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Old 02-18-2013, 10:30 PM
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hello folks,

i am an Australian citizen who just married her American darling. He is in Oz on an ETA, with his 3 months stay running out on 28 February. The ETA is valid until July I think.
What do we do? I understand that putting in an application for temporary residency takes quite some time and his visa may have expired by then. So do we apply online for a tourist visa extension while we get organised with the Temporary residency application?

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Hi There.

You can't extend the ETA. You will have to apply for the 676 Tourist Visa, or go to New Zealand.

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Thank you for your reply... So it is ok to apply for the extension of stay online ( for another 3 months), and while still here on a tourist visa , to put in an application for temporary residency? And if yes, what happens then when that tourist extension runs out? Does he have to leave the country?

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When you say TR do you mean the partner visa?
You can apply onshore as long as the visitor visa doesn't have a NFS - No further stay clause on it. Or you can apply offshore.

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OK. Yes, that's what I mean. Temporary Residency application for partner. I checked his ETA, it says multiple entries, no reference to no further entry.


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You can't get an extension, and the tourist visa runs out then he has no visa - which is illegal.

If you're going to apply for an 820 onshore partner visa, you can do so while he is on the tourist visa then they will grant him a bridging visa when his tourist visa runs out so he can stay until a decision is made on the 820.

It sounds like you may need to leave the country after 28 of this month - or at least he will. What do you mean it expires on 28 feb but is valid until July?

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I talked to someone at immigration this morning, and they told me that he could apply for an extension to stay here, up to 3 months.
The ETA we have was first approved on 6 June 2012, so is valid for visits up to 3 months until 6 June 2012. He was in OZ July- August, and again December, January, February. So this visit ends on 27 February.

Extending your stay in Australia ( from website)

If you are already in Australia and hold a valid ETA (Visitor) (subclass 976), an eVisitor (subclass 651), e676 Tourist Visa, or a paper lodged tourist visa (subclass 676) granted for a stay of three months or less you can extend your stay in Australia to a maximum of six months.


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Thats right. You can apply now for the 676 tourist visa. It will basically extend the holiday to a maximum of 6 months.

I would recommend leaving Australia temporarily, and returning. There are a few reasons for this, and the price will not be that high. When your partner gets back, you will both have more time to get working on your partner app.

If you can get your papers organised in 3 months. Lodge, making sure you meet the ''time of application'' requirements. When the ETA runs out at the end of 3 months, your partner will receive a Bridging vias A, with no conditions.

Since you are married, you should be able to satisfy the time of application requirements.

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visa extension versus leaving now

Thanks mate..
couple of clarifications..
why do you think it is better to leave now?
If we apply for the extension, and it is approved, does it allow multiple entries?

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The ETA does not have any conditions that would stop you making the partner app in Australia. With the 676 extension, there is always a small possibility there will be a No Further Stay condition on it. Being from the US, it is a low possibility, but still possible.

The Tourist visa is almost $300. If you can get a good return flight to somplace close, then leaving on returning with the ETA is a good idea.

Yes, you can leave and return on the 676.

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