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Hi,

I am an Australian and live in Malaysia. I have a Malaysian girlfriend. We have been together for 4 years and living together for 1 year.

We want to go to live in Australia in the next couple of months.

We don't want to apply for the Partner Visa from Malaysia as it takes too long to process.

Our plan is for my girlfriend to get a student visa and then once in Australia apply for a Partner visa. Has anyone done this before?

Also, how would this situation affect the "Genuine temporary entrant"? i.e. what should we say or not say?

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Peter
 

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Hi,

I am an Australian and live in Malaysia. I have a Malaysian girlfriend. We have been together for 4 years and living together for 1 year.

We want to go to live in Australia in the next couple of months.

We don't want to apply for the Partner Visa from Malaysia as it takes too long to process.

Our plan is for my girlfriend to get a student visa and then once in Australia apply for a Partner visa. Has anyone done this before?

Also, how would this situation affect the "Genuine temporary entrant"? i.e. what should we say or not say?

Cheers
Peter
You should not use student visas for your intended purpose. Unless you lie in the application, you will not be able to meet GTE requirements.

A better option may be to apply for a tourist visa to visit family. Once in Australia, you could re-consider your options.
 

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There are countless people that are trying to get off Student Visas and on to Partner Visas.

Not many think it is a good idea, and end up stuck with expensive education fees. Many think they can just cancel the Student Visa and retain the Bridging Visa A that get issued after a Partner Visa application.

The fact is that Bridging Visa A is part of the Student Visa so if the Student Visa is cancelled so is the Bridging Visa. No that's a very big problem as you currently have no visa!
 

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There are countless people that are trying to get off Student Visas and on to Partner Visas.

Not many think it is a good idea, and end up stuck with expensive education fees. Many think they can just cancel the Student Visa and retain the Bridging Visa A that get issued after a Partner Visa application.

The fact is that Bridging Visa A is part of the Student Visa so if the Student Visa is cancelled so is the Bridging Visa. No that's a very big problem as you currently have no visa!
So we apply for the partnership visa while on the student visa, and when the student visa finishes we get put on the bridging visa right? Does not seem difficult to me.
 

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Obviously you will have to declare the relationship in the student visa application, so that will make your GTE slightly more complicated. But who knows? Maybe it will work.
 

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See that's the part I know nothing about :(
And that's the part where you will come unstuck, because how can you truthfully claim to be a Genuine Temporary Entrant, when your stated intention is to use the student visa to enter Australia, then to get married and remain in Australia permanently ?

I advise you to re-think your approach. Student visas aren't that easy to obtain anyway and ( expensive) course fees will need to be paid up front.
 

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And that's the part where you will come unstuck, because how can you truthfully claim to be a Genuine Temporary Entrant, when your stated intention is to use the student visa to enter Australia, then to get married and remain in Australia permanently ?

No idea.

I advise you to re-think your approach. Student visas aren't that easy to obtain anyway and ( expensive) course fees will need to be paid up front.
The only other approach I see is to apply offshore and wait the X years.
 

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The only other approach I see is to apply offshore and wait the X years.
Or, as I previously suggested, visit Australia on a tourist visa, so your partner can meet your friends and family and familiarise herself with the place and take it from there.
 

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I think you might benefit from doing some basic research first.
 

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I think you might benefit from doing some basic research first.
OK I get the eta now, she would need to work so that's not an option. Interesting though.

We have done research hence why we were left with the study then to partner visa
 

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If she were to come on an ETA, and you applied for a 820 before the 3 month stay period expires, after the ETA ceases she will go onto a BVA which would give her work rights.
 

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RavinOz,

You at some point ,need to face reality.

*They don't just give out visas - they are hard and often costly to get.
* If you try take a short cut - it can get harder and far more expensive.
* Waiting is normal - join the library and Netflix.

*But most important learn much about the visas and processes - from your posts I see failure and years of pain in your immigration understanding and thoughts.

There are several factors not even mentioned yet, that are hurdles in your path/s.
 
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