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Old 02-18-2015, 08:41 AM
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Lodging Visa onshore/offshore?

Hello there.

This is a question regarding an American citizen who wants to apply for a Visa to come to Australia.
Is it true that Visa's lodged offshore (in the States) get approved faster than if they are lodged in Australia?

And If you do apply offshore (in the States), I understand you have to also be out of the country (not in Australia) when the Visa is approved...The question is, if you are in Australia visiting while the Visa is being processed, do Immigration tell you the Visa is about to be approved, so you need to go home? (to the States)

Please feel free to ask me any questions for info I may have left out, that might be helpful in answering my questions.

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1) Right now, yes. While the DC embassy is currently quoting processing times for the 309 & 300 as 12-15 months, members of this forum are seeing grants at around the 6-8 month mark (some as few as 5). You can't COUNT on that, though - since they're quoting 12-15 months, it's possible (worst case scenario) yours could take that long.

2) Correct. You let your CO in DC know your travel plans. They will notify you before granting the visa so you can get offshore. You do not have to go home, however - you can travel to NZ or Bali or wherever you want - anywhere, outside Australia.

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Thank you so much for answering my questions so quickly CollegeGirl, I really appreciate it.
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2) Correct. You let your CO in DC know your travel plans. They will notify you before granting the visa so you can get offshore. You do not have to go home, however - you can travel to NZ or Bali or wherever you want - anywhere, outside Australia.
Do you know how long you have to be outside of Australia? Is leaving and coming back the next day enough? We are considering moving a little early (looks like FBI check is going to be the thing we have to wait on) and since we have 2 kids under 3 years old I would like to keep time away from them to a minimum for my wife's sake. Hoping to fly to Auckland and come right back. Does anyone know why this is required? Seems like such a waste.


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In recent cases we have seen of people being instructed to get offshore they were told to be out of the country for 5-7 days ( although from memory the grant came through the day after they left)

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What type of visa are you applying for? For many visas, you don't need to leave Australia to have the visa granted. If you apply for an off-shore partner visa you do though.

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Hi Maggie-May24.
I'm an Australian Citizen and my partner is the American. He lives in Indiana. We were going to apply for a PV. Not 100% sure the best way to go about this yet?
We were thinking....the next time he comes over on an ETA, register our relationship in QLD, apply for PV, then be given Bridging Visa while PV is being approved?
Any advise will be much appreciated.


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If you apply for a Partner Visa while he's onshore in Australia on an ETA, you won't need to apply for a Bridging Visa - he'll automatically receive a Bridging Visa A. It will sit in the background, and only activate when his three-month stay on his ETA expires. At that point, it kicks in, and allows him to stay in Australia and work/study as much as he wants until the Partner Visa is granted. He can also apply for a Bridging Visa B if he needs to travel out of Australia during processing time for any reason. It will allow him to leave and return.

Do keep in mind - he needs to be going over as a TOURIST as ETAs are for tourists. He needs to be ready to talk about the touristy things you plan to do together, and not have all his earthly possessions with him. He shouldn't say he's coming onshore to apply for a Partner Visa... once he's onshore, he's allowed to make the decision to do that (and it's fine, they'll accept his application without issue), but the purpose of ETAs is not supposed to be getting people onshore to apply for other visas. So just keep that in mind.

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Hi CollegeGirl

Everything you said makes perfect sense. He will be leaving everything behind in the States with family. And yes, not mentioning his intentions when he comes through immigration on the ETA is definitely the best thing to do.
When he came to visit in January there were no immigration officers to talk to anyway, lol. Its all done through scanning the chip in your passport now
No more stamps in our passports
Thank you sooo much again for your advise!
Have a great day.

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Anytime! Glad to help.

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