Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Partner visa

Partner Visa application

Sent off today’s mail: our joint application for Gustav’s partner visa: a compilation of forms, photographs and supporting statements from friends and family. We started putting it all together back in May, slowly gathering all the paperwork required, but unaware that prices had risen by thousands of dollars since we started planning our return to Australia last year. That was a painful shock to the wallet, but there was nothing we could do about that.

A chance conversation with an acquaintance indicated that we should register our relationship in NSW, which was something I didn’t even know was possible.  We paid an early morning trip to the registry office in mid-October to complete those formalities, a rather unromantic witnessing of signatures and payment of the $207 fee.

With the final statutory declarations and signatures on supporting statements, and then certified copies of everything made ( three trips to a Justice of the Peace ) , it’s all been sent off into the hands of the “Partner (Temporary) Processing Centre”.  The name sounds like an unnecessarily complicated way of avoiding “Temporary Partner Processing Centre” which would be very ominous.

The visa has two components: a temporary (820) phase of two years and then a permanent (801) visa is awarded should no obstacles arise. The processing time service standard for the temporary visa is 6 months for 75% of cases presented.

Fingers crossed for a quick and positive response!


  1. Mike and Gustav, good luck with that visa. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome and no snags. Walt and I are in the process of figuring out what to do about making sure that our NY marriage has legal standing in France.

    1. I imagine you're in a similar boat re reciprocity as was the case with Gustav and I in France. Because Australia does not have civil unions, we could not get a PACS in France.

      I wonder about state by state marriages in the US. France certainly honours driver's licenses from the US on a state by state reciprocity basis. I've also read that recently a French judge overruled a statute regarding marriages involving citizens from other jurisdictions that don't recognise same-sex marriages: http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20131008-french-legal-loophole-bars-certain-gay-couples-marriage

    2. Gustav has just been notified that he's been granted a bridging visa, which will come into effect when his working holiday visa expires in March. That will give him full work/study rights in Australia and is valid until 28 days until they've reached a decision on his temporary visa. That decision may take 9-12 months.

      There's some other small wrinkles to iron out, but this is a big win for now.

  2. I've wondered about that in the US as well. A number of my friends from Texas (where same-sex marriage is not yet legal) have gone to other states where it is legal to get married. I'm curious as to what legal rights this affords them, since they are not legal residents of the state in which they are marrying. Hmmm?

    At any rate, best wishes for a quick and positive outcome regarding the visa! Glad to see that Munson seems to be doing well and is getting out and about!