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    Please do not harass me if I dont reply that day. I usually check my IM's twice weekly.

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  1. Immigration Reduction talks are back on the news. The PM is talking about capping it at 160,000. Right or wrong, a lot of Australians feel that this is a good thing. Statistics suggest, and I'm sure is a correlation, that whenever immigration reduction policy is applied, it seems to precede or contribute to economic slow down. But you can prove any theory on stats. The State of New South Wales, where Sydney is the State Capital, is having their State General Elections this weekend. Its interesting to see a number of candidates riding policies for forcing immigrants to settle outside of the main metro cities, regionally, at least at first. There is some evidence to suggest that the majority of immigrants settle in the metro cities, and the population burden on infrastructure is starting present issues. "We are dammed if we do and dammed if we dont"
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    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    My pleasure Keep us posted.
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    State Nomination - Sponsoring my Wife's Parents

    I quote You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You can: include them when you lodge your visa application add dependent child after you lodge but before we decide on your visa Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. If your partner or your dependent children are not included in this application, tell us the reason why (for example, they already hold Australian citizenship or are a permanent resident). For visa purposes, you are a member of the main applicant's family unit if you are: the main applicant's spouse or de facto partner the main applicant's child, or their partner's child, who is not engaged, married or in a de facto relationship and is: aged under 18 years, or aged 18 to 23 years and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant's partner, or aged 23 years or older and dependent on the main applicant or the main applicant's partner due to a partial or total physical or mental disability the dependent child of the child above So basically Parents are not part of the 'family unit'. so NO
  4. The latest Additional sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas We take the safety and security of visa applicants seriously. There are additional requirements for sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visas that are intended to help keep visa applicants safe. Provide information on relevant offences and criminal record If you want to sponsor an applicant for a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa or a Partner visa, you must: provide an Australian and foreign police check when you apply for sponsorship give us written consent to disclose any convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant. We will refuse the visa application if you don't provide the checks or give us consent to disclose any relevant offences to the applicant. We could also refuse the visa application if you don't provide the police checks within a reasonable time. See how to provide a police check. Consider these requirements carefully before you lodge your sponsorship or visa application. We won't refund the visa application charge if we refuse the visa application. What is a relevant offence? A relevant offence is an offence against a law, either in Australia or overseas, involving: violence, including murder, assault, sexual assault or the threat of violence harassment, molestation, intimidation or stalking the breach of an apprehended violence or similar order firearms or other dangerous weapons people smuggling human trafficking, slavery or slavery-like practices (including forced marriage), kidnapping or unlawful confinement attempting to commit any of these offences aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring such offences We don't include convictions for relevant offences that have been quashed or otherwise nullified or pardoned. We will not refuse a visa application if you have a conviction for a relevant offence but no significant criminal record but we will disclose any convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant to help them make an informed decision about continuing with their application. What is a significant criminal record? We consider you to have a significant criminal record if you have been sentenced to: death life imprisonment imprisonment of 12 months or more 2 or more terms of imprisonment that total 12 months or more If a sponsor has convictions for a relevant offence and a significant criminal record we must refuse the visa, unless we assess that it is reasonable not to. We will consider all the circumstances of the application when we make this assessment. These could include but are not limited to: how long it has been since the sponsor completed their sentence the best interests of any child or the sponsor or primary visa applicant how long the sponsor and the main visa applicant have been in a relationship
  5. AussieDude

    Anyone got their Partner Visa 309 approved?

