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Proof of living together on a tourist visa


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Old 10-05-2011, 01:13 PM
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Proof of living together on a tourist visa

Hi,

I am moving to Australia soon and I would like my girlfriend to come with me, later becoming a dependent on 457 visa after 6 months or so of living together. We have exhausted all options and as we haven't previously lived together she has to get a tourist visa.

What I am asking is that if she comes on a tourist visa how will we be able to prove that she has been living there? She won't be able to go on a tenancy agreement as a tourist or any other formal document will she?

Also providing she doesn't have the no further stay condition will she be able to get a bridging visa from a tourist to a 457?

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Old 10-05-2011, 10:11 PM
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Hi,
she will not be able to go on the lease, however, there are heaps of other stuff you can do.
I am on a tourist visa and me and my girlfriend did the following: first week I got here we opened a mutual bank account, 2 weeks before I got here she had my name added to the electricity bill, we can have our flatmates and the landlord to right a statement if we need it and after 4 months of living together we went to the NSW BDM and got registered.
having your partner here on a tourist visa is a common thing and you can still get a lot done to prove your commitment and living arrangements. the lease is not a big deal.


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Mari has some good ideas, additionally she could convert her UK driver's license to an Australian one - you should be able to do this once you have a letter with her name and your address (eg: from the bank). This means she'll have an official card with your address on it.

Also providing she doesn't have the no further stay condition will she be able to get a bridging visa from a tourist to a 457?
A bridging visa is usually when someone on a valid, substantive visa applies for another visa. She will not be applying for another visa, rather she'll be added to your visa so I don't know if a bridging visa would come into effect. You should definately not let her tourist visa expire before you find out what to do. For example, it may be that within a few days/weeks of making the request she'll become your dependant - I suggest you contact DIAC as soon as you arrive in Aus.


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she will not be able to go on the lease.
I don't know if it is illegal or otherwise, but my Thai wife is on our Residential lease whilst here on a TV.


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Cheers for the info.

In addition to this would it be ok if she put her reason on her 6 month visa as staying with boyfriend?

If immigration sense she using these 6 months to stay on a more permanent basis is there a chance she could be rejected.

Is there anything we can do apart from maybe leave the country after the 6 months is up and we are waiting for her to be added to my visa. (I say 6 months as this is what the people at work have said). In this instance it would be ok for her to possibly come back to UK while a decision is made? Then return asap if accepted?


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She won't be able to go on a tenancy agreement as a tourist or any other formal document will she?
i don't see why not?? i doubt the landlord would ask to see your visa? would the electricity company want to see your visa? the gas company?

and there is no government rule that says you can't... like what if you were a rich tourist and you wanted to come and live in sydney for 6mo? would you not be able to rent a fully furnished apartment for your visit - would you have to stay in a hotel the whole time?

so, document away!

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Cheers for the info.

In addition to this would it be ok if she put her reason on her 6 month visa as staying with boyfriend?

If immigration sense she using these 6 months to stay on a more permanent basis is there a chance she could be rejected.
Correct, you must show that the intent is to be a visitor/tourist. You should also show that there is reason to return home at the end of the T.V and that there are sufficient funds to last the stay or that the applicant has sufficient support - financial and place to stay etc etc


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Correct, you must show that the intent is to be a visitor/tourist. You should also show that there is reason to return home at the end of the T.V and that there are sufficient funds to last the stay or that the applicant has sufficient support - financial and place to stay etc etc
There are instances and circumstances where people stay beyond their tourist though isn't there?

For instance, my girlfriend being added as my dependent after the 6 months?


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You have just discovered one of the problems with applying for a tourist visa with the intent of then applying for a partner visa onshore. If you tell DIAC when applying for the tourist visa what your real intension are it's possible they won't grant the tourist visa, since tourist visas are meant for travel.

A lot of people do manage to get it, of course, but then they run into evidence gathering problems, since they don't have a visa that allows them to enter legal contracts etc.

If she can get in on the tourist and you can get the application together and apply before the tourist visa expires, she'll go onto a bridging visa to let her stay until a decision is made.

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since they don't have a visa that allows them to enter legal contracts etc.
have you got a source for this? i thought a tourist visa just prevented you from seeking employment... everything else is ok. if you couldn't enter legal contracts on a tourist visa then how could you rent a car?

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