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S'n'E 03-20-2014 08:28 AM

Hi everyone,

I just dropped by to say that my De Facto visa has been granted today after 15 long long months.


We haven't heard anything from the immi for more than 13 months so we started writing some emails to the WA partner office and not even the automated reply was coming back. It seemed too strange so I called the 13 - something phone number and guess what I found out? My application WAS NEVER MOVED TO WA but it has always been sitting here in Sydney somewhere...basically the email I received on November 2013 stating that my application would from that moment in time processed in WA was a mistake, a mess up...I don't know.

Anyway, the very kind lady who answered the phone told me she would have contacted the temporary partner office in Sydney to ask if they could prioritize my application. 10 - 15 days ago I received an email stating that the partner temporary manager authorized my application to be prioritized. Period. No CO assigned..nothing..

Today my partner was called by a very nice lady from the immi to be asked a couple of questions. " I am about to grant your partner her visa, I just need to ask you a couple of questions.... "

Fifteen minutes later I found an email in my inbox stating my Temporary Visa 820 was granted....

Dinkum 03-20-2014 09:00 AM

Congratulations. Thanks for all the details you incuded. It all helps us better understand something of the internal workings of partner visa processing.

Dinkum 03-20-2014 09:42 AM

A question. Did you provide new police and medical checks when they they expired after 12 months? Or did the CO grant your visa on the basis of the checks you originally provided? Thanks for you help.

kangaroogirl 03-20-2014 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by greyang (Post 383817)

10 weeks for me. And yes I turned in the state ones as well

Great, thanks for the response. How long did the state ones take? I'm sure it's different for each state but ours are for Cali

kangaroogirl 03-20-2014 10:13 AM

Great work S n E! Interested also if you had to do new medical and criminal checks

Valentine1981 03-20-2014 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by kangaroogirl (Post 384169)
Great work S n E! Interested also if you had to do new medical and criminal checks

Me too...I did medicals dec 2013 and just gave my immigration lawyer a new overseas police check as that was dated feb 2012...

Dinkum 04-08-2014 03:00 PM

Hi - We got an email today from the NSW partner processing centre asking us to upload form 80 (if we had not already done so), as well as Police checks and Health Assessment. We had already lodged all these documents with our onshore 820/801 application in July 2013. The email said that a case officer would be assigned 'in the next few months'. Does anyone have an idea how long it takes to appoint a case officer after this general reminder email is sent?

jp1985 04-09-2014 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Sophey (Post 250169)
Same boat here too. I applied in August 2013 in Sydney, supplied police checks and medicals a few weeks later and not heard a peep since. I also did not go through 300 first. I am currently on a 457 and have been in Australia for nearly 3 years.

I am pretty desperate to get out of my job which I can't do until my visa comes through and it is frustrating but knowing there is nothing I can do means that I try (and fail most of the time) to put it to the back of my mind.

I also remind myself that there are so many people out there who are waiting offshore for their visas and that must be awful so I count my blessings that I get to be here with my partner every day. :)

Hi Sophie,

Did you apply online or thru a migration agent? How did you know that you can't cancel your 457 visa when you got the BVA already? I have been on 457 visa as well for over 1 yr. And I plan to cancel the visa right after I got the BVA as the business may close down soon. I havent read thru all pages here. Hopefully it is possible now as the information I got from a migration agent.

Inkhearted 04-09-2014 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Dinkum (Post 406378)
Hi - We got an email today from the NSW partner processing centre asking us to upload form 80 (if we had not already done so), as well as Police checks and Health Assessment. We had already lodged all these documents with our onshore 820/801 application in July 2013. The email said that a case officer would be assigned 'in the next few months'. Does anyone have an idea how long it takes to appoint a case officer after this general reminder email is sent?

Dinkum -- with everything in, you might not know who your case officer is until they've made a decision on your visa. When I got that e-mail, I had some complications getting a police check in and was in contact with my CO within a couple of weeks. It's entirely possible a CO is already looking at your case. :) (OR they might still take a few months... it's all up in the air with this whole business!)

previs 04-09-2014 02:08 AM

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Originally Posted by jp1985 (Post 406834)
How did you know that you can't cancel your 457 visa when you got the BVA already? I have been on 457 visa as well for over 1 yr. And I plan to cancel the visa right after I got the BVA as the business may close down soon. I havent read thru all pages here. Hopefully it is possible now as the information I got from a migration agent.

This is my understanding: you can't cancel your 457. If you do so, you will lose the BVA. You can, however, quit your job and then apply for an 820/801 during the 90 day period, thereby meeting the obligations of the 457 visa holder [see Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) Visa Holders>Your obligations>Employment conditions]. You can then try to find a new sponsor to nominate you on your current 457.

Either way, you will have to wait until the 457 expires naturally before the BVA comes into effect. It's quite certain that a decision would be made regarding the 820/801 before your 457 expires, assuming your 457 lasts for (edit*) 4 years. This means that after you have applied for the 820/801, you will continue to be bound by the working restrictions of your 457. As far as I can tell, there is no (easy) way around this.

This is my understanding, but perhaps if there is a migration agent reading they can shed more light on it. From my experience, this particular situation seems to be a very grey area.


(*Corrected this to say 4 years)


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