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How long can I wait to pay for a permanent visa?

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Old 11-05-2018, 02:02 AM
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How long can I wait to pay for a permanent visa?

I'm an Australian citizen who lives in Adelaide, and my girlfriend is an American citizen who comes from Texas. We've both done the long-haul flight each way to visit each other, and she's decided that she wants to move down here to settle down and live with me.

She is currently living here on a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) since 21 May 2018, so that she can live here and also work to save up. We plan to apply for her Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801), and already have a multitude of the documents ready to submit.

We don't currently have the funds to pay for the partner visa (AU$7,160), but we are in the process of gathering those funds. After we apply for her Partner visa, once her WAH visa expires on 21 May 2019, she should be transferred to a Bridging visa A (BVA), correct?

My question is, what's the minimum length of time we should leave between paying for her Partner visa and the expiry of her WAH visa? It may be a tight fit for us to gather the funds in time, but I want to make sure that there's enough time between the Partner visa payment and the WAH visa expiry, so that her Bridging visa A is actually applied once her WAH visa expires, so that she doesn't need to leave the country.


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Old 11-05-2018, 02:12 AM
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In my opinion the first thing you should concern yourself when applying for a partner visa is making sure you meet all requirements for the visa. It sounds like you’ve started to gather the appropriate evidence but without more detail that is hard to determine.

The best advice you will get is going to be from a registered migration agent. It will cost you a little money, but they will be able to advise you on a strategy that best fits you and your partners situation.

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Old 11-05-2018, 02:14 AM
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Personally, I'd give it at least 2 weeks prior to the W&HV ending. Unexpected things do happen and you want enough time to deal with them if they do.

Also keep in mind that depending on how you pay, there may be a surcharge that adds to the cost. Bpay doesn't have a surcharge but can take several days to process which would delay the granting of the bridging visa.

The BVA is granted automatically after submitting and paying for the partner visa app. It won't go into effect until the current visa ends while she is onshore.

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I agree with Sky. Give yourself a couple of weeks BEFORE the W&HV visa ends. There are sometimes delays and unforseen circumstances that crop up. So better to be safe than sorry.


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