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Old 01-13-2015, 03:33 PM
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Hello!

We are hoping to move back to Australia in April so my fiance can start work and we can get onto planning our wedding which is booked for October in Australia.

My case officer said that if my visa is granted before this date then there is no problem however if not I should return to Australia on a tourist visa (Which was our plan)

I know you have to be outside of Australia when the visa is granted but I am confused as to exactly the meaning of this....

Is it you

A) MUST be outside of Australia when it is granted and if you are in Australia when it is granted your application is void/cancelled?

B) If you are still in the country when it processed it is ok but you must go out of Australia and come back in for the visa to activate? .

I am nervous about going to Australia on a tourist visa and not being given enough time to leave the country before it is processed. However I also don't want to wait in the UK for how ever long it takes and to be separated from my fiancee for a long period of time!

I have spoke to my case officer and he said it is fine for me to go back to Australia on a tourist visa but then he is not so clear on what to do when the time comes

Sorry hope this makes sense!!

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If you come over on a tourist visa you just let your CO know the date you plan to arrive. When the visa is ready to be granted they will send you a pre grant notification to advise that your visa is ready to be approved. You then get back to them with your flight details.

They generally give you a few weeks to then leave the country and then return so the visa can be granted.

The CO will not grant your visa whilst you are in Australia - providing you keep them up to date with your whereabouts.

It's quite a common for people applying for 309 visas to come over on a tourist visa.

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Thank you so much! That completly answers my question! I can go ahead and book flights home!
Thank you!

Out of curiosity how long does a tourist visa take to process?

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By the way, you simply need to be outside Australia. You don't need to be in your home country. Many people make a quick trip to NZ, Bali, etc. for a few days and then once the visa is granted they fly back.

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Thank you so much! That completly answers my question! I can go ahead and book flights home!
Thank you!

Out of curiosity how long does a tourist visa take to process?
Depends on the type - if you're talking about an eVisitor, I believe they're pretty much instantaneous, like the ETA. Hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong. My ETA took like 5 minutes and cost like $20. It was fab. And then I didn't even have to use it, heh. I hope yours proves equally as useless because your partner visa is granted instead.

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Depends on the type - if you're talking about an eVisitor, I believe they're pretty much instantaneous, like the ETA. Hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong. My ETA took like 5 minutes and cost like $20. It was fab. And then I didn't even have to use it, heh. I hope yours proves equally as useless because your partner visa is granted instead.
Excellent! Thank you college girl! Yes hopefully I won't need it!!
My officer had been great and had emailed me telling me not to panic and he will ensure everything runs smoothly should I have to leave the country!
Feel like I'm finally getting somewhere!

Thanks everyone!

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Is there any requirement to have a round trip ticket?


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Numm3r, they're generally recommended for people from high-risk countries or people who haven't already applied for a 309 - but if you're from the US and you've applied for a 309, you might be okay without one. I'd recommend at least having evidence with you that you have the funds to purchase one in case they ask.

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Awesome! I haven't heard from a case officer and it's been about 4 months since I've submitted the defacto partner visa. In March I'm planning on going there, but we may do a few trips to Singapore. From what I understand that will reset my 90 day clock? I just don't want to buy the return ticket if they say it's granted and I need to leave earlier.


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Following on with this topic...

I'm just about to part from my partner, and going with the current wait times, it could be 6-10 months before we're together again. If we struggle too much and he came across on a tourist visa, is he able to fly in and out of New Zealand to reset his tourist visa?

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