Taylor and Chie | Subclass 155 & Subclass 820/801 Partner Visa

I would like to sincerely thank the team at Migration Down Under for all their work, knowledge, and support over the past two years. I would highly recommend Migration Down Under and will always be thankful for all they have done for us. Thank you for never giving up on it!

Taylor and Chie’s Story – Subclass 155Subclass 820/801 Partner Visa

Tell us a little about your journey

Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank the team at Migration Down Under for all their work, knowledge, and support over the past two years. I would highly recommend Migration Down Under and will always be thankful for all they have done for us. Thankyou so much!

The journey for myself and my wife Chitrasari to get to Australia was a journey of ups and downs and a considerable amount of stress. As a New Zealander who had spent most of his life since 1981 in Australia, studying, working, and paying tax, I had always presumed naively, that remained a permanent resident. Unbeknown to myself and my family, I had lost my permanent residency status and been reclassified as a subclass 444 visa, to date the Australian immigration department cannot tell me when this happened. This only become known when my sponsorship of my wife’s visa was rejected on the basis of me not being an eligible New Zealand citizen.

At the time we were located in Vietnam and prepared and looking forward to relocating to Australia permanently. At the time we were in complete shock and disbelief. This only increased when I realised that Australian borders were now closed to people without Australian permanent residency or citizenship. So, we were stuck in Vietnam in the middle of a pandemic with no avenue to get back to my family in Australia. To say the least, were both very despondent and myself feeling very foolish.

My first plan of action was to call the Department of Home Affairs and as most people have discovered this was incredible unhelpful and remains so after two years. I then contacted a well-respected migration lawyer and asked my parents to attend the meeting while I ‘Zoomed’ in from Vietnam. The experience was heart breaking with the lawyer being very clinical and lacking any visible compassion and a solutions-based mindset. No viable solution was created and all of us were left upset and confused. The lawyer also said I would not qualify under any circumstance to a return resident visa. I didn’t want to give up and believed I should qualify for an appropriate visa. I was then recommended another immigration lawyer, he promised the world and was very slow with communication but said he could do it for 15,000 Australian dollars. I would have been willing to pay this to get back home with my wife to my family.

By luck I was researching the return residents visa and first became aware of Migration Downunder when I saw Julie discussing the various visa options on YouTube. After listening to Julie’s clear and precise explanation of the various Visa rules, I was convinced I would qualify for a return resident visa. I was also impressed with the genuineness that Julie spoke with and knew that this was the person who would be willing to help us. What an amazing decision this turned out to be. As soon as we spoke to Julie I knew she would try her best to help bring us home, she was knowledgeable, passionate and most importantly compassionate during what was one of our most stressful life experiences. Julie and her team provided options and guided us through the return resident visa application process in a professional and caring manner.

How did you feel after your visa was granted?

On the 04 February 2021, after a mountain of paperwork, support from my parents and patience from Julie and her team, I was granted my return residents visa on the basis of my previous time spent in Australia. More than anything this was a huge relief, and I was immediately able to sponsor my wife Chie’s travel to Australia. We luckily arrived in Australia on the 13th July 2021, a day before Australia closed it’s borders to International travel. We were so happy to be home. Upon arrival and again guided by Julie and Madhu, we applied for Chie’s permanent residency. This was a gradual process of documentation and ticking boxes, slightly disrupted by the early arrival of our baby girl Ali at 29 weeks. On the 07 March 2022, my wife Chie was granted her permanent residency and a week later we exited the hospital after 3 months with our baby girl. Our journey and family were complete.

How has your experience with Migration Downunder?

It was pleasant and the communication was great. Visa applications can be quite in-depth and complex. Just knowing that we could pick up the phone or send them an email for advice on our visa applications and progress was very reassuring. Their advice is also realistic. They were upfront with us about the best pathway for our circumstances.

Most recently, they helped us with our citizenship applications. This process was very smooth with their assistance.

How was your experience with Migration Downunder?

I would like to sincerely thank the team at Migration Down Under for all their work, knowledge, and support over the past two years. I would highly recommend Migration Down Under and will always be thankful for all they have done for us. Thank you for never giving up on it!

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