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I'VE GOT THE VISA!!!!!!!! ....and now...?


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Old 04-13-2011, 03:08 AM
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I'VE GOT THE VISA!!!!!!!! ....and now...?

I rang immi today and got told that my visa was granted last friday and i should get mail within the week!
It took the record time of one week to get approved and I'm totaly suprised and happy!

But being so busy preparing this application and thinking that it will take about 6-9 months to get approved I never thought about happens once I've got it.I guess some of the questions will get answered once I recieve their letter but maybe you can help me....

As far as I know I do not need a sticker in my passport, is that right?But can I get one if I want one?

I can start working from the day the visa is granted,right?Can I use my TFN I had on my WHV or do I need to apply for a new one?

And about Tax, I assume I am still an 'australian resident for tax purposes' and my partner and me both have state each other as defacto partners (obviously) but is their anything else I need to know to do our tax?

And this 820 visa is now valid until in about 2 years and then immi will send me the paperwork for the permanent residency...?Do I have to stay in Australia for those 2 years or could we go travelling or live in Europe for a while?

So many qestions...

Your answers are much appreciated!


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Old 04-13-2011, 10:27 PM
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Firstly, congratulations; that is awesome! What a massive relief it must be.
Can't answer most of your questions, although I do know you CAN leave Australia while on 2 year temporary visa, you just need to be able to show continuing evidence of being with your partner and having ties to Australia. Easy enough, after this ordeal holding onto key evidence should practically come as second nature.
I have a few questions for you, as I'm about to send off my own Partner Visa. You applied for a De Facto visa, right? Have to ask, as I've been wondering how it affects Immi's decision... Are you highly educated (ie Uni degrees etc) and/or considered to have a skill or career that would be considered beneficial here? Apologize if that's a bit personal, just wonder what influences "their" thoughts.
Also, I was told that I would keep my TFN from when I had previously applied on a WHV, but as with anything, I would double and triple check that. Seems you can get a variety of answers when asking the same question.
Again, congrats, very cool to hear somebody gets lucky!


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Old 04-14-2011, 12:23 AM
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Thank you!I know I was very lucky!As I said, I never would've thought in a million years that I get it that quickly!I was quoted 9 months by immi and after reading the timelines in this and other forums I wasn't expecting it before 6 months at least!

Yes, I applied for the defacto, or Partner visa 820/801.I'm from a ' low risk country',have been together with my partner for ca 1.5 years,also living together for nearly that time but we couldn't prove the living together until November 2010 that's why we got our relationship registered just to make sure.No kids, not married, not engaged...
I don't have any skills etc what could have influenced their decision.I came to Australia as a backpacker after I finished school, so haven't even been to uni yet (and still can't go to uni for the next 2 years as I can't afford the international student fees, which really really sucks!)

Have a look around in this forum, many people are discussing what 'influenses their thoughts' but nobody really knows...The best answer,or how I like to think about it was from wanderer saying that you should imagine the hole process like a Ferris wheel...Some just go one round others a few more, it depends on the current work load of immi in general (asylum seeker for example) and how many cases your case officer is processing at the time an who knows what else.With the change of the 1st of March this year and the new processing centres I guess you can just be lucky and get a CO who started of with a 'clean desk'and is able to process the a lot quicker while others have piles and piles on their desk. And I think very important though too is how easy your case is!I imagine a CO is flicking though your application and ticking of "yes all the necessary paperwork is there,have been together for over 2 years,there is a copy of the lease,bills etc,stat dec police record,sponsor is earning enough" tick tick tick and puts in on the pile 'easy to process'.Others are more complicated,if they can't prove the 12months, don't provide enough evidence,some forms are missing, the application is not very well organised...etc
But that is just how I imagine how it works,who knows...?They are processing thousands and thousends of all sorts of visa applications every day, it's a bureaucratic systems and they are all just humans working there too!
I guess in the end just to everything you can, research everything, provide as much evidence as you can and make as easy for your CO as possible.That's all you can do and than wait...

Somebody else recently posted that they got their visa within a week to so it seems there a few lucky ones at the moment...

I wish you all the best with your application and that you have your visa soon!


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Old 04-14-2011, 04:39 AM
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Wow you are really lucky! lets hope I have the same luck...

I applied for my 820/801 visa on the 7th of April and up to date I haven't heard anything. I am however from a high risk country.

What I hope will work in the favor is the fact that I gave them everything and they shouldn't really request anything more... all the evidence they could want. 7 x declarations, medicals, South African police clearance, Australian police clearance, pictures from holidays we have been on and loads more etc...

