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Increasing Partner Visa Costs & Processing Times

In rough terms, 36% of partner applications are not processed within expected DIBP service times, and a partner visa takes up to 6.5 years to process. Fortunately the overwhelming majority of the applications lodged by The Migration Place in 2016 were processed ahead of the expected service standard timeframe, which demonstrates the importance of lodging a complete and professionally prepared application from day 1, as it minimises the need for the DIBP to request more material and documentation, and therefore minimises delay.

 

Partner Visa Expected Standard Service Times

Increasing Partner Visa CostsThe expected service standard times are between 5 and 12 months for the temporary stage and between 6 and 8 months for the permanent stage. While clearly a large number (approx. 36%) are not finalised within service standards, average processing times still remain somewhat reasonable – in 2014/15, the average processing time for a subclass 309/100 visa was 297 days – or nearly 10 months. This is within the services standards of the average processing time for an offshore Partner application, but the FOI then continues to state that the shortest processing time for a grant of a 309/100 visa was zero days (i.e. granted the same day as application), and the longest was a whopping 2342 days – or around 6 and a half years.

Since the time taken to process Partner visas is clearly enormously varied, migration agents and immigration lawyers are often left with the task of explaining to clients why the Department takes so long to process their visas – particularly in circumstances when one half of a couple are effectively stuck offshore, while the other has to remain in Australia – sometimes for work, sometimes for family – the reasons are as varied as they are plentiful.

 

Increasing Partner Visa Costs

Partner Visa Costs on the RiseAt The Migration Place, we have noted throughout our years of providing Partner visa services changes in the prices and processing times – while today, any Partner visa costs $6865 and is supposed to process within 6 – 12 months, as recently as last year there were noticeable price differences between the onshore and offshore applications. Last year it was almost $2000 more expensive to apply onshore than it was to apply offshore, but processing time for onshore applicants had already begun to blow out to around 12 – 15 months.

In 2014, the same timeframes applied, with the same warning that the onshore 820/801 applications were actually taking 12 – 15 months on average rather than the service standard of 6 – 12 months – but the cost was much cheaper – $4575 if you applied onshore, and only $3085 if you applied offshore. The substantial price rise from 2014 to 2016 (over $2000 more expensive to apply in 2016) does not seem to have improved the program in any way, and the data only gets less encouraging as you go back – the advertised service standards do not alter, but the prices have continued to rise over time – in 2013, the Partner visa cost $2680 if it was applied for offshore, and $3975 if you applied onshore. In 2012, it was $1995 vs $2960 and in 2011 the prices were set at $1735 for the offshore visa application or $2575 for the onshore visa application.

This seems mind-blowingly cheap compared to the $6865 that all applicants pay today, but also raises some questions – if the onshore version of the Partner visa has always been more expensive, why has it suffered longer processing times in recent years? Was there justification for the additional expense of the onshore application, or have offshore applicants just suffered a disproportionate price hike for the sake of a uniform price?

Wherever the funds are allocated, Department officials must feel that it is not to them, with a recent announcement that almost 700 jobs are to be slashed from the Department – around 5% of their existing workforce and for almost two years, unions have been warning that the Department is under-resourced. Whether this will blow out application times even further, only time will tell.

 

How The Migration Place Can Help

While the average processing times for a Partner visa clearly vary widely, one of the most important and simple steps you can take to ensure a speedier processing time is to lodge a complete application with no errors – if the Department need to request more information of you, it generally adds about a month to the process each time. At The Migration Place, we have years of experience lodging complete and correct Partner visa applications, as well as celebrating many successful appeals against unfair or incorrect decisions in relation to Partner visas. We can assist you in preparing a complete application, or even just review your application before lodgement to ensure your hard-earned visa application fee is not lost to the coffers of the Department of Immigration. Call us today to discuss your options on +61 7 3229 4025

71 Comments

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  • jack

    Hi thanks for your useful information, will the spouse visa fee change to increase in 2016 ??

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Jack,

      No fee increases have been announced as yet, however we will provide an update on our Website and Facebook page as soon as we hear anything.

