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:confused:Hey all,

I've got a question for you and hope you have some idea what to do.
The problem in a nutshell: my Australian husband and I (German) applied for a spouse visa 2 months ago in Berlin. Can we book a flight to Australia even if the visa is not granted yet?
Would it have to be a return or ongoing flight or is one way ok? Is that dependent on the airline?

we've been planning to leave Germany at the end of 2010. Now we're thinking of January 2011. Why didn't we lodge the visa application earlier? well, it's complicated. Now we're getting a bit nervous about it. Should we wait here until the visa is approved?

People tell me that we could also wait for the application in Australia, then go to New Zealand or elsewhere outside of Australia and get the visa on returning to Australia. Did anyone ever do that?

I would be so happy to hear anything from you, any information would help.
Thanks a lot,
palmou
 

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Going offshore to have an offshore visa granted is something that does get done and in deed is the accepted process by Immi for when someone may be in Australia on a different visa and has an offshore visa ready to grant, Immi will request the applicant to advise of details for a departure, the visa actually being granted when you arrive abroad and so you have it to return on.
In your case you can apply for an ETA or Evisa and with they being able to be done online and granted almost immediately, you could leave it until a week or so before planned departure to see if the partner visa gets granted in time though with the Evisa being free you could do it earlier without any loss.
You might even want to schedule in a cheap Asian stopover to give some extra time for the granting and check in with Berlin or your CO in a month say before they close up for any Xmas break and explain your plans and they may have some advice on progress.
 

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Going ofshore to have an offshore visa granted is something that does get done and in deed is the accepted process by Immi for when someone may be in Australia on a different visa and has an offshore visa ready to grant, Immi will request the applicant to advise of details for a departure, the visa actually being granted when you arrive abroad and so you have it to return on.
In your case you can apply for an ETA or Evisa and with they being able to be done pnline and granted almost immediately, you could leave it until a week or so before planned departure to see if the partner visa gets granted in time though with the Evisa being free you could do it earlier without any loss.
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Hi there. I have a related question. My partner and I actually applied for our partner visa in Europe, I came to Aus on a tourist visa and have just this week received the email to say my partner visa is now ready to be awarded and to let them know when I am ready to leave Aus to get it. I am a little unclear though as to whether it is automatically awarded when I leave/re-enter OR if I have to physically go to an embassy abroad to have it evidenced. It would affect where we go for the trip e.g. we were thinking of Fiji but if we have to go to an embassy I'm thinking NZ would be a bit more reliable!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The only real need to go to an embassy or somewhere there is an Immi office is to have the visa sticker put in your passport and with Fiji, I think they might have expelled our High Commissioner from there in recent times and not sure whether relations have been patched up, there being a military government in control there for many years now and they are kind of being ostracised by the Commonwealth though not expelled yet.
But still a safe place to go to and the sticker in a visa is not absolutely necessary for what happens is the CO will have your file tagged to be checked that you have actually left Australia on the date you advised and it could be the same day if an AM flight out or day after if another business day that your visa grant will be entered into the Immigration computer.
Airlines have access to that information to decide on whether to grant a boarding pass so I have suggested to some people that they could on arrival abroad front up to a quiet airline check in desk and ask if they could scan your passport to see if the new visa shows, obviously allowing for time of day you left.
You may even get a confirmatory email as is normal when a visa is granted and so check your emails and print off a copy just for covering a gliche in the system.

Fiji or other islands could be easier than NZ for with NZ you need a flight out to a country that you have a right of entry to and that's OK if you still have time left on your existing visa.
 
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