subclass 309 Visa Processing Times in 2020

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Partner Offshore Provisional Visa (subclass 309) Processing Times in 2020.

In 2019-20 a total of 11,702 subclass 309 visas were granted, with half taking under 11 months, and half taking over 11 months, to be finalised.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333

The processing times for these visas would normally be reported as 15-19, with 75% being under 15 months, and 90% being under 19 months, but note: with half being under 11 months.

The actual times, broken down further are:


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  • 25% took under 9 months.
  • 25% took between 9 and 11 months.
  • 25% took between 11 and 15 months.
  • 15% took between 15 and 19 months.
  • 10% took over 19 months.

Subclass 309 Visa Processing Times Sept 2020

Last updated: 19 October 2020 for September 2020

Month 75% took up to 15% took between 10% took over:
Sep 2020 17 months 17 & 25 months 25 months
Aug 2020 18 months 18 & 26 months 26 months
Jul 2020 15 months 15 & 20 months 20 months
Jun 2020 16 months 16 & 22 months 22 months
May 2020 12 months 12 & 18 months 18 months
Apr 2020 13 months 13 & 17 months 17 months
Mar 2020 13 months 13 & 21 months 21 months
Feb 2020 14 months 14 & 20 months 20 months
Jan 2020 14 months 14 & 19 months 19 months
Dec 2019 16 months 16 & 21 months 21 months

These times show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month.

Partner Visa Processing Times Sept 2020

Visa75% of Visas Processed in up to15% of Visas processed between10% Of Visas Processed in over
10017 months17 & 23 months23 months
300 - PMVN/AN/AN/A
30917 months17 & 25 months25 months
80113 months13 & 20 months20 months
82022 months22 & 27 months27 months
N/A indicates that insufficient visas were finalised to produce meaningful statistics. Probably under 5.

Numbers of subclass 309 visas granted by month in 2019-20

The number of visas granted after March 2020 was a massive drop from previous months, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.



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  • 1,406 July 2019
  • 1,123 August 2019
  • 1,315 September 2019
  • 1,159 October 2019
  • 1,253 November 2019
  • 1,078 December 2019
  • 1,260 January 2020
  • 1,334 February 2020
  • 1,176 March 2020
  • 254 April 2020
  • 124 May 2020
  • 220 June 2020
  • 229 ? July 2020 (see below)

A Freedom of Information request, FA 20/08/00403, states that 573 subclass 309 visas were granted between 1 January 2020 and 31 July 2020.
And that there were 26,941 applications in the queue at 30th April 2020.
Source: Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403

This figure seems at odds with other numbers.  I wonder if it should be between 1 May 2020 and 31 July 2020. This would be:

  • 124 in May 2020
  • 220 in June 2020
  • 229 in July 2020

That sound more realistic.


Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00403
573 subclass 309 visas granted

Department of Home Affairs FOI request FA 20/08/00333
11,702 subclass 309 visas granted

The FOI request FA 20/02/00860 stated that 11,358 subclass 309 visas were granted in the 10 months of the financial year 1 July 2019 to 30/04/2020.

Taking those last two figures it shows that (11,702 less 11,358) 344 subclass 309 visas were granted in May and June 2020 combined.
April to June is shown to be 598 visas, therefore April must have been 254 visa for the month.


The following are the official times quoted by Australian Immigration, for the visas finalised in each month.

(The numbers of subclass 309 grants from April 2020 are much lower than normal)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of offshore visa grants has reduced dramatically.  This has also had an effect on on the Offshore Partner visas.

  • 598 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between April and June 2020, an average of 200 per month.
  • 3,770 subclass 309 visas were finalised (not all granted) between January and March 2020, an average of 1,256 per month.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20

For examples of ACTUAL processing times see the comments section at the end of this post..
If you wish to add YOUR grant times to these pages, please complete our subclass 309 survey here.

It should be noted that the average processing time is often a lot less than the 75% maximum figure quoted.

  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2018-19: 10.6 months
  • Average Processing Time for subclass 309 visas in 2019-20: 11.0 months

2018-19 was 13-??, But the average processing time for the 14,847 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2018/19 year was 323 calendar days (10.6 months).
75% were done in under 391 days (12.9 months).

2019/20 was 15-19.  But the average processing time for the 11,702 subclass 309 visas finalised in the 2019/20 year was 11 months.
75% were done in under 15 months, 10% in over 19 months.

Processing times in 2019/20 by Processing office.

The average processing time for the 11,358 subclass 309 visas finalised to April in the 2019/20 year has varied between 131 days (Singapore) and 381 days (Dubai).

This data is from the Department of Home Affairs under FOI request FA 20/02/00860, and covers grants up to April 2020.

Ankara and Cairo had the fastest times in the first 25%, with times for the fastest 25% taking under 112 days.
Dubai and Manila had the slowest times in the first 25%, with their times taking up to 500 days, even in their fastest 25%.
Colombo, Dubai and Pretoria had some of the slowest times, with some taking over 1,000 days

  • Amman processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 638 days.
  • Ankara processed 187 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 238 days. The first 25% took up to 112 days. The next 25% took between 112 and 171 days. The next 25% took between 171 and 305 days. The slowest 25% took over 305 days, with 10% of the total taking over 536 days.
  • Auckland processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 1,672 days.
  • Bangkok processed 481 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 424 days. The first 25% took up to 236 days. The next 25% took between 236 and 355 days. The next 25% took between 355 and 538 days. The slowest 25% took over 538 days, with 10% of the total taking over 913 days.
  • Beijing processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 354 days.
  • Beirut processed 798 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 341 days. The first 25% took up to 275 days. The next 25% took between 275 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 332 days. The slowest 25% took over 332 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Belgrade processed 90 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 311 days. The first 25% took up to 256 days. The next 25% took between 256 and 309 days. The next 25% took between 309 and 342 days. The slowest 25% took over 342 days, with 10% of the total taking over 463 days.
  • Berlin processed 297 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 350 days. The first 25% took up to 188 days. The next 25% took between 188 and 255 days. The next 25% took between 255 and 372 days. The slowest 25% took over 372 days, with 10% of the total taking over 971 days.
  • Brasilia processed 140 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 362 days. The first 25% took up to 243 days. The next 25% took between 243 and 338 days. The next 25% took between 338 and 428 days. The slowest 25% took over 428 days, with 10% of the total taking over 621 days.
  • Brisbane processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 317 days. The first 25% took up to 229 days. The next 25% took between 229 and 327 days. The next 25% took between 327 and 385 days. The slowest 25% took over 385 days, with 10% of the total taking over 501 days.
  • Cairo processed 152 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 241 days. The first 25% took up to 108 days. The next 25% took between 108 and 175 days. The next 25% took between 175 and 261 days. The slowest 25% took over 261 days, with 10% of the total taking over 687 days.
  • Colombo processed 236 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 656 days. The first 25% took up to 321 days. The next 25% took between 321 and 483 days. The next 25% took between 483 and 745 days. The slowest 25% took over 745 days, with 10% of the total taking over 2073 days.
  • Dili processed only 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 415 days.
  • Dubai processed 381 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 660 days. The first 25% took up to 503 days. The next 25% took between 503 and 541 days. The next 25% took between 541 and 616 days. The slowest 25% took over 616 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1726 days.
  • Guangzhou processed 804 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 276 days. The next 25% took between 276 and 395 days. The next 25% took between 395 and 485 days. The slowest 25% took over 485 days, with 10% of the total taking over 618 days.
  • Ho Chi Minh City processed 638 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 416 days. The first 25% took up to 337 days. The next 25% took between 337 and 373 days. The next 25% took between 373 and 420 days. The slowest 25% took over 420 days, with 10% of the total taking over 885 days.
  • Hong Kong processed 449 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 285 days. The first 25% took up to 226 days. The next 25% took between 226 and 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 311 days. The slowest 25% took over 311 days, with 10% of the total taking over 473 days.
  • Islamabad processed 787 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 417 days. The first 25% took up to 299 days. The next 25% took between 299 and 368 days. The next 25% took between 368 and 419 days. The slowest 25% took over 419 days, with 10% of the total taking over 726 days.
  • Jakarta processed 128 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 425 days. The first 25% took up to 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 344 days. The next 25% took between 344 and 484 days. The slowest 25% took over 484 days, with 10% of the total taking over 866 days.
  • Kuala Lumpur processed 117 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 361 days. The first 25% took up to 194 days. The next 25% took between 194 and 291 days. The next 25% took between 291 and 461 days. The slowest 25% took over 461 days, with 10% of the total taking over 840 days.
  • London processed 745 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 293 days. The first 25% took up to 265 days. The next 25% took between 265 and 296 days. The next 25% took between 296 and 333 days. The slowest 25% took over 333 days, with 10% of the total taking over 443 days.
  • Manila processed 168 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 607 days. The first 25% took up to 553 days. The next 25% took between 553 and 603 days. The next 25% took between 603 and 673 days. The slowest 25% took over 673 days, with 10% of the total taking over 802 days.
  • Melbourne processed 2 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing times were over 1,232 days.
  • Nairobi processed 228 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 382 days. The first 25% took up to 330 days. The next 25% took between 330 and 377 days. The next 25% took between 377 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 514 days.
  • National Office processed 25 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 394 days. The first 25% took up to 349 days. The next 25% took between 349 and 410 days. The next 25% took between 410 and 430 days. The slowest 25% took over 430 days, with 10% of the total taking over 525 days.
  • New Delhi processed 1898 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 401 days. The first 25% took up to 306 days. The next 25% took between 306 and 376 days. The next 25% took between 376 and 480 days. The slowest 25% took over 480 days, with 10% of the total taking over 658 days.
  • Ottawa processed 332 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 261 days. The first 25% took up to 140 days. The next 25% took between 140 and 232 days. The next 25% took between 232 and 347 days. The slowest 25% took over 347 days, with 10% of the total taking over 559 days.
  • Phnom Penh processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 348 days. The first 25% took up to 238 days. The next 25% took between 238 and 302 days. The next 25% took between 302 and 410 days. The slowest 25% took over 410 days, with 10% of the total taking over 708 days.
  • Pretoria processed 271 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 606 days. The first 25% took up to 489 days. The next 25% took between 489 and 576 days. The next 25% took between 576 and 702 days. The slowest 25% took over 702 days, with 10% of the total taking over 1002 days.
  • Santiago processed 79 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 211 days. The next 25% took between 211 and 294 days. The next 25% took between 294 and 467 days. The slowest 25% took over 467 days, with 10% of the total taking over 645 days.
  • Seoul processed 137 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 304 days. The first 25% took up to 267 days. The next 25% took between 267 and 297 days. The next 25% took between 297 and 336 days. The slowest 25% took over 336 days, with 10% of the total taking over 471 days.
  • Singapore processed 131 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 165 days. The first 25% took up to 128 days. The next 25% took between 128 and 153 days. The next 25% took between 153 and 179 days. The slowest 25% took over 179 days, with 10% of the total taking over 258 days.
  • Suva processed 143 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 290 days. The first 25% took up to 198 days. The next 25% took between 198 and 230 days. The next 25% took between 230 and 296 days. The slowest 25% took over 296 days, with 10% of the total taking over 594 days.
  • Sydney processed 1 Subclass 309 visas, and the processing time was 573 days.
  • Tel Aviv processed 16 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 239 days. The first 25% took up to 155 days. The next 25% took between 155 and 248 days. The next 25% took between 248 and 287 days. The slowest 25% took over 287 days, with 10% of the total taking over 416 days.
  • Washington processed 298 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 340 days. The first 25% took up to 181 days. The next 25% took between 181 and 348 days. The next 25% took between 348 and 437 days. The slowest 25% took over 437 days, with 10% of the total taking over 716 days.
  • Yangon processed 7 Subclass 309 visas, and the median processing time was 538 days. The first 25% took up to 512 days. The next 25% took between 512 and 532 days. The next 25% took between 532 and 588 days. The slowest 25% took over 588 days, with 10% of the total taking over 639 days.

Average number of subclass 309 grants per month each year.

