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Old 10-31-2009, 08:29 PM
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Hi oziduncs,
Could you tell me a little more about this pre-approval.
I really like the sound of that and it seems sensible that at least the couple can be together, make their wedding plans whilst they wait for the PMV.

I did ask immi about a tourist visa whilst we wait and a probable outcome of such an application and just received a response that said anyone can apply and no prior indication of outcome can be given, if its rejected then we have done our doe and what if there is a NFS condition and it cannot be extended.

Thanks for giving me a little ray of hope

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Old 11-01-2009, 01:27 AM
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Hi oziduncs,
And when you're back here, I'm likewise interested in your information source re:
If you go the prospective marriage visa, you dont have to wait the 5-10 months while the visa is being processed until she comes to Australia. They usually give a pre-approval, after they have checked the visa and had an interview with your GF, once this has happened, bring them out on a tourist visa. If it takes longer for your original PM visa to process, you can extend the tourist visa to up to 12 months or more. If you have a PM visa pending, this should be reason enough to extend it but rarely will it be more than that. The only drawback is she cannot legally work on tourist visa. Once the PM visa is approved (fingers crossed) she will than have to leave the country and re-enter on the PM visa. Once stamped you got 9 months to marry.
There is nothing in immigration regulations to stop people applying for more than one visa at a time.
However I'd not be too sure about pre-approval for as far as immigration goes they'll always say nothing is ever a certainty until the granting.

They'll also enlighten you as to using a visa for what it is supposed to be used for and so coming in on a tourist visa, you would be running the gauntlet of yes, "I'm on a holiday" and they "but you have a PMV pending!"

The other issue is that you would want to hope if it got this far that the system did cope well for if your application got through to the actual approval stage and you were in Australia, you could well find it rejected.

Granting will definitely not take place while you are in Australia.
You would need to rely on DIAC contacting you to tell you to leave the country before granting occurred.

It is one of the reasons that DIAC have regulations and can be quite firm on them for any system running hundreds of thousands applications needs a uniform approach and when departures from that occur, so can problems.

A similar situation does take place with offshore GSM visas that can be applied for onshore but the people in those cases are in Australia for the purpose of what their initial visa was, a bit of a difference.

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