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Partner visa granted in 23 hours!!

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Old 05-30-2014, 05:54 AM
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Partner visa granted in 23 hours!!

Hi everyone!

Long time lurker, first time poster. I just wanted to share some great news with everyone here, as I have gained so much wisdom from this forum over the past few months. I applied yesterday for an onshore partner visa (801), and settled in for The Long Wait. One hour ago, I received an email notifying me my 801 visa had been granted -- a grand total of 23 hours after applying.

I know that reading about such a quick visa causes a mixed reaction for those who have been enduring a long, agonizing wait, but on the off-chance my experience helps anyone get their visa more quickly, I felt compelled to post.

I am from a low-risk country (the U.S.) and have been living in Australia on a 457 visa for nearly 6 years. My husband is a U.S. citizen who has been living here as a permanent resident for the past 4 years.

I applied online to the Sydney office, but my visa was granted out of the Melbourne office, so they must have immediately transferred it due to the high volume of cases they have right now.

We had a pretty strong case, given the length of time we have lived here, and our long history: We've known each other for 20 years, have lived together for four, and have been married for two.

For evidence, I included:

Receipt for my medical
FBI and AFP clearances
2 888 stat decs
Form 80
Joint bank account statements
Signed statements by both of us detailing our history, our domestic duties, financial situation and future plans
My tax assessment notice showing my salary, and two years' worth of tax documents for my husband
Screen shots from our Facebook accounts, showing key events (husband moving to Australia, our engagement, our wedding, our anniversary, etc) and our mutual friend list
A selection of photos going back to 1997 showing us on various trips, with friends, our wedding, in our home
Flight itineraries and hotel confirmations of shared trips
Superannuation documents showing each other as beneficiaries
Renters' insurance receipt in both our names
Our marriage license
ID documents: Passport, driver's license, social security, and my visa
Copy of a newspaper article detailing our engagement
A link to our wedding proposal (it was on YouTube -- long story)
A link to a TV appearance we made on our first wedding anniversary (another long story)
Passport photos of both myself and my husband (two each)
A wedding invitation from a friend, addressed to both of us
A cover letter asking for an immediate grant of an 801 (bypassing the 820 and the two-year wait for it, given our long history)

That's it! (Whew... actually, that sounds like a lot, when I type it out.) I honestly thought I'd be waiting a year, so count me as incredibly surprised and relieved that it came through this quickly.

Again, I post this not to add frustration to anyone who has been patiently waiting for ages, but because the process is so cloaked in secrecy that perhaps SOMETHING I did helped speed up my application. Or perhaps I should just buy a lottery ticket because it was my very lucky day.

Happy to answer any and all questions you may have. Thank you to everyone on this forum who posted advice on the 801/820... I followed your tips and it really seemed to work. Best of luck to all!!!

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:16 AM
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OMG!! congrats.. you totally deserve it. Cases like yours give me and other applicantsa ray of hope, I am in the midst of preparing my application to be submitted in the first week of July and i am very nervous.

Here is a checklist of the stuff i have thus far or will have ready

Applicant: Me (Malaysian citizen)
Sponsor: my partner (Australian citizen)
Brief background on relationship: we met online sometime October 2009 on a dating site and decided to meet up the next day. Been talking and in December 09 I went back to Malaysia for holidays and stopped talking to him however decided to start talking again in February and officially decided to get together in May 2010. Finished student visa in August 2011 and proceeded to apply for graduate visa 485 which expires at the end of July 2014. Moved in with partner in December 2013. Just registered relationship with NSW BDM to waive 12 months defacto. Partner+his mum own the unit we live in and I pay rent to her as the landlord. Officially been together for 4 years!!

