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Looking for Advice on Temp Visas while waiting for 309 to be approved.

What type of tourist visa is most likely to be approved for us while we are waiting for the 309 to be approved.
Looking into the 601 or maybe the 600 so I don't have to leave every 3 months.
For the 600 Visa, would I apply as a sponsored family or tourist?
Does the tourist visa hurt any chances of being approved sooner?
Do I have to update my immi account somewhere saying I am applying for a tourist visa?
I am just concerned it would void the 309 or something? Just being paranoid!
Any tips or prior experience is appreciated!
Thanks, Katie

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I chose the ETA as it's cheap and took a couple minutes to apply and get an instant approval. There are other options that others can give you personal experience on.

Tourist visa will not delay the processing of the partner visa and holding a tourist visa won't void a 309/100 application. Just be sure to withdraw any applications you have still pending if the 309 is granted first.
 

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I chose the ETA as it's cheap and took a couple minutes to apply and get an instant approval. There are other options that others can give you personal experience on.

Tourist visa will not delay the processing of the partner visa and holding a tourist visa won't void a 309/100 application. Just be sure to withdraw any applications you have still pending if the 309 is granted first.
Thank you!
When you say withdraw any applications, do you mean I would have to withdraw the tourist ETA visa? Would I just do that online? I have had ETA's in the past just never had to withdraw one.
Just so I am clear, I could not have my 309 approved if I have an open ETA visa.
Also, do I have to update my immi account anywhere advising that I am entering Australia on the ETA?
I soooo appreciate your help on this. :)
 

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Thank you!
When you say withdraw any applications, do you mean I would have to withdraw the tourist ETA visa? Would I just do that online? I have had ETA's in the past just never had to withdraw one.
Just so I am clear, I could not have my 309 approved if I have an open ETA visa.
Also, do I have to update my immi account anywhere advising that I am entering Australia on the ETA?
I soooo appreciate your help on this. :)
You don't withdraw a visa already granted; you withdraw any pending applications. You shouldn't be able to withdraw an ETA app anyway as it has instant approval, and there's no need to have it canceled. That statement was in reference to any other visas you may apply for that take time to process, like 600 tourist visas or say, a work and holiday visa.

The 309 or 100, once granted, would take precedence over the ETA and yes the 309 can be approved while you hold an ETA.

You would have to update your contact information in immi account (phone number you can be reached at in Oz and address you'll be living at) and you can also just upload a typed statement saying you're in Oz from these dates with your partner then upload it to your immi account documents.

If you qualify for the 462 Work and Holiday Visa, that would probably be a great option. Allows you to stay up to a year and gives you work rights (with some conditions). Plus you're free to enter and leave as often as you like during that year, and can even do specific work to qualify for a second year W&HV if you want to stay and are still waiting for the partner visa to process.

I wasn't eligible for the W&HV so I took the ETA route. A friend of mine was eligible and came to Oz on the W&HV while waiting for the offshore partner visa.
 

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Is it possible (although expensive) to do back to back tourist visas? If so, how much time should be spent out of the country between visit?
 

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Depends what visa you're looking at and how long you plan to stay, really. Some come with conditions that say you can't spend more than a certain amount of time in Australia within a certain amount of time, some are multiple entry with a variation of stay period lengths, some are single entry meaning you can only enter on it once and stay whatever the allotted stay period is.

Most commonly from what I've read on this forum, the visitor visas come with the same as the ETA... valid for a year, multiple entry with 3 month stay periods. You can apply to extend some from onshore if there's not a NFS condition, or apply for another one after that one ends though there's never a guarantee it'll be granted.

Again, 462 is probably the most ideal option allowing someone to live and work for a year with no hassle of having to buy flights to leave the country every 3 months or whatever the stay period is, and as a 309/100 applicant in Australia on a visa that allows work, you'd be eligible to get Medicare as well. Of course, not everyone is eligible for the 462 but those who are should consider that as an option, in my opinion.
 

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Thank you!
When you say withdraw any applications, do you mean I would have to withdraw the tourist ETA visa? Would I just do that online? I have had ETA's in the past just never had to withdraw one.
Just so I am clear, I could not have my 309 approved if I have an open ETA visa.
Also, do I have to update my immi account anywhere advising that I am entering Australia on the ETA?
I soooo appreciate your help on this.
You don't withdraw a visa already granted; you withdraw any pending applications. You shouldn't be able to withdraw an ETA app anyway as it has instant approval, and there's no need to have it canceled. That statement was in reference to any other visas you may apply for that take time to process, like 600 tourist visas or say, a work and holiday visa.

The 309 or 100, once granted, would take precedence over the ETA and yes the 309 can be approved while you hold an ETA.

You would have to update your contact information in immi account (phone number you can be reached at in Oz and address you'll be living at) and you can also just upload a typed statement saying you're in Oz from these dates with your partner then upload it to your immi account documents.

If you qualify for the 462 Work and Holiday Visa, that would probably be a great option. Allows you to stay up to a year and gives you work rights (with some conditions). Plus you're free to enter and leave as often as you like during that year, and can even do specific work to qualify for a second year W&HV if you want to stay and are still waiting for the partner visa to process.

