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Old 03-20-2018, 12:52 PM
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Hi Mark,

I am wondering if you can offer me any advice.

Myself and my partner applied for our defecto visa & we're granted our 820 in Nov 2017.
My partner is the sponsee.

A short while ago I moved out of our home as he has been emotionally abusing me for some time now.
I sought help from a family Counsellor & have been seeing her for the last 6 months and she has worked with me to realize that he was abusing me.

I thought that my only option was to leave in 28 once DIAC had been notified. I called up immigration prior to leaving my partner to find out what the next step would be if I was to leave him. They explained that I would be able to appeal and fill out form 1040.

Primarily I thought that If I am not with my partner then I have nothing to keep me here. However I have come to realise that I infact i have made a life here, with friends & most importantly a job as a gymnastics coach which I cherish.

Mark, i am thinking of appealing and doing the 1040 form. I would really appreciate some help in
- what to expect & how long it would take for the appeal to go through,
- would I gain a bridging visa to allow me to Continue working whilst this was in process?
- what is the likely hood of this leading to PR? Would my stat dec from one therapist be enough?

Thank you mark.

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Old 03-21-2018, 06:14 AM
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Hi Mark and everyone,

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to ask you questions.

I have a query regarding contacting the Case Officer whilst waiting for our Prospective Marriage Visa PMV 300 to be processed.

My fiance (Bosnian Citizen) and I (Australian Citizen) have lodged our PMV 300 application on 02/10/2017 via the Austrian Embassy (Vienna).
We processed it online.
2 weeks after lodgement, the CO has asked my fiance to undergo the Heath Checks as well as Biometrics collections.
Both of these were completed within 10days of their request.
The information on the Immi account states that he has passed the Health Checks.

We haven't heard anything since.

I should also mention that we engaged/paid a Registered Migration Agent to help us with the application.

On the Australian Home Affairs website, the average global processing times are listed as:
75% of applications - 11months
90% of applications - 15months

However, I'd like to gauge how long the average wait is for applications through the Austrian Vienna Embassy.
I've asked the MRA to contact our CO to get a rough idea of this, however my MRA said that CO's can only be contacted in order to withdraw the application; and that the department does not allow applicants to contact COs for queries such as this.

This doesn't sound right to me.

Can you please advise whether we can contact the CO during our wait.

Thanks again.


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Old 03-21-2018, 07:27 AM
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Hi Mark

I got my 457 visa on 12.03.2018 it is for 4 years, my occupation code is 312312 , currently i have 5 years of experience but i am seeking guidance if i can be eligible for permanent resident visa after spending 3 years in Australia?
what is the criteria for PR when someone is on 457 Visa?

Thank you for your support.
Best Regards,
Ijaz Ahmad

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:49 PM
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Hi Mark!
Hope your doing well and I appreciate your effort to the people who really needs this .

I live in Pakistan and my husband (sponsor) lives in Australia.he has Australian citizenship . We have launched our application through Australian IMMI website on Aug 2017 with all requirements done on September 2017. Now my police clearance certificate has expired should I submit it without been ask by department,yet I haven’t assigns co nor gets any further email.
My ImmiAccount doesn’t shows globel processing time from mid March!why this happen? It’s only me who experienced this and what would be the cause of it?

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Eisha Shoaib View Post
Itís only me who experienced this and what would be the cause of it?
You're not the only one. Others have posted about their accounts not showing an estimated processing time as well. Mine included.

309/100 Visa Timeline:
Applied: February 12th, 2018, in Canada.
Front Loaded Application.
Visa Granted: March 20th, 2018.

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Old 03-21-2018, 04:53 PM
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Hi Mark,

I have a question about "concurrent" visas/applications.

Me: Canadian/British citizen living in the USA with Australian husband and 2 children (US/Australian citizens). Applied for 309 in January of this year.

My husband has a job offer in Australia and they would like him to start in 3 months. We would like to accept the offer and relocate, probably before my 309 is granted. I could transfer internally within my company and they would help me obtain a temporary skilled worker visa (457? I think the number changed). BUT:

- If I obtained the temporary skilled worker visa would that cancel my 309 application? Or would my 309 CO let me know when they were ready to issue, I can leave the country and return on the 309 which would then allow me to continue working?

We are trying to find the balance between having me come to Australia on a visitor visa, and not work for up to 12 months (loss of income) and me coming on a work visa and losing the money we've paid for the 309 application already.


Edit to add: I am a Civil Engineer

Last edited by salmon1411; 03-21-2018 at 04:58 PM. Reason: added occupation

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Old 03-22-2018, 09:18 AM
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Hi Mark

In a huge dilemma. My husband's PR visa expired in February, without us even realising. He booked his ticket to Australia, flying out in 2 weeks time and i quickly applied for the rrv on the weekend.

I don't think he will get the visa before he flies out and its imperative that he comes on the 6th of April. Would it be wise to wait a few days before flying out and if rrv not processed, then apply for ETA and come?

Or should i just apply for ETA while the rrv has been "received" or do i have to withdraw the current application for rrv before i apply for ETA?

Please help

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Old 03-23-2018, 08:33 PM
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Partner Visa 309/100 - How to prove intent to permanently live in Australia

Hi Mark,

Would appreciate if you could please give some advice with regards to how one can prove intent to permanently live in Australia.

I posted more detail about the background to my application in below thread.

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-25-2018, 05:10 AM
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Hi Mark,

Ive had a browse on various forums/websites with some professions i would be interested in but canít seem to find any minimum or entry requirements information. A lot of the information online simply states an equivelant Australian qualification. So does this simply mean that anything is open to assesment?

(Iím mainly looking at automotive professions.)

Any helpful info/links would be much appreciated.

Japanese but born and raised in the UK. (Age, 32)
Real Estate related Bsc Hons, UK
Moved to Japan around 3 to 4 years ago to persue a career in the performance car parts industry.

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Old 03-25-2018, 10:16 AM
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Hi Mark,

My better half has just completed her PhD in cancer research in the UK. We are looking at Australia migration and either wish to apply for a postdoc position in Australia or industry research positions - but we are not sure if we can go via this/ qualify via a skills assessment.

She has one year and a half years experience in industry (in New Zealand) but it was after her BSc degree more than 4 years ago. Does her PhD counts as work experience? She was being paid for her PhD and worked more than 35 hours a week. So it is pretty much the same as doing a normal science research position but at the end she had to write up a thesis about her research and gain a PhD.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as we are in a limbo about how to approach this.

Thank you very much

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