      Stay tuned!

  • Monty

    HI there,
    I have applied my offshore partner visa in nov 2015 online alongwith my all documents as we married in 2013 in brisbane.i provided all joint documents what they require.my partner is australian citizen.she is staying with me in my country from last 7 months.i just wanna find out how more its gonna take long.cause her tourist visa is gonna expire soon.and she hasnt got anyone to stay or lookafter her in australia.
    i arrived in australia 2008 but my visa got expired in 2009.and i became unlawful.i stayed unlawful in australia for 4 years.After that i applied for partner visa in 2013 after our marriage and DIBP issued me BVC but that got refused later on.cause.i stayed on BVC for 2 years till 2015 oct.after refusal i lodged for MRT later on after 18 months that got refused to cause i met schdeule 3.but MRT officer wrote in the decison that she is totally satisfy with our documents and the relation.so i had to leave australia.
    So if you can let me know that how long it is gonna take or if you can look after my case.i have no issues to provide my documents.
    Thanks
    Kindly Regards

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Monty,

      Thank you for contacting us – we would love to assist you.

      You have done the right thing by seeking professional assistance as this case is more complex due to your immigration history.

      One of our experienced migration agents will be in contact with you via email shortly to discuss your case.

  • Shraddha Bhatt

    Hi there,

    My husband is on student visa in Australia on sub class 573. We got married this year in Jan 2016. my husbands visa was expiring in April 2016 so I applied for visit visa in Feb but it got rejected as they didn’t find any valid reason for me to come back to India. My husband has applied for extension visa and is currently on bridging visa. Could you please suggest what visa should I apply for now to be there with my husband as soon as possible…. thanks

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Shraddha. It is always more difficult to apply for another visa when you have already had one refused. We will be in contact shortly to undertake a full eligibility assessment and determine the quickest way to get you to Australia so you can join your husband.

  • Claire Lesley Rowe

    I applied for my on shore Partner Visa 820/801 in September 2013. After 18 months of waiting and not hearing anything, other than ‘its processing’ on the two occassions i called the general enquiries line. I called for a third time in July 2015. I was told then that i had been granted my visa back in January 2015, but i was never contacted by Immigration. We then applied for Permenant Residency in September 2015 and we still currently have no idea what’s happening with our visa. I’m British and my husband is Australian, we have two children together, both children were born in Australia. I have no idea why we are still waiting, its putting unecessary stress on our family life as we feel we cannot make any plans as we are in limbo. I would like to study for my secondary degree but we cannot even entertain the idea until my residency comes through so i can get fee help. we just cannot support two children and run a home on one income and pay for me to go to University as an International Student, even though i’ve been here since September 2012. i think its a joke that the whole process is shrouded in mystery, how is “its processing’ any indication of where we are at? But we have no one to help us, we are just expecting to accept that response and continue to wait.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Claire, Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, your application is still within standard processing, and the Department have cracked down on providing updates before the 15 month mark. One of our migration lawyers will be in contact with you to determine whether you will need our assistance in progressing your application.

  • Chinenye Njideka Ohakwe

    HI,
    I really don’t understand what you mean by offshore and onshore, i submitted my application on the 3rd of December 2015, at Lagos Nigeria and this is the 6th month now and I’m still waiting down here in Nigeria with my 9 months old daughter and have not heard from the immigration.

    • The Migration Place

      Hello, onshore means Australia and offshore means everywhere else. Unfortunately, your application is still within standard processing times. We will get in contact with you shortly to determine whether you need our assistance in progressing your application.