  • 2,012 grants per month 2015/16
  • 1,836 grants per month 2016/17
  • 1,453 grants per month 2017/18
  • 1,332 grants per month 2018/19
  • 1,136 grants per month 2019/20 (for the 10 months to April)
  • 975 grants per month 2019/20 (for the full 12 months)

  • Sep 2020: 17-25 = 75% took up to 17 months.  10% took over 25 months.
  • Aug 2020: 18-26 = 75% took up to 18 months.  10% took over 26 months.
  • Jul 2020: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months.  10% took over 20 months.
  • Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 22 Months. (220 grants in total).
  • May 2020: 12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months.  10% took over 18 months. (124 grants in total).
  • Apr 2020: 13-17 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 17 months. (254 grants in total).
  • Mar 2020: 13-21 = 75% took up to 13 months.  10% took over 21 months. (1,176 grants in total).
  • Feb 2020: 14-20 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 20 months. (1,334 grants in total).
  • Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months.  10% took over 19 months. (1,260 grants in total).
  • Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months.  10% took over 21 months.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au

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  2. I have applied 309 on April 2019 and i recently applied exemption that has been granted. My question is that Do they priorities mu visa?

    1. Not always. But it would make sense for the 309 to be granted once the exemption has been granted.

      If that does not happen within a reasonable time, you can however apply for a visitor visa to use with the exemption.


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  4. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for responding.

    I applied for a partner visa (309) on Oct 2019,Its been more than 12 months from the date we applied,

    So we decided to apply for travel exemption to australia,

    We got a reply mail stating that : I am not satisfied that your circumstances meet the requirements for this exemption category.

    We didn’t go through the exemption

    is that a sign we can take in a positive way or negative

    1. By saying they are “not satisfied that your circumstances meet the requirements for this exemption category“, it basically says they will not be giving you any priority.

      An application for the travel ban exemption has to have a good reason. Those that have been married for some years for example, may get the exemption. The reasons they accept are not very clear, but some people keep applying, and some of those do eventually get the exemption, after a number of applications.

      Without the exemption, it is just a case of waiting for normal processing. Unfortunately, during COVID, normal processing means a lot may get held back, as onshore applications are getting priority.

      1. It’s been more than 1 year that we have been married

        Can we keep on applying, so that there might be a chance of getting the exemption.?

        1. Some people do. There might be a chance, if your application is deemed to be greater in need, than most others.
          I did read that someone got the grant on their 15th attempt..

          You need to word the application well, so that the person in charge can determine that you have a real need to rejoin your partner in Australia.

          Some people who were married for a year or more before the 309 application, have been able to get an exemption.

          I have looked up some figures for exemption grants, and you can see these at: abcdiamond.com.au/travel-exemption-australia-statistics/

      2. Hi, I applied for 309 in July 2019 for my spouse (offshore). Can I apply for a 600 to get her in Australia (along with exemption)? Does it also mean that my wife will need to go back to finalize the visa application once the 309 is reviewed?

        Thank you for your help, you’ve given me peace of mind in these times.

        1. The offshore visas, 300 and 309, both require the applicant to be outside Australia before the final grant decision is made.

          Those in Australia on other visas, such as a visitor visa, will be asked to leave Australia when immigration are ready to make the final decision.

          Some people have made a trip to Vanuatu, Vietnam, New Zealand, etc., to facilitate the visa finalisation. Perfect for a grant, but tricky if the visa is rejected.

          During COVID, this has become a major problem, and I would assume this is one reason why many 300s and 309s are having their grants held back. Probably until travel is once again easier.


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  6. Hi admin,
    We applied for the offshore partner visa in June 2020. I am Australian, my partner is South African, but we live together in Taiwan. We applied online for our visa. Would this mean that the visa is processed in Taiwan (or Hong Kong)?

    We were also hoping to get married sometime next year. If we get married before the visa has been processed would this have any positive/negative affect on our application? We have been together for four years with ample evidence, my thoughts are that it could count as a change to circumstance, I am afraid to disrupt the application in any way. Thanks a lot in advance

    1. It is normally processed in the country of residence, probably Taiwan in your case. But some information might need to be obtained from South Africa too.

      Getting married would be a change to circumstances, and should be a positive effect.

      It is basically an opportunity to provide more evidence of your relationship, ie: marriage certificate.

      Often an update during the visa processing can actually speed up a visa grant.

      When my wife updated with her new passport, with the change into the married name in that new passport, her visa (onshore), was granted quite soon after the update.


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  8. Hi admin,
    I am Australian citizen. I applied my husband’s visa (309) in Sept. 2017 .He been here couple of time. Now he has been here since last year on tourist visa. His visa Will be expire in Dec 2020. No condition on his visa. Can we extend tourist visa? Could you tell me how much time it will take. Last month they sent us (through agent) auto-generated mail that your visa is under process. It has been more than three years since we applied. Pls tell us what we should have to do. Thanks in advance

    1. People do seem to be extending visitor visas. Especially during COVID.

      If you already have a migration agent processing the partner visa, it might be worth discussing this with them, as they may be able to do something to speed up the 309, with a visa extension application.


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  10. An interesting scenario developing admin, where the VFS global biometric centres have been closed around the world for Australian visas. Meaning applicants can’t complete the necessary checks since June or July I believe in order to get the visa underway. There will be an enormous backlog once these centres re open and I imagine with COVID safe protocols the delays will be even longer. The Australian embassy’s I have contacted also gave no indication of when these centres might re open. So for anyone requiring biometric services since submitting in the last few months their visas will essentially be stalled.

    1. Biometrics can be waived as part of an exemption request.

      If you are unable to attend a biometrics or health appointment, you do not need to notify us.
      We will send a new request once AVAC or panel doctor operations have resumed.
      If you need to travel to Australia urgently, the Department of Home Affairs will consider waiving the biometrics requirement as part of your exemption request.

      But for many, it does appear there will be delays later. I do feel that the VFS centres will probably open long before Australia opens its borders fully though, so the biometrics may not be the cause of the delays, in the long run.

      1. Interesting to hear that. At some point the government will have to assign greater resources and/or priority to these types of applications, with only 200-300 being assessed per month it will surely create a huge backlog later down the line. Where the visas are processed offshore do these agents work directly for the Australian government via the embassies or are they employed in some other way? It is hard to conceptualise the exact process and the nature of the decision making process with all of these regional offices.

        1. The resources are currently there, but being diverted to onshore applications, due to the travel restrictions.

          Once the borders are open, it will probably switch back again.

          For the offshore applications, it appears the work is mainly done by the embassy staff. With ours, all communication was from an Embassy staff member. I have previously seen embassies advertise for local staff in their visa section.


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  12. Hello Admin, i want to ask that the address mentioned on my passport is different from the address mentioned in pcc updated on my partner Visa ,
    As it has mentioned my inlaws address in same city with same postal code ; so is it required to change passport with updated details ?

    1. I don’t know much about that as my passport doesn’t have an address on it.

      But on that basis, I would assume it can’t be too important, as people do change addresses.

      It would not hurt though, to upload something explaining this in your Immiaccount.


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  14. Hey admin.
    …..is there any movements from Australian embassy in Kenya regarding 309 grant visas. …19 months gone i haven’t heard from them. ..only twice automatic message says your application is in progress. …is this a good sign of my visa grant. ..thanks

    1. It is just a sign that it hasn’t been totally forgotten. But with all the COVID restrictions, and the reduced number of grants, it is not necessarily a good sign of anything actually being finalised.

      One good sign though, is that it hasn’t been rejected.

      A lot of the visa finalisations in May – June were actually rejections rather than grants. This did prove that they are still processing, just not granting as many due to the travel restrictions.

      For example, in May and June 2020, there were 344 grants from 510 applications that were finalised. 67% granted.
      In May and June 2019, there were 1,966 grants from 2,375 applications that were finalised. 83% granted.

      I would assume that around 1,800 applications, that might normally have been granted, have just been put on hold.

      1,800 is the approx difference between finalisations in May/June 2020 and the same period in 2019.

        1. Not everyone gets an RFI request. That’s only when not everything is supplied.

          With the COVID situation, there is no way of knowing when an application might be finalised.

          Even under normal times the processing time varies on many factors.

          However, at the moment, with the various travel restrictions in place, it is possible that many grants will be delayed until it becomes easier to travel into Australia.


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  16. Hi admin
    We applied for partner visa on October 23 2019 from Ankara. My wife, 2 kids and I are currently living in Turkey. Finger prints, interview, medical check all done. And we are currently waiting to be granted. My wife and 2 kids are all Australian citizens. We desperately want to Australia as soon as possible as the virus is getting bad here. We contacted Ankara office and they told us that we have to wait as their not giving visas due to the virus. Will it help to call home affairs?

    1. I am not sure it will help, but you could apply for a travel ban exemption, and see if your circumstances warrant it.

      However, even if you do get permission to travel, you would be joining thousands of others, who are permitted to travel, but cannot get flights.

      A recent report showed that more than 23,000 Australians were stuck overseas due to coronavirus border restrictions, and want to come home.

      While the restrictions are in place you will find the airfares more expensive than normal. And the quarantine fee could be $5,000 for a family of 4.

      Those coming from a country with a low COVID risk might get priority.

      1. Hi thanks for replying my comment We tried that but didn’t work but my worry is that they said it could that up to 20 months other ways I’m happy to have my visa granted and wait for flights go cheaper that’s all. U thInk it’s up to the embassy in Ankara or home affairs to get the visa granted thanks

        1. Some people have applied for travel exemptions a few times, I saw one recently that was granted on the 4th application.

          One problem with getting the visa granted, and then waiting for flights, is the “must enter by date”. If you do not get into the country by that date, the visa normally expires.

          With COVID though, and so many people being unable to enter by the relevant date, Home Affairs have decided to refund the visa application fee, so that the applicant can start again. (Current legislation does not permit an extension of that date, and might take too long to change that law.)

          In my view, it might be better for them to hold of granting the visas, until people can travel, and save people from having to start the application again. This may be one reason why many grants are actually taking longer.

          The final grant is normally given by the processing office, and they might know the travel situation from their country better. I feel that Home Affairs can get involved and speed things up, for a visa grant or travel exemption.

          I have created a new post for the Ankara processing times from information that I have available. https://abcdiamond.com.au/309-visa-processing-time-ankara-turkey/


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  18. 309 applied in april 2019 and now after 18 months i got reply on file as case officer has been appointed at New Delhi, India. They asked for couple of things like Police check and i have uploaded them now. What do you think how long do they take after that? Thanks

    1. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing that answer. It depends so much on each individual application.

      It is however, a good sign that progress is being made.

    2. Hi Navdeep,
      Could you please tell me Police check was asked for sponsor in Australia or for the applicant in India ? If sponsor, then was it Indian Police check or Australian Police check ?
      We have also applied 309 and waiting since 10 months now, no response received yet. We are going to re-apply for my husband’s police checks. But in my case, the address of police check submitted earlier has got changed now due to covid. So I am not currently applying that, not sure if they will ask for it or not. Just trying to get things ready before hand..

      Sorry Admin to get into your conversation. Please share your views too.

      Thanks
      Surbhi

      1. Nope, They asked for applicant in India. Uploaded one while applying in April 2019 but now after 18 month they asked for police check again plus some personal details about relationship and thats all.

        1. Asking for some more personal details about the relationship, does indicate they are getting closer to finalising the application. That is often a good sign, more so than a standard request for Police Certificate.


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  20. Some recent 309 grants:

    From Zimbabwe, applied 25/10/19
    309 Granted 10/9/20 (11 months)

    From India, applied 11/3/19
    309 Granted 29/9/20 (18 months)

    From Brazil, applied 26/4/20
    309+100 Granted 7/10/20 (6.5 months)
    4 years together

    From USA, applied 29/3/18
    309 Granted 21/6/19 (9 months)
    100 Eligible 29/3/20
    100 Applied 4/10/20
    100 Granted 7/10/20 (6.2 months)

    From UK, applied 15/12/19
    309+100 Granted 8/10/20 (10 months)

    From UK, applied 15/11/19
    309 Granted 8/10/20 (11 months)

    From Canada, applied 15/11/19
    309 Granted 8/10/20 (11 months)

    From Germany, applied 15/12/19
    309 Granted 9/10/20 (10 months)


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  22. Hello Admin ,
    We have submitted our 309 application ourselves , my husband has sponsored me and has done his pcc and other documents , Do we require to submit form 40sp????
    Are there any grants from india?
    Its already been 7 months

    1. Form 40SP is part of the online submission now. The applicant and sponsor each do their part online via the IMMIAccount. These cover the 40 and the 47.

      There are a few grants, maybe about 25% of the normal number, and probably those with special circumstances, but COVID-19 seems to be holding back the majority.

