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I just wanted to add myself to the thread because I've just applied for my 887 visa yesterday (27 March) after spending two years in Darwin :).
887 is Onshore visa.
And one thing...Only and Only Primary Applicant has to full fill visa condition of living in regional area and other condition.you wife and baby have to be in Australia on the day when you want to apply for 887.
you should not apply 887 unless your family is here.if you still have your 489 visa valid for next 1 year and more then you should wait or if you really want to get PR then ask you wife and kid to come here...but you have to add you kid first into your file.
before doing anything,just advise department about your child birth by filling changing of circumstances form.once your child is added then ideally you should bring your wife and your child here and then apply for 887 straightway.when your family arrives then you can apply for 887 same day when everybody is onshore.your entire family has to be in Australia before applying and before 887 decision.
adding your spouse later will be a hectic and not advisable solution.
in worst case..you should wait for applying 887...if your 489 is expiring then you can think of subsequent 489 to make it live for another 4 year.
if you ask me personally then you should bring your family here for 887 visa process...its a matter of maximum 6 months...you will get grant in less period.you all will be PR then you can stay where ever you like
Apologies if i misunderstood your condition and given my personal view.
Last edited by sanjeevkathuria; 29-03-2016 at 03:27 AM.
Thanks guys for taking the time to read and provide valuable advises, really appreciate the effort! I rang immigration on this issue this morning, below are the instructions from them
489 holder expecting a baby in Australia will need to complete Form 1022, mail to Brisbane office and will be advised a process fee of AUD 900
489 holder expecting a baby outside Australia will have to submit Application for Provisional Skilled Regional - Subsequent Entrant Visa (489) after baby in born and a fee of AUD 3600
887 is a pathway from 489, it means that you will need to be a holder before you are eligible to apply for 887
Hello all. I need some advice here. My 489 visa (sponsored by relative) was granted in Jan 2014 - when I first applied I wasn't expecting the visa to be approved within a short time frame. Anyway so I did make my first landing in the same year and as I was getting married in 2015, we did not make plans to move over officially. We got married in July 2015 and subsequently, my husband applied for a subsequent entrant visa under me and his visa was approved in September 2015. We only made plans to move this year after we settled our work and family issues. We recently made a trip to Australia for his first landing. Our 489 visa expiry is Jan 2018 and from the look of it, we will not be able to fulfill the condition of living for 2 years to apply for visa 887. When we move to Australia, we will be staying with my cousin first who sponsored me before we find our own place. What happens if we do not meet the 2 years requirements? When is the latest do we have to apply for 887? Can we do it just before our visa 489 expires in Jan 2018 so that we achieved a longer time? Do we get a bridging visa to continue staying in Australia until the outcome on our 887 application is known? Also, is there a visa renewal for visa 489? Or is this a one time visa? Looking for some answers here if someone can help :) thank u!