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Visa due to expire before Partner visa granted??


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Old 04-26-2010, 11:29 PM
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Visa due to expire before Partner visa granted??

Hi im new to this website but looking through i have found more information here than i have on any website or from trying to call the Aus embassy in UK.

I currently have less than 3 months left on my holiday working visa and im living with my Slovak partner of 18mths. we are in the process of getting everything for a de facto partnership. My worry is it will take another good couple of weeks to have everything and im worried that once i sent my passport off what happens if it doesnt come back before it expires. ive read a bit on bridging visa but dont understand if it happens automatically or i have to apply and if so is there a time limit on when i have to have it submitted before its too close to the visa expire date??

Also if im lucky enough to have it back approved because of the time limit i would like a few extra months to get everything ready for home, can i exit and come back for an extra 3 mths? Cant find any info on it anywhere.
thanks heaps for your time, im a stress head and im really panicking!!


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[QUOTE=lozza_wicked;13701]Hi im new to this website but looking through i have found more information here than i have on any website or from trying to call the Aus embassy in UK.

I currently have less than 3 months left on my holiday working visa and im living with my Slovak partner of 18mths. we are in the process of getting everything for a de facto partnership. My worry is it will take another good couple of weeks to have everything and im worried that once i sent my passport off what happens if it doesnt come back before it expires. ive read a bit on bridging visa but dont understand if it happens automatically or i have to apply and if so is there a time limit on when i have to have it submitted before its too close to the visa expire date??

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Some mixed signals there lozza and not sure if you mean your current passport is approaching its expiry date or just your WHV but re the passport, have a look at http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/_pdf...-checklist.pdf and you'll see that you do not have to send off your passport with your application and in fact DIAC always only require certified copies of documents other than the health examination report which is supposed to be sent direct by medical people or unless otherwise an original is requested.

The whole section on how to apply is well worth a read as is the eligibility section, all links and Booklet #1
http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/part...w-to-apply.htm

If it is just the WHV expiring you're concerned about, anytime a person who is in Australia on a valid visa [ and does not have a No Further Stay condition applied ] and applies for an onshore visa, my understanding from occasional contact with Immi and reports by posters here as well as occasional comment by agents is that a bridging visa is initiated by Immi so that when your existing valid visa expires and if that is before your further visa has been granted, a bridging visa does automatically kick in.
You can confirm that when you lodge your partner visa if you take it in to the nearest office.

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Also if im lucky enough to have it back approved because of the time limit i would like a few extra months to get everything ready for home, can i exit and come back for an extra 3 mths? Cant find any info on it anywhere.
thanks heaps for your time, im a stress head and im really panicking!![/
If you mean once you have your partner visa approved, you can come and go as you please.
If you mean once you have a bridging visa and are still waiting for the partner visa, the bridging visa to be issued will be a bridging visa A.
If you wanted to depart Australia while the partner visa is being processed, you would need to request/apply for a bridging visa B.

But before you get to that step, if you have your partner application well prepared, your medical and all police checks done, documents translated and copies certified etc., you could find that the partner visa will not take too long at all.
And with certification of copies, just take your documents and copies to the local police station and a senior officer there will do that for free

Just use the Checklist, print off a copy so you have your own table for to do notes alongside and you'll find all that panic may disappear.





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