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Old 05-22-2015, 05:20 AM
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Hello and help!

I am so grateful for this resource. I am planning the big move to Australia for September. All of the information I've found online tells me that once I apply for the 820, as you're all saying here, I'll have a bridging visa A which will allow me to work once my ESTA is complete.

I'm turning to you kind folks for verification of this because today I called the Visa Helpline, which I guess is in Canada, and the person on the phone was everything but helpful and even as I tried to describe what I was talking about I didn't have anything in front of me so I got nothing but non-responses and being told that if I come on anything but a work visa, a bridging visa won't allow me to work. This is contrary to everything I've read on forums and the like.

So, just verifying with you people that I'll be able to work after my ESTA is done! Also, tell me if there's anything wrong with my plan from your experience(s):
My partner and I have been together for six years+, having worked on cruise ships and elsewhere overseas together most of that time. We're ready to settle down, so... Melbourne it is.
We were going to do the offshore visa, but I was just there for a visit (we've had to be apart for months with all this!) and learned about this bridging visa which would allow me to work. So - I'll go on my ETA visa, then file for the 820 onshore, then stay to start working and waiting. Anything wrong with that?
Also, we don't have anything comingled financially, but I ahve tons of bank receipts, years of skype and viber transcripts, hundreds of photos, family and friend statements, gifts and cards, bank statements for gifts and such, flights and contracts together - so that, based on other chats with visa helpline, ought to be sufficient evidence, right?
Mainly I'm concerned about getting there and (after waiting for the ESTA to run out) being able to support myself/pull my weight. Thanks for your help! I hope someone sees this!
If you lodge a valid 820 application while on the ESTA you will get bridging visa A which allows you to work and access medicare. I got my bridging visa immediately! I have heard though that some people experience difficulty gaining employment on bridging visa, because of it's temporary nature.

In regards to your evidence...it sounds like you may need to set up house here first before applying so that you have stronger overall evidence, especially financial. You should also look into doing Wills/Power of Attorney /superannuation beneficiary etc to strengthen your evidence.

Have you actually lived together for 12 months immediately preceding the application? This is important unless you register your relationship...not all states allow this. Even then, it is recommended to live together a few months prior to applying for visa.

Dig around the site for more info.

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Sorry if this seems redundant, but this stuff is so complicated! My husband is entering on an ETA valid for 12 months but only for 3 months at a time. My interpretation of the thread is that once he enters the country, applies for the partner and BVA that the BVA will be effective at the end of the 3 months, not the 12 months?

Also when you apply for the BVA did you have to submit any other forms to get work permission? Do you have to prove "financial hardship'?

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We have lived together most of the time we've been together - six years. Of course we've had to be apart a bit due to our international status, but we also have been hired as a couple on many gigs overseas (we're entertainers) so we have that as well. She's on the list for my condo, in my will, and I guess I'll get on the lease for the condo before I actually submit, huh?


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Sorry if this seems redundant, but this stuff is so complicated! My husband is entering on an ETA valid for 12 months but only for 3 months at a time. My interpretation of the thread is that once he enters the country, applies for the partner and BVA that the BVA will be effective at the end of the 3 months, not the 12 months?

Also when you apply for the BVA did you have to submit any other forms to get work permission? Do you have to prove "financial hardship'?

THANKS!
You're correct - the BVA will take effect at the end of 3 months when he fails to leave the country. If you've applied for a partner visa, the BVA comes with full work rights (i.e. it has no conditions that limit his ability to work). So he doesn't need to apply for permission to work.

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We have lived together most of the time we've been together - six years. Of course we've had to be apart a bit due to our international status, but we also have been hired as a couple on many gigs overseas (we're entertainers) so we have that as well. She's on the list for my condo, in my will, and I guess I'll get on the lease for the condo before I actually submit, huh?
It's a requirement to prove that you have lived together for the 12 months leading up to the application or register your relationship . If there are gaps, they must be minimal...have you considered having an agent look at your evidence? With the cost of visa application these days, it's probably best to do that.

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Interesting, and scary - that's not really possible for us, because one or the other of us has to be out of work or we have to be. When I've spoken to agents on the helpline and explained our situation, they've said with all of the evidence and such we have that it should be fine. What I was told is that there are a number of things they take into account so long as there's sufficient evidence the relationship has history, is ongoing, exclusive, and genuine, and that it's up to each case worker and that being that I'm an American and she's a citizen, not naturalized, we might have an easier time than some.

Can anyone speak to that?


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Interesting, and scary - that's not really possible for us, because one or the other of us has to be out of work or we have to be. When I've spoken to agents on the helpline and explained our situation, they've said with all of the evidence and such we have that it should be fine. What I was told is that there are a number of things they take into account so long as there's sufficient evidence the relationship has history, is ongoing, exclusive, and genuine, and that it's up to each case worker and that being that I'm an American and she's a citizen, not naturalized, we might have an easier time than some.

Can anyone speak to that?
The 12 month requirement is fairly strict regardless of where you are from. In the year since I have been reading this forum, I have seen people rejected for failing to meet the requirement by a day. If you have shared lease for 12 months ,but have minimal time a part you could probably work with a good agent to help you present your case.

You should create your own thread to get more responses and/or post in Ask Mark thread.

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