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Old 09-18-2010, 12:10 AM
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Sure the offshore visa is cheaper but then if you look at the cost of a trip over to NZ if you do not decide on returning to China, it'll about make up for the difference.
If you do decide on not returning to China she'll not be working anyway until she has a partner visa and that may come quicker than having it done in China by the sounds of things.
They are probably not viewing her as Chinese and not just but because some locals are employed by consulates/AHCs/Immi all around the planet but doing an immigration application through a third country in my book will just give greater scope for lets say interesting complexities!
And if she uses an ETA for the initial trip in and then there's a decision made not to return, she can apply onshore and not have to go anywhere.
Have you been doing some TESL and unless she has other qualifications it may be difficult initially re employment but if she does have some skills in demand other than TESL, she may even find an employer prepared to sponsor her.





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If we apply onshore, are we ok to come back to China, pack up then head back to Oz. We do definitely need to return to China after a month home and 2 weeks in Thailand.
The other concern is that her daughter is marrying in Canada, July, 2011 and we plan to head there for a month. If her visa is not yet approved, are we ok to leave he country on a short holiday?
Yes we are both teaching ESL over here. She has a degree in Indian Social Work... should be ok finding a job once the visa is in.


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An ETA is multiple entry for up to three months at a time with a validity of 12 months so sounds like that would be the most convenient visa to use and easy enough explain re intended travel if quizzed on first arrival because she is arriving with a partner.
The usual thing when a person applies for an onshore visa is that they are given a bridging visa while the onshore one is processed if their initial visa reaches expiry but that will not occur if she has an ETA and that could be used for the multiple entries OK.

If you arrive pre Xmas for a month and depart for Thailand/China, the application will hardly have progressed too much given the Xmas Hols break when even some Immi staff will have Hols, but even if she was out of the country when the visa was getting near the end of consideration, it would be a case of flying back in on the ETA.
Seeing as you're intending on going back to China you ought to also leave requesting the character check from there until you are there for the last time to save any complications.
That'll not mean you could not still put in the application on the Xmas trip because medicals and character checks do not initially need to be provided.
Same re Canada trip and if the partner visa has not been progressed by then, she could still use the ETA and seeing as she'll likely have had done the character check done and the visa processing should be well advanced if not granted, she probably would not need a Canadian character check just to cover that trip but something to be checked with the CO at the time.
Re the Indian Social qualifications she ought to then look at getting an occupational assessment, there being Social Worker on the SOL - http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/sol-schedule3.pdf and various welfare/special needs teacher classifications as well and so with an occupational assessment and registration, there's every chance she could find an employer sponsor in the social/welfare area fairly easy, many councils often on the look out re local programs.





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I know i looked at the skilled Visa a while back, and if i looked at the correct one, i think we decided against that one because she'd be bound to work for that employer for 2 years... i could be wrong.
I'll check it out some more now.
By a character check from China, do you mean a letter from someone she knows here who can say she is of good character etc?


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Just looked at it a little... she has to be under 45. She is 45 right now, turning 46 in January, so it wouldn't work.


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There is no age limit for the employer sponsored visas but what I was suggesting that for was more so she would not be just stuck waiting for the partner visa to come through before she could work.
The employer sponsor visa is not all that expensive and she could still have the partner one applied for and if she finds there are people interested in an employer sponsor visa for her, they can go through in a couple of months, say while you're doing your Thai trip and China return so when you got back she may have a job she can start at.
A few months later when the partner visa comes through, that takes over and she can still remain with an employer if she wants to but she is not tied to an employer.
Have a look at the 457 under temporary via Visa Options - Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration and the age restriction and two years with an employer is for the RSMS permanent residency visas but there are age exemptions with those and the ENS.
To get employment in the social work area even when on a partner visa she'll need to have her qualifications assessed/approved and probably be registered.

Re the Character check, no it's like a certificate from the police or other authorities and so sounds like you need to have a good read of the eligibility and applying sections under the visa, there being a good Checklist in the applying section to follow and Booklet #1 is also a good read, a fair bit of reading ahead.





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Ok, so we're looking into this a little more now, so Thanks

To get a sponsor, we'd have to start contacting agencies or social service offices to see if they'd be willing to sponsor, right?


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That's one approach but I was thinking if she gets her qualifications assessment which she ought to do first and has that done hopefully by the time you get over here for Xmas she may even have had the opportunity to line up some interviews or could get lucky enough to organise a couple while here though Xmas time is not so good for that.





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Got ya! Your help has been invaluable! How do you know so much info?? LOL


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thanks for all the information. this forum has been very helpful!
i have a similar questions.
I lodged my partner visa in berlin. As it takes up to 5 months now, it will probably be granted by end of november/beginning of december.
But we would like to move to Australia beginning of November.
Travelling in on ETA and then leaving the country and enter again when the visa was granted seems possible and legal, but I heard some people had to send in their passports, which would make that an imposible procedure.
what do you know about it? thank you!


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