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    Wife has lodged a spouse visa 3 months ago, just tried to get another 12 month tourist visa and they would only give her 3 months. Hoping the spouse visa comes back soon.
    would have cost atleast 15 grand now with the 6700 application fee, plus the 2 grand for the visa company. The rest would be flights and hotels.
    Just a heads up ... there is no such beast, for a few years now, as a 'Spouse' Visa.

    There is the Temporary, 2 year Partner Visa or the Permanent Partner Visa.

    Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) Features

    This visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

    Relevant link is here


    No need to use a Visa Agent, the application is straight forward enough, you just have be methodical.

    We applied 2 1/2 years ago, process took about 9 months.

    Issued 2 days before Christmas.

    Received the Permanent Partner Visa with the first application.


    Heaps of hoops to jump through ... happy to help anyone faced with the same application.


    Hey, my 500th post ... I like helping with Visas.

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    Thanks mate
    It must be the 2 year permanent partner visa so we can expect another 6 month wait until it comes through. Before this 3 month expires will do a trip to Canberra and see what we can do to cover her stay until the partner visa is granted. Wife is sick of leaving every 3 months

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    Im just back from the aussie embassy in vientiane, had to apply for the spouse visa manually as couldnt figure out how the fuck to do it online ( cost another $80 to it it manually) it was all going good, documents filled in correctly, all supporting documents correct, Then the good looking sort at the counter noticed that there was a difference in spelling of my wifes name in the new passport she has ( spouse visa in the old passport) Fuck, more paperwork. Took another number filled out the other document and waited, and waited, Place was chocka block by then with Laos carrying tuk tuk loads of paperwork, I bailed out. fuck it, The wifes still down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
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    Wife has lodged a spouse visa 3 months ago, just tried to get another 12 month tourist visa and they would only give her 3 months. Hoping the spouse visa comes back soon.
    would have cost atleast 15 grand now with the 6700 application fee, plus the 2 grand for the visa company. The rest would be flights and hotels.
    Just a heads up ... there is no such beast, for a few years now, as a 'Spouse' Visa.

    There is the Temporary, 2 year Partner Visa or the Permanent Partner Visa.

    Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) Features

    This visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

    Relevant link is here


    No need to use a Visa Agent, the application is straight forward enough, you just have be methodical.

    We applied 2 1/2 years ago, process took about 9 months.

    Issued 2 days before Christmas.

    Received the Permanent Partner Visa with the first application.


    Heaps of hoops to jump through ... happy to help anyone faced with the same application.


    Hey, my 500th post ... I like helping with Visas.

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    Thanks mate
    It must be the 2 year permanent partner visa so we can expect another 6 month wait until it comes through. Before this 3 month expires will do a trip to Canberra and see what we can do to cover her stay until the partner visa is granted. Wife is sick of leaving every 3 months
    Mate, our application was moderately recently and this how it unfolded then.

    You don't actually apply for the Permanent Partner Visa.

    They will issue the Temporary Partner Visa or the Permanent Partner Visa, depending on the personal situation of the applicant.


    My understanding is most couples partners are issued the Temporary Visa and, after a 2 year wait, then the Permanent Visa is issued, assuming the relationship is still substantial.

    There is no extra cost to go from the Temporary to Permanent after 2 years.


    I assume we got the Permanent Visa first up, not because of a great application, but because we had two kids together.

    Personally, I wouldn't travel to Canberra, just a simple email usually suffices.

    Have you been issued a Case Manager?
    We were about 6 months into the application.


    Let us know what you eventually receive and best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
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    Wife has lodged a spouse visa 3 months ago, just tried to get another 12 month tourist visa and they would only give her 3 months. Hoping the spouse visa comes back soon.
    would have cost atleast 15 grand now with the 6700 application fee, plus the 2 grand for the visa company. The rest would be flights and hotels.
    Just a heads up ... there is no such beast, for a few years now, as a 'Spouse' Visa.

    There is the Temporary, 2 year Partner Visa or the Permanent Partner Visa.

    Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) Features

    This visa allows the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

    Relevant link is here


    No need to use a Visa Agent, the application is straight forward enough, you just have be methodical.

    We applied 2 1/2 years ago, process took about 9 months.

    Issued 2 days before Christmas.

    Received the Permanent Partner Visa with the first application.


    Heaps of hoops to jump through ... happy to help anyone faced with the same application.


    Hey, my 500th post ... I like helping with Visas.

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    Thanks mate
    It must be the 2 year permanent partner visa so we can expect another 6 month wait until it comes through. Before this 3 month expires will do a trip to Canberra and see what we can do to cover her stay until the partner visa is granted. Wife is sick of leaving every 3 months
    Mate, our application was moderately recently and this how it unfolded then.

    You don't actually apply for the Permanent Partner Visa.

    They will issue the Temporary Partner Visa or the Permanent Partner Visa, depending on the personal situation of the applicant.


    My understanding is most couples partners are issued the Temporary Visa and, after a 2 year wait, then the Permanent Visa is issued, assuming the relationship is still substantial.