      Even the ones that are being granted have seen longer wait times than normal, with 75% taking up to 18 months, compared to 13 months in March.


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  24. Hi Admin

    I am an Australian citizen but currently living in Cape Town, South Africa and I got married recently. My husband is going to apply for the Partner/Spouse Visa subclass 309 & 100 probably sometime next year only. I would like to know regarding the proposed change to the Partner Visa in that we both would need to do the English Proficiency Test? Currently there are no info re this on the Home Affairs website.

    When will this take affect and when will this show in the website as we need to know where in Cape Town the English Test can be done please.

    1. At the moment there is no information on this.

      Not everything that is discussed in the budget actually happens.

      I assume you are referring to this statement in today’s news.
      Budget papers also reveal that an English language requirement will also be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors.”

      If it actually happens, we will hear about it later with full details, once it has been approved in parliament.


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  26. Hello Admin
    Please explain the logic of applications falling under 75% and 90% category.
    As i applied in end of March , how will i know if my application is in which cateogary. This is very confusing

    1. The 75% and 90% figures are just the figures that immigration calculate, once each months grants are finalised.

      For example, in Jul 2020, 75% of the grants that month took up to 15 months, and 90% took up to 20 months.

      Another way of saying that is: 75% took up to 15 months. 15% took between 15 and 20 months, and 10% took over 20 months.

      The time it takes for each individual grant can vary on many factors, including how well, and how complete, the application is presented.

      Some delays are the result of the time it takes to verify some information in the applicants home country.

      It is just about impossible to get a real idea of how long each application might take.


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  28. Hello admin
    For 309 we have uoloaded all required information and documents , including police checks and medicals
    Only 888 form is not submitted because there is no australian citizen or permanent resident who knows me and my husband ; and our relationship personally.
    What can we do in this case . Should we still need to submit 888 form ?

    1. You need to submit at least 2 alternatives to this.

      However, not having anyone in Australia that is aware of your relationship may well slow things down. If they feel that no-one knows of your relationship, it might create suspicion about the genuineness of the relationship.

      Has the sponsor been in Australia long? What nationality is he?

      1. He is a permanent resident , and has been in Australia from 4 years , however , he is the only one in his friend circle who has got PR , rest all are still struggling.

        1. He must have told some of his friends of your relationship. The form 888 can be signed by either an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.

          1. Can i get the statutary declaration filled by our relatives in India and get it attested , from people who have attended our wedding and who knows us personally??

      2. Hello Admin
        Is it too late to submit 888 form ,
        Partner visa 309 Application is submitted since March .
        I am really worried

        1. It is never to late to submit more information, up until the date of decision of course.

          It is advisable to keep submitting more proofs.


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  30. Hi Admin
    I applied for spouse visa in Feb 2020. Is there any way to know what is my number in the waiting list ? For months there is no status update it is really worrying.

    1. They do not have a waiting list as such.

      The processing times are often down to each individual application, depending on how well prepared the application is, and how long the checks etc., take.

      Some countries take longer than others to respond to the immigration departments requests.

      It would be better if immigration did give more regular updates, but these seem to only start at the 12 months after application date point.

      One thing we learn is that we end up just waiting.

      I suggest that people just keep adding further proofs of relationship every couple of months.

      1. Hi Admin, so does that mean an application could potentially transition from Received status straight to Approved if the application was complete and no further documents or proof was required?

        1. Yes. That does often happen. A ‘perfect’ application would not need any further requests for information, and the first that people hear is the grant.


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  32. Hi Admin,

    I hope all is well.

    Im very happy to share that my partner visa 309 has been approved today.

    Application date: August 27 2018
    Date of grant: September 29 2020

    I read on the letter though that only permanent, citizens are allowed to travel.

    Does that mean that even though I was granted the temporary visa, I wont be able to enter AU?

    It does make a bit of sense since the date of first entry must not be later than August 2021.

    Also, Id like to ask you if I can already apply for the 100 even though I havent had my first entry? This is because it’s been more than 2 years since I applied.

    Looking forward for youe advise. Thank you!

    1. From what I have seen, a 309 visa holder is allowed to enter without an exemption.

      This is quoted by Home Affairs:
      Partner (subclasses 100, 309, 801, 820) and Child (subclasses 101, 102, 445) visa holders can come to Australia. You do not need to request an exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions.
      https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/immediate-family-australian-citizen-or-permanent-resident

      It might be worth checking with the airline though, just in case you need to show them the above.

      There should be no issue with submitting the 100 as some people do get the 100 granted before entering Australia.


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  34. Hi Admin,

    Could you please let me know how to contact immigration via email?
    My 309 application is in process since 9 months and I work for Australian client from India. There is a possibility that I get to work from onsite for which I wanted to know if work visa can be raised by my company if my 309 is still under process.
    The email might also help me get 309 granted (as travel ban is not on spouses) instead of applying for a work visa.

    Thanks

      1. Thanks for the response Admin,
        Sorry I did not mention in previous message but I also wanted to get your opinion on whether work visa can be applied if 309 is already in process and not yet granted. What can be possible pros and cons? After waiting for 9 months, we are very conscious of each step now.

        1. I see no reason why another visa, with working allowed, can’t be applied for during the wait for the 309.

          I do know that some people do get another visa while waiting for an offshore spouse visa. Although these are more commonly visitor visas.

          Some do get working holiday visas though.

          You may find the processing times to be longer than the remaining time on your 309 though.

          Which visa would you be looking at trying to apply for?

          1. Hi Admin,
            The visa that usually IT companies apply for long term work is 482.
            Since I already work for Australian client, I have either 309 or company visa as my options to travel to Australia. Company sponsored work visa will reduce my expenditures but I do not wish to risk 309 grant, as it gets granted only when applicant is out of Australia.

            Thanks

            1. If the 482 is granted before the 309, then you could enter Australia, assuming entry is permitted due to COVID restrictions.

              Once the 309 is ready for finalisation (grant or refusal) you will be told to leave Australia so that it can be finalised. That is the normal procedure for those on the 309 or 300 offshore visas, while the applicant is in Australia.

              If the 309 is granted before the 482, then you would need to cancel the 482 application quickly. I am not sure of the complications that might occur otherwise.

              A quick consult with a migration agent might put your mind at ease on the correct way to do this.


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  36. Hii admin ,
    I lodged my partner viss application in march at that time , processing time was 13-17 months
    Now its 18-26 months , is this updated time applicable to my application as well ?

    1. All the times that are quoted relate to visas that were actually granted in the month BEFORE the date that they were issued. They were not guarantees of times for new applications.

      The 13-17 months that was quoted, when you applied, would have related to grants issued in either January or February.

      The 18-26 months that you now see, will be the time it took for grants in July, irrespective of when they applied.

      The major change is that 75% took up to 13 months in Jan/Feb, but in July it became 75% took up to 18 months.

      The figures may not be as relevant as some people think, as it is feasible that both sets of figures could include 50% taking 6 months. That is a theoretical possibility, not a proven fact, especially during COVID when grant times are generally longer.


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  38. Hiii ,
    My husband is a PR and has sponsored my 309 visa from his immi account without having taken help from immigration agency , i am cutrently in India , so i want to know where my application will be processed ? Its already been 6 months and have not heard anything from the department.

    1. The 309 is an offshore visa, and is normally processed in the country that the applicant is living in at the time of lodgement. Yours would be therefore be in India. There are however, exceptions to this at times.

      Some people, those who have provided everything required, never hear anything until they receive the grant.

      COVID is of course slowing down the process.


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  40. Hello admin

    I am an indian citizen and my husband is an Australian citizen by conferral. I applied for my 309 visa from india in jan 2020. My application shows received status and we haven’t heard anything from the department since.
    Now due to long processing times we are thinking of starting my studies in Australia atleast. We will do some part online as travel restrictions are in place and once they are lifted, can travel. Our question is can I apply for student visa while I have already applied for 309 visa? What will happen of study and student visa once my 309 is granted?
    Kindly advise.
    Also can you please provide number of grants of 309 for July and August month?

    1. I am still waiting to find the numbers of grants for July and August.

      You can apply for a student visa, but I am not sure if that will help, as they are not issuing many student visas either.

      I have heard that offshore partner visa grants might be being held back to reduce the numbers trying to enter Australia. Logic says the same reasoning would apply to student visas too.

      I would actually suggest asking that question to the partner visa section, (upload the question in your immi account). It might trigger them into reviewing your partner visa.

      1. Thank you admin for your quick response.
        We had taken agent for applying visa. And we dont have access to immi account. We are thinking of using the enquiry form for the same. Kindly suggest if it is ok.
        Thank you.

        1. As you are using an agent, they would normally do that for you. But if you have access to an email or other link to immigration, it could be worth doing it yourself.


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  42. Hi,

    I know there is a little to no communication with the case officer for partner visa, however i tried my luck and emailed to the location of where my visa is being process and surprisingly the case officer responded and have been in contact a couple of times.

    Have you heard any stories as such, will the visa be granted?


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  44. Hi,
    i applied my wife’s partner visa in January and they asked for more documents in august, which i have provided.
    How much more time they will take for decision.

    1. It can vary a lot. Some people might be finalised within a couple of months, while others might take much longer.

      With COVID, there can be longer delays than normal, unless you have special circumstances to be considered for priority processing.

      Foe our own offshore visa, a few years ago, we received the request in the October, and the grant was about 6 months later.

      For the onshore grant, we received that the day after we submitted requested documents.


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  46. Thanks for your advice. I have now updated my passport details in my application.
    I request if you can please answer my another question too.
    I and my husband are from India. We had a arranged marriage. We got to know about each other and families through a matrimonial site. It’s been 9 months of our marriage being registered in India. We have a long distance relationship ( more than a year) and got to live together for a short period only, as my husband had to return Australia to join his work.
    Do you suspect any issues or risk in such condition of visa 309 application. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    1. With the requirement to prove sufficient relationship, it might be worth using a migration agent in your situation.

      Even if only to review your application.

      I would suggest using one with experience in arranged marriages, and of course, a MARA registered one.

      1. Thanks for your suggestion.
        Recently I came across a youtube video which said that partner visa or exemption can not be given to couples who have never lived together. Considering the fact that husband and wife work and live in separate countries how can that requirement be met. We have a genuine registered relationship and so many proofs for the same which are submitted in the application.
        Could you please share your thoughts.
        Link to the video I am referring –
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KDDhjjhQdo&pp=wgIECgIIAQ%3D%3D

        1. Some partner visas have been granted to couples who have never lived together.

          But they do normally need strong reasons, such as religious reasons, arranged marriages etc.

          An exemption however may be harder, as they do need to show reasons why they need to ‘get back together again‘.

          These compelling reasons must be greater than the normal reasons that most couples have.

          A couple with children and a multiple year relationship, split for a few months due to COVID travel restrictions, would probably get preference over a couple who had ‘never lived together‘.

          As there are limited numbers of exemptions, it can be seen how difficult that might be.

          We also have the situation where there are about 20,000 Australian citizens that are having trouble also getting back into Australia, their home country.

          Immigration have to weigh up all of this when making their decisions.


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  48. Hi sir I applied 309 spouse visa on July 2018 who is submitted my application he was our friend we did not did through any agent we applied from Dubai upto last year November 2019 embassy was contact to us few times but from November last year upto yet no call nothing and from 3 or 4 months we cannot reached to our friend who is submitted our application and we can’t reach because of covid 19 maybe something happened with him god bless him but what we need to do to reach to embassy of Dubai plz reply to me thank you soo much


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  50. Dear Admin,

    My husband has been granted 309 with initial entry date coming up next month.

    We have been in US due to a terminal illness my father is going through since his visa grant. We have had multiple flight cancellation due to to Covid.

    Can we request an extension to the initial entry date? How would we proceed with doing that?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Requesting an extension to the initial entry date is an interesting situation at the moment.

      There is a lot of talk about how people will lose their visas due to this, but I would hope that Immigration would allow an extension, even though it is not normal to do so. The COVID situation is itself, not normal.

      You should use the email that would have been on the original grant letter, to send a request. The email would be something like partner.temporary.???@


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  52. Hello my name is Mohammad and we applied for an Australian spouse visa 309 July 2018. We were applying through a personal friend but because of the covid outbreak he has not contacted us for the last three months. So, we need a migration agent to follow up with our application. The embassy has contacted us a few times, and now we have not heard of any news. We made our application in Dubai but we are currently living in Turkey. What is the procedure to help us and what are your fees? You can contact me through this WhatsApp no. Thank you.

