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Old 08-19-2010, 05:46 AM
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Appointment for Onshore Partner Visa?

Hi I am currently in Melbourne and would like to sponsor my wife who's also in Melbourne at the moment. Have any of you been successful in getting an appointment to lodge the application in person at the Melbourne office? I've been told over the phone that they do not make appointments and to just queue up and drop it off over the counter, or to mail it in. Comments would be appreciated - thanks!


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That's right - we were in the same shoes when we applied, end 2008. Just go to the visa office and straight up to level 23. Lodge in person, that way at least you'll get the bridging visa document right to the hand and also the acknowledgement paper. Don't forget to take the passports with, either. You'll sleep better if you know that all the paperwork is there


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Old 08-20-2010, 05:45 AM
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That's right - we were in the same shoes when we applied, end 2008. Just go to the visa office and straight up to level 23. Lodge in person, that way at least you'll get the bridging visa document right to the hand and also the acknowledgement paper. Don't forget to take the passports with, either. You'll sleep better if you know that all the paperwork is there
Thanks for the reply, Marisch! Very encouraging indeed to hear that the bridging visa is stamped immediately! Just wondering, did any of you submit your documents in a folder?


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It's actually not stamped - but you get a piece of paper, acknowledging that you lodged the visa, and because of this, when the 300 expire, automatically you are put on the bridging visa. (I had to spend one entire day on the bridging visa anyway )

I used large paper clips and put the whole thing into a veeery large envelope - however I vaguely recall that the woman at the counter took another huge envelope with all sorts of stickers on it and put everything into that, then upon a shelf behind her...so they must have dedicated folders for things. When I first browsed for info how to hand in the application, I came across a document saying that definately no staples and folders shall be used because they take out and scan everything they find necessary and useful, and pulling things apart slows down their work.


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It's actually not stamped - but you get a piece of paper, acknowledging that you lodged the visa, and because of this, when the 300 expire, automatically you are put on the bridging visa. (I had to spend one entire day on the bridging visa anyway )

I used large paper clips and put the whole thing into a veeery large envelope - however I vaguely recall that the woman at the counter took another huge envelope with all sorts of stickers on it and put everything into that, then upon a shelf behind her...so they must have dedicated folders for things. When I first browsed for info how to hand in the application, I came across a document saying that definately no staples and folders shall be used because they take out and scan everything they find necessary and useful, and pulling things apart slows down their work.
Uh oh... I've already punches holes in all my documents and filed them in a folder.... Was the document from the immigration department?


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There has been in the applying for this visa sections a reference at times to not using a folder of the type with a holder but I imagine they still get them.





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Hey guys - just an update. Lodged the application at the Melbourne office today. We were told at the reception that it would be a long wait, but thankfully it was only 30 minutes before we got our turn. The person at the counter also said they would not accept large folders, but when it was our turn to be served, the person over the counter happily took our folder and even asked if we would like to apply for the work restriction to be removed, as my wife is currently on a visitor's visa. We said yes, and the condition was waived within 2 minutes. Of course, the bridging visa only kicks in after her visitor's visa expired.


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wow, you are very lucky. I am currently in 1 year multiple entries tourist visa and not allowed to work and the man on the immigration told me that my bridging visa will have the same conditions with my my tourist visa and he didn't offer anything especially about waiving the "not allowed to work condition". Anyways, yesterday, i went there with a massive folder with plastic folders in it but i ended up getting rid of the folder and put the whole plastic folders inside a massive envelope. He take a look at it and didn't really say much i don't think. Then he gave me a receipt with client id and request id written on it.. I wonder if he is going to be my case officer. i am so nervous!

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wow, you are very lucky. I am currently in 1 year multiple entries tourist visa and not allowed to work and the man on the immigration told me that my bridging visa will have the same conditions with my my tourist visa and he didn't offer anything especially about waiving the "not allowed to work condition". Anyways, yesterday, i went there with a massive folder with plastic folders in it but i ended up getting rid of the folder and put the whole plastic folders inside a massive envelope. He take a look at it and didn't really say much i don't think. Then he gave me a receipt with client id and request id written on it.. I wonder if he is going to be my case officer. i am so nervous!

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Hey there everyone,

I am currently on a 1 year multiple entry TOURIST VISA Class 676. I have the No Further Stay 8503 on my visa as well.

Does this mean that my partner and I cannot apply for a Temporar Partner Marriage Visa Onshore??
Do I have to go back to Canada and then apply offshore?
My visa expires Nov 10.

Also, how recent does the criminal record check have to be? If we apply in Sept/Oct or Nov, can I still use one that I received from Canada in June?

Thanks in advance!


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Hey there everyone,

I am currently on a 1 year multiple entry TOURIST VISA Class 676. I have the No Further Stay 8503 on my visa as well.

Does this mean that my partner and I cannot apply for a Temporar Partner Marriage Visa Onshore??
Do I have to go back to Canada and then apply offshore?
My visa expires Nov 10.

Also, how recent does the criminal record check have to be? If we apply in Sept/Oct or Nov, can I still use one that I received from Canada in June?

Thanks in advance!
hey, i am holding the same visa as you are and they accepted my payment and issued my bridging visa. I am guessing there is no problem at all for me to apply for the visa onshore. My visa expires on september 29th 2010 so you should be ok

best of luck!


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