I'm Australian and my husband is French and we're living in France at the moment. We want to move back to Australia at the end of December 2014. The timing is important as he has to do a work placement for his Masters degree from January-July 2014. When should we make our application? I looked at the processing times and it says 5 months for French people applying from outside Australia - but it isn't clear if this is the total time between application date and entry to Australia or not. On other parts of the site it says that DIAC chooses the date that you enter the country, which is related to when you do your medical checks. Can anyone give me some advice on how long it took you to get a partner visa in Australia when applying from outside Australia? Btw we can't do the working holiday visa for the placement as he's already used it.