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Help!! Total change in plans!


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Old 05-30-2012, 11:54 AM
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Unhappy Help!! Total change in plans!

I'm in such a loss right now! I've just been let go from my company, not from underperformance, but because my boss has her own political agenda. Well yes it's a very unfortunate piece of news but it's just thrown my plans helter skelter! Advice will be so greatly appreciated.

If you look back my previous posts, my earlier plan was to get married with my partner and apply for 309 (offshore partner visa), then when visa gets approved, I make my move sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Quick background on my partner and I: I'm Singaporean, he's Aussie and we've been having long distance relationship for 4.5 years

Now that I've been made redundant, I can't do that anymore! I don't see a point in hunting for a new job, going through the learning curve in the new company all over again, and spending more time apart with my partner. I've broken the news to my partner. He confirmed what I was thinking about - to move to Aus once I serve my notice period. We'll go ahead with our plans to get married, and apply for onshore partner visa (subclass 820). My head's in a whirl - everything's happening so quickly!

Now my questions are:
1. I know I'll be given a bridging visa once I lodge my application. Can someone confirm with me if I can work on this bridging visa?

2. How do I go about getting PCC for Singapore (birth country) and India (I worked there for 14 months) when I'm in Aus?


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Old 05-31-2012, 01:06 AM
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The visa you apply for to get you into Australia determines your work rights on the bridging visa. So if you come to Australia as a tourist then apply for the 820 and get a bridging visa - the work conditions are the same (ie none).
If you apply for a work visa then the 820 your bridging visa will have the same conditions as the work visa. Same goes for student visa. So you need to decide which visa to apply for to get into Australia.
Of course if you can demonstrate financial hardship (ie your fiance is unable to support the two of you) you may be able to apply for work rights to a bridging visa that has none.
And make sure you have proof of the 12 month living together requirement prior to applying :-)

Someone else might be able to help you with the police check information. You could always get the Singapore one before leaving - remember it is only valid for one year.


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Old 05-31-2012, 01:09 AM
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Oh sorry I just saw something else in your post.
If you are planning to go to Australia and get married straight away why don't you apply for a prospective marriage visa? Then from the marriage visa you can apply for the 820.
Look into it. You have work rights on this visa. Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)


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Old 05-31-2012, 01:17 AM
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Oh sorry I just saw something else in your post.
If you are planning to go to Australia and get married straight away why don't you apply for a prospective marriage visa? Then from the marriage visa you can apply for the 820.
Look into it. You have work rights on this visa. Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)
hi russellie, the problem is with PMV, I have to be offshore and now that I've been asked to go, I will need to hunt for a job without guaranteed success. PMV also takes 4-5 months to be approved,a nd when I apply for Spouse, I have to wait another 5-6 months. So all in all, a year of waiting...Since I am serving a month's notice before I am officially out of a job, I take this as an opportunity to be with my partner. The past 5 months have been quite unbearable, being apart for so long.


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Well the same will go for most work and study visas I suppose, they all take time to process.
A tourist visa will be granted pretty much straight away for a citizen of Singapore, however no work rights.
Do you meet all the requirements for the 820? If so submit a decision ready application and you might get the temp visa within weeks = work rights. If not, as I mentioned above you can apply for work rights if you demonstrate financial hardship.
All the info is on the immi.gov.au website :-)


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Old 05-31-2012, 02:58 AM
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Yes I can say my application is looking pretty good at the momeont. Will I really get a temp visa within weeks? I've seen so many partner visa posts about applicants having to wait out the full timeline regardless of evidence submitted.


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There is such a thing as a decision ready application but only in Australia - basically if you have absolutely everything required including police checks and medicals and there is nothing in your application that could be questioned such as the evidence that you are in a genuine relationship - your application may be processed as decision ready - within days to weeks. There are lots of posts regarding this.
If you are missing any piece of paperwork or medicals or police certificates or your proof is not immediately sufficient and the CO has to write to you and request anything - it will take much longer.
Or if something comes up on your medical or police certificates or your form 80 - then it will take longer.
People from low risk countries are usually granted within 12 months even if they don't submit a decision ready application.
Those people with applications that take 24 months usually are from high risk countries, or something has come up on a police check, or medical or form 80 or they have given false or misleading information - or they are offshore.
You mention you have been apart from your fiance for 5 months - that is a long time, you are going to have to work extra hard to prove to the CO that you are actually in a genuine relationship. Stat decs and photos will not be enough. Just the way the rules are. Go on immi.gov.au to find out more.
Also note - forms may change on 1st of July. At this time in Australia the focus is on skilled migration - not defacto so it is unlikely any of the requirements for the defacto visa may change but if you fill out forms prior to 1st of July you must go back and check they haven't been updated.
Australian citizens have the right to be in a relationship with anyone they choose - but they need to jump through many hoops to make it work. Understand and follow the rules and you won't have any troubles :-)


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I can't frontload my applications like how the other applicants do. The police checks and medicals cannot be done unless I show the authorities the authorisation letter from DIAC. I can't just rock up to the police station and tell them to prepare the pcc for me. It's stated clearly that an authorisation letter is required.


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I haven't heard of that before but then my experience is dealing with Aust, NZ the US, UK and Canada. It is not uncommon to simply request a police clearance in these countries for work purposes - not simply for immigration. Maybe that is not the case in Singapore. In which case - how will you get police certificates when your workplace in Australia requests them? Do you have to produce a letter from the potential employer?
As I suggested earlier - maybe you should look into demonstrating financial hardship to apply for work rights on a bridging visa.
Unfortuantly I'm not a migration agent and I'm simply relying on my own experience to try and help others.
Why don't you arrange a telephone interview with a migration agent to work out how best to proceed? They charge around $100-150 for a hour interview and they give you very good advice about your options and you can ask as many questions as you like. Call a couple in the city where your fiance lives and set up an appointment with one.


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If I need a police certificate for Aus work purposes, then I need to post the request form to the Singapore police authorities, which they'll then process and mail back to my Aus address.


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