Applying for a partner visa after PMV: When does the bridging visa come into effect?

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Applying for a partner visa after PMV: When does the bridging visa come into effect?

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Old 05-10-2016, 11:29 AM
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Applying for a partner visa after PMV: When does the bridging visa come into effect?

Hi everyone,

I've browsed these forums as a 'guest' before and it's been quite helpful in answering some of my questions regarding migrating to Australia on a spouse visa, but now I have a question/issue I can't seem to find an answer for.

So the current situation is: the PMV got granted in Jan this year, my then-fiance flew over in Feb and we got married in April. The PMV is valid for 9 months (so until October).

My husband has a lot of family and friends and sadly despite what we hoped they weren't able to make it to the wedding (except for his mum). However, his family are able and willing to pay for flight tickets for us to visit them in the US in a few months, in hopes we can have a small ceremony there to celebrate our marriage.

From what I understand of the PMV, my husband can travel in and out of Australia as many times as he likes while the visa is active, provided he enters Australia before he marries me (which he has done). If we do go back to the US to visit, we would go back for just a couple of weeks in late August - we'd be back for at least a month before the PMV expires.

My question/issue:I am under the impression that immediately after we apply for a partner visa, our PMV is no longer active and my husband will be on a bridging visa (BvA), which doesn't allow travel out of Australia. I just want to confirm if this is the case - could my husband and I submit all our evidence/marriage certificate etc. and apply for the partner visa now, and still travel out to see his family before the PMV is due to expire in October? Or will we have to wait until after we return from the US in order to apply for the partner visa?

thank you all so much

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Old 05-10-2016, 11:36 AM
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As soon as you are legally married you can submit the 820. PMV to 820 usually only takes days or weeks to be granted so the likelihood is that you won't need to worry as it will be granted before you go to the US. In the likelihood that it isn't the PMV will still be in affect until it expires and then the BVA kicks in then. If you will be overseas when the PMV expires you would need to apply for a BVB before you leave.

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