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Can I apply for a visa now?


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Old 05-19-2013, 10:26 PM
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Can I apply for a visa now?

I am currently in Australia on a tourist visa (This visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to 3 months at a time - the visa is valid for 12 months). I want to apply for a de facto visa onshore. I am going back to Europe in 2 months to go to a wedding etc. and will be back in Australia in August.
Can I apply for the de facto visa now? Or am I not allowed to leave Australia whilst my application is getting processed? Do I get a bridging visa straight away or will my tourist visa have to run out first?
Any help is very much appreciated.
Thanks, Rikke


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Old 05-19-2013, 11:42 PM
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If you apply for your partner visa now, you will automatically get a Bridging Visa A (without travel) once your current tourist visa has expired (meaning once it's been 3 months since you last entered the country). Once on a BVA you can apply for a Bridging Visa B which will allow you to travel (normally for up to 3 months).

So it depends a bit on when the 3 months are up. Also, you are not guaranteed that you will get a BVB, this is something you have to apply for after you've gotten the BVA (my experience is that it's relatively easy though, due to long processing times, but I am not an immigration agent).

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