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PR residency requirement?

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Old 11-21-2013, 12:38 AM
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PR residency requirement?

Hi all,

Glad to have found this forum. I've been doing a lot of research but still have a couple of questions that I haven't been able to get clear answers on.

I am figuring out a strategy for my Partner (Married) visa. My Australian wife and I have been married for 2.5 years and living in the US. I have been to Australia a few times as a visitor (once on a working holiday visa). Currently in the US.

1) Is there a residency requirement for Permanent Residency? Meaning, if I get my two-year temporary partner visa, or directly go to permanent partner visa, am I required to actually live in Australia to maintain it? If I, say, live in Australia for 6 months then return permanently to the US, do I have to keep coming back to Australia periodically to maintain it? I ask this because in the US, permanent residency will be considered abandoned if you spend more than 6 consecutive months outside of the US. I know that in order to apply for citizenship, you have to live in Aus for 2 out of the 5 years, but what if I don't want citizenship and just stay a PR? Will I be able to extend my PR after the 5 years is up, or will I have to reapply all over again (if I do not become a citizen)?

2) I have read on CollegeGirl's guide, and used to see it on DIAC's website, but can longer find it: If you apply for a partner (spouse) visa when you have already been married for 3 years, do you go straight to the permanent partner visa (no temporary 2 year visa)? If so, does this apply for both offshore applied partner visas *and* onshore?

3) If I apply offshore (outside of Australia) for the partner visa, and it is granted, how long do I have before I have to enter Australia? Meaning, if it is granted in June, but don't plan to go to Australia until December, is that okay?

Thanks all for your help!

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Old 11-21-2013, 12:55 AM
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PR visa is valid for 5 years once it's been granted. If you have been living in aus after the visa expires that's ok until you want to travel and return back to aus you need a Resident Return Visa. If you are offshore, you wanna make sure you live 2 out of 5 years to maintain your PR. To apply for citizenship, you need to live in aus as a legal resident for 4 years including 1 year as PR.

Partner visa is a combined TR and PR application. If you meet the requirement, you can express to your CO the consideration of the grant of PR. Its entirely up to the CO whether to grant you what visa. This applies to onshore n offshore visa.

The entry date is usually before the expiry date of your police check or medical check. You don't get to choose when. If you don't enter aus to activate the visa by that date, it will be cancelled.


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Old 11-22-2013, 06:21 AM
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Hello guys any news for pr grant so far????

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Old 11-22-2013, 06:22 AM
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I meant subclass 100 or 801????

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