  • Noor

    Hi there,
    My husband and I were students at Adelaide university in 2009. We got master degree in 2012.I came back to my home country but my husband and my son stayed in Australia because they have got a permanent visa. My husband have applied to get a partner visa for me and for my daughter on December 2015. We provided all the required docs and we have done all the checks and the enter view by the Australian Embassy in Jordan. We have been waiting for more than six months. My question is that how long it takes to get the partner visa. I should told you that we are from Iraq. My husband got a protection visa at the first time.
    Kind regards

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Noor,
      The Partner Visa application generally takes 12 to 15 months to process. Have you submitted all the necessary supporting evidence? Failure to submit all of the required information or documentation may cause delays with receiving a decision on your application, or lead to visa refusal. If you have concerns regarding your Partner Visa application, we recommend that you contact our office for our review service – this is where we will review the application and evidence that you have submitted and let you know if we believe anything is still outstanding to be provided or if there might be any issues.

      • Noor

        Hi
        Thank you for your reply .. i think i submitted all the requried documents because i have a lawer who helped and advised me..
        Another point, the australian empssy in Amman asked for extra documents and i provided them immiditly and they did not ask anything alse.
        Thank .. kind regards

        • The Migration Place

          Hi Noor,

          If you have concerns regarding your Partner Visa application, we recommend that you contact our office for our review service – this is where we will review the application and evidence that you have submitted and let you know if we believe anything is still outstanding to be provided or if there might be any issues.

  • Wangel Tshering Gurung

    Hi there,

    I am about to apply for student dependent visa sub class 572. My wife is currently in Australia studying diploma course in dental technology. Can you please tell me the how long do i have to wait for my visa decision to be made?

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Wangel,
      The Department aims to finalise 75% of complete Student Visa applications within one (1) month of lodgement. To reduce visa processing times, students are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents with their visa applications. Failure to submit all required documents might lead to processing delays or visa refusal. If you have concerns regarding your Student Visa application, please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com with further details regarding your situation.

  • Isaac Annan Jr.

    Hello there my name is Isaac I’m 22 years old from the U.S. where I currently reside my Australian girlfriend and I of 2 years whom I met in the U.S. have been thinking about doing a prospective marriage visa but it costs a lot I was wondering if you guys could help me appeal the cost to maybe pay a lower price or should I apply for a different visa? Also can I still do an onshore partner visa even though my girlfriend and I haven’t lived together for 12 months and register our relationship in her home state of Victoria where she lives at now? Thanks.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Isaac,
      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, you cannot petition to pay a lower visa application charge. What we can help you with is look into whether you qualify for any other Australian Visas that may attract a lower fee. Please contact our office so that we may assess your visa eligibility and options.

  • Kent vo

    Hi there, I’m Australian citizen and married my wife in Hongkong , at the moment we are living together in Hong Kong almost 3 years, 3 years ago my wife traveled to Australia for holiday a over stay 4 months cos she got stress, I met my wife in that time and we decided go back to Hongkong to marry, after married i applied to sponsor my wife to Australia but we’ve been waiting for over 12 months already , may I ask you some questions, is there any effects with my application cos overstayed of my wife, and I know there are some new rules from DIBP so exactly how long for the processing time, is there any interview or healthcheck. Thank you very much

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Kent,
      Each and every Partner Visa case is different, and there is always a risk of issues arising if the applicant has not complied with their previous Australian Visa. We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • Borce Markov

    Hello there, I made a mistake with my partner visa total cost.. i wrote on my payment form 1440 the total cost is $6800, so they couldn’t process it, their email told me to check the price… after checking, now i know that its actually $6865 ($65 missing)

    Their website also mentions a surcharge of 1.08% for Debit card (thats what i’m using), do i have to calculate this surcharge myself and write the total on the form (I don’t think the form even provides a section to write the surcharge cost)… or do i just write $6865 and they will calculate and add the surcharge during processing?
    I don’t want to be rejected again for such simple thing
    Does anyone know?

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Borce,
      The best way to avoid this issue is to authorise the Department to debit the total about from your debit or credit card – i.e. total visa application charge plus the surcharge amount (depending on your card type). Did you know that you can apply for the Partner Visa application online now?

  • Anuradha

    Hello,
    This is Anu.I have applied for 309 partner migration visa on June 30, 2015. According to that the processing time for 309 visas is 10 to 12 months .but still I am waiting for my visa to be approved.I have submitted all the documents as per required by the immigration department.And moreover, I am in visitor visa right now.But the problem is that is also going to over this 25th July 2016.I am really so sad to leave my husband and to go India back.

