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Is it possible for someone to list the pros and cons for Onshore and Offshore Partner Visa applications?

Many thanks!
 

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Not exactly as it entirely depends on your personal circumstances. What may be a pro to one person is a definite con to another.
Thanks for the reply. Is it then possible to clarify the circumstances that would see someone make an Onshore application compared to making an Offshore application?

For example, I will be in Australia while my partner is in the Philippines. Is it more advantageous for her to come to Australia and live with me before making an onshore application for a Partner Visa or to stay there and make an offshore application? Would she be easily granted a visitor visa to join me?
 

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pros and cons to both....

offshore:
cons....the long distance relationship
pros...she gets to work in her home country thus earning money

onshore:
cons..she can't work in Australia until her visa is granted and gives her rights to work
pros...you are together

so it all depends on your financial circumstances....plus your relationship....
 

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Do you automatically get permission to work when you lodge your 820 partner visa application and you get your bridging visa?

This was on the immigration website:

"Working in Australia while you hold a BVA
We will tell you if you can work when your BVA is granted.

If your BVA does not let you work in Australia, or has restrictions on working, you can apply for another BVA that lets you work. To be considered for a BVA that lets you work, you will usually have to demonstrate that you are in financial hardship.

We will assess your circumstances in relation to your claim that you need to work. If you do not meet the requirements for work, and you are still eligible for a BVA, we will grant you a new BVA with the same work prevention or restriction condition that was on your previous BVA.

You cannot be granted a new BVA that lets you work if:
your BVA was granted to you because you have applied for judicial review of the decision made on your substantive visa application, and
that BVA prevents or restricts you from working in Australia."
 

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All BVAs issued in relation to a partner visa come with work rights (but you have to wait for the BVA to commence before you can work if your previous visa did not have work rights).

In regards to advantages/disadvantages of onshore and offshore, I would add that the offshore processing time (approx 20 months) is almost half that of onshore processing (11 months).

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Lisa Ira (LLB.BA.GDLP)
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Do you automatically get permission to work when you lodge your 820 partner visa application and you get your bridging visa?
Only after the visa you were on when you applied for the 820 expires.

So, if your visitor visa expires on 30th June, but you apply for the 820 on 1st April, you still need to wait until 30th June, for the bridging visa and working rights to kick in.
 

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All BVAs issued in relation to a partner visa come with work rights (but you have to wait for the BVA to commence before you can work if your previous visa did not have work rights).

In regards to advantages/disadvantages of onshore and offshore, I would add that the offshore processing time (approx 20 months) is almost half that of onshore processing (11 months).

Kind regards

Lisa Ira (LLB.BA.GDLP)
Principal Migration Consultant (MARN 1467616)
Proxy Migration
Thanks Lisa for clarifying this for me. Did you really mean 20 months for offshore and 11 months for onshore? I thought that was vice versa.
 

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Yes processing times can be a big factor, currently the 820's (onshore) are taking longer than the 309 (offshore).

Depending on where you live in Australia and the type of work you do, some find that getting employment on a Bridging Visa is extremely hard.

Often after an offshore application for a Partner Visa a Visitor Visa can be obtained to be together for duration of the wait.
 
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