I was also told 9 month from the letter I received from them but I am worried that I have booked and paid for a trip to NZ in October and if it hasnt been approved by then im in trouble...

well done!


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Thank you!I know I was very lucky!As I said, I never would've thought in a million years that I get it that quickly!I was quoted 9 months by immi and after reading the timelines in this and other forums I wasn't expecting it before 6 months at least!

Yes, I applied for the defacto, or Partner visa 820/801.I'm from a ' low risk country',have been together with my partner for ca 1.5 years,also living together for nearly that time but we couldn't prove the living together until November 2010 that's why we got our relationship registered just to make sure.No kids, not married, not engaged...
I don't have any skills etc what could have influenced their decision.I came to Australia as a backpacker after I finished school, so haven't even been to uni yet (and still can't go to uni for the next 2 years as I can't afford the international student fees, which really really sucks!)

Have a look around in this forum, many people are discussing what 'influenses their thoughts' but nobody really knows...The best answer,or how I like to think about it was from wanderer saying that you should imagine the hole process like a Ferris wheel...Some just go one round others a few more, it depends on the current work load of immi in general (asylum seeker for example) and how many cases your case officer is processing at the time an who knows what else.With the change of the 1st of March this year and the new processing centres I guess you can just be lucky and get a CO who started of with a 'clean desk'and is able to process the a lot quicker while others have piles and piles on their desk. And I think very important though too is how easy your case is!I imagine a CO is flicking though your application and ticking of "yes all the necessary paperwork is there,have been together for over 2 years,there is a copy of the lease,bills etc,stat dec police record,sponsor is earning enough" tick tick tick and puts in on the pile 'easy to process'.Others are more complicated,if they can't prove the 12months, don't provide enough evidence,some forms are missing, the application is not very well organised...etc
But that is just how I imagine how it works,who knows...?They are processing thousands and thousends of all sorts of visa applications every day, it's a bureaucratic systems and they are all just humans working there too!
I guess in the end just to everything you can, research everything, provide as much evidence as you can and make as easy for your CO as possible.That's all you can do and than wait...

Somebody else recently posted that they got their visa within a week to so it seems there a few lucky ones at the moment...

I wish you all the best with your application and that you have your visa soon!


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Old 04-15-2011, 02:13 AM
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I was also told 9 month from the letter I received from them but I am worried that I have booked and paid for a trip to NZ in October and if it hasnt been approved by then im in trouble...

well done!

Are on the BVA at the moment?If so and the visa doesn't come through until October you can apply for a BVB which allows you to travel for up to 3 months from the date it was granted.It cost around $95 as far as I know and you have to show "compelling reasons" why you want to leave the country.

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:16 AM
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Are on the BVA at the moment?If so and the visa doesn't come through until October you can apply for a BVB which allows you to travel for up to 3 months from the date it was granted.It cost around $95 as far as I know and you have to show "compelling reasons" why you want to leave the country.

Good luck
Hey,

unfortunately a BVB isn't an option for me because I am currently on a 457 so if I lost my job and they cancelled my visa my BVA wouldn't come into effect. I would then need to apply for a BVE which you cant travel on. I have heard of loads of people getting their visa's issued quickly lately and I guess I just need to sit back and hope.


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Old 04-15-2011, 03:01 AM
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I see...
Well good luck!Let us know how the process is going!All the best


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Old 04-15-2011, 03:06 AM
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Congratulations on getting your visa so quickly - I've never heard one week before thats really awesome for you! Can I ask out of interest where and how did you apply? By post or in person? As with your tax file number it stays the same, I asked this question to my Aussie accountant when I went from WHV to student visa


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Old 04-15-2011, 03:31 AM
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I planned to lodge it in person but was told by imi that with the change to processing centres they send them to your processing centre depending on the state anyway...So there is no real 'lodging it in person' anymore as far as I understand.
Apart from walking into one of those 4 'temporary visa processing centre's' I guess...

So I send it via registered mail (to processing centre NSW in Sydney) on the 1st April, a day later I received an email that they got my application.In that email they said the current processing times were 9 months (!) and that my BVA was granted.A week later I got a phonecall from my co requesting form 815 (never heard of that one before!), I faxed it the same day and a day later (08/04/2011) my visa was granted!I received the visa grant letter and some of our relationship evidence in the mail 3 days later!

Again, it came totally out of the blue.I never heard of 1 week before either and didn't believe it could happen!
Good luck to you

Thanks for the info about the TFN


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Old 04-21-2011, 07:43 AM
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Hey Mic,

My 820 partner visa was approved today!!! 14 days after submission


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