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udaykiran 03-31-2013 09:10 AM

Initial Visit to Australia
 
Hi, Got the PR for My wife, My Kid and Me.
The PR has a date before which all of us should visit at least once.

Wanted to check on the below:
1. Which city should I visit first or can I go to any city
2. Can I come to Australia first and then get my family later or should we all come together for the first time
3. Once we arrive there what are the activities we need to do and how long would it take to complete the basic activity. Like Apply for Bank Account, medicare card & Tax File Number etc.............

Thanks in advance for all the info and inputs........

MarkNortham 03-31-2013 09:25 AM

Hi Udaykiran -

Congratulations on your PR!

RE: which city, doesn't matter, you just need to enter Australia by the deadline in order to activate the visa. Family can come at the same time as you, or later than you (but not before you). You can generally apply for a bank acct, medicare card and tax file number in 1 day. Beyond that, it depends on if/when/where you'll be working in Australia or living in Australia.

Hope this helps -

Best,

Mark Northam

udaykiran 03-31-2013 05:04 PM

Thanks Mark, this is very helpful.
I can apply on the same day but can I get the medicare card & Tax File Number on the same day?
can you also help me with some site where I can apply for Job?

Thanks again for quick reply.....

MarkNortham 03-31-2013 10:10 PM

Hi -

You'll likely get a temporary Medicare card the same day, then a permanent card will be mailed a couple of weeks later. To get a Tax File No you'll need to provide ID documents - fastest way is to visit an ATO shopfront location and be interviewed at the same time you present you ID docs in person - see:

ATO shopfront locations

Best,

Mark Northam





Quote:

Originally Posted by udaykiran (Post 86467)
Thanks Mark, this is very helpful.
I can apply on the same day but can I get the medicare card & Tax File Number on the same day?
can you also help me with some site where I can apply for Job?

Thanks again for quick reply.....


aspiresquare 04-01-2013 06:13 AM

Specialist Immigration Agent For Australia
 
Hi Buddy, I am Specialist Immigration Agent For Australia. If you have any query about that are welcome.

Thanks.

louiseb 04-01-2013 06:20 AM

Thanks Mark the ATO shop front was helpful for me i didnt realise we had this walk in service, thanks.

Nosh 04-01-2013 08:05 AM

Hi Mark,

I got my 189 grant and have my first entry limit till Dec 2013. I would like to know what is the definition of permanent resident.
If I go for initial entry and register for Medicare bank account or even buy property and come back to my country (Kuwait) do I fit in the definition of usual resident ?
Thanks

MarkNortham 04-01-2013 08:59 AM

Hi Nosh -

Good question!

Permanent resident = hold a valid permanent resident visa for Australia

Usually resident in Australia = normally live (ie, sleep) in Australia other than temporary absences for trips, etc abroad. You consider Australia "your home", and other than absences of a temporary nature, you normally live and reside in Australia. This is not a "legal definition" as there is not a precise legal definition, but this is one that may be helpful.

So in your scenario, merely having a Medicare card and owning property in Australia would not, by themselves, make you usually resident in Australia.

Best,

Mark Northam








Quote:

Originally Posted by Nosh (Post 86542)
Hi Mark,

I got my 189 grant and have my first entry limit till Dec 2013. I would like to know what is the definition of permanent resident.
If I go for initial entry and register for Medicare bank account or even buy property and come back to my country (Kuwait) do I fit in the definition of usual resident ?
Thanks


Nosh 04-01-2013 09:16 AM

Hi Mark,

Firstly is this the right forum subject or shal I post this question under different heading?

Thanks for your reply. I am in a situation where I am very confused. I am planning to get married now. At the time I lodged the visa there were no serious plans of getting married.
Now the matter is I do not want to travel alone at all . What are the possible ways (visa options) that my fiance also travels with me and later on we can marry or even marry now and have him converted to spouse visa?
Thanks

MarkNortham 04-01-2013 09:34 AM

Hi Nosh -

Probably best if you book a consultation so we can discuss your situation in detail - you can do this here: Northam & Associates – Professional Migration Consulting Session

Hard for me to comment on your specific case without a lot more details, however generally you'd probably be looking at a partner visa if you wanted to marry offshore, or a Prospective Marriage Visa (PMV) followed by an onshore Partner Visa if you wanted to marry in Australia. You could see if your fiance could get a visitor visa, but assuming she's from Pakistan (considered a high risk country by DIAC), and unless she has strong ties to her home country, etc, it can be a challenge sometimes to get a visitor visa through. And even if you do, it may only be good for a 3 month stay each trip, with her needing to depart Australia after 3 months, then re-enter to activate another 3-month stay.

If you had already lodged a partner visa, you might actually have a better chance of the visitor visa, as you will have made clear your intentions via lodging the partner visa as opposed to DIAC trying to figure out how a wife visiting her husband in Australia will be a "temporary" visit (ie, appropriate for visitor visa).

Best,

Mark Northam


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