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Old 11-11-2010, 10:03 PM
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801 / 820 Partner Visa

We lodged our application on the 9th August, and are still waiting. We have just been informed the waiting times are now 6 - 9 months!

Im just wondering if anyone can tell us the wording of the letter they received when they were granted their visa?

My partner is looking at joining the CFA in the near future as full time paid, but conditions of employment are that he has permission to work "permanently" in Australia.

It states "You must be an Australian citizen or granted permanent residence in Australia, or must have unrestricted work entitlements as defined by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship."

I know this could be an obvious answer! That it would be after the 2 years once the Perm visa has been granted. They told him that he would only need a letter stating that he can permanently work in Australia. And from what they state above, it reads to me, that he shouldnt have a problem because he will be on unrestricted work conditions. Though not quiet a perm.

Has anyone else been through similar for a job which they have been wanting where its required to be Perm. Do you think we'll have to wait out the 2 years?


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Old 11-12-2010, 12:47 AM
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The 820/801 is a combined temporary/permanent application and the permanent stage following on a relationship being ongoing.
From Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801) you will see that he will be able to work as soon as the visa is granted.
Immi resources are being stretched by the continual arrival of asylum seekers with some staff I suspect being re-assigned and given that last years family stream visas budgetted number were reached before the end of the year and there has been a reduction in budget for this year, they are likely stretching the process time which will work in with re-assignment.
Depending on how good your application eligibility is, and what type of visa your partner is currently on or has been, with the fire season approaching and if he can get a conditional letter of appointment from the CFA and plead financial hardship there is probably no harm in him heading into the Immi office and seeing if he can be granted interim work rights.





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Old 11-12-2010, 01:30 AM
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Thanks for your reply!
I guess the best thing we can do would be to speak to their recruitment people and find out if they will accept him based on his visa or whether or not he will have to wait out the 2 years!


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Old 11-13-2010, 12:16 AM
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Being clearer, full work rights apply to the 820/801 as soon as it is granted, even as a temporay residency visa at that stage and no employer should refuse to employ because of being on that visa.
If he wants to try and get employed earlier, there's no harm in seeking interim work rights for before the visa is granted, that also likely to be acceptable to a CFA.





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