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Old 01-04-2014, 01:12 AM
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Questions re Online Application for 801/820

Hello all,

A very happy 2014 to everyone - I hope it brings lots of visa approvals

I have a few questions about applying for 801/802 (waiving two year waiting period) via the online method. Any/all help greatly appreciated:

1. Do you think that the Department's preference is now for receiving online applications, as compared to paper?

2. Can I do the online application over a few days? As in, can you answer a few questions, save it and return to it later? It does not seem to be the case, but I'm not sure.

3. Does all the evidence, e.g. photos, emails, bills etc get scanned and uploaded to the application? Or, do you upload certified copies of passport, marriage cert etc only, then mail the rest?

4. Could anyone indicate how long it took them to put together their application once they had all their docs/evidence?

5. Finally, what happens if you are out of the country when the visa is approved. I know that the applicant must be onshore when applying and receiving the visa (when applying onshore), but wondering does it make the app invalid if you are overseas? We have some travel coming up and I would like to settle a timeline.


Thanks so much to anyone who can help!!
All the best for everyone's visa apps!


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Hi guys....

Wondering if anyone has some answers? Thx!


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I have a few questions about applying for 801/802 (waiving two year waiting period) via the online method. Any/all help greatly appreciated:
Not sure what you mean about waiving the 2 year waiting period via the online method. The only way to waive it is by being together 3 years or 2 years if you have a child together.

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1. Do you think that the Department's preference is now for receiving online applications, as compared to paper?
Yes, I would presume that encourage online lodgement and it would not surprise me at all if in the future that they charge a fee if you are going to lodge via paper.

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2. Can I do the online application over a few days? As in, can you answer a few questions, save it and return to it later? It does not seem to be the case, but I'm not sure.
Not sure, I have not done an online lodgement, someone else might be able to answer this one. It would be logical that you could save it and come back to it later like when you do your tax return.

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3. Does all the evidence, e.g. photos, emails, bills etc get scanned and uploaded to the application? Or, do you upload certified copies of passport, marriage cert etc only, then mail the rest?
Yes all evidence that you want to get included in the application has to be scanned and upload. There is a limit of 60 attachments and 5MB per file. I read that there are particular files that you must attach individually. You just colour scan passport etc, you don't need to get them certified if they are colour scanned.

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4. Could anyone indicate how long it took them to put together their application once they had all their docs/evidence?
Not sure as I haven't done one online yet.


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5. Finally, what happens if you are out of the country when the visa is approved. I know that the applicant must be onshore when applying and receiving the visa (when applying onshore), but wondering does it make the app invalid if you are overseas? We have some travel coming up and I would like to settle a timeline.
Yes, you need to onshore when the visa is approved. Majority of people get a BVA and before they travel overseas they apply for a BVB so DIBP knows that they are out of Australia.

Don't except anything from them before about 12 months (unless you are one of the lucky ones).


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Hi Mish Thanks a lot for your reply.
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Not sure what you mean about waiving the 2 year waiting period via the online method. The only way to waive it is by being together 3 years or 2 years if you have a child together.

Sorry, I didn't explain that properly. We have been together just under 6 years, so would ask to waive the 2 year period.

Yes, I would presume that encourage online lodgement and it would not surprise me at all if in the future that they charge a fee if you are going to lodge via paper.

They like fees

Not sure, I have not done an online lodgement, someone else might be able to answer this one. It would be logical that you could save it and come back to it later like when you do your tax return.


Yes all evidence that you want to get included in the application has to be scanned and upload. There is a limit of 60 attachments and 5MB per file. I read that there are particular files that you must attach individually. You just colour scan passport etc, you don't need to get them certified if they are colour scanned.

Great, thanks for that advice.

Not sure as I haven't done one online yet.

...I'll find out soon!


Yes, you need to onshore when the visa is approved. Majority of people get a BVA and before they travel overseas they apply for a BVB so DIBP knows that they are out of Australia.

My understanding is that you must be onshore for 820 but I am not sure about the 801. He is on a 457, so my understanding is he stays on that until either a). he gets PR, or b). the 457 expires, in which case he would go onto a bridging visa. So, still a little unclear whether he must be onshore when 801 is granted.


Don't except anything from them before about 12 months (unless you are one of the lucky ones).
Thx a lot for your replies. Greatly appreciated.


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Oops, it doesn't look like i used that function correctly. Anyway, I put in replies under your answer. Thanks a lot


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My understanding is that if you are going straight to a 801 than you need to be onshore when it is granted just like those that are going straight to a 100 need to get offshore when it is granted. Someone can correct me if I am wrong.

If he is still on the 457 when you are planning on going overseas then send DIBP an email or call them and let them know - always state your file reference number in all communication to them.


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