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15 Aug 2015

The waiting game

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When I first arrived to Australia I did so on a work sponsored 457 visa. This visa had a validity of 3 years. I begun discussing this with my work last year since I would like to become a permanent resident rather than a temporary one. Unfortunately due to the fact that I was about to marry Simon work thought I could sort out my own visa and they didn’t want to continue sponsoring me. A little frustrated as it’s both cheaper and quicker to get sponsored through work and they didn’t seem to understand that me marrying Simon really wan’t going to guarantee me a permanent residency or in any way really make things that much easier. I tried to look at things positively though and decided to apply for my own partner visa. At least that way I will no longer be controlled by work and I’m free to leave whenever I want wihtout having to worry about the new company taking over my sponsorship. The process of getting the application in was speed up a bit in mid-December when it was announced that the application fee would increase by around 50% as of January 1st 2015 and instead of the “only” costing $4,575 would then become $6,865.  I spent the entire Christmas break filling in forms and organising documents and on December 29th I submitted my application.

It’s now been 7.5 months and nothing has happened. I haven’t even been assigned a case officer yet. On the acknowledgement I received after submitting my application it says that the processing time was 9-12 months but when phoning up DIBP now the information I receive is that it’s more like 12-15 months. I suspect there might have been an increase in the number of application submitted during the two weeks from when the price increase was announced until it came into affect. It doesn’t seem to be much I can do to try to speed things up either which sucks. I hate this waiting game.

13 Aug 2012

Visa granted!

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I am pleased to advise that Anna…. has been granted a Temporary Business Entry (Class UC) Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457) visa. This visa allows you to travel to, enter and remain in Australia and is valid until the date specified above.

I received an email from my case officer on Saturday night at 9.42 pm (isn’t that a weird time to receive an email by the way) informing me that my visa was approved. So now, finally I’m legal to work. My visa was granted for three years but I think Simon and I’ll be applying for our own visa, independent of work before then.But for now it’s all good and I’m relieved that it was sorted so quickly. I actually had my decision in about a week after handing in the missing application. I was called up by my case officer on Wednesday asking me to send in a proof of my health insurance (being Swedish I’m not covered by Medicare) so I did on Thursday and then on Saturday I had my decision. Today I applied for my Tax File Number too so as soon as I receive that I can finally open a bank account.

07 Aug 2012

Visa screw up

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I came to a realization last week – I’m in the country on the wrong visa!! I only discovered this as I was trying to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) online. If I don’t have one I can’t own a bank account and I’ll be charged more tax. My online application for the TFN was cancelled and I was told I wasn’t eligible to apply on my visa. I thought it was weird since the 457 work sponsored visa (that I believed I was on) gives you the right to apply for a TFN. I called up immigration and was told I was on the 651 visa, a normal tourist visa. Something clearly went wrong there! I thought immigration had made a mistake but as it turns out it was I who did.

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07 Jun 2012

Visa approved!!

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I am pleased to advise that the nomination has been approved.

Ended up being a pretty good national day after all. Had an email in my inbox this morning letting me know my VISA was approved yesterday. I’m now legal to enter and work in Australia!!

It’s the Temporary Business (Long Stay), Subclass 457 visa I’ve been approved.  It’s the the most commonly used program for employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary basis. It was super easy since most of it was done by the company, I didn’t have to have a medical exam or anything like that and it was quick (took less than two months).

09 Nov 2010

Partner Migration Booklet

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As Simon and I discuss moving back to Australia (not right now but later on) I’ve started to look into the application process for the Partner Visa, I want to be prepared. I know that several of our readers have been through this process so any useful information that you can share would be helpful.

I found a (what I think might be) a useful booklet at the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s homepage – a booklet called Partner Migration Booklet (pdf). The booklet can be downloaded from the homepage and I think my investigation starts by reading the booklet.