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Old 03-12-2020, 02:21 AM
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ETA / Continuing to live overseas after 820 application

We live overseas, and while in Australia on holiday in December 2019 we applied for 820 for my wife. Her existing ETA (601) allows her to enter Australia until November 2020, and we had intended to actually move to Australia this year which would have activated her BVA after 3 months.

However due to changed circumstances we probably can't make the move this year, and it will be difficult even to spend 3+ months in Australia continuously so as to activate the BVA, following which we could apply for BVB.

Just to mention, there will be no need for her to work when we are in Australia so I'm not worried about that aspect of the bridging visa.

Questions:

(1) If we go to Australia for a shorter period, is it possible to apply for the BVB before the 3-month limit of stay on the existing ETA? (I suppose there is then also a question about whether they would allow us to extend and re-extend the BVB out to the 2+ years it will take for 820 visa processing.)

Or another idea:

(2) If the BVA is not activated, and she is out of country without a BVB, will she still be able to apply for a new ETA when the existing ETA expires? (She has a completely clean visa and immigration history.)

I have read that usually before the dept grants the 820, if the applicant is overseas, they would usually send an email to advise that we need to return to Australia. So my thinking is that if she can still get an ETA, we can continue to live overseas, and use ETA to visit when we want to from time to time, including when it's time to go to Australia to get the 820. (In retrospect the 309 might have been a better fit to our situation. But, the situation was different at the time we applied!)

Thanks in advance for any info!


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You cannot start your bridging visa before the 3 months is over but you can put in an application. Asking for a 2 year BVB is pushing it, unless you have a very strong reason.

I would go with option 2 if you don't plan on moving back until 2+ years, wait till you get notice of grant and apply for another tourist visa to activate it.


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To apply for a B, the A does not have to be activated.

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Re option 1:
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To apply for a B, the A does not have to be activated.
Interesting! Do you see enough cases of this to know a range of how long it might take from the date of applying for BVB?
To apply for BVB, do we just wait until we are in Australia and then she makes an application in her ImmiAccount?

Does Option 2 also work? Is it likely that she would continue be granted ETA in the case where she is outside Australia without a bridging visa?

Thanks!


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Re option 1:

Interesting! Do you see enough cases of this to know a range of how long it might take from the date of applying for BVB?
To apply for BVB, do we just wait until we are in Australia and then she makes an application in her ImmiAccount?

Does Option 2 also work? Is it likely that she would continue be granted ETA in the case where she is outside Australia without a bridging visa?

Thanks!
I have been getting bridging Bs granted in a couple of days.

I cannot offer a considered opinion about the probability of a B, or any other visa being granted.

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Old 03-12-2020, 09:36 PM
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I have been getting bridging Bs granted in a couple of days.

I cannot offer a considered opinion about the probability of a B, or any other visa being granted.
--> That seems fair.

I appreciate your answers! Thank you.

May I ask a more limited question: Are there cases where a ETA was granted to a person who left Australia without a bridging visa while waiting for 820? I'm thinking the answer must surely be yes, but if not that would be really good to know.


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