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Old 07-29-2011, 07:43 AM
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I found this forum and with the wealth of knowledge here though somebody might be able to help me.

My partner and I (me Australian citizen, her USA citizen) lodged a partner permanent visa (subclass 801) application and a Bridging visa B application on June 14 via mail in Australia.

Long story short, we went on holiday to USA on June 15 and now they will not let her back into Australia, as she only has a bridging visa C (The Bridging visa B application was apparently stopped when we left the country).

We applied for an ETA and it got rejected, and no reason was given by the email we got. The consulate said my partner needs to apply for a 676 Tourist visa, that will take up to 8 weeks.

So if anyone has a clue about what I'm talking about I would really appreciate some advice on how to get her back here quicker.

She's applying for the 676 tourist visa, but 8 weeks!


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676 from a high risk country only takes around 3-5 W/days.
Dont see how one from a low risk could be as long as you indicate?????


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If you have lodged a partner visa, do you have a CO, and if you have did you contact them and let them know what is happening? Did you lodge the partner visa onshore?

If she has a temporary partner visa already, I thought people could go in and out of Australia without a problem, so I don't know what is going on.

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676 from a high risk country only takes around 3-5 W/days.
Dont see how one from a low risk could be as long as you indicate?????
3 - 5 days? maybe the consultant I was talking to on the phone today was clueless... which is not out of the question. 3 - 5 days would be a dream.


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If you have lodged a partner visa, do you have a CO, and if you have did you contact them and let them know what is happening? Did you lodge the partner visa onshore?

If she has a temporary partner visa already, I thought people could go in and out of Australia without a problem, so I don't know what is going on.
She lodged the partner visa in Australia, unfortunately she does not already have a temporary partner visa. If she had the temp one then yes, we'd be fine.


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I am in a similar situation as my partner travelled overseas without obtaining a Bridging Visa B. DIAC told me he "just had to get back to Australia and visit an Immigration office" but how does one get back if one cannot secure a visa to return?

It seemed strange to me that the representative did not think my request was unusual, is that because they know it will be very difficult to secure a visa to return.

please keep us updated.

thanks and good luck


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People in this situation have really caused themselves the unnecessary trouble of having to obtain another visa to re-enter the country. Can I ask why Naalma, you did not apply for a Bridging visa B? And Alsatian were you aware that you had to wait in Australia until the Bridging visa B was granted? Hope it works out for you


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We applied for an ETA and it got rejected, and no reason was given by the email we got. The consulate said my partner needs to apply for a 676 Tourist visa, that will take up to 8 weeks.

So if anyone has a clue about what I'm talking about I would really appreciate some advice on how to get her back here quicker.

She's applying for the 676 tourist visa, but 8 weeks!
I had my 676 visa approved in less than two days. That was in london, but if you put in a good application, there is no reason why it should take that long! I'm pretty sure I read on the immi site somewhere that even they say allow up to 2 weeks, so should be nowhere near the 8. The only problem you may face with the 676 is that you have to give reasons and proof that you have incentive - ie job/studies/etc to leave Australia at the end of your tourist visa, which I'm guessing you won't have.
Good luck though


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People in this situation have really caused themselves the unnecessary trouble of having to obtain another visa to re-enter the country.
Could not agree with you more.... my partner is a complete fool for doing this. I assumed she knew what she was doing......

Just to update, curently waiting on outcome of 676 application.


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Could not agree with you more.... my partner is a complete fool for doing this. I assumed she knew what she was doing......

Just to update, curently waiting on outcome of 676 application.
I hope the 676 is approved soon


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