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DinoB 11-11-2019 05:23 AM

When love hits you
 
Hi all,

my name is Dino, 30 years old and originally from Croatia!
Thanks for letting me be a part of the community :)

I was hoping to get some guidance of you guys in terms of what my best options are to continue my stay in Melbourne. Here's a short summary of my story which hopefully contains all required details to guide me in the right direction.

Roughly two years ago, I met this aussie girl while traveling Thailand. Really didn't take us long to realise that we kind of like each other (a lot) and a relationship with a 12 hour timezone offset is more or less doomed and most likely to fail before it ever had a real chance.
So here I am, boarding a plane to Melbourne to seek out for a new love adventure and all the trouble that comes with it. Packed with tourist visa and a lot of anticipation, I arrive in Melbourne. All this happend 8 months ago believe it or, we still like each other (hurray!). Naturally, you can't have the good withouth the bad and therefore I am facing the question - where do I go from here?

* A smart man once said that pain is the only inevitable constant in life and you shouldn't be looking for happiness but for the pain that you enjoy living with. *

Long story short, we decided that we want to spend at least the next 2 or 3ish years in oz and that I have to figure out how to actually do that.

So here are the facts:
- 30 years old
- Software developer with 8 years experience, (B.Sc) running my own company in Germany
- Croatian citizenship
- In oz on a tourist visa (subclass 600 - conditions 8101, 8201) - valid from 21.2.2019 (6 months, multitple entries)

And here the questions (I am really grateful for the help!):
1) Which visa options do I have to gain full work rights and that I don't have to leave the bloody country every week?
2) If I apply for a partner visa, can I work on the briding visa?
3) Which dates do I have to keep in mind when applying for any other visa?
4) Is this a correct assumption? If I re-enter the country on the 20.02.2020 - do I get another 6 months of legal stay?
5) Should I consult an immigration agent?

Thank you all & kind Regards,
Dino

CCMS 11-11-2019 06:56 AM

If you lodge a valid application for a partner visa in Australia, you will be granted a bridging visa with full work rights. The bridging visa will come into effect once the stay period of your tourist visa expires.

if you apply for a skilled or employer sponsored visa in Australia, the associated bridging visa may not have work rights.

It is always a good idea to talk with a professional to see if you actually meet the requirements for a partner visa and to explore other potential visa pathways.

DinoB 11-11-2019 07:31 AM

Hey Nick,

thanks heaps for the advice. What exactly do you mean by "stay period of your tourist visa"? Let's say I lodge a partner visa end of November. When would my visitor visa come to an end?

Kind Regards,
Dino

CCMS 11-11-2019 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DinoB (Post 1973093)
Hey Nick,

thanks heaps for the advice. What exactly do you mean by "stay period of your tourist visa"? Let's say I lodge a partner visa end of November. When would my visitor visa come to an end?

Kind Regards,
Dino

If your tourist visa has a maximum stay period of 6 months, it would cease 6 months after you last entered Australia. If you had applied for a another visa in Australia, any related bridging visa would come into effect at the end of that 6 month period, provided you remained in Australia.

jeanros 11-11-2019 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DinoB (Post 1973077)

5) Should I consult an immigration agent?

Yes, definitely a good idea.

wrussell 11-12-2019 06:55 PM

Love is not defined in the regulations.

DinoB 11-12-2019 11:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CCMS (Post 1973101)
If your tourist visa has a maximum stay period of 6 months, it would cease 6 months after you last entered Australia. If you had applied for a another visa in Australia, any related bridging visa would come into effect at the end of that 6 month period, provided you remained in Australia.

Thanks for clarifying :)

DinoB 12-09-2019 11:22 AM

Hey guys,

I attended a visa consultation appointment where two fine gentleman looked into my case and advised me properly. However, I decided that I won't make further use of their service since I believe that I can do it on my own. They basically confirmed that my best option is the partner-visa.

That being said (I must come across as an idiot, but every consultation is $250), I'm struggling to find a solution for the following on my own:

My current period of stay is coming to an end on the 12th of March 2020 (visitor visa expires on the 21st of Feb). My partners family is having a big wedding celebration from the 10th - 22nd 2020 of February in Thailand and I would love to be able to join.

I'm affraid that just the date might be a problem cause I can't seem to make it work with what I know so far.

So here comes the problem:
If I lodge my partner-visa application before my current 6 months visitor period ends, I will be granted a briding visa on the 13th of February 2020 correct?
If I leave the country in February for the wedding and re-enter oz before the 21st of Feb, than I get another 6 months visitor period before my briding visa comes into effect right?
And in any case I can not re-enter the country anytime after the 21st of February right?

I thought of another thing that sounds valid to me but I am uncertain if that is possible. If I lodge my visa lets say in January and ask immigration for the cancellation of my current visitor visa, would the briding visa then come into effect on the date my visitor visa got cancled?

I hope all of this is not to confusing. I really hope you guys have some input, it's highly appreciated.

Thank you all & kind Regards,
Dino

paulhand 12-09-2019 12:59 PM

If your current in-effect visa is cancelled, so would any bridging visa you held be and you would become unlawful, so that is not an option.

DinoB 12-09-2019 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paulhand (Post 1976285)
If your current in-effect visa is cancelled, so would any bridging visa you held be and you would become unlawful, so that is not an option.

Thank you heaps for taking the time and looking into this :)

So my understanding is wrong - I thought that at the moment I request the cancellation of my visitor visa, I am not holding the briding visa?


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