    Current processing Times from IMMI; Processing Times 309 75% of applications: 14 months 90% of applications: 20 months
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    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Some points to consider; Yes, Kazakhstan is considered a high risk country for visitors Yes, you will need to solidly and completely provide a compelling reason for her to return home Kids at home is a solid reason. So is an aging parent. She needs to provide copies of the kids birth certificates to show they are remaining behind, and on a covering letter explain that her aging mother can temporarily look after them, but she must return. Do not buy any tickets until the visa is granted. Does she have a job, commitments, debts, social and community responsibilities at home. Provide proof and these will all build a solid case Yes absolutely provide a letter of invitation and financial support. I usually recommend that in the letter you include all your details, address, ID, passport, employer, profession and optionally a bank statement. The more upfront you are demonstrates your good intentions and integrity. There are many examples of good letters on this forum Be clear on why she is coming " to meet you and your family, discover Australia, and generally strengthen your relationship. Emphasise friends, not couple or B/F & G/F this can actually work against you. Usually you are given between 90 days and 12 months to 'must arrive by date'. It depends on the visa length. Dont ask for 12 months first time, go for 3 months. Be sure she has ALL the finds she needs in HER NAME, even if you simply lend it to her for a short spell. I emphasise IN HER NAME. A simple VV 600 is easy for a native English Speaker, meaning you prepare it for her. No need for an Agent. Remember (but do check with the Aussie Embassy in Kazakhstan ) to get everything translated into English, by an IMMI recognised translator Good luck, keep us posted.
  7. 1) Yes he will get points for Education. But you asked about experience points. 3) Not knowing the specifics of the degree or his work experience, I can only assume they relate, and he should score well.
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    Do we meet De-facto requirements?

    Reminds me of that typically British saying "sorry Gov, its more than my job is worth".
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    Do we meet De-facto requirements?

    IMMI recognises a UK Police Officer (noting your comments on their reluctance), any Judge or Magistrate, any practising Solicitor or Lawyer. In the UK JP's are often called Magistrates. Basically we (AU) follow the same processes as the UK has for document Certification/Affidavits.
  10. Always remember... Complete, accurate and concise Visa applications, that include all the required documentation, will always process faster than an application that is incomplete or jibberish. When IMMI reviews an application, and they find a missing document, or need a clarification on a fact you provided, they STOP all processing and put your application on hold, UNTIL you respond and provide exactly what they need. Applications from some countries can take longer, as these countries are seen to not have 'reliable' official documentation, and IMMI must therefore spend extra time to manually verify the document. Its not about IMMI prejudice or any racial policies, its just that these countries keep poor records. A good example of this is Birth Certificates from some African nations, where the official birth registers are often incomplete, missing or just not available, and are often regularly forged. I know that confirmation of a Nigerian Birth Certificate can take up to 6 months.
  11. AussieDude

    Do we meet De-facto requirements?

    Apologies, we all assumed you were referring to a 801 Visa. But a good point. If that web snip is from the relevant state Registry you are applying at, then yes, you will need Certified Copies. The best option is to use a Justice of the Peace, they are volunteers and don't charge. Most Local Council Chambers (offices) have a JP available at set times. There is usually one (or a Registrar) available at most local courts, but they usually are too busy and send you off. In my home state of NSW, the Police generally will not do this anymore. However, ask your local Police station, as often the Admin Staff are JP's. Take quality copies of the document, and the original, and full ID when you go to the JP.
  12. Further to @AFV point, and your mention of a Greencard. Australia does not have the concept of a green card. The right to work is a condition (or not) of the Visa you have been granted. Employers in Australia can check (and must check) your Right to work, via an online public database called VEVO. And yes, always carry a copy of the Grant Letter. My wife personally fell foul of this when sitting her Drivers LIcense exam, the Registry staff could not access VEVO (some stupid IT issue) and therefore would not process her application, as they could not establish PR rights. We had to come back again later in the week.
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    Do we meet De-facto requirements?

    Not sure where you got this web snip. But @Aussie_83 is correct. Upload quality scans of the original. But remember IMMI may ask you to produce the originals at a later interview. Also everything must be in English, or suitably translated by a IMMI approved translator.
  14. Based on what you say, he will score 15 points if his experience is all outside Australia. Here is the actual points table: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-nominated-190/points-table Yes your calculation is correct from what you say. Here is a reliable points calculator for the 190: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/points-calculator You dont give us enough information to answer. We need to know what his Degree Major Subjects where, and the actual job roles he has held, and for how long. Try the calculator for yourself, and see what you score. Having no experience really sets the score back. So probably no is the answer.
  15. AussieDude

    Partner Visa

    So you dont qualify for a De Facto status until September 2019. As I said, an application for appeal must be based on solid legal grounds, which as I feared his case does not demonstrate, this is probably the rejection for the appeal lodgement 'Failing to establish grounds for the appeal'. INHO appeals to the AAT should be handled by a Solicitor, qualified in Immigration Law. As they are a legal process, not an administrative one (I generalise). As I said before, he may get a short extension to his BV based on compassionate grounds.