Originally Posted by Skybluebrewer
I think what's Aussie83 is saying is that the sponsor may be able to apply for sponsorship long before the applicant arrives in Australia to apply onshore, so that by that point, the sponsor has already been approved and there is no worry on a current visa running out and the applicant can make the application once they're onshore.
So it stops those last minute applications just to stay onshore because a visa is running out.
to expand on what I said earlier . If sponsor applies for sponsorship offshore , it becomes an integral part of the partner visa application which also would have to be done offshore. Even if that is incorrect , the foreign partner would not get a visitor visa as it would not be a genuine visit only as it would come to light that sponsor application done offshore . Interesting to see if anyone has a different opinion.