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aandg 01-09-2014 04:19 PM

Partner visa granted - London
 
Hi all,

I've been reading the forums a lot over the last few months (years?!), and while I've never needed to post a question, it's been a great source of information and encouragement (mostly reassuring me that everyone was going through the same lengthy, frustrating process!). I wanted to give back to the community, as it's been so helpful, and I haven't seen any posts around timelines for visas being granted in London recently.

Good news is, looks like everything is still running dead on the estimates - 8-9 months for partner visas.

Our background: I'm Australian, my partner is British. We've lived together in the UK since Nov 2008, and applied for the 309/100 Partner visa in May. Luckily, we were able to spend most of the time since together- I only returned to Australia on Christmas Day, as my UK visa expires later this month. But leaving without knowing when/if he'd be joining me was awful (hello, who's that sobbing girl in the Heathrow departures lounge? That would be me!).

It was a relatively straight forward application for us, living together for so long meant it was fairly easy to compile the required evidence. We hoped the 100 visa would be granted straight out [we were eligible, having lived together 4.5 years when we applied], but I was never 100% clear as to whether the DIBP did automatically grant 100 visas to everyone who was eligible).

Today, we received the good news that the 100 visa was granted! Similar to some others who've emailed their CO and then magically had their visa grant email a couple of days later, my partner emailed our CO on Tuesday to let her know I was back in Australia (i.e. change in circumstances). Today, he received the grant email- 4 days short of the 8 month mark. Hooray! It could well be a coincidence, but my advice for those very close to the 8 month mark would be to find an excuse to email them, you never know what might happen :)

We are of course thrilled!! He's going to book his flight today, and should be here in a month! Just needs to finish up at work (and break the news to his parents that he now has a departure date…:( ).

I hope our experience gives some hope to those of you out there, still waiting. I remember seeing a few people with similar application dates in London, so hopefully your grant email will be along shortly, if it hasn't come already!

Thanks again for all the useful information and support (albeit vicariously!) over the months!

Amanda :D

ozzy 01-09-2014 04:23 PM

Thats great. Congratulations (especially on him getting the 100 !)
What were the initials of your CO?

missmontie 01-09-2014 06:58 PM

Hi Amamda, that you for sharing your good news! We applied in May also, so definitely a ray of inspiration :)

Congratulations!

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_misshall 01-09-2014 07:48 PM

Great news Amanda! Give us others, who applied to London some hope in the process. All the best for your partners move over and your new life together in Aus!

CollegeGirl 01-09-2014 08:53 PM

Congratulations, and best wishes for your partner's new life in Oz! :)

F&J 01-09-2014 09:39 PM

Congratulations and hope Australia offers everything you hope it will.

We also applied in London in May, and are so close now that we can almost taste it.

Once again, congrats.

carolannbavage 01-10-2014 05:32 AM

Thats really useful to know - we are at 6 and a half months and i need to submit a change of address form as we are downsizing ahead of moving to Australia in April.

A bit too early i think!!

rajurengith 01-10-2014 06:55 AM

Australian permanent residents cant sponsor their partner"new announcement from Australian federal government.I got these rumurs from some of my work collegues.is it a genuine news?pls help mw with some proper answer

CollegeGirl 01-10-2014 06:58 AM

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Originally Posted by rajurengith (Post 301833)
Australian permanent residents cant sponsor their partner"new announcement from Australian federal government.I got these rumurs from some of my work collegues.is it a genuine news?pls help mw with some proper answer

That is completely untrue. Don't believe rumors you hear until you see professional migration agents discussing them publicly or an announcement from DIBP. That would be a major and completely unreasonable, untenable change. What, they're going to suddenly tell thousands of immigrants they can't bring their spouses, completely eliminating any chance of bringing over the best and brightest and very in-demand skilled workers? Never happen, IMO.

rajurengith 01-10-2014 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by CollegeGirl (Post 301841)

That is completely untrue. Don't believe rumors you hear until you see professional migration agents discussing them publicly or an announcement from DIBP. That would be a major and completely unreasonable, untenable change. What, they're going to suddenly tell thousands of immigrants they can't bring their spouses, completely eliminating any chance of bringing over the best and brightest and very in-demand skilled workers? Never happen, IMO.

Thanks lot college girl!!!!god bless you!!!!


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