    1. COVID has slowed a lot of visa applications, with many possibly having the final grant being delayed until travel restrictions are relaxed.

      Australia has internal borders locked, with travel restrictions on Australian citizens and permanent residents in the country.

      Most Australians also cannot leave Australia at the moment, and those that do find it difficult to return.

      To get your visa granted at the moment, it seems you must be either lucky or have compassionate reasons that are greater than the above.

      A migration agent might be able to help, especially in checking that your original application was completed correctly.

      Please ensure that you use a MARA registered agent.


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  54. Hi Admin,
    My 309 application was submitted in January as a completed file with all the required documentation.

    I’ve been living in Australia for 8 years, but due to a “No further stay 8534” condition that was on my student visa at the time I applied for my partner visa, I had to apply for an offshore partner visa.

    However due to the expiration of my student visa in May 2020, I was able to get a “No further stay waiver” granted due to COVID circumstances and apply for a tourist visa 600 and I’m still living in Australia on that tourist visa which expires in January 2021.

    Lately it seems that all 309 applications are getting longer processing times due to the risk involved in letting people into the country because of COVID, even though it says on the immigration website that 309 applications are entered into a priority list.

    Also I understand that it is a must for the applicant to be outside the country for the 309 to get granted and I am happy to go outside of the country if it comes to that stage. So can you please advice me if there is a possibility for me to get my 309 application fast tracked up to that stage; as I’m still living in Australia and do not have to travel into the country as per a typical 309 application even though my application is an offshore 309.

    I highly appreciate any advice you can provide me as I am unable find a proper solution to my unique situation.

    Kind regards,
    Maneesha

    1. First: 309 applications are said to be entered into a priority list. From what I have seen, those with more compelling reasons than most, are given priority, and the visa granted, so that the applicant is permitted to enter Australia and rejoin their partner.
      Those already in Australia may not be considered to be in need of that priority.

      In fact, I feel they prefer people to not leave, and then come back, as it increases the risk of virus transmission back to Australia.

      You can of course contact Immigration and ask what will happen in January, when your visitor visa expires. It may be possible to extend that visa further, depending on the virus situation in December/January.


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  56. Hi Admin,

    Good day!

    I have proceeded with the medical check for partner 309. The status of the heath examinations is “health clearance provided- no action required”. I believe this is all good now.

    The status of the application is Further Assessment. Do you have any rough idea how long before they can make a final decision?

    1. No one can be sure of processing times during COVID-19.

      Some are being granted, presumably based on priority determined by the individuals circumstances.

      But it does appear that many grants might be being held back, until people are allowed to actually travel into Australia again without restrictions.

    2. Hello Sandra,
      Our application is also at the same stage as yours. My husband got the clearance for his medicals in August. But our agent asked us not to do the police clearance at the time of application. Now we are working on that as per her advice and will be uploaded as soon as we get it. But our agent also requested us to upload the updated proof of relationship in terms of call records history, messages and fund transfer if there is any.. We did that too. Our current status shows further assessment, which is the stage just before the approval.. Let’s hope for the best..


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  58. Hi,
    In February 2020 I applied for a subclass 309 visa. I am a US Citizen married to an Australian citizen. We have been together 15 years and have 2 children together. I applied via the Berlin embassy. I have used an Australian based immigration lawyer to help me with my application.
    My question is with the Covid situation are off shore visas still being processed regardless of the entry ban? When I queried my immigration agent this, their response was that the majority of offshore visa applications are not currently being processed as most offshore workers within the Department have shifted their focus from visa processing to assisting Australians aboard. In many cases the Departmental workers have returned to Australia.
    There is little information and transparency coming from immigration, could this truly be the case and that there are no applications being processed?
    Are we all in for the long haul?
    Cheers

    1. Your agent has said that the majority of offshore visa applications are not currently being processed.

      They do appear correct on that. But some are being granted, with decisions based on individual situations.

      It might be worth applying for an exemption to the travel ban, with a visitor visa application. This can sometimes trigger a grant.

      Some applications are being processed, but many people do appear to be in for the long haul.

      Government policy appears to be trying to reduce the numbers entering the country while the risk of bringing the virus in is too high.

      The recent 400 deaths as a result of overseas arrivals, and hotel quarantine stuff ups in Victoria, does give them reasonable justification for trying to reduce that risk.

      However, having said that, SOME subclass 309s are being granted. Even the odd subclass 300 has been granted, with a travel ban exemption.

      Subclass 309 grants do not need an exemption, they are permitted entry after the grant.


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  60. Hey admin ,
    My wife and I applied for 309 partner Visa in October 2019 and it is a complete application with police clearance and biometrics and medicals as soon as they asked for , we were living in Dubai but she had to leave to be with her Family before lockdown and I’m Still here working as a dentist its been almost a year separated it’s mentally hard for both of us and still waiting for any updates do you have any advice to help thank you so much

    1. With fewer than usual 309s being granted during the pandemic, it is a case of either waiting, or applying for a visitor visa, and applying for an exemption to the travel ban.

      Some 309 applicants find that this has caused the 309 to be looked at again, and granted.

      However, it does depend on your reasons supplied for the exemption request.

      Many partner visa applicants do have a year or so apart, so an extra reason would normally be needed.


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    1. In my personal opinion, this petition has too many errors.

      It asks for “Medicare when the offshore applicant is in Australia” They already have it. The petition request is incorrect.

      It says that “Australian partners can travel safely and quarantine so should not be disadvantaged” Quarantine is not safe. Quarantine errors have caused over 400 deaths in Victoria.
      Epidemiol reports show that 90% of Victoria’s active coronavirus cases can be traced to the first case of a family being quarantined in Melbourne’s “Rydges on Swanston” hotel, following their arrival in Australia.

      I do agree with some parts of the petition, but as it stands it is likely to be shot down for the various inaccuracies.

      It appears to be set for discussion in Parliament already with a “Private Members Business” given on Tuesday, 25 August 2020, to be debated in parliament August 31.

      The petition obviously wants offshore and onshore to be equal. So do immigration. There is new legislation to ensure that fewer onshore (subclass 820) applications will be made in the future, with the sponsor having to be granted before an 820 partner visa can be applied for. Many people are saying that it will not be possible during a visitor period grant time, and they will need to leave and apply offshore (309). This petition will probably hasten that and put a stop to more onshore applications.

      It is also highly feasible that Immigration may refuse all future visitor visa applications for those with an offshore partner application in progress. This ensures that the applicant is offshore for the decision, and bypasses any legislation changes. Remember, a visitor visa is granted for genuine tourism reasons, with the applicant intending, at the time of application, to leave Australia.

      The result might be worse than the current situation.

      See: Partner Visa Processing Legislation

      A petition/members bill that concentrates on fixing the issues caused by COVID would probably do much better.

      I saw one petition that had just 2 signatures, and they received a positive reply from the Home Office.
      https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1385

      It shows the position that Immigration take on this subject.

      I feel this petition has better grounds, and more of a chance of being taken seriously:
      https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1730
      or
      https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1780


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  63. Hi Admin,
    My husbamd is a PR holder in Australia and he has sponsered my visa 309 which we applied in Dec 2019. Application is in received status and we are still waiting for any response.
    Meanwhile, I have got my passport renewal done so I wanted to ask is it required to update my passport details in visa application?
    I do not want to disturb the application que with changes in ‘last update date’
    Thanks

    1. It is VITAL to update with new passport details, as the visa is linked to the passport number that immigration have.

      The visa is electronic, not a stamp.

      If you do not update, the visa will only be linked to your old expired passport. Your new passport will not have a visa.

    2. My wifes visa was granted about 1 month after we notified immigration with the renewed passport details.

      Applied online:
      You can update your contact details in ImmiAccount on the ‘Update us’ tab.

      Applied on paper or unable to update online:
      If you applied on paper or can’t update your details online, complete Form 929 – Change of address and/or passport details form (172KB PDF).
      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/929.pdf

    3. Hi Admin,
      I have applied partner visa Subclass 309
      Nationality: Indian
      Docs Submission: 11/10/2019

      Its been about 10 months from the date we applied,
      The case office already opened our file on March 10th 2020 and asked for our information,
      and all the information that have been asked by the case office been uploaded and mean time, we keep on updating all new evidences to make it even more stronger.

      Still how long it will take for a visa grant, and any idea when will australia open their borders,

      Any visa grants in the month of july..

      Thanks in advance

      1. No idea when borders will open properly. Victoria is extending the state of emergency there by another 12 months.

        2021 is mentioned as a possibilty for opening international borders, but with State borders being closed more and more, I feel that nothing is certain.

        Some grants have been made in July, as they were in June, but not as many as normal, and I assume they have specific compassionate or compelling reasons, over and above normal.


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  65. Hi,

    I have a complicated question about my husbands case.

    He arrived in Australia on a student visa 10 years ago and due to a mental breakdown didn’t attend his classes and lived off the grid for entire 9 years unlawfully.

    I assume it means his initial student visa got canceled as he didn’t meet the requirements at that time.

    With a lot of help from the psychologist we managed to get him back on track and apply for BVE.

    We left Australia and arrived at his parents house in his country of origin.

    We now decided to apply off shore and I read that one of the “conditions” for a partner visa is having no previous cancelled visas.

    Does this mean we are ineligible to apply for a partner visa or am I misinterpreting it?

    I would really appreciate your help as 7000 dollars is a huge amount to waste if we are not eligible due to his past history.

    Many thanks.

    1. Nine years illegally in Australia could be a major issue.

      In your position I would not do anything before choosing a good registered immigration agent. Maybe even an immigration lawyer.

      It might still be possible, but probably not easy.

        1. Very few 309s worldwide are being granted. Even if one was granted, there would probably be specific circumstances to that applicant that allowed such a grant.

          1. Thanks admin. …i need to know if you have any idea are they working on our cases or it’s totally stopped waiting for the covid situation is clear. …because my application for example is 18 months now. ..i need to know if they are still working on our cases or just on hold. …thank you admin

          2. Thanks admin. …i want to know if you any idea if they are working on our cases this time or not. ..coz my application is now 18 months….i know covid delays everything but those cases on the hands of the department are they acess our cases or its totally stopped. ..much thanks

            1. Immigration have said they are working on cases up to a point, and I would assume they will grant them when Australia opens up again and allows people to enter without restrictions.

              1. Thanks alot admin ….hope it’s gonna be open in a short period of time because we are suffering alot. ..have a blessed day admin

      1. Hi Admin
        I have a question I will get marriage next year can I invite my cousin’s from indian to here I am citizen of Australia
        Thanks

        1. For a visitor visa, people can apply on their own. You can write a letter of support to show you will be providing accommodation etc., while they are in the country.

          1. Hey admin. …i applied 309 on online my self and i have provided biometrics 17 months ago. ..but my immi account is showing a flag and biometrics need to provided. …am confused. ..is it a technical problem ? Why does it show like dat. ..do you have any idea. …thank you

            1. I am not able to help on that, but I would suggest contacting immigration, explaining that you have submitted it and ask if they are waiting for anything.

              At the very least, it gets your application looked at, and maybe even moved forward.

              1. Hi admin. ……i have received an email from the department it says your application in progress. ..it’s for the second time previously in exactly 1 year of my application. ….what does this mean or what did you suggest. ..thanks

                1. Most people get such an email 12 months after they have submitted their application. I have also heard that some get one after 6 months.

                  Basically all it means is that you have not been forgotten.


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  67. Hello,

    My wife and I submitted a 309/100 application at the start of December 2019 through our immigration lawyer. As of March 2020 all requested paperwork had been submitted with certified translated and original English documents, and the application requirements were ‘complete’.

    I am an Australian born citizen (26, M) and my wife is a Japanese citizen (26, F) currently working and residing in Malaysia. Would you expect her visa to be processed in Japan since that is her passport country?

    We have extensive travel history throughout Asia, have been in a relationship since April 2017, and have been married since November of 2019. We don’t have children. We did however supply a LOAD of information, conversation history, photos (of our families meeting, travel, wedding, etc)…

    Do you have any experience or knowledge of people from Japan and their partner visa processing experiences?

    Many thanks.