I wasn't eligible for the W&HV so I took the ETA route. A friend of mine was eligible and came to Oz on the W&HV while waiting for the offshore partner visa.
Gosh, your advice is so very helpful and clear! Thank you.
No, unfortunately I don't qualify for the work visa as I am 35. But that visa would have been great back in 2006 when I lived there but back then Americans didn't have the work holiday visa option!!
If it comes to it and my visa isn't approved before next June, I will be going the ETA route.
Much appreciated!
Katie
 

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Looking for Advice on Temp Visas while waiting for 309 to be approved.

What type of tourist visa is most likely to be approved for us while we are waiting for the 309 to be approved.
Looking into the 601 or maybe the 600 so I don't have to leave every 3 months.
For the 600 Visa, would I apply as a sponsored family or tourist?
Does the tourist visa hurt any chances of being approved sooner?
Do I have to update my immi account somewhere saying I am applying for a tourist visa?
I am just concerned it would void the 309 or something? Just being paranoid!
Any tips or prior experience is appreciated!

Thanks, Katie

lodged April 2018
Medical Exam done May 2018 (should have waited)
Need to do police checks.
Hi Katie, I don't qualify for any of the work visas either due to age, but have just arrived in Aus on a 3 month ETA, with multiple entry option for up to a year. We're at over a year now after our lodgement, so was really hoping it would be approved while I was here, especially since our wedding is scheduled for Nov 9. Unsure what to do when we approach that date, but if we're not approved by mid October I'll likely reschedule the wedding, go home for a bit, then return at a later time. I did apply for the e600 visa for a longer stay, but unfortunately, and sadly, was denied for no clear reason except that I did mention we had a PMV lodged and the denial stated the e600 was not to be used as a reason for a visit waiting on a PMV.
At least the ETA gives us time together during this torturous wait!
 

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I did the same a few days back so i think i can answer the questions.

I applied for my wife (I am the sponsor) and we loged the visa 600 for 6 months and were asked to do medical exam. The visa got approved after submitting the doc.
I sponsored her visa and clearly stated that i will cover her expenses in a letter that was asked.

No, you're fine as tourist when they want to approve you they will. You'll have to leave the country for approval to be granted.
Tourist visa will not void 309 as long as you abide by the tourist visa grant you'll get. They are aware that people need to live together to keep relantionships going.

My Tip is definetly apply for at least 6 months visa maybe an year is fine too. Make sure you put finanical details and sponsor puts doucments like license, gas/elec bills etc. Be prepared to travel soon because they approve the visa from when you applied and not when you wish to travel.

Looking for Advice on Temp Visas while waiting for 309 to be approved.

What type of tourist visa is most likely to be approved for us while we are waiting for the 309 to be approved.
Looking into the 601 or maybe the 600 so I don't have to leave every 3 months.
For the 600 Visa, would I apply as a sponsored family or tourist?
Does the tourist visa hurt any chances of being approved sooner?
Do I have to update my immi account somewhere saying I am applying for a tourist visa?
I am just concerned it would void the 309 or something? Just being paranoid!
Any tips or prior experience is appreciated!
Thanks, Katie

lodged April 2018
Medical Exam done May 2018 (should have waited)
Need to do police checks.
 

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you everyone for the help. I have been a silent reader of the forum from last few months and it is an incredible place where all of us are collaborating with each other and fighting the timelines. I wish everyone a good luck for their approvals soon.

So we finally received the grant last week:
Applied for 300 prospective partner visa and we got married while the application was still in progress. The department moved our visa to 309 without any issues. The only caveat was this was done after 5 months of us updating the status on the immi account. For that long they were totally silent. We called department and informed them about the change in circumstance, they told us to withdraw the application which we did not do. . We instead just waited for them to move the application to 309 and they finally did.

They moved the application to 309 and thereafter asked us to supply Sponsor's birth certificate which we supplied in two weeks and since the applicant was still in Australia she was asked to leave the country.

The visa was approved immediately afterwards.

I also found the partner processing enquiry form (Search google, for some reason i can't put the link) , to be helpful . If you can't get a decent answer after calling immigration phonelines, try the form. They take sometime to answer the question but they do come back if your enquiry is genuine. For example: When we married and did not recieve any reply from department we submitted the enquiry about this and the reply we got back was that they will move us to 309 in future while the call center was always unsure and they are unreliable in my opinion. They however will not reply to you for things like processing times etc because it has been published everywhere.

Our TimeLine:

Applied : May 2017
First communcation: 1st week of July 2018 asking for documents.
Documents submitted: 3rd week of July 2018
Applicat asked to go out the next day after the docs got submitted.
Visa approved : Last week of July (3 days later)
 

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Hi,

I have seen some friends who sponsored spouse visa while staying/working (offshore) in gulf countries and have been granted the offshore spouse visa.

Do you have any experience about it or you are just explaining from Web.
The main intention is to stay in Australia that's why a person is applying for spouse visa by spending huge money.

Please share if you have heard/experienced anything.
 

