Sub-class 309 to sub-class 100 is a MYSTERY!
I consider myself a reasonably intelligent woman. I do think I can navigate my way around a website to find information. This time I am flummoxed. The time is drawing near-ish when we go through the process of evaluation to grant Mr O his sub-class 100 visa – permanent residency. If one was to read the information available on www.immi.gov.au one could think this is just going to happen automatically.
The booklet says:
• lodged your Partner visa application outside Australia; and
• were outside Australia at the time you applied,
you can be either in or outside Australia when the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100)
. . . . . . . .
In most cases, permanent residence cannot be granted less than 2 years from when you
lodge your application.
There is no mention of any process at all!
I scrounged around a bit further and finally found this:
Shortly before you are eligible to be assessed for the Partner (permanent) visa (subclass 100) visa (usually two years after application lodgement), you will receive a letter from the department asking you to provide information relating to your application.
Oh, so there is an assessment? Assessment of what exactly? WHAT information? What exactly are we supposed to have accumulated as far as documentation is concerned? Yes, I know – I have a lawyer and lawyers and migration agents know this stuff backwards – but the whole system is SUPPOSED to be set up so that lawyers and migration agents are NOT needed. Suitable information, easily found, would be nice. In fact, it really is a requirement.
Speaking to others who have their 100 visa, I gather the information may even include yet another police clearance. Our lawyer already warned us about needing copies of bills in both names and evidence Mr O has integrated into Australian society. I cannot actually find ANY official information about the process or the requirements for the poor people doing this on their own.
I spent considerable time searching the website and found nothing that I considered at all helpful. I find this amazing.
As far as the bills go, for MONTHS I have been trying to get Telstra to put our phone bill in joint names. Every month they say yes, it is done. Every month the phone bill arrives in only my name. I do not have time to sit waiting on hold or being passed from department to department within Telstra. I tried again twice last week and both times I hung up after waiting interminably to speak to someone, anyone. I have a family, a job and a home – sitting on hold for Telstra is just not something I have time for. One phone call is all it should have taken.
The gas bill? Well, they have to speak to both of us at the same time, but I don’t get home before their office closes. Now, the gas people did offer to have me on one phone call, then they would call Mr O on a different line and we could organise it that way. Mr O had lectures, I have work – who can organise this stuff in a busy day? What happens is real life intervenes and before you know it, the gas company office has closed – again!
Anything we have set up together is not a problem, such as all the school enrolments and so on. I have lived in this house for five years now, it is not as if we set up a NEW home when my family arrived – trying to get these companies to CHANGE the names is driving me nuts! Plus, it achieves absolutely nothing. What, exactly, does changing the gas bill into two names prove? Nothing! My husband has, after all, been a full-time student and is now job hunting. I was paying the bills anyway!
Not to mention I have health issues my husband and I are a lot more concerned about than the damn names on our gas bill. Job hunting for him is also way more important. His study was more important. Getting in the necessary driving practice in readiness for the licence test was important. I don’t have time to be chasing utility companies endlessly: there are much, much more important daily concerns in our lives.
Bureaucracy will be the death of me. I am really disappointed there are not clear guidelines. Even if it is a case of “every case is different”, the web site should say that! I am also not going to let it worry us: we have enough on our plate at the moment. When we’ve been through the sub-class 100 process, I’ll write an article to help those who come after us. What happened to the ideal of transparency, I wonder?
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See also Partner/Spouse Visa Menu