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Sending in passports is more a service formality to allow a visa sticker to be put in a passport but visa grants are also entered into the Immi computerised data base so actual evidence of the visa in the passport is not essential and can be arranged when back in Australia.
 

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Hey Guys,
A few more questions about the Visa App.

I'm in the process of writing my letter regarding how we met, when we started a r'ship etc. How long is TOO long for this letter? I feel like it's going to be a small story.
Are there things I should definitely include and things i should just not bother with?

Also, we are planning on lodging the application while we are visiting Australia at xmas. We are only in Oz for a month, then will be returning to finish our contracts in China. Will we be looked upon unfavourably because we've lodged in Oz, when we are not even living there?

Any idea of the processing times for partner visas at present?
 

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Another Question - Given that we met in China and have only lived in China and Canada together, only my parents have spent time with us as a couple - not other aussies. Is it ok to have stat dec's from my friends / family, who can vouch for us, but who have not really spent any time with us as a couple.
Also, her kids and some of our firneds in Canada are writing stat decs for us also. Can the use the 888 form, if not what do they use?
 

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Hi there,

First of all, if you lodge the partner visa in Australia you will also have to be in Australia when it is granted. So, it's not a good idea for you to make the application in Australia if you're going to be in China. You should lodge it in China as it will be cheaper and will take less time to be processed. Look for posts on this forum from turtlecouple, as he went through the process with his Chinese wife. It took them around 4 months or so if I'm not wrong, but that's shorter than the current time for overseas posts of 6 months or more.

Second, any statements made by non-Australians are not considered stat.decs, so they can't use the form 888. But, others on this forum have used it as a template for non-Aussies to follow. It then has to be witnessed and notorised as per the laws in their country. As long as you have at least 2 statements from Australian citizens you will meet the requirement.

Lastly, your statement about the relationship should be succinct - they want quality not quantity. Certianly, if you have a complex history and a not so straight forward case, you may need to write a long statement of 3 or more pages. But, if your relationship is nothing out of the ordinary, then about 2 seems to be the standard on this forum. In a nutshell though, it takes as many words or pages as it takes to properly show your relationship is genuine.
 

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My partner is Canadian and there is we are unlikely to be in China for much longer, so applying here is not really an option either.

I thought i gathered from the wanderer that I could apply in Australia, even if i was not in the country at the time it is granted. What would happen if we weren't there?

Thanks for the info re. stat dec. good to know :)
 

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Applying Onshore for Partner Visa but being Offshore when granted.

So, I have a question to which i am getting different answers to.

I'm an Australian and my partner is Canadian. We are both living and working together in China.

We are going to Oz for a month over Xmas / New Year and hope to lodge our application for her Visa whilst there. We are only there for a month, at which point we will be heading back here to China.

What I want to know is, what will happen if we apply onshore, but are offshore when her visa is granted?

We don't really want to apply in China as we don't plan on being here past July/August 2011 and when I called the consulate here in China, they told me processing times were around 10 months.

Any advice or suggestions would be hugely appreciated. Would love to hear form people who have been in the same boat.

Cheers,

Bry.
 

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The onshore/offshore separation applies both to application and granting as you can see @ http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/part...w-to-apply.htm
If she applies while in Oz your partner will need to be in Oz for the initial grant of the TR and she can be outside of Oz for the PR part.
Being a Canadian she ought to get an ETA just so she doe not get stuck with a No Further Stay condition on a tourist visa.
If she is queried about why an ETA on arrival, the need to return to China and perhaps a later visit will go down better than explaining the partner visa application plans.
She/you could find processing time in Oz is not going to be so much quicker either for as well as a reduction in family visas annually, when an application goes in onshore there's every chance of staff being siphoned off for resourcing other stuff but at least on returning on an ETA she can just sit out any extra time and if when a positive decision is pending, you are still in China, they will give notification and ask for advice re return and so you'll just need to see what can be negotiated if timing does not match return plans or make an extra trip back for the granting.
On putting the application in, you should advise that you will be abroad for X time and have an email for contact.
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If applying onshore, the initial TR visa cannot be granted while someone is offshore.
 

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My partner is Canadian and there is we are unlikely to be in China for much longer, so applying here is not really an option either.

I thought i gathered from the wanderer that I could apply in Australia, even if i was not in the country at the time it is granted. What would happen if we weren't there?

Thanks for the info re. stat dec. good to know :)
You've gathered wrong for I've always stated there is the onshore/offshore separation principle as per again in http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...ner-visa-but-being-offshore-when-granted.html
To save making a lengthy statement on your relationship, you may first want to dot point key events and then just a couple of lines on each one but if you're teaching english I'll not try and teach you on sucking eggs.
 

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Hi Bry,

Sorry, I thought your partner was Chinese. My bad :( . So, as Wanderer has further added, you have a few options to consider. It's possible to come over and lodge in Australia, but doing so on a tourist visa can be a little tricky in terms of timing and tactics, and she has to be onshore, so going off again would complicate things.

Even if you lodge in China, as long as you give them a forwarding address as to where you can be contacted and keep them updated to your whereabouts, you could even get it in Canada if it's granted, as long as you're out of Oz.

I would suggest contacting DIAC and asking them what they think you should do. Better to get it straight from the horses mouth if you're really unsure what to do after considering the options given via this forum :)
 
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