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Old 06-24-2010, 02:38 AM
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I have a question...

Im currently on a student visa until the 8th of november. My boyfriend and me will apply for a de facto visa on 15th of september because then we can provide all the evidence we need. Immigration said it can take 5 till 6 months to be approved, i know it might get approved sooner.
Now i am planning to go back to my home country (holland) for a 3 weeks holiday on the 8th of october. Is this a smart thing to do or should i wait for my de facto visa to be approved? If i leave on the the 8th of october i will only have 1 week left on my student visa when i return to Australia. Can customs refuse access to the country? Although i have applied for my de facto visa? ?
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:57 AM
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Hi there,

Since you are applying in Australia, you will get a bridging visa when your student visa runs out. This will allow you to stay in Australia while they are processing the de facto visa. You may still have to apply for a re-entry visa to get back in to the country, but you should be free to travel once your application has been lodged and the process of assessing it begins.


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Old 06-24-2010, 12:00 PM
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A bridging visa should kick in when your student visa finishes and seeing as you'll still have your student visa valid you should be able to re-enter on that.
That's the theory anyway and just to support it if need be, if you carry a copy of an email acknowledging your partner visa application that would not hurt but hopefully it'll not be required.
You can only hold one visa at anyone time and I'd not expect that you can apply for a re-entry visa for the only one of that nature available is a Resident return visa and you need resident status to get one.





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