    There is no extra cost to go from the Temporary to Permanent after 2 years.


    I assume we got the Permanent Visa first up, not because of a great application, but because we had two kids together.

    Personally, I wouldn't travel to Canberra, just a simple email usually suffices.

    Have you been issued a Case Manager?
    We were about 6 months into the application.


    Let us know what you eventually receive and best of luck.

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    I am not really sure as l paid TSL & Associate Thailand CO Ltd to do the visa, and they communicate with the wife. All l know is the application has been lodged

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    Need some help, the wifes partner visa has been lodged, did her medical and had the police check done in Thailand, today she did another medical in Australia and submitted paper work for the Australian federal police check.
    Her visa expires 28th Jan 17, l am away pulling a 100 day shift in the Middle East so l can buy a home in oz, not home until mid feb.
    Is there anyway l can get my wife's current tourist visa extended or a new one with out her leaving the country. As we have two kids currently going to school in oz.
    wife seems to think they will not give her another visa until partner visa is approved.
    Any advice
    Thanks

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    Check if your wife's tourist visit has 'no further stay" stamped on the paper received from the Emabssy. If not it is easily extended upon request.
    If it is stamped an explanation of the circumstances should suffice for the grant of a bridging visa.
    In fairness your immi agent should be handling this for you, however you can do yourself.

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    Rigger ... where did your wife apply for her partner visa?

    Also, what Iceman alludes to above is sweet.

    But, if she has the 'No Further Stay' condition ... she's basicially ducked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Check if your wife's tourist visit has 'no further stay" stamped on the paper received from the Emabssy. If not it is easily extended upon request.
    If it is stamped an explanation of the circumstances should suffice for the grant of a bridging visa.
    In fairness your immi agent should be handling this for you, however you can do yourself.
    Thanks Iceman, there is nothing written about no further stay so we will try and do something.
    The agent is shit, slow and thick as pig shit, but stuck with them for now.

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    Fucking hell mate, I've got no real advise to offer but I'm gobsmacked your pulling a100 day swing in bumfuck, take my hat of to you, it ain't easy but you do what you gotta do to support your family, works tight now to, gotta make it happen and keep the fun vouchers going in the bank ( salary) on a side note the wifes spouse visa extension has been about 20 days in the pipeline, pretty sure it will get extended , but not sure for how many years, I don't really give a fuk as I have no intention of residing in Aussie for the near fore see able future, it's good for her to have though

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    Its not a 100 days it's only 98 days as l will fly home for 7 days over Xmas, plus will be spending a lot time in the office in town.
    I don't love my job l love the 100,000 plus dollars they are paying me to do it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Rigger ... where did your wife apply for her partner visa?

    Also, what Iceman alludes to above is sweet.

    But, if she has the 'No Further Stay' condition ... she's basicially ducked.
    Lodged in Bangkok a month ago.
    Going to get a lawyer involved in Australia if my wife starts having any issues with extension

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Rigger ... where did your wife apply for her partner visa?

    Also, what Iceman alludes to above is sweet.

    But, if she has the 'No Further Stay' condition ... she's basicially ducked.
    Lodged in Bangkok a month ago.
    Going to get a lawyer involved in Australia if my wife starts having any issues with extension

    Do you know that the applicant has to be overseas when the Visa is granted.
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    • The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).
    • You lodge only one application for your temporary and permanent visas and pay one application charge. Your application is processed in two stages, about two years apart.
    • You must be outside Australia when you apply and also when the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted.
    • You can be in or outside Australia when Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.
    Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)



    Just clarifying what you posted earlier ...

    There is just one application for the Partner Visa.

    You can't apply directly for the Permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

    Usually what happens is that you submit the Visa application and the majority of applicants are initially granted the Temporary Partner Visa and then, in 2 years time, the applicant is they assessed, the relationship reviewed and the Permanent Partner Visa is most likely granted.


    Apparently the wait time currently is close to 12 months.


    When we did ours 2 1/2 years ago, our wait time was 9 months.

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    Wait time for the temporary or permanent visa?0

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    Wait time for initial temporary partner visa is up to 12 months - usually quicker.
    The permanent visa is issued 2 years after temporary one, almost automatic - a bit of paperwork to provide but all fairly seamless.

    Note to Rigger - if your wife encounters difficulty a lawyer is not the way to go. Use a good immigration agent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Wait time for initial temporary partner visa is up to 12 months - usually quicker.
    The permanent visa is issued 2 years after temporary one, .
    Usually quicker as in 10 months or usually quicker as in 2 months.

    Holy crap. There's a possibility that i may have a job there in 6 months time. Should i be applying now? But if i dont move thats a bugger of a visa fee to fork out for nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Usually quicker as in 10 months or usually quicker as in 2 months.
    4 years ago the advised time was 9 months - We got it in 5.5months - That's the best I know. Now its 12 months advised waiting time - hard to estimate.

    Do it yourself not too hard, should not require agent unless very odd circumstances.
    It should come quicker if you have all paperwork in order medicals police checks etc.

