Hey MamaBear-IndyMama what visa are you looking at. My partner 'to be' was over here in July till beginning of September on an ETA visa which gives him a year where he can come in and out of the country for 90 days at a time. As we are planning on him hanging out until the visa is processed we are wondering if we should look at changing up his visa as well. Especially with the timeframe given for applications at the moment.
Either the ETA or the 600. I'm unsure whether they will grant me either, based on a conversation I had with them on my last entry (my second 3 month stay on an ETA with only 3 weeks in between). They questioned my genuine visitor intent, basically, and also let me know that working remotely for my US based employer was not really OK. They told me that I would need a 457 or a partner visa next time I came over, but not in any official (written) statement. The migration agents I've spoken with thought it likely that I would be able to get a VV if I had a partner visa application filed.
When I emailed last Wednesday I explained that I had a PMV application filed and that I had three visits planned that were likely to occur before grant of the PMV, and outlined the dates and reasons for each of the visits. I asked which visitor visa would be the best one given my circumstances. I also asked whether a CO had been assigned to my case and whether I could talk to them directly about planned visits.
I called on Monday morning after reading about the ban on West African visas and those from "Ebola-affected" countries (the OP on a different thread provided a list of "ebola-affected" countries but the news article they cited was not explicit about which countries' visas were on hold. Turns out it's just the three west African countries and not the US or Spain, btw). Since I had DIBP on the phone I asked about a CO but since I had already sent the email I didn't ask about the VV.
So that's the full scoop!
I think I'll wait till the end of the week to see if they email back then go ahead and apply for the ETA online and see what happens.