Persons who are applying to bring their partners from overseas as part of the offshore partner visa application can experience significant processing times of up to 12 months duration (and sometime longer). This can be complicated by the difficulty of obtaining timely character checks, such as some national police certificates.
Such sponsors may wish to consider applying to bring their partners to Australia for a sponsored family visa visit whilst the offshore processing is taking place. This visa currently costs A$130 and reunite the couple in Australia for several months; it is not possible for the partner to remain onshore, and they will have to return to their country of original for a decision in relation to the partner visa application.
Alisdair Putt | 17th July | 2014