I wrote this article to explain the stage of applying for onshore partner visa.
I will make my story short. So I first came to Australia in 2014 for working holiday. I met my bf Tom the next year, but I had to leave Australia in the end of 2015 because of visa expiratory. After I flied back to Taiwan I waited for few months then applied for travel visa (ETA) to come to Australia. I was worry about that the border control officer would doubt my intention visiting Australia so often, not until late January 2016 did I come back to Australia. I was preparing partner visa materials at the same time in Taiwan. However, I did got asked by immigration officer for a while after I landed in Sydney airport.
Due to limitation of travel visa, I can only stay in Australia for 3 months. I came here in the end of January and we applied for onshore partner visa on 15th April, 2016. The 3 months period in Australia was so speechless… Why I said so?
There’s one condition partner visa application; you have to be in a relationship with your partner for 12 months. We didn’t meet that requirement at that time, so we decided to apply for de facto certificate. Applying de facto relationship certificate is the worst nightmare I must say. There’s 28 cooling off period after lodging the application. However, we didn’t receive our relationship certificate after a month. I had to ask Tom to called and emailed BDM office. They admitted they made mistake while processing our certificate but we got it in the end. Apart from de facto certificate, I also have problem with applying NFP check. Well, you know you can’t never trust Australian official…
Any way, it was a long and nerves-killing process preparing all necessary partner visa materials. We read the immigration booklet carefully and tried to get all documents on the list. For example, we didn’t have joint account in the beginning but we went to back to open one. There is will suggested on the list. I was about to get it as well, but Tom denied and said “why to prepare it while we are young and haven’t been together long enough?’ His words make sense so we didn’t put will within our application.
I will not provide necessary documents list here, you can find the information from official immigration website.
I lodged the application in person in 2016. All I can do is wait after lodging the application. I finally received the first email from immigration office on 21st of February this year told me that they were processing my visa application. I thought that has nothing to do with me. But I received their phone call and email from them asked me to provide NFP check in March. I sent NPF scan to TR mail box. Unfortunately, I got reply from the partner visa processing team saying that my NFP check does not meet the form of my name shown on passport. Therefore, I have to spend $42 applying for the new NFP. Not only did I ask Tom to call AFP, but I wrote them email to explain my situation. I received APF on 7th of April then sent immigration officer the scan on 9th of April last weekend. After nearly a year waiting, I finally received TR visa on 13th of April. To the next step!!!
22/01/2016 Came back to Australia with ETA visa.
15/04/2016 Lodged onshore partner visa (820/801) in person to the immigration office.
02/21/2017 Received email from immigration office noticing they were processing on the visa
28/03/2017 Receiving email again from immigration office asking for AFP.
30/03/2017 TR visa team member pointed out that my AFP does not meet the form as name shown on my passport then asked to provide a new AFP.
09/04/2017 Sent the correct AFP to TR visa team
13/04/2017 TR granted!!!