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Old 03-03-2015, 05:27 PM
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You plan on living together for several months before applying for the visa right? Given we have established you need more than a marriage certificate...

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We will have a few months behind us and plenty of evidence.
However the official checklist forms wording doesn't ask for living evidence, if married, compared to the defacto evidence asks for living evidence. This was backed up by a visa specialist at the Australian embassy in London who i spoke to. We'll have enough evidence to get us by. I have to be realistic and take all your comments and advice on board


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We will have a few months behind us and plenty of evidence.
However the official checklist forms wording doesn't ask for living evidence, if married, compared to the defacto evidence asks for living evidence. This was backed up by a visa specialist at the Australian embassy in London who i spoke to. We'll have enough evidence to get us by. I have to be realistic and take all your comments and advice on board
A word of warning, NEVER believe advice given by employees of Australian Immigration. They are notorious for giving wrong or misleading advice for which they have never been held accountable. There are numerous posts on this forum from visa applicants who have been mislead by "advice" given by immigration staff.

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Just need to echo the above. There is NO visa specialists at the embassy. Please don't seek advice from them - it's not what they are there for.

They can't be held accountable and many people have become stuck. They receive no training on these visas and read what you do online - not the regulations that case officers grant visas on. This is what I mentionedin an earlier post about IMMI providing basic references and having info in many spots.

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Just need to echo the above. There is NO visa specialists at the embassy. Please don't seek advice from them - it's not what they are there for.
Exactly! They are call centre operators and they follow a script they are not there to give immigration advice just as ATO does not give taxation advice.

I know we are hard on them about giving wrong advice but we have to remember if we want help for our taxes we go to an accountant not the ATO. Same goes for immigration. Essentially the call centre operators don't have the technical knowledge as they are only APS3's (maybe even APS2's).


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While I know a BVA resulting from a partner visa (820) comes with full work rights, I'm not sure that a BVA resulting from a 461 visa has the same conditions. You may be limited to the same conditions that were on your tourist visa - perhaps ask in the Ask Mark! thread to get his response.

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The 461 only takes 2-3 months to process. I can wait that long without needing a bridging visa. Should be ok.

Ok in terms of advice given by the immigration call center people. I won't listen to them!! I believe from advice given from people I've spoke to and yourselves - 3 to 6 months should me enough time living together. If we have proof of joint utility bills etc, over a years worth of relationship evidence, joint bank accounts, me being the named driver on her insurance, written statements from friends and family AND the all important marriage certificate - we'll be ok


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I am unsure of onshore for 461 but the offshore is taking longer than quoted so I assume the same for onshore. I know someone who was quoted 1 to 3 months when they lodged and waited about 4 months. Others on this forum waited 5 months.

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