Partner Visa and PMV grants April and May 2020


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There has been a massive change in processing times for Partner Visa and PMV grants in April and May 2020, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation.

Offshore applications seem to be getting longer, while some Onshore 2nd Stage applications appear to be much faster.

Some overseas embassies are not operating at normal levels, some are even closed. That is causing no movement in offshore visa applications from those processing offices.

Some onshore visa applications are being held back waiting for information from other countries government departments, security checks etc. Nothing can happen on these applications until things go back to being closer to normal.

Some visa grants may be postponed due to the inability for applicants to be able to travel anyway. This may happen more with the PMV applications as, even if granted, they do not get automatic travel permission to enter Australia.

These are some examples of processing times for PMV and Partner Visa grants in April and May 2020.


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Prospective Marriage visa (PMV) Grants.

May 2020 subclass 300 grants
  • 300 Finalised after 17 months, from Lebanon.

Onshore Partner Visa Grants.

Stage 1
April 2020 subclass 820 grants
  • 820 Finalised after 19.8 months, from Indonesia.
  • 820 Finalised after 18.4 months, from ?.
  • 820 Finalised after 18.8 months, from ?.
May 2020 subclass 820 grants
  • 820 Finalised after 28.7 months, from ?.
  • 820 Finalised after 13.2 months, from UK.
  • 820 Finalised after 17.7 months, from ?.
Stage 2
April 2020 subclass 801 grants
  • 801 Grant took 24.1 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Switzerland. Direct to 801 from 820
  • 801 Grant took 24.1 months from 820 Application. Nationality: UK. Direct to 801 from 820
  • 801 Grant took 40.2 months from PMV Application. Nationality: ?. Direct to 801 from 820
  • 801 Grant took 30.9 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Thailand.
  • 801 Grant took 24.6 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
  • 801 Grant took 48.1 months from PMV Application. Nationality: Finland.
  • 801 Grant took 40.8 months from PMV Application. Nationality: Morocco.
  • 801 Grant took 28.8 months from 820 Application. Nationality: China.
  • 801 Grant took 33.3 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Hong Kong.
  • 801 Grant took 38.5 months from PMV Application. Nationality: Philippines.
  • 801 Grant took 48.9 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Vietnam.
  • 801 Grant took 28.3 months from 820 Application. Nationality: UK.
  • 801 Grant took 25.9 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Indonesia.
  • 801 Grant took 37.1 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
  • 801 Grant took 30.2 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Indian.
  • 801 Grant took 31.2 months from 820 Application. Nationality: UK.
  • 801 Grant took 29.3 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
May 2020 subclass 801 grants
  • 801 Grant took 16.7 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?. Direct to 801 from 820
  • 801 Grant took 24.6 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Vietnam.
  • 801 Grant took 28.7 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
  • 801 Grant took 29.3 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Taiwan.
  • 801 Grant took 28.2 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
  • 801 Grant took 23.7 months from 820 Application. Nationality: UK.
  • 801 Grant took 27.5 months from 820 Application. Nationality: France.
  • 801 Grant took 24.1 months from 820 Application. Nationality: ?.
  • 801 Grant took 26.8 months from 820 Application. Nationality: Canada.

Offshore Partner Visa Grants.

Stage 1
April 2020 subclass 309 grants
  • 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 6.9 months. Passport: Hong Kong. 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.
May 2020 subclass 309 grants
  • 309 Finalised after 11.8 months. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?. Direct to 100.
Stage 2
April 2020 subclass 100 grants (from 309 Application)
  • Granted in: 7.6 months. Direct to 100. Passport: Canada. Processed at: Ottawa, Canada
  • Granted in: 6.1 months. Direct to 100. Passport: ?. Processed at: Hong Kong
  • Granted in: 6.9 months. Direct to 100. Passport: Hong Kong. Processed at: Hong Kong.
  • Granted in: 26.9 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: ?
  • Granted in: 26.9 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: ?
  • Granted in: 33 months. Passport: Kazakhstan. Processed at: ?
  • Granted in: 27.8 months. Passport: Malaysia. Processed at: Malaysia
May 2020 subclass 100 grants (from 309 Application)
  • Granted in: 11.8 months. Direct to 100. Passport: USA. Processed at: ?
  • Granted in: 27.3 months. Passport: Canada. Processed at: ?
  • Granted in: 27.9 months. Passport: ?. Processed at: Washington, USA
  • Granted in: 27.5 months. Passport: UK. Processed at: London, UK
  • Granted in: 26.6 months. Passport: Egypt. Processed at: Saudi Arabia
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    1. I have not noticed any.

      The last I saw was middle of May, and that received the 309 and 100 at the same time. One of those that gets the priority processing.

      1. Hi Admin,

        Thanks for the response.

        Out of curiosity, is the information that you obtain regarding the granted cases from immigration or is it via the information given to you from users of this website.

        I do feel that it is rather concerning that if it were information plucked from immigration (probably meaning it has access to all grants and such) that there was only 1 309 grant globally in the month of March, and currently 1 in June.

        Hopefully we will see more grants being awarded with the flattening of the curve and the ease of restrictions here in Australia.

        Thanks again for your input.

        1. Hi Admin,

          Forgive me, what I meant to say was 1 309 grant globally in the month of May.

          I do realize that my wife and I would likely be on the back end of the spectrum as other than us being apart, we don’t particularly have any other compelling reasons for immigration to approve our visa earlier such has having a child together or having any health issues.

          Regardless, its always good to be hopeful.

          Thanks!

        2. I get the information from here, and from various forums. Immigration do not give out much information like that very easily, and it can be 6 or 12 months before their data becomes available.

          Using the information that I get, it gives an idea of comparison over different time periods.

          As an example, this is what I have seen this year so far:

          In January, I saw 30 subclass 309 grants reported
          In February, I saw 28 subclass 309 grants reported
          In March, I saw 22 subclass 309 grants reported
          In April, I saw 6 subclass 309 grants reported
          In May, I saw 1 subclass 309 grant reported
          In June, so far I have seen 1 subclass 309 grant reported. I have heard of another, but not confirmed it yet.

          The above indicates that April and May saw fewer subclass 309 grants than normal.

          Once travel restrictions are eased, including at Embassies around the world, I am sure things will return to normal.

          Normal would be great for everyone. Before long, some of us in Australia might even be allowed to travel to another State 🙂

          Things are going in the right direction, the Government is also working to resume citizenship testing and interviews as soon as possible, now that local travel restrictions are being lifted.

  2. Hello Admin,

    What is the difference between further assessment and in progress?

    Is beirut office working on 309 visas?

    Thank you

    1. Normally “further assessment” is shown after you have provided more info for them to assess your application further.

      “in progress” normally applies, once they begin to look at an application.

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