1. Personal documents and forms
• Form 47 SP
• Form 40 SP
• Form 80
• Certified copy of identification for applicant and sponsor (current passport, Birth certificate, drivers license)
• Certified copy of bank letter and utility bills stating address of applicant
• Passport photos of applicant/sponsor
• Certificate of registration of relationship

2. Evidence that relationship is genuine and ongoing
• Stat dec from sponsor regarding history of relationship
• Stat dec from applicant regarding history of relationship
Financial aspects of relationship
• Stat dec with table of contents showing breakdown of expenses (internet bills, Electricity and gas, rent, groceries)
• Bank statements proving applicant paid 50% of rent weekly to landlord
• Stat dec from Sponsor’s mum regarding rental arrangements as she owns the property
• Bank statements proving Applicant paid for utility bills gas/electric
• Bank statements proving sponsor pays internet bills
• 3 recent pay slips of applicant indicating employment and ability to support herself
• Added partner(sponsor) as subsidiary holder of applicants credit card
• Stat dec from employer stating I have been working here for 3 years as a full time permanent staff and get paid weekly and that employer has met my partner and my partner has even helped employer with some office work previously
• Letter from bank stating we recently opened up a joint account which we both frequently contribute money to save up for future holidays
• Tax return from past 2 years
Social aspect of relationship
• Stat dec from Helen (mother) of sponsor acknowledging support of relationship etc
• Stat dec from brother of applicant acknowledging support of relationship etc
• Stat dec from Serene (mutual friend of 4 years) acknowledging support of relationship
• Stat dec from Matthew (mutual friend / family pharmacists) acknowledging support of relationship

Nature of household

Table indicating delegation of house chores and days it is done

3. Character documents
Malaysian police clearance for applicant
AFP checks for applicant
AFP checks for sponsor

Additional evidence
• 15-20 photos of Sponsor and Applicant at family/social events/roadtrips (christmas, birthdays)
• 2-3 receipts of expensive gifts purchased for each other
• Copy of each other’s Superannuation account indicating partner as beneficiary of life insurance
• Copy of forms filled out with employer with details recorded partner as the emergency contact
• 2-3 birthday cards given to each other/received addressed to both of us for birthdays, Christmas, invitations
• 1-2 facebook screenshots showing we were at places together and date of start of relationship
• 2-3 tickets to social events that we attended (theatres, concerts etc)
Partner’s mum has been gifting us yearly theatre subscriptions with both our names as the subscribers
• phone bills showing list of calls made to partner
• Sample text messages sent to each other in past 3-4 years

fingers crossed i have enough evidence to satisfy my future case officer that i am in a genuine relationship.

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:23 AM
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Congrats so happy for you and your partner! Xx

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:45 AM
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Congrats! Personally I think you should go buy a lottery ticket.

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Original Nationality: US
Visa #1: PMV (300) through Washington, D.C
Applied: April 2013.
Visa Granted: January 2014.
Visa #2: Subclass 820 (From PMV).
Applied: End of April 2014.
Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
PR Granted: Early April 2017.

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:54 AM
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LOL! I think I will, CollegeGirl. Thanks for the warm wishes, all, and please don't give up hope. Lildevil, I know just how you feel in terms of feeling anxious about applying. I was seriously sweating yesterday when I finally hit that button! But it all worked out in the end. Keep the faith. You'll get there!

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:56 AM
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I sometimes wonder if DIBP takes an initial look and if an application seems a no-brainer (low risk country, both parties have lived in Australia for xx years through visas that have already gone through a reasonable level of scrutiny, obvious evidence of relationship), they push it through. It certainly helps their average processing time when they can balance out the 12+ month applications with some super quick ones.

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Old 05-30-2014, 07:01 AM
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Thanks, Maggie! And I think you may be right in terms of occasionally just pushing through the no-brainers straight away. It would certainly help their statistics in terms of processing times. That's exactly what I was hoping they'd do when they saw mine, so I made a point of writing "We've known each other for 20 years" repeatedly throughout the application, just to drive the point home.

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Old 05-30-2014, 07:19 AM
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Congratulations! You should definitely go buy a lottery ticket just for fun. xD

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Old 10-02-2014, 02:49 AM
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Hi everyone,

Congratulations KinOz for your visa... Im finishing to write my story with my partner.

I could ask you, how long does the cover letter have to be?

Thanks a lot


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Old 10-02-2014, 02:57 AM
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Thanks, mick__326! To answer your question, my cover letter was only a few hundred words long and I don't believe this is even compulsory. I only included one because I wanted to highlight my request for an immediate grant, given our long history and the length of time we've already been living in Australia. I don't think it's necessary, however. Best of luck!

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