Offshore partner visa applicants and biometrics if travel to Australia during processing.


Subclass 309/100 applicants and biometrics if in Australia.


Biometrics (fingerprints and photo) are usually required to be provided by offshore partner visa applicants from many, but not all countries.


If a subclass 309/100 partner visa is lodged offshore and the visa applicant subsequently travels to Australia (on a visitor visa, for example) whilst the 309/100 application is being proccessed and the Immigration Department then requests that Biometrics be provided – what can the applicant do?


The best thing to do is to telephone the immigration department (Call 131 881) and speak to them.


It is quite possible, though not guaranteed, that because the offshore partner visa applicant is now in Australia, the immigration deprtment may waive (not require) the partner visa applicant to provide their biometrics for their offshore partner visa application.



Overall, if you are in this situation, you have everything to gain, and little to lose, by contacting the immigration department and requesting a waiver.


Feel free to contact me if you would like to book a consultation for more information about anything mentioned here.



Ross McDougall.

Immigration Lawyer & Solicitor.

This information is correct on April 30th, 2024.  But keep in mind that immigration law changes from time to time.

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