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The reasoning behind it is to keep PR holders with no ties to Australia from daisy chain sponsoring people.

If you've never lived in Oz and have no significant ties, I doubt your chances will be good. Let us know how you go.
 

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you everyone for the help. I have been a silent reader of the forum from last few months and it is an incredible place where all of us are collaborating with each other and fighting the timelines. I wish everyone a good luck for their approvals soon.

So we finally received the grant last week:
Applied for 300 prospective partner visa and we got married while the application was still in progress. The department moved our visa to 309 without any issues. The only caveat was this was done after 5 months of us updating the status on the immi account. For that long they were totally silent. We called department and informed them about the change in circumstance, they told us to withdraw the application which we did not do. . We instead just waited for them to move the application to 309 and they finally did.

They moved the application to 309 and thereafter asked us to supply Sponsor's birth certificate which we supplied in two weeks and since the applicant was still in Australia she was asked to leave the country.

The visa was approved immediately afterwards.

I also found the partner processing enquiry form (Search google, for some reason i can't put the link) , to be helpful . If you can't get a decent answer after calling immigration phonelines, try the form. They take sometime to answer the question but they do come back if your enquiry is genuine. For example: When we married and did not recieve any reply from department we submitted the enquiry about this and the reply we got back was that they will move us to 309 in future while the call center was always unsure and they are unreliable in my opinion. They however will not reply to you for things like processing times etc because it has been published everywhere.

Our TimeLine:

Applied : May 2017
First communcation: 1st week of July 2018 asking for documents.
Documents submitted: 3rd week of July 2018
Applicat asked to go out the next day after the docs got submitted.
Visa approved : Last week of July (3 days later)
Congratulations! It is really nice to hear that someone with a similar story to ours got visa approval. Best of luck!
 

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Rdtrp and foreverwaiting,
Thank you for your advice!! Congrats to you foreverwaiting on the approval!!
We have lived in the US for 10 years now. So as far as documents to show sponsor support for a possible 600 temp visa...would I just be submitting our bank statements showing we have enough to survive? Or should I be submitting a statement from our friends with who we will staying with when we all arrive to Aus. We have 3 small children all Aus citizens and I just want to get them enrolled in school when it starts in January. I'd like to try to get the 6 month or longer visa but I just need to make sure I'm submitting the correct sponsor info since my husband has been in the states for over 10 years.

Long story. Short question...lol
For supporting sponsor docs on the 600 temp visa, should I be using our own US bank statements for financial proof or do I need our friends to proof their support as a sponsor?

Phew. Lol
Thanks, Katie
 

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Has anyone else waiting been on holiday with their partner?
We are currently in australia while I wait my 309, and we have a 3 week euro holiday planned. I have told immi of my intention to travel.
Did you/do you update your location as each hotel address you stay at? or should I update my location back to my home address in the USA and list a family member as a phone contact while away?
thanks. i figured someone in here waiting has had to deal with this
 

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I second the last question...I recently relocated on the US and updated my legal/postal address in immi. But I am currently in Aus for a few months, and unsure where to update that information, or if it is even needed if my email address hasn't changed?
 

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hello all, just wondering if anyone has tried applying for a California state police check and FBI clearance in Australia? how about medical? Can it be done here in Sydney?

My husband applied for his 309 in Oct 2017 and we are also still in line, waiting. We have decided for him to come here on Dec 2018 so we could wait for it together. However, his police checks and medical is only valid until Nov 2018 so we're already anticipating that he would need to redo these. Hope he doesn't need to fly all the way back to CA to do it?

Appreciate any insights. Thanks as always
 

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Happy to see one new grant....
Has anyone else waiting been on holiday with their partner?
We are currently in australia while I wait my 309, and we have a 3 week euro holiday planned. I have told immi of my intention to travel.
Did you/do you update your location as each hotel address you stay at? or should I update my location back to my home address in the USA and list a family member as a phone contact while away?
thanks. i figured someone in here waiting has had to deal with this
I would say if you have advised them of your travels that would be sufficient. I don't think updating each hotel is necessary since they are short stays. They have your email so that is their main communication preference.
Of course this is just my view on the matter! 🙂
Gosh I'm waiting so impatiently for the latest processing times to be posted!!!
 

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hello all, just wondering if anyone has tried applying for a California state police check and FBI clearance in Australia? how about medical? Can it be done here in Sydney?

My husband applied for his 309 in Oct 2017 and we are also still in line, waiting. We have decided for him to come here on Dec 2018 so we could wait for it together. However, his police checks and medical is only valid until Nov 2018 so we're already anticipating that he would need to redo these. Hope he doesn't need to fly all the way back to CA to do it?

Appreciate any insights. Thanks as always
Maybe to be safe just have him redo both before he leaves for Aus.
What temp visa is he travelling on? I'm going to have to do that too because we need to get our kids in school there. I applied April 2018 so I know we have a long wait... Ugh!
 

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Gosh I'm waiting so impatiently for the latest processing times to be posted!!!
Oh me too, Im so nervous its going to go up again and not down.
so hard to plan anything
 
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