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Old 02-09-2013, 11:04 PM
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Jac, it is absolutely possible to come on visitors visa and do everything from here(it's granted for 1 yr with leaving contry every 3 months- you just need to read the fine print).
The story goes like this: applying for partner visa while one holds a tourist visa used to be frowned upon by DIAC because a tourist visa is meant for visiting and travelling, not used as a ticket for would-be migrants to come to OZ without going through official channels. BUT there has been such an influx of tourist-to-partner-visa applicants that DIAC has (I believe) sighed and closed an eye to this unusual way of staying indefinitely with our partners :P

The 1st question to answer is, do you have sufficient evidence to put together a complete application within these 3 months of your partner's stay? No matter how long your tourist visa is (could be 6 months, could be a year), it doesn't matter because each trip only allows one to stay for 3 months and that's the only time you get to put the entire application together, unless the partner can afford another flight ticket to re-enter after 3 months.

My experience was, I did it within 2 months but it was a lot of stress and panic trying to get everything together. I'd say the more time consuming parts were the medicals (booking + taking + waiting for results to be mailed in), getting stat decs (friends & family had to think of what to write and put aside time to get them notarised), getting documents certified/notarised and the police certificates.

daniellejean, when the tourist visa expires, the bridging visa (given once application is submitted) kicks in.

And with regards to work, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe all tourist visas come with no work condition. DIAC has relaxed its rules so anyone who submits their application can start applying for jobs once he/she is on a bridging visa (which means the tourist visa has to expire first).

As for which method - offshore vs onshore - is better, there are pros and cons to weigh. Offshore is the 'recommended' official method, it is for sure significantly cheaper than onshore. The only down side to it is the partners have to be apart from each other till the visa is approved.

Onshore helps for partners who miss each other terribly and will fight against all odds (and costs) to be together. That's the major plus side. Otherwise, onshore is more expensive and has terribly long waiting times. The waiting times have passed the 13 month mark.

Hope my 2 cents' worth helps!

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:28 AM
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MissSwan is right in thinking that The visitors visa DOES NOT allow your partner to work in australia, the only good side about applying onshore is that your both together and remain together, offshore obviously means you will be apart for quite some time. once a bridging visa is granted you will still have the same restrictions as she did with the visitors visa.
I believe your best bet is to contact a Migrant agent and seek a little help, im sure if Mark Northam our Mod see,s this he will help you, he is a highly skilled Agent and his advice is up to date.

Good luck

i wish to see the smiles of loved ones reunited after months of waiting, god bless you all

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:30 AM
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Excellent post by Miss Swan! Jac hasn't signed on here in almost 12 months so not sure if he's still interested, but if you're going to go the visitor visa -> onshore partner visa application route, you really have to plan ahead and have everything in place, plus not get caught at the airport with lots of items showing an intent to stay in Australia beyond the 3-month, etc visitor visa stay and/or find work (!)


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