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Old 08-30-2010, 02:05 PM
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Question High Risk Country, Offshore Visa 309 and 100, with child questions

Hello!

I've just come across this site - a great source of information. Thank you!!

We're preparing to submit our visa application for my husband this week and have a few questions (couldn't find the answers on the forum). I hope someone can help.

My Turkish (high risk) husband and I have been together for 6 and 1/2 years, in a de facto relationship for almost 3 years, married for just over 2 years and have a baby together. Our son was born in Australia and has dual citizenship. We're currently living in Turkey. My questions are:

1) What are the chances that my husband will automatically receive a permanent visa (subclass 100) since we've been married for more than 2 years and have a baby together? Should I highlight this fact in a cover letter when I submit all the paperwork?

2) We are planning to travel to Australia in 2 1/2 months time for my brother's wedding. Do you think it would be better to apply for his tourist visa for this trip before submitting his application for migration visa?

3) We were advised by the immigration department that our application will probably take 5-7 months to process but it would be so wonderful if the visa's granted before we fly to Australia (saving on the costs of 2 trips) ... Are there any other Turks who've had their visas approved within 2 1/2 months?

4) Even though the immigration department advised us that it was unnecessary to submit police and health checks until asked to do so, in your experience, do you recommend getting these checks done and submitting the paperwork together with the visa application? Would it speed up the process?

I think that's all the questions I have now? I'm eagerly awaiting your replies.


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Hello!

I've just come across this site - a great source of information. Thank you!!

We're preparing to submit our visa application for my husband this week and have a few questions (couldn't find the answers on the forum). I hope someone can help.

My Turkish (high risk) husband and I have been together for 6 and 1/2 years, in a de facto relationship for almost 3 years, married for just over 2 years and have a baby together. Our son was born in Australia and has dual citizenship. We're currently living in Turkey. My questions are:

1) What are the chances that my husband will automatically receive a permanent visa (subclass 100) since we've been married for more than 2 years and have a baby together? Should I highlight this fact in a cover letter when I submit all the paperwork?

2) We are planning to travel to Australia in 2 1/2 months time for my brother's wedding. Do you think it would be better to apply for his tourist visa for this trip before submitting his application for migration visa?

3) We were advised by the immigration department that our application will probably take 5-7 months to process but it would be so wonderful if the visa's granted before we fly to Australia (saving on the costs of 2 trips) ... Are there any other Turks who've had their visas approved within 2 1/2 months?

4) Even though the immigration department advised us that it was unnecessary to submit police and health checks until asked to do so, in your experience, do you recommend getting these checks done and submitting the paperwork together with the visa application? Would it speed up the process?

I think that's all the questions I have now? I'm eagerly awaiting your replies.
Hi,
we have just applied for my partner's spouse visa from Argentina, HR also. We have been in a de facto relationship over 2 years and have a baby boy, born in Argentina and I applied for his citizenship at the same time as the spouse visa and that has already been approved. From what I read, 2 years+ of relationship plus dependent child means they may consider him for a permanent residency and skip the temp 2 years. When I spoke to the Global Help Line I asked should I highlight this fact or will they just know because of the dates of our relationship and process it that way. I was told to highlight the fact in the covering letter and request that they consider him for permanent residency.
In response to your 2nd question, i'm really not sure. From what i've read on this forum people have been able to travel to Australia on tourist visas whilst the spouse visa is being processed. Some even stay until it's approved and then make a side trip to NZ or Asia to activate the residency.
You'd have a lot of luck if your visa was processed in 2.5 months! But best take the feedback of others that have applied from Turkey.

I asked Global Help various times should we get the police check and medicals done before and they repeatedly told me no. We got our CO assigned two days after they received the application and the same email requested the police check and medical! But much of a muchness really. If we had of done them before hand it would have just meant that we sent the application a little later so it probably would work out the same. Our panel doctor sent the results to the embassy directly, so I feel it was better that our case was already there and that they didn't receive medical results for some random who isn't even on their system yet....?

Best of luck!
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Oh, I should also mention that 5 years+ of relationship (even without child) is also possibly eligible for permanent residency. So you tick both boxes there. An Australian friend of mine and his Irish girlfriend were granted permanent residency for her as they'd been together in a de facto relationship for over 5 years and had bills, lease agreements and all the supporting documentation to prove it.


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Hello!

I've just come across this site - a great source of information. Thank you!!

We're preparing to submit our visa application for my husband this week and have a few questions (couldn't find the answers on the forum). I hope someone can help.

My Turkish (high risk) husband and I have been together for 6 and 1/2 years, in a de facto relationship for almost 3 years, married for just over 2 years and have a baby together. Our son was born in Australia and has dual citizenship. We're currently living in Turkey. My questions are:

1) What are the chances that my husband will automatically receive a permanent visa (subclass 100) since we've been married for more than 2 years and have a baby together? Should I highlight this fact in a cover letter when I submit all the paperwork?

2) We are planning to travel to Australia in 2 1/2 months time for my brother's wedding. Do you think it would be better to apply for his tourist visa for this trip before submitting his application for migration visa?

3) We were advised by the immigration department that our application will probably take 5-7 months to process but it would be so wonderful if the visa's granted before we fly to Australia (saving on the costs of 2 trips) ... Are there any other Turks who've had their visas approved within 2 1/2 months?

4) Even though the immigration department advised us that it was unnecessary to submit police and health checks until asked to do so, in your experience, do you recommend getting these checks done and submitting the paperwork together with the visa application? Would it speed up the process?

I think that's all the questions I have now? I'm eagerly awaiting your replies.
desde gives some good indight there to what has happened with an application and I'm not sure whether by Global Help, the Immi Global Feedback Unit is meant or some agency service.
Nevertheless, though it's to be expected you being married and having a child ought to be picked up, a covering note on the application will do no harm and you could mention in that about the intended earlier trip and though it is not likely to see the spose visa being granted earlier, you never know and if they are light on for applications, there could be luck on your side.
It'll not really make any difference with the tourist visa whether you apply before or after.
There's for and against re submitting health and character checks up front as the reason they say to wait is that though visa grant times can be given, they are only nominal and processing can be subject to many factors, thus significant variation can occur.
If you do them up front and a significant delay occurs, you could then end up in a situation that may need new checks done.
It'll not hurt to see what the time frame is in Turkey for getting the checks done and if it looks to be more than a month or so, you could consider booking in once the application has been submitted for an each way bet.



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Global Help / Global Feedback Unit is what I meant. The embassy here gave me a local land line to call so I didn't even realise it was a global service.


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Thanks so much to desde and Wanderer for your fast and helpful advice. We'll be submitting the application tomorrow ...(fingers and toes crossed).

I've written a cover letter including a request that a permanent visa be considered and I also mentioned the upcoming trip to Australia to hopefully get a sympathetic quick visa grant (yeah right! ). Since you think the timing of the tourist visa application shouldn't affect the residency application we'll apply for the tourist visa to Australia closer to when we leave. We've also made an appointment to start the health check and will get the police check done soon so that, as you suggested Wanderer, we'll be making an "each way bet".

Thanks again for your experienced advice. Now it's just a waiting game for us.

Good luck to all!


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