    PS. Seeing the very recent jump in processing times (up to 16 & 22 months) is very unsettling.

    1. Most 309s are processed in the country of the applicants stated residence at the time of application.

      Almost all offshore visa applications appear to be delayed due to COVID-19 at the moment.

      Processing times change every month. What you are seeing is the previous months times, which change for various reasons.

      eg: Jun 2020: 16-22 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 22 Months. (Only 220 grants in June 2020)

      Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 10% took over 21 months.

      Jun 2019: 15-20 = 75% took up to 15 months. 10% took over 20 months. (633 grants in June 2019)

        1. Very few 309s are being granted worldwide, and probably won’t be until the COVID-19 situation is cleared.

          Any applications that are granted, will probably have passed the compelling and compassionate reasons.

      1. Hi Admin,

        My visa application says 15-20 months processing time, does that mean on average I have to wait another 15-20 months for an answer or is the waiting time counted from the day off application submitted?

        1. It is from the original application date.

          However, the 15-20 means that 75% of applications were finalised within 15 months of the application date, 15% took between 15 and 20 months, and 10% took over 20 months.

          That 15-20 was the processing time for July, and many may have been done in under 12 months.

          I saw two 309s granted in July 2020, they took 14 and 17 months each.

          But I have seen eight 309s granted in August so far, taking between 6.4 and 26 months.
          (6.4, 8.8, 11.8, 11.8, 12.0, 15.0, 25.7 and 26 months) That actually would work out at 15-26 = 75.00% at 15 months or under and 10% over 26 months.

          But note; 25% of those are under 9 months.

          1. Thank for that! My application said 12 -18 months before covid, then it changed to 16-22, now it’s sitting on 15-20. My application was submitted 12 months ago. I had my case officer contact me to access my police checks. Is my application being processed? Is there anyway to contact my case officer?

            1. The times change every month to show what it was the month before, and to give an idea of what it might be. In some ways it is very confusing.

              If you have been asked for Police Checks, then the application is in process. Often they will have been processing for some time before they even contact you.
              For one of our visas, the first contact was the day before the grant.

              Unless you have a return-email address, the only way is to upload something into your immiaccount and attach a request for what it is that you want to know.

              However, with the COVID-19 situation, not many 309s are being processed, unless they have compelling circumstances.

              For the 3 months January to March, before COVID-19, immigration finalised 4,322 subclass 309 visas.
              For the 3 months April to June, immigration finalised only 853 subclass 309 visas.

              If you do have compelling circumstances, it can be worth applying for a visitor visa, and an exemption to the travel ban.
              https://abcdiamond.com.au/applying-for-a-travel-ban-exemption-for-australia/
              That can result in three possibilities:
              1: You get a visitor visa and allowed to enter while waiting. (maybe a 1 in 10 chance, depending on your reasons.)
              2: They grant the 309 early.
              3: They refuse, saying the reasons are not sufficient.

              Travel Exemption Statistics
              The ABF received over 87,600 travel exemption requests up to 31 July 2020.
              At least 10,440 foreign nationals were approved to enter Australia before June 30.
              Only 1,740 of these were allowed to enter on compassionate grounds.
              https://abcdiamond.com.au/travel-exemption-statistics-during-covid/


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  69. Hi Admin
    I applied for 309 visa June 2018. Provided all the necessary documents. Last contact from Department is last year saying they still working on my Visa.Still waiting it’s been more than 2years . Can you advise on this matter.
    Thank you.

      1. Hello

        I applied for the 309 visa in November 2019, my partner and I had been living in the UK. He returned to Australia to work and be with his family during covid19 in March and I stayed in the UK.

        So I could get to Australia and be with my partner, I then applied for my working holiday visa (second) 417 and this was granted last week, I have now also received an exemption to travel to Australia.

        How do I inform the government that I am now in Australia for the 309 to be granted?
        How will I swap from the 417 to the 309 during covid19?
        Will I have to leave and quarantine again on return?

        Thank you

        1. They will automatically know you are in Australia. It is surprising how many government departments know our movements.

          When they are ready to finalise your 309, you will be asked to leave Australia so they can proceed.

          My now wife entered on a visitor visa while waiting for the 300 PMV visa, and when we got the email to leave, we did a 7 day holiday to Vanuatu, to allow the new visa to be finalised while offshore.

          Be aware that they may NOT finalise a 309 until after COVID quarantine etc. That would be the only way to avoid a 2nd quarantine.


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  71. Hi Admin
    We have applied for my offshore partner visa from London in January 2020. It was a ‘complete’ application in that I had completed my medical and police clearance. My husband is an Australian citizen and we have two children (who also have their Australian citizenship). I understand consulates process visa in order of lodging, but that timeframes are influenced by a number of factors. Do you have an understanding of how factors such as a ‘complete’ application, marriage and children influence an application timeframes.
    Thank you for your continued updates, they are very useful.

    1. I doubt if anyone would know for certain how various factors influence an applications timeframes.

      However, although each application is probably first viewed in order of submission, at each processing office, I expect it changes from that point.

      I expect an application with everything included, and from a couple with children and a long relationship, easily recognised and proven, from the application, would move faster than an incomplete application, where immigration have to wait for further details.

      I do know that the better applications are NOT held back in the queue while others lodged earlier are finalised.

      I feel that from the point of first review, each application moves forward on its own merits.

      Hence, some are finalised quickly but others take much longer.


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  73. Hi admin,
    My husband has applied for his 309 visa in april 2019 from india. He is currently in australia on tourist visa since june 2019. we have provided police clearance and biometrics the time we applied for it. the application status says “received”. my question is that do you know if any 309 grants been made from new delhi office lately??
    also the current processing time is 12 and 18 months, once this time is passed and the visa is still not granted can we contact immigration?

    1. Very few 309s have been granted worldwide due to the coronavirus, and Australia reducing the numbers of people being allowed to enter the country. Grants from India are no exception.

      After 18 months you can ask why yours is taking longer than most, and ask if they are waiting for anything else from you.

      1. thank you for replying.
        We haven’t received any correspondence from immigration regarding his visa 309 submitted april 2019, does that mean they dont need any paper work?
        is the grant delaying because he is already here and cant exit and renter due to covid

        1. From what I have seen, they would normally ask for any missing info within about a year. Hopefully you have done everything you need.

          It would not surprise me if they will not grant a 309 while onshore, and force you to leave Australia and then come back again.

          I feel that a lot of offshore visas are being held back until the borders open properly.


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  75. Hi Admin,

    Thank you for providing necessary insight into the processing inquiries for fellow partner visa applicants.

    I am an Australian Citizen and my spouse is currently in India. I applied for her partner visa from my own immiaccount that I had created years ago for my own visa and citizenship process. Her application was submitted on 8th Feb, 2020 and I have completed the application for ‘decision-ready’ scenario. Medicals and police certificates are also submitted.

    My question is since I applied for her partner visa through my immiaccount, is this going to affect the application? I have already submitted the form and made myself the point of correspondence for this application. Also, I have been in Australia since the time of application and since I have applied for the partner visa through my account, does it mean that her application will be processed in Australia visa office or New Delhi office?

    I expect a long wait for the grant of the visa but is it wise to apply for her tourist visa right now?

    1. From what I have seen, and seen confirmed by immigration agents, there should be no issue with it being done through your account.
      Many people do the process through just one account. I can’t see it being an issue whether it is the Applicants or Sponsors account.

      The processing is normally done from the country of residence of the applicant at the time of application, therefore the New Delhi office seems likely. However the processing can be done by any embassy worldwide.


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  77. Hi Admin,
    I applied 309 visa on online myself and i have already provided Biometrics ( I ahve provided 14 months ago) but immiaccount is still showing that the biometrics need to be provided. why does it show like that.Do you have any idea?.

    1. I would suggest contacting immigration with that question. When we did something like that, with a genuine enquiry, our application was looked at, and was granted just a couple of weeks later.

      Many people make enquiries which are not answered, as they might just be asking how long it will take etc. But those with a genuine question, such as yours, will end up being looked into, and it seems that a number of them are then finalised while they have the file open.

      When did you apply for the 309, and where from?

      1. Thank you very much for the reply
        I lodged visa myself on 7 April 2019. you mean do i need to send email or online form regarding the issue. Do you have any link or email address to contact immigration.


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  79. Hello admin,
    I applied for a partner visa (309) from Nepal in late June 2020. My name was listed as an applicant in my partner previous application as a non-migrating family member. Will it increase the chance of getting a partner visa grant early. How long may I have to wait?
    Thank you

    1. It should help in proving the relationship. Not sure if it would help in getting an early grant, as the processing time can depend on many other external factors.

      1. Hi Admin,

        Thanks for responding.

        I applied for a partner visa (309) on Oct 2019,Its been about 8.5 months the date we applied,the case office already opened our file on March 2020 and asked for our information.

        But still its been delayed

        Is it a right time to apply Visitor visa

        1. You can apply, but with the massive reduction in numbers of people allowed entry, and only a recent application (in the current scheme of things), you would need a very compelling case to be granted the exemption to travel. Very few visitor visas are being granted now.

            1. It depends on how well you are able to do an application. Most people do it themselves.

              But at the moment, with very few being granted, and very few people allowed to enter Australia (even with a visa) you might need an exceptional application.

      2. Hi admin: I applied 309through immi account on 26 October 2018. In due course I have been asked twice to replenish more docs and health check. Last docs lodged was in December 2019. By end of April automatically generated email was sent me saying in progress and go through thorough checks. I am Chinese. Please advise what shall I do. Thanks

        1. While the COVID situation is ongoing, it is a case of waiting. Few offshore visas appear to be being issued, unless you have compelling reasons, over and above the normal reasons.

          You could apply for a travel exemption to get a visitor visa, and see what happens. Some people, with sufficient compelling reasons, have had a faster visa grant after applying, but many are not granted.
          COVID-19 request to travel form

          1. Thanks so much.
            What will be maximum waiting time? Should I start second phase application? Or could there be possibility of 309 refusal?
            Appreciate for your time and analysis.

            1. There is no specific maximum waiting time, the Coronavirus situation is open ended. You can always continue to upload new evidences to prove relationship. It might help. Some 2nd stage visas have been granted even before officially starting the 2nd stage.

              One of the normal conditions of the 100 application process is that you have been granted the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309).

              There is always the possibility of a refusal. About 10% of subclass 309s are refused.

              During the 2018-2019 year there were 18,390 subclass 309 first stage offshore partner visa applications finalised.
              86.9% of these were granted.
              10.5% were refused.
              Subclass 309 Visa Grants and Refusals 2018-19


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  81. Hello sir / madam, i summited my partner visa 309 in Nov 2018 and later was discovered by the doctor that i have TB, then have my treatment by the hospital that i did my medical and my medical was cleared on September 2019 but since then till now i haven’t gotten my visa or heard from my case officer and now is the 20 months that i submitted my application, please what may be the problem or what can i do next. My partner is an Australia citizen and we have been married since 2016. I have already submitted all the ask from me both my additional documents. Thanks and God bless you. I will be glad to see your respond.

    1. I would suggest you contact immigration, and ask if there is any other delay. However, COVID-19 is delaying many visas at the moment. But if your medical was cleared in Sept 2019, you have good reason to contact them and ask.

      What country are you from?


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  83. Hello Admin,

    My partner has applied for an offshore 309 visa as a British Citizen in September 2019. As he applied for it in the UK, is it processed by an Australian embassy in the UK? Or can it be processed anywhere?

    I understand with COVID this will take longer then expected, I was just wondering as some countries are opening up for business will some visas be processed faster then others?

    Amanda

    1. Most 309s lodged by someone in the UK will be processed in London.

      The UK is currently faster than many other countries, but individual applications can vary a lot for processing times.

      The UK median processing time for 2019-20 so far is 293 days.
      The first 25% took up to 265 days.
      The next 25% took between 265 and 296 days.
      The next 25% took between 296 and 333 days.
      The slowest 25% took over 333 days, with 10% of the total taking over 443 days.

        1. I haven’t seen any recent 309 grants from Pakistan, or many other countries.

          I would guess that any 309 grants recently have special circumstances.


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  85. Subclass 309 processing times in June 2020

    I haven’t seen many 309s finalised this month, due to COVID-19.

    • 309 Finalised after 13.2 months. Passport: China. Processed at: ? Onshore?.
    • 309 Finalised after 11.3 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
    • 309 Finalised after 2.8 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: ?.
    • 309 Finalised after 10.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100 (Married 17 yrs).

