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Old 02-14-2011, 02:49 PM
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Hi all - what a great forum - if only I'd found it months ago!

I'm sorry if I'm being repetitive, but I want to get a couple of things clear...

Background
  • At the beginning of January (after many months of getting the paperwork together), my partner and I lodged an application for him to get a defacto partner visa.
  • I'm Australian and he is applying on an EU passport, from Israel. We're currently in Israel.
  • Our case officer advised us NOT to do the medical examination yet, because it only has limited validity.

We're seeking your clarification and opinions on the following:

1. We want to travel before we go to Australia (without backtracking), is it possible that if we find out that his visa is approved (while travelling) he can get the sticker at any Australian embassy?

2. Should we wait until one month or so before we leave to travel (hopefully end of May) and then get the medical - regardless of whether or not our case officer has advised us to? The reason I ask this, it would be very difficult (if not impossible) for my partner to do the medical while we're on the move.

3. Are there likely to be any issues with him entering Australia on an ETA visa, if his defacto visa hasn't been granted by the time we have finished travelling and want to be back in Australia (probably August).

And on a side note, has anyone else dealt with the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv?

Thanks so much for your help. The waiting is driving me mad (I can't work here!).


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I do not know about getting the sticker at any embassy and you would need the Tel Aviv people to forward advice to wherever you were but once it is granted, it'll be in the Immi computer system to allow entry anyway and he'll get a confirmatory email which he could print off for back-up.
A sticker could be obtained on arrival in Oz.

From memory, your post is possibly the first re Tel Aviv and if that is any indication of visas traffic from there, you could be in luck and find the visas processing will be well advanced after four months though if there is stuff to be checked re other countries it could take a bit longer but doing the medical there at stage should be OK, they being valid for 12 months.
There are designated MOs in a lot of countries and unless you were taking a hiking route through the deserts and himalayan alps you'll probably not be too far from other places.
Entering on an ETA or eVisa [ free ] should not be a problem but he ought to let Tel Aviv know so they hopefully advise him that he needs to leave to have the visa grant finalised rather than do it while he is in Australia for then it would be rejected.





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Thanks a lot for your help. I will get the courage to talk to the embassy soon (they're a little intimidating...!).


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Hi Trina,
I will be applying in Tel Aviv in 2012, and I have looked for someone who has dealt with them for the longest time now!
If you don't mind I would love 2 hear from you, how it went, how nice were they and how long the whole thing took.
good luck!
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:43 AM
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Hi Mari,
We finally got the visa. All up (once we got all the paperwork together and submitted - which took longer than suspected) it took about three months to process. The woman who we dealt with was not at all nice, quite abrupt and rude in fact. We did our best to be nice to her anyway, and everything went okay.
Good luck with it.
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Hi Trina,
That's excellent news, congratulations!
I have heard they are rude and not very nice, however that's a good processing time, maybe it has to do with the fact they don't get many spouse/de facto visa cases.


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If you don't mind I just have several more questions:
Did they ask you for the dreaded form 80?
How did the interview go? was it soon after you submitted the paper work? did the police clearance come on time or was it a hassle? sorry to trouble you with all the questions, but as I mentioned you are the first person I "meet" who actually dealt with the Tel Aviv office so I am really interested in you'r experience as I am quite intimidated by them.
Thanx!


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If you don't mind I just have several more questions:
Did they ask you for the dreaded form 80?
How did the interview go? was it soon after you submitted the paper work? did the police clearance come on time or was it a hassle? sorry to trouble you with all the questions, but as I mentioned you are the first person I "meet" who actually dealt with the Tel Aviv office so I am really interested in you'r experience as I am quite intimidated by them.
Thanx!
No problem.
1. Yes, we had submit a form 80. It took a few hours to fill in, but once it was done it was done!
2. There was no interview. We handed in the application at the embassy (by appointment), she skimmed over it to make sure it was complete, took our payment and that was it.
3. No problem with police clearance (we did had to do one for Israel, UK and Aus). None of them took more than two weeks.

The only other piece of advice I'd give is to make sure you give as much evidence as you possibly can with your application. We initially followed the guidance for applying from the UK site (we were living there before Israel), then we went to Tel Aviv to submit the application and found that it was a whole lot harder from Israel (form 80 etc). The first time we turned up at the embassy in Tel Aviv to submit our application we were turned away without them even looking at it. The girl (who managed our case the whole time) said that there was no way it was extensive enough and we needed more evidence (like extra stat decs, photographs of us together and emails we had sent each other). I was very annoyed (to put it mildly) but we did as requested and rebooked to submit our application a few weeks later. And there were no problems.

Good luck!


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Thank you Trina!
We are working on gathering all the paper work, saving bills, invites, bank statements, utility bills.
we will have stat decs from a cop, a teacher, a PI and a social worker, all good friends here in OZ, we can probably supply heaps more if needed.
we still have plenty of time before we can apply so we are trying to make the best of it and gather as much evidence as possible.


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