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Partner Visa (provisional)


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Old 05-23-2017, 03:36 PM
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Partner Visa (provisional)

Hi everyone,

I just have a few questions about my provisional visa and I hope someone can answer.

My partner visa (309) has been granted and Iím planning to visit Australia for only 2 weeks and settle permanently maybe 8 months after my initial visit.

Will there be any problem if I do this? I know thereís no restrictions in my visa grant letter but Iím just concerned that maybe I have to stay a number of days or months in Australia or I might violate any rules when I apply for PR in the future.

Do you think opening a bank account with my husband in my 2-week visit is a good idea? Iím just thinking this might come in handy when I apply for a PR.

Any other advice as to what I should arrange in my short stay in Aus?


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You can certainly make an initial entry to activate the visa then come back when you're ready to actually move. As far as I know there's no minimum time you have to stay, it's literally just to activate the visa when you pass the border. Shouldn't cause any issues with PR down the road.

No reason why you can't open a bank account, just be aware that some accounts charge monthly fees, so be sure to check the fine print and shop around. I think Westpac has a newly arrived migrants account you can open that has the monthly fees waived for the first 12 months. Other banks might have something similar as well.

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I'm not aware of any strict rules regarding length of stay in Australia once partner visa is granted; however, you are expected to live in Australia with your partner. An extended separation from your partner will not be looked at favourably by the CO assessing your PR unless there is a very good reason. Eight months is a long time.

It's worth noting that DIBP is being very strict on assessing stage 2 of the application nowadays..

Yes it's a good idea to open joint account on your initial entry, also get some bills in your name or joint if you can so you can have sufficient evidence for stage 2.. While you are apart, keep records of your communication to show that your relationship is genuine and continuing.


All the best!

You should also think about relocating to Australia sooner than 8 months.

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Yeah, I have a Commonwealth Account which I think is $4/month (Unless I have money going in, which I don't at the minute since I'm living in Italy).

It depends why you're taking 8 months. While DIBP is looking very closely I think they also understand if you have work commitments (like a contract) or are in school. Just make sure you're good about keeping records of communication for the period you're apart, and have a statement prepared explaining your separation.


Also! Just out of curiosity, when did you apply for your visa? I assume you went through Ottawa? Just good to know how processing times are going

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Yeah, I have a Commonwealth Account which I think is $4/month (Unless I have money going in, which I don't at the minute since I'm living in Italy).

It depends why you're taking 8 months. While DIBP is looking very closely I think they also understand if you have work commitments (like a contract) or are in school. Just make sure you're good about keeping records of communication for the period you're apart, and have a statement prepared explaining your separation.


Also! Just out of curiosity, when did you apply for your visa? I assume you went through Ottawa? Just good to know how processing times are going

It was fast! I wasn't really expecting it to be this fast honestly. I lodged online January 23 and yes Ottawa office handled my case and I received my grant letter May 19.

I even requested the wrong RCMP police clearance and I had to do it again so there are some delays but still I think it was fast.

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Yeah! That's super speedy! I'm lodging my application (sc 300) in November, fingers crossed some of that speed remains in them!

Best of luck with your move and everything! Try not to miss winter too much haha. This winter coming will be my first one in Canada since 2013 and I'm not looking forward to it.

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I hate winter so much!! I came from a tropical country then moved to Canada and I'm always totally miserable every year for 6 long months of Winnipeg winter, oh boy.


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