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Old 10-14-2010, 02:42 PM
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Partner Visa Application - how long?

hi to all
Apologies if this question has been heard many times before (and am sure it probably has!) but I'm applying for a Partner Visa to migrate to Australia with my Husband of over 11.5 years, our postal application was received by the Immigration Authorities in London a couple of days ago (I've not undertaken the Police or health checks as yet being that they're only valid for a year or so I'm told).
Upon contacting them today to follow up our application I've been told that the whole process will take 6 months?, Given the length of time we've been married is this length of time for processing normal?, Is there any way it could go thru quicker?, and is there anything we can do to help it along?
Any advice or helpful tips regarding this is most welcome! (apart from recomending a good dose of patience!) Thank you..


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Hi there,

http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...lications.html will give you a good overview of what to expect, though check the origin of the applications and the nationality of the applicants involved.

The website of the High Commission gives the same answer you got over the phone: dima_partner - Australian High Commission.

Consider yourself in luck (somewhat). Other countries give a range of 5-10 months, while in Australia I was advised that it could be 6-12 months.

The duration of your marriage is probably not relevant to the processing times, though I do look forward to confirmation of this point from other members.

It seems the only way to "fast-track" an application is to submit it in a complete form! Note that following the grant of the visa, the applicant has (usually) two-three months in which to enter Australia, though that does not mean that the applicant needs to start living there permanently at the time; the partner visa allows for travel in and out of the country.

So if you have just lodged your application, you will probably be flying out to Oz in 8 months' time UNLESS there are delays caused by:
- insufficient documentation
- a drawn-out health check process involving more than the standard tests if there are any medical complications
- the need to augment application documents with further evidentiary material.

Hope it goes smoothly!


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hi there

Thanks for the reply, most helpful. Unfortunately however from looking at one of the links I'm now really quite concerned/worried because not realising I posted off our application in a series of plastic wallets within an outer plastic file (to be neat), I just hope they don't disgard our whole application because of this?, I don't mind if they disgard the plastic wallets & folder tho. Hopefully they'll do the latter? Here's hoping, oh dear.


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Experiences of people as expressed on the timeline and others have shown that there can be significant variation as is stated in the Client Service Charter , there being all manner of internal and external matters that will affect the situation in any given year and from one to the next.

About all you could do to speed up processing is to get your police and health checks done now.
Being neat will not hopefully largely affect your application though some CO support officer may be muttering under their breath as they extract things from the envelopes and put it all together if they do.

If you are desperate to travel earlier, you could apply for an eVisa and travel out and then on the visa being ready to be granted you would just need to take a short trip abroad, to New Zealand, Asia or Fiji etc. so as the visa can be granted.





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Hi i handed in my application onshore back in june.... my partner recieved an e mail last night saying my application had been granted, so 5 months ... hope this helps jo. oh by the way i've been travelling on a eta in between ..


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If you are desperate to travel earlier, you could apply for an eVisa and travel out and then on the visa being ready to be granted you would just need to take a short trip abroad, to New Zealand, Asia or Fiji etc. so as the visa can be granted.
Ah ok, so you don't have to be in the country where you applied when the visa is granted. You just have to be outside of Australia when it's granted.

Well im about to go search for it but what form does the visa take....is it just a number or is something put in your passport?


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The visa is a sticker which is affixed on a passport page by the DIAC officers. Following the grant of the visa, the successful applicant's passport needs to be delivered to the relevant DIAC office by courier. After the visa is stuck inside it, the courier will return the passport to the source address.


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Ah ok, so you don't have to be in the country where you applied when the visa is granted. You just have to be outside of Australia when it's granted.

Well im about to go search for it but what form does the visa take....is it just a number or is something put in your passport?


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hi my husband is a Croatian citizen and I am an Australian citizen married 9 years we have a child we applyed partner Vis 28/04/2011. in Zagreb and Berlin received 16.5.2011.with the forms submitted a certificate of no criminal record
until 12.12.2011. received a letter from Berlin to perform medical ex. and we have made it 27.12.2011 and now we are still waiting. How long?


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The visa is a sticker which is affixed on a passport page by the DIAC officers. Following the grant of the visa, the successful applicant's passport needs to be delivered to the relevant DIAC office by courier. After the visa is stuck inside it, the courier will return the passport to the source address.
So, if we lodge our application in Santiago, Chile, then travel to Australia and take a short trip to NZ to begin the partner visa - would we need to courier his passport all the way to Chile and wait for it to arrive back in NZ?


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Just as an fyi - I can confirm that the charter dates are not correct. I called last week and was told that 820 visa will be 12-13 months now. It appears that they just don't bother to update it.


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