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Old 07-15-2020, 01:01 PM
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Partner Visa Overseas Question

Hi all. Just trying to get some information about applying for the partner visa in current covid times.

I'm an Australian citizen, partner is Taiwanese. We're both currently in Taiwan where we've lived together since last October. We had intended to return to Australia and apply for the partner visa this coming September. We've gathered all evidence and some all the forms already. All is left is to apply.

So question is with the boarder being closed, is there any way for us (her specifically) to enter Australia to apply for this visa?
We could apply from overseas but this doesn't come with a visa to enter Australia, only a temporary one you have to apply for after (if I understand correctly). And I think I read overseas applications aren't being looked at currently.

There is a form to enter Australia on compassionate grounds where a de facto relationship is mentioned. Unsure if this is an option.

I've tried speaking with the embassy here in Taiwan it hasn't provided much information.

Any information is appreciated or any other options other than the ones I mentioned.

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Old 07-15-2020, 06:48 PM
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As your partner is the partner of an Australian citizen they can apply for exemption to enter Australia on that basis. No other ‘compassionate reasons’ are needed. She will need a visitor visa as well, obviously.

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Old 07-15-2020, 07:44 PM
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That's good to know, Paul. I'm in a similar boat as Josh and have been wondering these same things. Like many, we had our path all laid out and then COVID went and messed it all up.

So, it seems just being the spouse of an Australian citizen is enough for one to go over with their spouse for any reason (assuming a valid visa, we could find a flight and deal with quarantine and all that), and the exemption is granted by proving the marriage.

Is it known how often NFS conditions are being attached to visitor (600) visas these days, since ETA's aren't being granted?


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