    If you go ahead I would start now as you cannot get police checks nor medical until after application has been started and they advise.

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    Ok. Cheers. At what point of the process is the fee due. (Currently around $6875)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Wait time for initial temporary partner visa is up to 12 months - usually quicker.
    The permanent visa is issued 2 years after temporary one, almost automatic - a bit of paperwork to provide but all fairly seamless.

    Note to Rigger - if your wife encounters difficulty a lawyer is not the way to go. Use a good immigration agent.
    We have a immigration agent doing the partner visa.
    I only suggest a lawyer as some people we have meet used this lawyer to arrange his wife's visas, who has now been in oz 15 years and still on Thai passport.

    For now all l need is to keep my wife in Australia so she can look after the kids while l work. I hope due to circumstances they will push the visa through quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Wait time for initial temporary partner visa is up to 12 months - usually quicker.
    The permanent visa is issued 2 years after temporary one, almost automatic - a bit of paperwork to provide but all fairly seamless.

    Note to Rigger - if your wife encounters difficulty a lawyer is not the way to go. Use a good immigration agent.

    My partner got her Permanent Visa up front... though that is rare.

    We have 2 kids together, so I think that added substantial weight.


    KW ... the drum bangs like this.

    Make the application, pay the fee.*

    Assuming the initial paperwork is in order, they request the applicant to obtain a police check, then a hospital check (they supply a list of the accredited places).

    The application is then chucked into a 'do not open for 4 months box'.

    Any email is stone-walled back to you (I'll post their reply later).

    A case officer is appointed.

    Ours came in around nine months from the application date and I think it was hurried along as we got it 2 days before Christmas.

    * One tip when applying for any Aussie Visa, find out what the cost is in AUD first.
    It's usually cheaper to pay it in Australia, grab a receipt then to pay in Thai Baht, due to the exchange rates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    Wait time for initial temporary partner visa is up to 12 months - usually quicker.
    The permanent visa is issued 2 years after temporary one, almost automatic - a bit of paperwork to provide but all fairly seamless.

    Note to Rigger - if your wife encounters difficulty a lawyer is not the way to go. Use a good immigration agent.

    My partner got her Permanent Visa up front... though that is rare.

    We have 2 kids together, so I think that added substantial weight.


    KW ... the drum bangs like this.

    Make the application, pay the fee.*

    Assuming the initial paperwork is in order, they request the applicant to obtain a police check, then a hospital check (they supply a list of the accredited places).

    The application is then chucked into a 'do not open for 4 months box'.

    Any email is stone-walled back to you (I'll post their reply later).

    A case officer is appointed.

    Ours came in around nine months from the application date and I think it was hurried along as we got it 2 days before Christmas.

    * One tip when applying for any Aussie Visa, find out what the cost is in AUD first.
    It's usually cheaper to pay it in Australia, grab a receipt then to pay in Thai Baht, due to the exchange rates.

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    Well l hope they push it through as we have two kids both with Ozzie passports going to school in Australia.

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    ^ if you mean for term 1 2017 for your wife to be in Australia on the Partner visa ... most likely ... FORGET IT

    did that form a core part of your application?

    Rigger ... a few posts up (#37) I wrote a detailed post just for you ... it contains, what I consider, vital information.

    Just a heads up.

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    ^ And all true, from my experience 5 years ago.

    If you have all your paperwork, medical check etc in order it takes only a few months, subject to the vaguaries of the Aus immigration office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    ^ if you mean for term 1 2017 for your wife to be in Australia on the Partner visa ... most likely ... FORGET IT

    did that form a core part of your application?

    Rigger ... a few posts up (#37) I wrote a detailed post just for you ... it contains, what I consider, vital information.

    Just a heads up.
    Thanks mate.
    It's a The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) that she has applied for, she has been in oz since January this year, just has been flying back to leave the country every three months as per her visa and dealing with the immigration agent in Bangkok. Not worried if her visa isn't processed by then but l am worried that they might not give her another visa or extend this one, which would mean l would have to take my kids out of school due to me working away and pack them back to Thailand. My parents are getting on a bit so they can't look after them.
    She doesn't have a case manager that l know of, all we have is a letter saying here application is being processed and to do another medical, which she just did in Australia again as she had all ready done one in Bangkok last month, and lodged a Australian federal police check, Now l am told the immigration agent wants 6,000 baht to do the Thai police check. 3,000 for doing it and 3,000 to lodge the application with police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Its not a 100 days it's only 98 days as l will fly home for 7 days over Xmas, plus will be spending a lot time in the office in town.
    I don't love my job l love the 100,000 plus dollars they are paying me to do it lol
    good stuff, it's the last 2 days that will do your head in, good to see your on top of your game and making a good wedge in a tricky economy.wish you and the wife the best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    ^ And all true, from my experience 5 years ago.

    If you have all your paperwork, medical check etc in order it takes only a few months, subject to the vaguaries of the Aus immigration office.

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