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Old 07-11-2016, 01:48 PM
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Partner on tourist visa and centrelink

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My Australian husband and I lived abroad during the whole time we were married (3 years) but he got a job offer in Oz so we decided to move. Because we did not want to be apart for long I entered the country on a tourist visa and I plan to apply for an onshore spouse visa. We have a baby and we would like to put him in day care for few days a week so that I can have time to finish some research work I have and also prepare for my spouse visa application. We would like to apply for family tax benefit, child care benefit (whatever we would qualify for). The question now, how do I get filed in the application? We tried to put me in as a partner but then the centrelink form needs my tax file number which I am not eligible to get yet (tourist visa). We don't want to put him as single or separated because that is not the case. We read something about a section 24 but it seems that that form is only for when someone is asking for unemployment benefits which is not our case. My husband is working and able to support us. So we are not really sure about how to proceed. We wanted to go to a centrelink office and ask them but we are not sure if it is ok to tell them that I came here on a tourist visa to apply for an onshore partner visa. Will that hurt my case?


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Old 07-11-2016, 03:08 PM
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My Australian husband and I lived abroad during the whole time we were married (3 years) but he got a job offer in Oz so we decided to move. Because we did not want to be apart for long I entered the country on a tourist visa and I plan to apply for an onshore spouse visa. We have a baby and we would like to put him in day care for few days a week so that I can have time to finish some research work I have and also prepare for my spouse visa application. We would like to apply for family tax benefit, child care benefit (whatever we would qualify for). The question now, how do I get filed in the application? We tried to put me in as a partner but then the centrelink form needs my tax file number which I am not eligible to get yet (tourist visa). We don't want to put him as single or separated because that is not the case. We read something about a section 24 but it seems that that form is only for when someone is asking for unemployment benefits which is not our case. My husband is working and able to support us. So we are not really sure about how to proceed. We wanted to go to a centrelink office and ask them but we are not sure if it is ok to tell them that I came here on a tourist visa to apply for an onshore partner visa. Will that hurt my case?
I am also on a temporary ETA visa, planning to submit my 189 skilled visa application in the next 2 months. My fiance called centrelink and they listed me as his defacto partner, even though I do not have a tax file number. It wasn't an issue and we were honest with them about my current visa and my plans for a permanent visa.We went into the local office and the lady there helped us fill in the form. I just left the tax file number blank, as I don't have one yet. But, you're best bet is to call them and they can tell you what to do. Or go to a local office. Be prepared to be on hold for a LONG time, as with most things here.


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Does your Visitor Visa have a No Further Stay condition?

Has your child citizenship by decent if applicable?

Generally best to go in to Centrelink/Medicare office with this type thing.

You should get childcare but it is still expensive.


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Thanks for you replies. We are at a centrelink office right now filling in a paper application. My visa does not have a no further stay condition and yes our son is Australian. Yes child care is very expensive so that's way we would like to claim whatever we are eligible for 😊.


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And when you do apply for your partner visa, you can use your Centrelink application as evidence


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Good point Arabella. Thanks .


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Old 07-12-2016, 05:28 AM
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To my knowledge the application needs to be done by your husband because you are not eligible.


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