and soon enough you’ll get the exemption. It does not even really matter what documents you attach, it seems they do not appreciate it. What matters - is a number of times you apply. Good luck!


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