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Old 08-29-2013, 01:14 PM
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Warning: Bridging visa not granted for up to 10 days.

Just a warning to you guys from my personal experience:

I applied for 820 partner visa on 22nd August in person at the Perth office. I was assured that I'd be granted my bridging visa by the time my tourist visa expired (27th Aug). That date arrived with no payment taken and no bridging visa granted. I called up and they said they hadn't gotten to that "pile" yet and that subsequently, I'd be an unlawful non-citizen until they did and it could take up to 10 days from the date of lodgement. My bridging visa wasn't granted until today (29th Aug) with a "visa grant date" of 29th August. So be warned: Although you often hear that the bridging visa comes into effect from the date you apply, this is not always the case! Don't make the mistake I did and leave it too late and end up an unlawful non citizen for two days

Also: my bridging visa has no work restrictions, contrary to what two separate migration agents advised me. It's ridiculous that those people can go around giving out false info on a subject they are paid to be knowledgable about!


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WTH? That's awful. I thought they could grant your bridging visa on the spot if necessary.. I've never heard of someone becoming unlawful when the lodged five days before! I'm hoping Mark Northam sees this post... he may have some advice for you.

And yes... BVAs have had full work rights since last year. Were those two agents you talked to MARA-registered migration agents?

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WTH? That's awful. I thought they could grant your bridging visa on the spot if necessary.. I've never heard of someone becoming unlawful when the lodged five days before! I'm hoping Mark Northam sees this post... he may have some advice for you.

And yes... BVAs have had full work rights since last year. Were those two agents you talked to MARA-registered migration agents?
Yeah, I thought that too! When I lodged in person, the lady told me that it should be granted within a few days and if it wasn't granted by the date my visa expired I should go in and speak to someone. I did exactly that and I was then told on the day that there was nothing they could do and I was to just wait it out without a visa. So I went home and called up to triple check there was nothing they could do about it. They told me they are now taking 5-10 days to lodge visas at that office and they had to sort through their "pile" in date order. They guy actually laughed it off saying "I guess you'll just have to be unlawful for a few days" and that it was no fault of mine, it was an "administration delay". I asked for some sort of written explanation/reassurance for my own peace of mind but they refused to give me that because apparently they "don't have email facilities". Safe to say, it was a tense few days!

Yeah, they were both MARA-registered and told us that I'd have to apply for work rights. Which is why I consulted two, because I'd read differently on here. Their advice actually caused me to be focused on an offshore application (a year of not working would be impossible) until I posted on this forum and read otherwise recently (I did my own research, found the legislation and forwarded it to both agents - no reply). I ended up not using an agent and we done it ourselves.

Tomorrow, I'm applying for a BVB for paid study purposes in the UK- wish me luck!


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Wow, just WOW. Ugh. There just aren't any words!

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Just a warning to you guys from my personal experience:

I applied for 820 partner visa on 22nd August in person at the Perth office. I was assured that I'd be granted my bridging visa by the time my tourist visa expired (27th Aug). That date arrived with no payment taken and no bridging visa granted. I called up and they said they hadn't gotten to that "pile" yet and that subsequently, I'd be an unlawful non-citizen until they did and it could take up to 10 days from the date of lodgement. My bridging visa wasn't granted until today (29th Aug) with a "visa grant date" of 29th August. So be warned: Although you often hear that the bridging visa comes into effect from the date you apply, this is not always the case! Don't make the mistake I did and leave it too late and end up an unlawful non citizen for two days

Also: my bridging visa has no work restrictions, contrary to what two separate migration agents advised me. It's ridiculous that those people can go around giving out false info on a subject they are paid to be knowledgable about!

Its not new thing mate....It happens with most ppl.....some of my friends faced similar situation like yours........you can inform immediately to DIAC........it will be sorted out in no time..........NOTHING TO WORRY...

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