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Can i apply for onshore partner visa if offshore partner visa is under processing?


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Old 08-25-2016, 01:14 AM
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Question Can i apply for onshore partner visa if offshore partner visa is under processing?

I got married in Feb, 2016 in India. My husband is an Australian Citizen. In March 2016, I have applied for offshore partner visa. Later on, I applied and got Australian tourist visa to Australia. I am currently in Australia on tourist visa. ‘no further stay’ condition is not imposed on my visa. Now, I am pregnant.
  1. Can I apply for onshore partner visa?
  2. Do I need to withdraw my existing application of offshore partner visa first or I can apply onshore partner visa application without withdrawing the offshore application?


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You can effectively switch from offshore to onshore, but it will be a new application with full fees to be paid again.
No refund on what has been paid before.

You have to decide if it is worth it and compare the time aspect of starting again.

It was something we considered, but decided against.

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Thanks JandE. i totally agree with you. I have to decide whether it is worth to pay the application fee again and also consider the time aspect.

As I am pregnant, i can get the medicare card if i apply for onshore application and cut the cost related to child birth. Moreover, later we can claim family tax benefits as well.

I appreciate that you have given greater insight with the timeline of your visa application but at this stage I am more inclined to apply onshore.

Please let me know:
Do I need to withdraw my existing application of offshore partner visa first or I can apply onshore partner visa application without withdrawing the offshore application?

I am asking this because i want to know that can i leave both application to process in parallel. Because later on, when offshore visa application get processed and i am in condition to travel then i can get offshore visa by leaving country for a week or so and withdraw onshore application. It is like i am paying for two dishes and will eat whichever get served first.


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You can get Medicare now. It is also for offshore applicants in Australia on a valid visa.


Thank you for contacting the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS).

If a person has applied for a 309 visa and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has acknowledged it as a valid application, the person can apply for Medicare benefits.

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Thanks ampk. I was so sure that it is the case but medicare representatives don't know this simple fact and they simply haven't taken my application for medicare.

I will greatly appreciate if you can send me a link of this line from their official website/ pdf of correspondence email.


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It is common for Medicare staff to get this wrong.

I simply sent a email to Medicare saying exactly why my partner would be eligible and got them to confirm that it was correct (took 3 emails). I did say it was required because the staff are not familiar with immigration. This was their second reply.

Thank you for contacting the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS).



A person is eligible for Medicare if they have both:



a current visa authorising their stay in Australia. - visitor visa in your case.

lodged an application for permanent resident visa (excludes an application for a parent visa) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and have permission to work in Australia or can prove relationship to an Australian Citizen or permanent resident visa holder. - other requirements may also apply.



To enrol in Medicare, you are required to present your passport (including your permanent residency stamp) and/or a visa grant letter or email from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and one other form of identification at a Human Services service centre. You will need to complete an enrolment application. For your convenience I have attached an Enrolment application form.

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I used this email address.

[email protected]


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Thanks to ampk. I got the interim medicare card yesterday.

I went over the counter for medicare card application and they refused to accept the application. They simply stated on visitor visa from India, you are not eligible for medicare. Period. Doesn't matter you have 309 applied. They further mentioned that only if 309 is granted then only you are eligible.

I insisted that it is not the case. I politely insisted that please check because it is certainly not the case, I have confirmed my eligibility over the phone with medicare. Then they finally agreed to check with Tier 2. Tier 2 told that i am eligible and i got my medicare card.

Thanks to you. your are legend.

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What's wrong with these Medicare people? Are they on something?. Not enough training.


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I got married in Feb, 2016 in India. My husband is an Australian Citizen. In March 2016, I have applied for offshore partner visa. Later on, I applied and got Australian tourist visa to Australia. I am currently in Australia on tourist visa. ‘no further stay’ condition is not imposed on my visa. Now, I am pregnant.
  1. Can I apply for onshore partner visa?
  2. Do I need to withdraw my existing application of offshore partner visa first or I can apply onshore partner visa application without withdrawing the offshore application?
Thats good info to know as I was contemplating doing the offshore 309 first then applying for 600 for my wife. My main concern was if a NFS was applied. If it was, then I dont know if she can still apply for medicare if she got a NFS although she would be in Australia with a valid visa 600. Or is it that a visa with a NFS is NOT a VALID visa as far as medicare enrollment is concerned?


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