    Can you please tell me how long it could take to approve my visa ? please I need your assistance.

    with kind regards,
    Anu

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Anu,

      The Department’s official processing standard is a guide and the actual timeframe for a decision on your application can vary. Unfortunately, it is hard to say exactly how long it will take for you to receive a decision as every case is different. Have you submitted all of the required evidence, including your health and police checks? If you are concerned that there may be issues with your application, please contact our office for assistance.

  • Harjit kaur

    Hi there
    I Applied Onshore partner visa in 30 jan2014
    Immi asked me to submit 2stage document in November 2015
    I am still waiting no any results back
    I am so stressful want to plan second pregnancy but due to visa I can’t
    Even I got one daughter but still immigration taking a long time..

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Harjit,
      Permanent Partner Visa applications are currently taking 12 to 15 months to be processed. If you lodged your application in November 2015, this means that you may not receive a result until after November 2016. Our office has enjoyed success in recently receiving decisions on Permanent Partner Visa applications within 6 to 9 months of lodgement. If you are concerned that there may be issues with your application, please contact our office for assistance.

  • Dawn

    Hi i just want to ask if what’s the best, easier and faster way for me to be with my boyfriend for 3 years and a half. He is a australian PR and we want to be together but we don’t know what visa is best for us cause we’ve been in a long distance relationship for 3 years and been together physically for 3 months. We are both filipino. I’m planning to apply for a tourist visa for a 2nd time and hoping there’s no 8503 or no further stay. Is that possible? Or do we need to apply for a partners visa. Thanks.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Dawn,
      We would be pleased to help reunite you with your Australian partner. Please send us an email at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may assess your eligibility for the various family visas that are available.

  • Zainab Aliyu.

    Hi.
    I submitted my partner visa application in Nigeria on the 26th of January 2016, and I got a Confirmation email on the 18th of February that my application has been received. Although I submitted all documents necessary except my Medicals examination because I read somewhere on the website that the medical examination is based on request. How long does it take to get a response concerning the medical examination report and would I be notified when a case worker is assigned to me? It’s really difficult living thousands of miles away from my husband.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Zainab,
      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months. When your application is allocated to a Case Officer, they will normally contact you if further evidence is required. It is our usual recommendation that health and police checks are submitted 6 to 9 months after the initial lodgement of your application – this will assist the Department with the processing of your application. If you wait until you have received a request to provide further supporting evidence, this may delay the decision of your application. If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • lizzy

    Hi i need help I came to Australia in 2011 illegal and apply for protection visa which was refused,and met a guy while I was waiting for a response from the minister but cancel it because we wanted to apply for de-factor visa off shore,just before leaving Australia we broke up and went back to my country and i met someone on a dating site who want to come and marry me,I was wondering if i have a chance of being approved so I can go back to Australia with him because we planning to get married in few months, and note the relashionship was registered in Australia with my ex partner and my new partner can’t stay with me for long in Africa because his a single daddy for w young kids please help

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Lizzy,
      Each and every Partner Visa case is different. We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • Alex

    I have applied for a partner visa since 2013 and till now. No answer and me and my wife we have a baby he’s 9 month now and I haven’t seen him since he was bron I don’t know what’s the problem it’s been 2 years and 8 month what can I do email me on my email act_and_foow@hotmail.com

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Alex,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months.

      As such, you are now able to request an update from your Case Officer.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • veronicakamara

    my lawyer has submitted my Partner Visa application subclass 309/100 but we haven’t received anything yet since may 2016 just want to know if everything is okay with my application and I have provide everything.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Veronica,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months.

      I would suggest you speak with your lawyer about requesting an update.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Hina

    What if i can apply for prospective marriage visa as my fiance is having a refugee PR in australia, do i get it easily or not?

