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Hi all,

I have a question about moving from tourist visa to bridging visa.

My wife is planning to apply for a onshore partner visa, she will be applying while on a multi entry tourist visa.

I've seen conflicting comments on when the bridging visa would come into effect. Is it when the current stay limit is reached ( i.e 3 months) or is it when the entire visa validity expires ( i.e after 12 months). The confusion exists because its a multi- entry tourist visa.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi all,

I have a question about moving from tourist visa to bridging visa.

My wife is planning to apply for a onshore partner visa, she will be applying while on a multi entry tourist visa.

I've seen conflicting comments on when the bridging visa would come into effect. Is it when the current stay limit is reached ( i.e 3 months) or is it when the entire visa validity expires ( i.e after 12 months). The confusion exists because its a multi- entry tourist visa.

Thanks in advance!
It is when the current stay period expires, not the expiry of the visa.

Example: If the visa is valid for one year, expiring on 22/2/2019 and comes with a 3 month stay period. If she entered Australia today, applied for a partner visa sometime during that 3 month stay, the BVA would go into effect once that 3 month stay ends and she remains onshore, NOT when the visa expires next year.

But if she were to leave Australia before the 3 month stay is up, the BVA would not have a chance to go into effect. So she needs to remain onshore for the duration of that stay period and then when that's up, the BVA will take over.
 
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