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  87. Hello admin

    It’s really greatful as the information provided by you is helpful.
    I have a question? Due to covid, borders r closed in Australia. I dnt understand why they show processing time which seems to be incorrect. I mean my immi account shows 12 to 18 months, it’s already 14 months I have applied visa from India
    As we all know 309 is costly and time consuming visa, on d top it’s really frustrating that there is more delay,. Can u pls clear this if border is closed til 2021 then why immi account shows wrong time??

    1. The Immigration processing times shown are for the visas finalised in April, to give an indication only.
      The 12-18, that you have seen, would mean that 75% of the few 309s finalised, probably in May, took up to 12 months, 15% took between 12 and 18 months, with the remaining 10% taking over 18 months.

      The figure does not actually mean they all took between 12 to 18 months.

      The updated times, as at 26 June, show: “Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. Processing times are not available for all visa subclasses.”

      The processing times page is acting up, sometimes showing nothing, but at other times showing “Unavailable due to low volume”.


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  89. Subclass 309 processing times in May 2020

    • 309 finalised after 11.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?. Direct to 100.

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  91. Hello Admin

    It has been nearly 14 months since I lodged my 309 Visa. Mine is an offshore application from India; however, I am currently on a Visitor Visa with my husband here in Australia. He is a PR here. I had a couple of questions.

    I understand that due to COVID, it is hard to see any movement in the applications, but the status on my application has been “received” all these months without any change whatsoever. What is the likelihood that it will at least change to further assessment soon because I believe finalization is a good 3-step process, although I have already uploaded all the documents from my end, including Police Check and Medicals. It is really confusing to see that people who lodged applications later than me have got the Visa and i am still in the queue and have had no communication whatsoever from the Immigration. The status on my application has just been “Received” over 14 months now.

    Second, is it possible that my not being able to travel anywhere at the moment because of the international travel ban may be the reason the application has remained status quo all this while, especially as being an offshore applicant, I would be required to travel for my Visa to be approved?

    Thanks a ton for being patient and prompt with your responses. your forum helps many I believe just like it does help me.

    1. is it possible that my not being able to travel anywhere at the moment because of the international travel ban may be the reason the application has remained status quo all this while,”

      I do feel that the above could well be the reason that many 309s appear to be just in a ‘holding’stage.

      I am aware of one applicant, that enquired, was told that their grant was on hold until travel restrictions are lifted.


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  93. Hello admin,
    I just want to know that the process time of 309 which is visible in immigration account is correct? I mean I do understand that this time is estimated time which is according to the previous record & time taken for visa. My question is , the time 13 to 17 months is the time post covid or it could take long. I’m from India. Any idea that if 309 has been started processing???

    1. The quoted times are for a period BEFORE Covid. ie: the current times of 13-17 were the actual times for April 2020. They are not really an estimate for current applications.

      Very few 309s are being finalised at the moment, and I will guess that once we get back to a normal level of grants, the times will be higher for a while until the backlog is cleared.

      1. Thanx, I have applied from India 309 subclass in April 2019, my immi account shows 13 to 17 months, it’s now 14 months, can I expect visa once 17 months are over.

        1. At the moment you can’t expect anything. Processing rules have changed during COVID, with much fewer grants being given.

          In April, 10% took over 17 months.

          With the Covid delays, it would not surprise me if current figures will be more like 17-22, in the future releases of processing times.
          17-22 meaning 10% taking over 22 months, 15% taking between 17 and 22 months, with 75% up to 17 months.

          But that is just a guess.


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  95. Hi i applied for husband spouse visa from lebanon its been a yr since June 2019 still says under further assessment haven’t heard or been called how much longer will these process take

    1. No one can be sure at the moment, due to the coronavirus situation, and the subsequent restrictions on offshore visa processing.


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  97. Hi, we applied for a partner visa 309 on 4 June 2019 from Pakistan. They asked for additional docs on 2 Feb 2020, which we submitted on 9th Feb 2020.
    I understand that there is a chance of delay due to COVID however, I have not received any call for an interview. Do they interview all the applicants? Also, as I have already submitted the requested docs, is there a chance that they can ask for more documents?
    I am entering the 13th months of my application now, I am really hoping that something will happen soon. In your experience, how long does it take after the requested documents are submitted?

    1. I do understand that most applicants from Pakistan do get an interview. And, yes, they can ask for more documents if they feel they need them. How the interview goes might decide that.

      COVID is delaying most grants at the moment. Very few are being finalised.

      I have seen grants coming between 11 days and 7 months after supplying final information. There is no specific time.

      A quick average for subclass 309 grants in the last half of 2019, has been 86 days after the requested documents, so almost 3 months, but as said, that varied between 11 days and 212 days.

      And now with COVID, I would expect that to be extended by a few months, for those unlucky to have been asked for more information before the lockdown, but not finalised yet.


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  99. I am from pakistan, applied for subclass visa 309 on July 2019, got interview call on 19 april 2020, after that I recieved no calls, no email, no updates. My visa status is further processing. Is there any way to contact immigration to take follow up? Anything you know about this situation?
    It is really stressful and causing depression to me and my partner. Need help deliberately.

    1. Since that date there have been further restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. It is very possible that many visa grants are being held back until the virus situation is over.

      Do you know if the visa section of the embassy in your country is still open and operating at full capacity?

      1. Thanks for the reply Admin, Yes they are operational, that’s why I recieved call for interview but after that they have no response, do you know if all the documents and interview have completed then for what they are waiting for

        1. They may just be waiting for Australia to open its borders, and ending quarantine, before granting more offshore visas.

          Australia is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases from offshore arrivals.

          Queensland, for example, is now charging new arrivals $2,800 to cover the cost of quarantine, possibly even in an effort to deter more arrivals. International Arrivals to Pay their own Quarantine.


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  101. Hi Admin,
    We applied for my wife’s visa 309 from Dubai on feb 3, 2020, on 21st the last update on the immi account was further processing all medical and biometric were done by then and all documents were front loaded, noting has been asked from us after that. I just want to know is it a automated system that according to processing time they will grant the visa or they can still ask for more evidence after further processing stage also, we have been submitting monthly update of out calls and chats in the application

    Thanks a lot
    Ankit

    1. There is no fixed processing time.

      It is not an automated system, and you can be asked for more information at any time.

      At the moment, with fewer offshore visas being issued, including the 309, waiting times may well be increased for some.

      Processing times vary for each application, and can be affected by the procedures in each local embassy, and the time it takes to check various things with the relevant government departments in the applicants country.


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  103. Hello Admin,

    i just read through your comments and found a lot of information which i cannot see elsewhere . Thank you really !!

    I am seeking any information available in relation to off-shore partner visa as i see no movement in my partners application status.

    we have been married for more than a year now and my wife has applied for an offshore partner visa on may 2019, we have submitted all the documents in the checklist with medicals completed and Indian PCC submitted .

    I have submitted all the required documents through my immi account within few weeks once she applied for her visa.

    She is currently staying in a visitor visa from June 2019 till now . we did get a onshore visitor visa approved just a couple of weeks ago which will expire by Sep 2020 it granted only for 3 months. I am not sure if a third visitor visa will be approved if there may be a need .

    I hear people saying different processing times, I have personally spoken to many who have had approval within 6 to 8 months but none of them had their approval in the last 10 months.

    Average processing time as per the Immigration website keeps changing which cannot be trusted I guess as its average of all offshore applications

    If you can help me with clarifying the below questions it will be of great help

    1) Do you know if anyone has been granted a offshore visa in the recent months?

    2) What is the average time its taking at this stage?

    3) Due to COVID is there any pause in the processing of the applications in New Delhi?

    4) Has anyone had their partner visa approved from India in the last few months ?

    5) If there may be a need and the CO is requesting to exit the country under the current circumstance would there be an exception to get the approval onshore ? or have you heard any scenarios like this ?

    6) As my wife’s last travel out of Australia was on October 2019 , if a need may arise what are the chances for approval of another onshore Visitor Visa ?

    7) In the 309 visa appplication , there is a section to provide evidence for financial aspects of the relationship , Our marriage was an arranged marriage from India and due to the visitor visa restrictions i have been the only earning person for the last year . i have attached utility bill copies other than that how do i prove that the expenditure for the last year for her has been taken care by me ? if i add her to a bank account in here with no contribution of income from her in the last year , how would it help in proving the finanical aspect of the relationship . Any ideas to prove would help us make our proofs stronger .

    thanks
    Rajesh

    1. You might need the advices of a Migration Agent, one with good regular knowledge of the Australian system, preferably one that ONLY does Australian migration. https://www.mara.gov.au/

      You say: “Average processing time as per the Immigration website keeps changing which cannot be trusted I guess as its average of all offshore applications
      The immigration website processing times are accurate, but you may not be aware of what those times actually are. They are actual times for the previous months visa finalisations worldwide. They change every month based on actual times. They are an indication of what the next month MIGHT be like.

      April, for example was 13-17, and those figures show the maximum time that it took for the fastest 75%, and the minimum time it took for the slowest 10%, of visas finalised in that month. ie: 75% took up to 13 months. 10% took over 17 months.

      However, with the COVID-19 situation and very few offshore visas being granted, these times mean very little at the moment. It makes no mention of the 100’s of visas that have not been finalised, and will end up waiting longer in future month grant processing times.

      You say: “I hear people saying different processing times, I have personally spoken to many who have had approval within 6 to 8 months but none of them had their approval in the last 10 months.”
      In reality, anything in the past is irrelevant now. Many people have very different processing times, even during normal times without the massive effect of the virus on visa processing. People with better applications and relationship proofs often get finalised faster than those without much relationship evidence.

      You ask: 1) Do you know if anyone has been granted a offshore visa in the recent months?
      I personally know of two in the last two months, worldwide. This compares to 49 in the same period last year, that I was aware of.

      On that basis, I would not be surprised if only about 4% of normal subclass 309 grants are being issued at the moment, with maybe about 96, out of every 100, being delayed until the COVID-19 situation is finished.

      Offshore visa holders need to have more patience than normal at the moment.

      For those who got the 309 grant before the pandemic, many are getting the subclass 100 faster than expected.

      Regarding Q6: You must apply for a new visa before your current visa expires.
      If you have a ‘no further stay condition’ attached to your visa, you will need to apply to have this waived before you make any visa application.
      If you cannot depart Australia as planned, check your permitted stay period, visa expiry date and visa conditions to make sure you remain lawful in Australia.
      When you apply for a new visa, you may be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your visa application.

      The above is specified under the COVID rules at covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au

      Regarding Q6: I have heard of situations where the final decision is delayed until the virus situation is over, and international travel is opened up again, so they can leave and come back. This obviously causes a longer processing time.


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  105. Hi admin 👨‍💼
    Unfortunately my 309 is refused but reason of refusal they give me i had provided all that evidence but they didn’t went through it carefully.

    I m going for review in AAT how long AAT take to finalize the case please let me know if you have information
    Thank you

    1. The answer to that is very difficult.
      Some that I have seen, have taken between a year or two. Others much longer.

      The average for a partner visa review was recently shown as 749 days. So about half decided in under 2 years and half over 2 years.

      There are many cases waiting.

      http://www.aat.gov.au

        1. I don’t see much info on AAT applications. I suppose it could be possible, but with the average at 749 days, one as fast as that would be rare. Maybe also a special case.

          From the AAT page that I obtained the 749 day median average time from, I did see that some are done very quickly, but they are cases where the Tribunal found it did not have jurisdiction to review the decision. Hence the Immigration department decision stands.


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  107. Hi Admin,

    Good morning!

    I just want to get your opinion. I checked the processing times and it changed to 13 – 17 months now. My application will be on 21 months this May 27th. Given that the processing times has been updated, do you think I can email the immigration to follow up?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. It would be worth an enquiry. It can’t hurt, and it may at least get your application revived if it has dropped out of sight.


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  109. Hello admin,
    Our migration agent sent us an email saying the 309 visa applications has been suspended until the border restriction eases. I contacted immigration directly and they confirmed that they are still processing 309 visa. I can’t find any suspension info on website either..Do you know anything about this? I guess I will have to question my agent after I get some facts right.. my husband finished his biometrics about 2 months ago. Our migration agent is in Australia, my husband is living and working in Abu Dhabi. He is Indian by nationality..Can you please tell where exactly would his visa be processing? Australia/India/ United Arab Emirates?