    • Hina

      I will apply this visa from pakistan. And we have an engagement period of 14 months and haven’t met yet. Plz tell me what should i do not

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Hina,
      Each and every Prospective Marriage Visa case is different. We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • Manpreet Kadam

    Hiii,

    I have applied for students visa on 4th july 2016 under the new law, along with my spouse; it is written that 21 processing days are required to get visa; my university has told me to report latest by 29th July 2016. Can I expect my visa on 25th or 26th July 2016. The status they are showing is scheduled. I don’t know what it means

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Manpreet,

      Most applications will take about four weeks to process. The exact time it will take depends on whether you have provided all supporting documents with your application, whether the Department need additional information from you and how you respond to any requests for this information and whether you need to undergo health checks or provide biometric information.
      If you have concerns regarding your Student Visa application, please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com with further details regarding your situation.

  • Gurjit singh

    Hi i m Aus citizen I lodge my wife file in June 2015 but I didn’t get any response yet

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Gurjit,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months.

      As such, your application is still within processing standards.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Sarah

    Hi, my husband is an Australian citizen, I submitted 309 spouse migration visa in march 2015. I was asked to conduct health check in dec15. Until now, I’m still waiting and have no idea since 17 months have passed.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Sarah,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months.

      As such, you are now able to request an update from your Case Officer.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Sajina

    Hello,i am in Australia with visa subclass 573 student visa. Currently i am doing master here. I have applied for my husband as dependent sub class 500 visa on july 3,2016. I would like to know how long will visa processing time will take??How could we get more details about that processing. Could you please help us.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Sajina,

      Most applications will take about four weeks to process. The exact time it will take depends on whether you have provided all supporting documents with your application, whether the Department need additional information from you and how you respond to any requests for this information and whether you need to undergo health checks or provide biometric information.

      If you have concerns regarding your Student Visa application, please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com with further details regarding your situation.

  • Netra Ghimire

    Hi I applied my wife visa last year 27 April 2015 I still didn’t get any response from immigration

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Netra,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 15 months.

      As such, you are now able to request an update from your Case Officer.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Soeri Ali

    Hi do you have any offices here in NSW? I would like some advice and assistance on lodging for my partner visa. (Onshore)

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Soeri,

      While we do not have an office in NSW, we are able to help you over the phone and by email.
      We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • Terry Heaton

    Me and my wife are applying for the spouse visa, we got married in Thailand signing legal papers in February, we also got a multiple entry visa so she can visit,

    My main concern is my bank account is low due to use of an immigrant agent and visa fee’s, is there a certain amount I should have in my account? And next is we been together for 8 years we got engaged 3years ago but had to postpone due to Thai government coup and a lawyer leaving us high and dry. All our old communications are with hotmail but hotmail is defunct and my iPhone dosnt keep backups very well should I be concerned?

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Terry,
      The Department is unlikely to request evidence of your bank account.
      We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • Dhruvi Gor

    Hi, I have applied offshore from India for Partner visa subclass 309, on 27th October 2015. But i have not received any information regarding Case Officer assigned or if any evidence is missing. I am really worried as to there is no email on case officer assigned yet.

    • The Migration Place

      The standard processing time for Partner visa applications is 12-15 months from the date of lodgement. As your application was lodged less than 12 months ago, it is still within that official processing time. When your application is allocated to a Case Officer, they will usually contact you if further evidence is required. It is important to make sure all of your contact details are up to date so that if they do try to contact you for further information, you will receive the request.
      If you have concerns that you have not provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success. This can reduce delays in the processing of your application by giving you the opportunity to provide all of the necessary documentation so a decision can be made on your application as soon as it is looked at by a case officer.

  • Suzana Demis

    Hi, I’m Suzana and i applied for partner visa 309 in 22 of February from Albania. My partner is Australian citizen. We got married 1 year before. After logged everything I receive an email from my co officer on 15 of may. She asked me when I have been abroad in last 10 l yeas. I sent it by email. From that day i don’t have an answer. Do you have any idea how long will take to grant my visa? Do you think that they need more additional information?
    Thank you
    Suzana

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Suzana,

      Your case officer will usually request additional evidence if it is required for your application. It is important that you keep your contact details up to date and respond to any requests for further information by the method and within the time-frame requested. The standard processing time for Partner visa applications is 12-15 months from the date of lodgement. If you haven’t received a decision on your application after 15 months you will be able to seek an update on the progress of your application from your case officer. If you have concerns that you have not provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success. This can reduce delays in the processing of your application by giving you the opportunity to provide all of the necessary documentation so a decision can be made on your application as soon as it is looked at by a case officer.

