Our client was in a relationship with an Australian citizen and wanted to submit a Partner Visa.
The couple did not meet the long-term relationship requirement (in Schedule 3) due to being unlawful in 2015 and not holding a substantive visa. We honestly advised the client that the 820 visa may not be successful and he may need to consider other pathways in that instance.
We prepared an application for an 820 visa and also prepared a Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 187) with the client’s employer as the client had previously completed the qualifications required. We submitted the 187 visa prior to the 820 visa being refused. We submitted an appeal for the 820 visa refusal to provide more time for the 187 visa to process. The 187 visa was granted around the same time the appeal hearing was called meaning the client did not have to proceed with the appeal which was withdrawn. We are now preparing the client’s Citizenship application. The couple are now married with small children and residing happily in Queensland.