    1. Living in the UAE would normally mean being processed in UAE.

      Some processing offices are still processing 309s but some are not.

      The embassy does say:

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Embassy (Abu Dhabi) and Consulate-General (Dubai) will operate on reduced staffing in line with UAE regulations. Client services are strictly by appointment only and limited to emergency or urgent passport and notarial services.
      Visa and Citizenship services are currently extremely limited as staff have been asked to stay at home in line with UAE regulations.
      Until staff are able to return to the office, there is limited capacity to register new applications, process visas, provide updates on case status or to respond to emails. Only emails that a Departmental Officer considers urgent will be answered.

      Your migration agent appears to be correct. He probably knows where it is being processed.

      1. Hi Admin,

        My wife has a PR and she is currently with me in Lebanon, we were planning to apply for Subclass 309 ( overseas partner visa) which says on the website that it takes from 12-18 months. Now after the pandemic we heard that offshore visas are not being processed while the onshore visas are, and offshore partner visa ( Subclass 820) on the website says that it takes from 19-25 months.

        So in our condition, which type of visa is faster and has more chance of acceptance? Subclass 309 (overseas) or subclass 820(In Australia) ?

        1. If you have the ability to apply for the 820, I would think that would be best if the intention is to be able to stay together. However, that normally applies if the sponsor and applicant are in Australia. Getting to Australia, to be eligible for the 820, might be an issue.

          Priority appears to be given to those with long relationships who are being kept apart due to COVID, and can show reasons to be reunited.

          Those times that you quote are for applications finalised in May. There is no guarantee that they will be the same in future months.

          The last 3 820’s, that I have seen, took: 20.6, 14.9 and 17.4 months, all in June.
          The last 3 309’s, that I have seen, took: 11.3, 2.8 and 10.4 months, all in June.

    2. Hello Priya

      Your husband will be processed via Beirut office. I applied from Dubai and mine is being processed from beirut office. UAE does not process partner visas.


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  111. Hi admin,

    My hubby applied for his 309 in September 19 from the UK. We are married (5 yrs/ together 10) with son 21months. I’ve had to return to Oz with our son due to employment in December (I’m sponsor and our child is now a citizen). Found out were expecting our 2nd child not long after. His application is at family-stage 1.?? Not sure what this actually means (apart from sounding very far off being looked at).What are the timescales currently that you have been seeing from the UK? Should we advise someone about our pending arrival? Health checks are requested under actions required but migration agent says au gov said not too BC covid-19 has locked places down. Any help/timescales would help alot.

    1. COVID is definitely confusing the issue.

      Your agent, assuming a MARA agent, should know what is best.

      With your relationship length, you would normally go direct to the PR status, ie: the subclass 100 visa. But that normally means a 24 month wait from 309 application. That is much faster than the 309 (stage 1) and 100 (stage 2) combined wait times, but inconvenient if the applicant wants to get to Australia quickly.

      In your position I would be looking at trying to get a travel exemption, if possible, and try to spend some time in Australia.

      Visitor visa holders married to Australian citizens or residents who are currently offshore can apply for the exemption within the family status.

      However, a visa is required first.

      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form

      I am just not sure how long you can stay. But maybe that can be looked at later.


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  113. Hello Admin!

    Let me know if have any knowledge of the following. Just wanted to know if there has been any 309 visas processed in the last two months (April and May) from New Delhi India. Thanks

    1. Fewer 309’s are being granted worldwide, during the COVID-19 crisis.

      Those that are, seem to have proven long term relationships.

      1. Hi
        I know due to covid-19 everything is slow. I applied for 309 for my husband on sep 2019 and it’s on further assessment. He lives in Afghanistan and I’m worried about him because of the Taliban situation over there and Covid-19 . I wanted to know how can I help to make processing faster or is there any other way to bring him here with me ?

        Thank you

        1. You can email and ask, but I feel that with the general slowdown on all offshore visas, 309 etc., due to COVID, there may be little they will do.

      2. Thank you for your thoughts admin. But my application is nearing the one year time and new update on processing times is 13-17 months. Do you think that just because my relationship time is around 1.5 years it will affect my application processing? My visitors visa is still with no response from the authorities, which is understandable owing to the covid 19.

        1. At the moment, with the reduction in visas being issued due to COVID, nothing is sure.

          The current processing times show that in April 75% of the applications finalised were done within 13 months, and 10% took over 17 months.
          However, those figures may not mean what people think.

          I have become aware that some embassies have processed some recent applications, where the applicant is considered to have compelling or compassionate circumstances to have an application approved early. Other standard applications are being held back until things go back to normal. They may not be processing many applications, although the ones that are done may be a bit faster than normal.

          They may have only processed a handful of applications, where people haven’t been waiting very long.


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  115. Hello Admin,

    I am currently working and living in Australia and have lodged my wife’s 309 at the end of January. They requested my wife to do a health check and biometrics and I got my wife to do them immediately (completed by early Feb). She currently resides in Malaysia.

    I was wondering if the visa application would be done in Australia (because I was the one who lodged the visa online while in Australia) or in Malaysia (because her passport is from Malaysia)?

    Furthermore, I was wondering if you knew the average processing times for Malaysian applicants? I do believe our application is “decision ready” as I have collected all required documents before lodging the visa. On the website, it currently says that the application is in “Further Assessment”.

    Any information would be helpful.

    Thanks!

    1. It would normally be done in the Embassy or Consulate of the applicant’s residence, ie: Malaysia for your partner.

      Lots of onshore 820s being granted, but I haven’t seen anyone mentioning a 309 grant for a few weeks now.

      Average processing times currently mean nothing, due to lockdowns etc. However the median times for Kuala Lumpur were:
      193 days in 2017/18
      490 days in 2018/19
      581 days in the last 6 months of 2019.

      Partner Visa Processing Times by Location

      1. Hi Admin,

        Thanks for your extremely prompt reply! Knowing that the visa will be assessed in Malaysia is fairly troubling to me as Malaysia has since declared that it will be on a conditional lockdown further until the 9th of June which will likely further delay the processing of my wife’s visa.

        I’ve read in the past that immigration is now looking to process “decision ready” visas first rather than in the order that the application comes in. Is this true to your knowledge?

        It’s quite disappointing to hear that there haven’t been any mentions of a 309 being granted in recent weeks, seeing that its for families or partners that are separated as opposed to 820 where the partner or family members are already in the country but hopefully that will change soon although, it seems unlikely due to the global issue.

        Aside from the median times, would you happen to know the quickest time for a 309 grant from Kuala Lumpur?

        Thanks again for the information you have provided.

        1. Examples of times for Malaysia.
          309 applied Jan 2018. 309 finalised Jan 2018.
          309 applied Feb 2019. 309 finalised May 2019.
          309 applied April 2018. 309 finalised Feb 2020.

          I have noticed a 309 being granted today, from the US, but they had a long relationship, and they got the 100 at the same time. It took them 12 months.

          1. Hi Admin,

            Thanks again for your reply. How long would the relationship have to be for you to qualify it as a long relationship? My wife and I have been together for 7 years (Married 1 year).

            Its good to know that even with the current situation, 309s are still being processed and granted. Especially a case that is from the US where the the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world is located.

            Many thanks for answering my many queries!

            1. Normally living together for 3 years, married or not. Marriage itself is not important, as long as the relationship is proven as marriage like, ie: defacto.

              This is reduced to 2 years if you have a child.
              These are ‘at time of application’ requirements.

              1. Note: Not all marriage like relationships have to be living together. But that gets complicated to prove. A migration agent might be worth considering on some situations like that.

          2. Hi Admin,

            Thank you for your replies. They have truly been helpful.

            My wife and I have lived together for probably just under 3 years, though it was not all at the same time. We lived together in Australia for a year while we were both studying here in 2016 and she returned to Malaysia after graduating while I stayed on to complete my degree. I also stayed on in Australia until the end of 2017 to secure my PR as well as to look for a job in Australia. After securing my PR, I decided to return home. I lived with my girlfriend (now wife) from the end of 2017 (December) until the end of October (2019) before I got a job in Australia and moved back here.

            I’ve laid these details out in form of writing when submitting my application and also included chat messages / emails of proof that we’ve kept in touch while we were apart. Seeing that we weren’t living together for 3 straight years, is that something that would affect the processing of our visa?

            Other forms of proof include many pictures of us with our family and friends over the course of our 7 year relationship. I suppose, the proving of the relationship is always the most difficult part.

            We do not have children yet.

            1. An Immigration agent would be well placed to offer a better idea, but if your statement is clear enough to prove a genuine marriage like relationship, which to me, from what you say, is reasonable, then it is down to the case officer at the time, to make a decision.
              Pushing the living together for a year in 2016, and then again for almost 2 years in 2017-19, with the bits in between being “apart, but still in the relationship”, then it should be about a 4+ year marriage like relationship.. (Some marriages do have serious time apart for various genuine reasons.)

              Getting the wording and explanation JUST RIGHT is the key.

          3. Hello again Admin,

            Just wanted to know if you’ve seen any 309 grants in the last 2 months as its been relatively quiet for some time now.

            1. Very few 309s are being reported as being granted.

              I would not expect much to change until the Coronavirus situation is over, and normal travel ability returns.

              The latest information on international travel restrictions is talking about mid 2021.

              I feel it might be earlier than that. I think the talk of October this year might be closer, hopefully.

          4. Hi Admin,

            Thanks for the info. Hopefully it’s closer than we think but with the outbreak happening in Victoria at the moment, I feel as though it will definitely be pushed back.

            On the brighter side of things, I have found out that my wife’s visa is being processed at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur as you have said earlier. They have emailed me requesting for further documentation and information (they requested for 1 more Form 888). It clearly shows in the email the processing office.

            Receiving this has been quite a relief as it shows me that visa processing for the 309 visa is still on going despite the lock down in place in the country.

            I have supplied them with the requested documents and hopefully they will grant the visa sooner rather than later.

      1. I have only seen one so far, and that was for an applicant with a long relationship, where they were eligible to get the 100 grant (PR) immediately.
        They were from the US, and it took 12 months.
        It was actually a subclass 100 grant, but the 309 had to be granted at the same time.

        1. Hello Admin!

          Thanks again for all your answers!

          Applied 30th January 2020!

          RFI 25th June 2020!

          Subclass 309 Granted 11th August 2020!

          We did it!


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  117. Hi admin 👨‍💼
    Your response is highly appreciated
    I have send follow up email to Australia embassy in Pakistan regarding visa 309/100.
    But they didn’t give me any reply only got the auto-response that my email is sent to them.
    (You think they will give me response regarding my visa or not ?)

    1. Embassies do not always reply to such requests, other than sometimes a grant or refusal letter.

      At the moment they may be short staffed or even closed, due to COVID-19.

      I feel that few 309’s will be granted until Australia opens its borders to incoming travellers again.
      Those that are, may be special cases such as humanitarian grounds etc., or those with long waiting times, who give good grounds for visa grant.

        1. There is no guarantee of what will happen, but when you consider what is happening with COVID-19, it might be best to be prepared for the worst.
          Based on the processing times in December 2019, when 10% of those finalised took over 21 months anyway, a number of Sept 2019 applications would end in mid 2021 even in good times.

          Sept 2019 plus 21 months = June 2021.

          25% would be after January 2021 anyway. Sept 2019 plus 16 months = January 2021

          Dec 2019: 16-21 = 75% took up to 16 months. 25% took over 16 months, with 10% taking over 21 months.


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  119. Hi admin
    309 offshore logged online ( Lebanon) April 2019 till now.
    My application in progress from last month
    It was prossing before. My question how long the application take normally
    And what in progress means I’m my case
    Thanks

    1. In March 2020: 75% took up to 13 months and 10% took over 21 months.

      ‘In progress’ means it is being looked at.

      With the COVID-19 situation, visas can be delayed due to local lockdowns etc., at the local processing offices.

      1. Thanks admin
        Do you know how long the case normally take when it ‘ in progress’

        And it is good news because my application ‘in progress’ or not

        I was living in Australia from 2009 till 2019
        Did you think that’s why still prossing because I was living there

        1. There is no normal time. Some visas can take days, others many months, after the ‘in progress’ begins.

          But at the moment, with the COVID-19 situation, there is no way of knowing. Some may not get granted until after the Lockdown is over and international travel is back on.

