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Hi All, I am an Australian citizen ,married to my partner and we are currently living in the USA. She is a Turkish citizen,and we are expecting a baby soon. The problem is, we need to travel to Australia as soon as possible as we had dramatic changes in our financial circumstances. Medical bills etc..Plus she wont be able to work now and I can not work in the USA as I dont have the work permit. I understand that the processing times can be up to 6 months which will be really struggle for us and there is no way we can afford to live here more than 2 months. We have the application form ready for 90 percent of the documents required. My question is, is there a quicker visa option for my wife? I have a plane ticked booked for May 11 and hope to leave that day. Any advice will be most appreciated.
 

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Hi Hayden,

You could try applying offshore and giving compelling reasons, as you explained, as to why you should be considered for a quicker grant. But, DIAC doesn't do this very often, so you would likely have to delay your flight or cancel it.

You could go over with your wife on a tourist visa and lodge onshore, but her visa might have a "no further stay" condition on it making it impossible for her to lodge an onshore application.

Is there absolutley no way you could stick it out and lodge the visa offshore? Could you go to Turkey for a while and stay with her family?
 

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This type of situation has been asked about so frequently lately, there are a number of issues that you need to be aware of and I put up a sticky thread covering the key points http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...re-offshore-partner-visas-visiting-visas.html

There is really no simple answer for you and with your wife a Turkish citizen, even getting a visitor visa may be difficult and if successful it may have a No Further Stay condition on it.
Does your wife have family or friends in the US that she could stay with while you get back to Australia for working?
She should at least get some medical advice re flying while pregnant and you also ought to see what the airline policy is but be prepared if you have also booked a ticket for her to see about a date change.
 

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Hi, thanks for the replies. Well, our baby is due any day now, we did not want to lodge the application during her pregnancy for the medical reasons (xrays not recommended during pregnancy) I have written a long statement with the application explaining why we need to go back to Australia soon. I understand our baby will automatically become an Australian citizen through decent, however I do not want to leave them behind regardless. She has relatives here, and in Turkey. In worst case scenario, we were considering her to go to Turkey while the visa is being processed, but doest she need to be in the USA during this time? thanks once again
 

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In theory, your wife can be anywhere outside of Australia for an offshore visa to be lodged and processed and in some cases, an application will be sent to the country of where one is a citizen for processing so that may match with your wife going to Turkey.
You could ask about that at the US embassy/consulate.
 
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