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Old 01-02-2014, 12:39 AM
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CCMS has posted some very good information for you to consider, also be aware if you apply for a partner visa off shore, you have to be off shore for the decision to be made.

Also the cost isn't that much different for on-shore compared to off-shore.

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Again Nick I very big thank you...

My wife has met family and friends both in Australia and also here in Bangkok, all my sisters and parents have travelled here over the past few years, they all think she is wonderful as I do...
When we have been over in Australia ( 3 times ) its just been for 10 days at a time and of course thats not nearly enough to really experience anywhere.
As they say you can the woman from Thailand but never take Thailand from the girl..
( not that I ever wish to change/westernise her )
Great info with regard to the bridging part as I knew the temp/perm partner was a single app but I assumed there was a separate lodgement for bridging..BIG thanks..

So... Hypothetically..

If we were to arrive there with no forward ticket for her "should" be ok?
If we decided to then change from tourist to spouse visa it would be fill in the paperwork for the temp/perm visa and head to Immigration, there they would view the documents and lodge, at that point they would change her tourist visa to a bridging type whilst she waited for approval of the temp/perm visa?
How long would be normal for someone to be on bridging visa? I know on this visa she cannot work or have medicare. Once granted temp part of visa am I correct in saying that she could then work have medicare whilst she waited for the perm part? I think this is what you said above but Im just trying to be sure..

Again thanks again, you and the guys info has been very helpful


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Your wife BV A will only comes into effect after the recent tourist visa expired.

BV A now comes with full working rights.

The current onshore processing time is up to 18 months, especially for those from high risk countries.

Once your wife have lodged the partner visa application, she is eligible for Medicare.

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now I am confused....

Please correct me if I am wrong ..

You say my wife's BV A ( is that bridging visa ?) comes into effect AFTER tourist visa expires???

My wife has a one year multi entry, are you saying that the BV A comes into effect after that 12 months?


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Most likely. Someone else please confirm this is correct.


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Yes, the BVA would come into effect after the existing visa (tourist) expires. If, by any chance, your partner visa were approved before the tourist visa expires, then the BVA would never come into effect, and she'd simply go straight from the tourist visa to the partner visa.

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It's my understanding that if one is in Oz on a tourist visa that allows only three-month stays at one time (but is good for a year), the BVA kicks in after the end of the current three-month stay.

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Is there a different between an ETA and a tourist vise?

What CG just said is correct for an ETA, not sure about a tourist visa though.


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It sounds like your wife has a 12mth multi-entry visa which means she can stay for up to 3mths at a time before having to depart. She may have been granted a longer visa but you would have to check, visa's over 6mths from Thailand normally require a medical before granting.

If it is the 3mth multi entry one then she would go on the bridging one after the 3mths, and should be able to work and get medicare.

I had a friend whose dad was on a bridging visa for over 2 years.

But she would only be on the bridging visa until the partner visa (temporary) was approved. Offshore times for Thailand at the moment talking to others that have been though it for a straight forward application seem to be in the 4-6mth range, although the quoted official time frame is 12-18mths. I have no knowledge of the on-shore wait times for Thai partners


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Is there a different between an ETA and a tourist vise?

What CG just said is correct for an ETA, not sure about a tourist visa though.
They seem to mostly be approving one-year tourist visas with max stays of three months these days. My understanding is that the BVA works the same way with these as it does for the ETA. Hopefully someone will correct me if they know differently.

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