          I am curious why you went for the 309, and not the 820, when you were living in Australia between 2009 and 2019.


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  121. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for responding.

    Is applications getting finalized for subclass 309 and getting visa grants on the month of april

      1. yea have completed all the Medical checks and submitted police verification, Visa is been processed in thailand Australian embassy any update on that

            1. I have seen four in April 2020:
              309 Finalised after 7.6 months. Passport: Canada. Processed at: Ottawa, Canada. Direct to 100.
              309 Finalised after 6.1 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Hong Kong. Direct to 100.
              309 Finalised after 6 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: Washington, USA.
              309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.

    1. Hello admin I just want to ask if immigration Totally stop the partner visas processing because of covid19? Or they still continue but slow the process?


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  123. Good afternoon Admin, have you heard anything from mainland China? it’s rare to find any information/update been posted by applicant who hold Chinese passport..

    I am a Chinese passport holder, however I am living in Australia with my partner at the moment on my working visa. Do you think my application will be processed in China or Australia?

    1. It would normally be done in the embassy of the passport holder, ie: China.

      309’s processed in Guangzhou had a median processing time of 431 days in July to December 2019. From a total of 813 subclass 309’s.


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  125. dear admin thanks for responding me…Yeah my agent respond them the natural justice letter …..it’s almo st 11 months since i last heard from them apart the automated message ……….did you think this automated message is a good sign of my application is going well or is it usual to take so much time to access. …thanks

    1. As it is an automated message, it is not possible to be sure of anything.

      Subclass 309 visas can take time, even without any issues such as yours so far. I’ve seen some at 6 months and some at 18 months.

      But with the COVID situation, things are uncertain.

      1. Hey admin. …
        tell me please the average processing Tim for 309 visa in Nairobi Kenya and when is last time they grant visa..thx

        1. The last one that I saw took 13 months.

          In the last 6 months of 2019, half of the 309s finalised from Nairobi took 380 days (12.5 months) or less, and half took longer.

          I have not personally seen a grant since the COVID crisis began.

          Looking at the embassy site (https://kenya.embassy.gov.au), I am not even sure that they will be processing any visas.
          The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need.

          They may be doing background work, if they have the staff, but grants may be delayed.


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    1. The last two that I have seen were 9 and 15 months.

      The average has been about 14 months for the last year.

      However, with the current travel bans and reduced visa processing, due to Covid-19, it is impossible to guess what the processing times will be at the moment.


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  128. Hi admin. We applied for 309 visa 14 January 2019. Still waiting . From Afghanistan can you please tell me how long it will take? Thank you

    1. With travel bans and reduced visa processing, due to Covid-19, it is impossible to guess at any processing times at the moment.

    2. Hi, M
      We also, applied for 309 visa for my partner, from Afghanistan on 24th January 2019 through Immigration Agent.

      Still haven’t heard anything yet. Have you also applied through Agent?
      Also, have you done the medical test and biometric?

      1. Hi gee
        yeah i have applied through immigration agent and also i have done my biometric with medical test.I also haven’t heard anything.

        1. Hi Gee,M,

          My husband and I are in the same situation, from Afghanistan and applied 10th March 2019. We haven’t heard anything either apart from an auto generated email saying they were still processing. Can you please post any updates on your case, I haven’t heard much about afghans applying for the 309, so it would be nice if you could post if any changes occur in your case so we can get a rough timeline for afghan cases. Thanks.


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  130. Hi Admin,

    Hope all is well.

    I’d like to ask if you can provide an answer to my question?

    I’ve checked on the migration program and as I have understood, the cap for the visas is 160,000 in which the total breakdown summed up to.

    Does this mean no more visas will be processed since it has reached the cap?

    If so, doesn’t this defeat the purpose of having a processing time? 14 and 20 months but there is a cap?

    Thank you!

    1. The processing time is not a fixed time. It is just the actual time that visas took in the previous month.

      The 14-20 means that 75% of applications took under 14 months and 10% took over 20 months.

      If a cap is reached, then that processing time becomes longer in the next reported figures.

      The processing times are normally updated once a month, after they have analysed the previous months finalisations.

      With the actual annual cap, I think they try to spread the visa grants over the year, as evenly as they can

      A 160,000 cap would logically create a target of about 13,300 grants per month.


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  132. Hello
    Please make it clear : my 309 visa is under process since sep/2019 also we get married out of Australia , I haven’t got to Australia yet, but my partner has requested for Centrelink payments as being single person, will it lead to a refusal ?
    Do she really need to change the status now or we can do it when I arrive in Australia after grant of 309.

    1. As long as Centrelink have been told about the marriage, then it should not affect the visa.

      If Centrelink have been told that the status is single, then that information gets passed to Immigration, when they check. They then wonder why single and married. Delays at the very least. Refusal could be possible. Not because of wanting to claim the higher payment, which may actually be permitted, but for giving false information on a visa application. Centrelink then also claim back any overpayments plus penalties.

      If Centrelink have been told that the status is married, and given the reason for wanting to claim the higher payment, all that happens is that Centrelink confirm to immigration the married status, and assess to see if they can in fact pay the higher single rate.

      Just ensure the full truth is always told. False information leads to all sorts of trouble.

      1. We are married since 2016 and she get Centrelink payment before marriage until now she didn’t know that she need to change status from single to married because i am not in Australia also we get married outside.

        Now if she speak to Centrelink that she is married will they claim money back from her from 2016 till 2020 ?
        Please guide us we are in problem now.

        1. You need to tell the full story to Centrelink. Only they can state what they will do.

          There are more questions they may ask to determine what happens.

          Every Centrelink claimant is told they must advise them of all status changes, and changes in family income.


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  134. Some Actual subclass 309 finalisations in March 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309/100 Finalised after 3.1 months. Passport: Netherlands. Processed at: Germany. Direct to 100.
    309/100 Finalised after 9.5 months. Passport: Spain. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100.

    309 Finalised after 4.8 months. Passport: India. Processed at: USA.
    309 Finalised after 5.8 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 6.6 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 7.5 months. Passport: Nepal.
    309 Finalised after 7.7 months. Passport: Sri Lanka. Processed at: Sri Lanka.
    309 Finalised after 8.6 months. Passport: Hong Kong.
    309 Finalised after 8.8 months. Passport: Finland. Processed at: Germany.
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 11 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Sri Lanka.
    309 Finalised after 11.2 months. Passport: Belgium.
    309 Finalised after 11.4 months. Passport: China. Processed at: Fiji.
    309 Finalised after 11.5 months. Passport: Lebanese. Processed at: Lebanon.
    309 Finalised after 12.5 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK.
    309 Finalised after 12.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 13.3 months. Passport: USA.
    309 Finalised after 13.4 months. Passport: Columbia.
    309 Finalised after 17.3 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 17.7 months. Passport: Nigeria. Processed at: South Africa.


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  136. Hi Admin,

    Thanks for always updating this website.

    Immigration will definitely slow down the process even more due to COVID-19. We have been waiting for ours to be processed and it has been 19 months now of waiting in vain.

    On top of that, it is very frustrating and depressing because I’m far away from my partner and there is a pandemic going on. Only God knows for how long.

    The process could even take longer as the Immigration can always say that there’s a huge backlog plus the economy of Australia and rest of the world is highly affected which might cause even more delays.

    I’m still hoping and praying that everything will be good.

    Stay safe always!


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  138. Some people are saying that the 309 visas are not being granted by Immigration now.

    They are, and these are some 309 Grant dates that I have seen in March 2020.

    3 on 2 Mar 20
    1 on 3 Mar 20
    1 on 4 Mar 20
    4 on 5 Mar 20
    2 on 6 Mar 20
    1 on 9 Mar 20
    1 on 10 Mar 20
    1 on 12 Mar 20
    1 on 16 Mar 20
    1 on 18 Mar 20
    3 on 19 Mar 20
    1 on 20 Mar 20
    2 on 23 Mar 20


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  140. Many countries around the world are imposing various levels of Bans, Quarantine or Isolation processes to try to keep the rate of the COVID-19 Coronavirus down in their country.

    Australia is no exception.  It has recently implemented a 14 day isolation period from entry, which means that someone arriving for a 14 day holiday only gets to see the inside of their hotel room, before flying back.

    Common Sense tells us that if a country wishes to restrict the flow of the virus into the country, it must restrict the flow of people into the country, from overseas.

    One of the easiest ways to do that is to NOT issue visas for entry.

    Australian Visa Processing and COVID-19 Coronavirus


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  142. subclass 309 finalisations in February 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309 Finalised after 4.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: USA. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 7.8 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: ?. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 8.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: UK. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 8.7 months. Passport: Hungary. Processed at: Berlin, Germany. Direct to 100.
    309 Finalised after 9.2 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Berlin, Germany. Direct to 100.

    309 Finalised after 3.5 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: Washington, USA.
    309 Finalised after 3.6 months. Passport: Turkey. Processed at: Ankara, Turkey.
    309 Finalised after 8.7 months. Passport: Netherlands. Processed at: Berlin, Germany.
    309 Finalised after 9.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months. Passport: Nepal. Processed at: Nepal.
    309 Finalised after 10.3 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.4 months. Passport: India. Processed at: .
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months. Passport: Zimbabwe. Processed at: Berlin, Germany.
    309 Finalised after 10.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: Melbourne.
    309 Finalised after 11.4 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: London, UK.
    309 Finalised after 11.7 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 12.1 months. Passport: India. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 12.1 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: New Delhi, India.
    309 Finalised after 12.4 months. Passport: India. Processed at: India.
    309 Finalised after 17.6 months. Passport: Nigeria. Processed at: Pretoria, South Africa.
    309 Finalised after 22.2 months. Passport: Malaysia. Processed at: ?.

    The above sample of actual times shows: 75% under 12 months and 10% over 17 months
    But it also shows that 25% took under 8.5 months.

    Interesting to compare to the official times for last month, Jan 2020.
    Jan 2020: 14-19 = 75% took up to 14 months. 10% took over 19 months.


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  144. subclass 309 finalisations in January 2020.
    Processing times are shown from the initial 309 application date.

    309 Finalised after 5.7 months, from UK. Applied: UK
    309 Finalised after 7.1 months, from UK. Applied: Indonesia
    309 Finalised after 8 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 8 months, from Sweden. Direct to 100. Applied: Germany
    309 Finalised after 8.6 months, from Malaysia. Direct to 100. Applied: Kuala Lumpur
    309 Finalised after 8.8 months, from ?. Direct to 100. Applied: Berlin
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from France. Applied: Beirut
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from uk. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 9 months, from Serbia. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 9.2 months, from Serbia. Direct to 100. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 9.4 months, from Ghana. Applied: Nairobi
    309 Finalised after 9.4 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10 months, from Serbia. Applied: Belgrade
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10.1 months, from UK. Direct to 100. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 10.2 months, from Jordan. Applied: Beirut
    309 Finalised after 10.6 months, from UK. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 11.3 months, from India. Applied: New Delhi
    309 Finalised after 11.8 months, from India. Applied: New Delhi
    309 Finalised after 11.9 months, from USA. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 12 months, from Indonesia. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 13.3 months, from India. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 17.9 months, from Nepal. Applied: ?
    309 Finalised after 19.3 months, from Nigeria. Applied: Malaysia
    309 Finalised after 24.3 months, from Nigeria. Applied: Pretoria

    Going by the official time calculation, this would be:
    12-18 = 75% took up to 12 months. 10% took over 18 months.

    However, this is from a small sample of publicly available processing times.

    1. Hi admin.

      ….i have been applied since april 2019 through australian high commission in Kenya for 309 visa

      in may 2019 i received an email from immigration it says on adverse information ds 57 natural justice letter …i respond them with in 28 day…..
      Exactly on april 2020 i received email says my application is in progress.

      So could you please share your thoughts to me regarding my application really so stressed

      1. That email in April, 12 months after your application, is an automatic email. Everyone seems to be getting one these days at the 12 month point.

        The natural justice letter, would be a worry. Did you consult a registered Migration agent about that?

        Only with full details of the application could anyone give you a real idea. That is outside the scope of general information on here.

        In general terms though, many applications at the moment may be put on hold, until the COVID-19 situation is resolved. Some straightforward ones are being finalised, but more may be delayed for various reasons. Staffing issues and other embassy priorities being a major reason.

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