    • The Migration Place

      Thank you for your comment. Please note that the migration rules are constantly changing and it is important to get updated advice from a registered migration agent. If you have lodged or are considering lodging a visa application please contact one of our experienced migration agents for up-to-date advice.

  • Seema verma

    Hello Dear
    I got marriage 2007 five year visa 2008 but in this time I was not stay 2 year in Australia after then every year I got 1 year visa sab class 155. Now I want divorce from husband. In short want to know I will take divorce will I lose my permanent resident or not.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Seema,
      Each and every Permanent Residency case is different.
      We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

  • TGNY

    Hi, What is the processing time for the temporary partner visa (47 SP)? If I am visiting Australia from the US (partner is Australian), is it possible and is there any benefit from doing it onshore. Thanks

    • The Migration Place

      Hi TGNY,
      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 18 months.
      There are benefits to doing the application onshore, as you may be able to wait the entire processing period in Australia. We would recommend that you contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com to obtain further information and our advice as to your best pathway.

  • sunny

    hello sir, i am deported from australia , my wife was australian so i applied offshore spouse visa 20 monthes ago (25/06/2015), i submit them all the required documents , 3 monthes ago immigration officers called me to get my interview but i didnt answer their call, because i left my fone at home that day, after that day i didnt get their call back or heard anything from them now its 20 monthes and m still waiting , do u have any idea that how long they could take more to get back to me.

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Sunny,
      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Sidra

    Hi i applied for partner visa on 7 june 2016 .on 10 january they call me for giving interview ,additional photos and 888guarantee form i sent to them and they reply email that all ur ducumentation is complete on ur visa application but they still dont grant my visa do u have any idea how long it take to grant me a visa

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Sidra,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 18 months.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Emaus Tetaga

    Hi I applied for my Partner Visa Onshore on 12 May 2016 and was issued my Bridging Visa straight away. It is now going into the 10th month and I still have not heard anything on my appication. My Australian partner and I have two children that are Australian citizens. Is this the normal waiting time for the first stage of the Partner Visa Application. Should I be worried as its not stressful already.
    Any advise on matter at hand would be awesome.

    Thanks

    Emaus

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Emaus,

      The official processing standard for a Partner Visa application is 12 to 18 months.

      If you have concerns that you may not have provided all the necessary evidence for your application, please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com for help – we offer a review service where we can check what you have already submitted and advise on if further evidence should be provided to strengthen your application, or if we believe that there are deficiencies that may affect the prospects of success.

  • Gayathri pathirage

    Do u recommend that couples do their own application? What if we provide everything they ask fir? Do we still need professional help? Is there better results if someone helps ud?how much do u charge for a partner migration . I’m an Australian citizen n my husband is in srilanka I want to put an offshore application n how long do we have to wait before he gets the temporary visa cos we don’t want to live apart at all could u pls email me ASAP thnks a lot

    • The Migration Place

      Hi Gayathri,

      Many of our partner visa clients come to us after they lodged it themselves, and had it refused. Some clients come to us to “review” their application before it is lodged, and we are able to highlight errors, and things that require attention. Having helped clients since 2002, we can confirm that very few self-lodged applications are up to the required standard. You should not make the mistake of assuming the process is simple, nor should you assume that the genuineness of your relationship will get you through.

      Not engaging professional assistance means that applications are often not up to the required standard and are therefore being refused. Furthermore, the rules are getting increasingly strict, and there are a host of complexities that can arise.

      We recommend that you contact our office for detailed advice regarding your specific situation. Please contact our office at mail@themigrationplace.com so that we may provide you with detailed advice.

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