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Hi all,

I understand that there are basically two options for a partner visa. Onshore and offshore. I'm aware of the steps to the process but I'm not up top date on current wait times. My situation is as follows:

My girlfriend was in Australia for a year on a student visa. She is now in Brazil. I'm going there in 2 weeks to live for approximately 6 months. She is planning to apply for a phd program and hopefully get a scholarship. Of course it won't be easy to get a scholarship so we need a plan B because at this stage I don't really want to live in Brazil, but I'm happy to temporarily to be with my girlfriend. We've been together for almost a year but would have only be able to prove the last 4 or 5 months. So, in 6 months time we would have sufficient evidence to prove that we are in a legit relationship and satisfy all the requirements. My question is... how long is it currently taking to get temporary residence? I heard something like a year? If we make the application offshore, what is the process after it is sent and received. If we apply offshore how long after the application is sent would we need to wait until she can come here? I think it would be better to apply onshore. She doesn't want to come back and study more because she can't really afford it and there is also the risk of the visa being denied because I've heard this happening for students that have already had student visas, left the country and tried to come back. Could she come here on a tourist visa and then apply for the spouse visa during that time. What working rights would she have etc. I understand the bridging visa bridges the same working rights as the previous visa. At the end of the day we don't want to be apart but would prefer to live in Australia. What do you think the options are? Sorry if similar questions have been asked but I had a scan and couldn't see anything exactly what I need, Thanks in advance.
 
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