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What do we do? ETA to Working Visa?

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:15 AM
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What do we do? ETA to Working Visa?

Hi there, I am a kiwi (permanent aussie resident) my partner is German.
He came overseas with me on an ETA, as they are meant to have 3 months at a time for a 12 month period of entering and leaving the country.
We thought this would be time to get a fiancee visa sorted.

After doing a visa run to NZ (3 days), he was almost refused entry back into Australia, for misusing the visa. Luckily he got in, and told that he would have to leave in 3 months.

So now we have limited time to get organised.
We were looking at lodging a fiancee visa, and then getting a bridging visa while we wait. However due to some unforseen circumstances heaving out an extra $2600 is suddenly a lot harder.

So we were thinking about getting a work visa for him, then after that year going back to Europe to travel for a while, or launching a partner visa. (We would go back now, but I have already been on 3 different 1yr youth mobility visas to Germany, Denmark and UK)

Needing to know whether it is possible for him to launch a working visa while he is already in the country on an ETA?

Are there any other options? Would getting married tomorrow help?!
We are willing to do whatever we need to to stay together.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 11-27-2010, 09:58 AM
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The prospective marriage visa [ PMV ] can only be applied from outside of Australia.
He could apply for either an independent skilled visa or an employer sponsored visa but there are eligibility requirements for both and a bridging visa will not apply to the independent visa because it is an offshore visa and he needs an eligible employer prepared to sponsor him for the ES visa.

If you got married [ and you could do that in about a month ] there are still eligibility requirements for a partner visa and the $2600.
If he is 30 or younger and has never had a Working Holiday Visa, he could take another trip back to NZ and apply for one.
Best you check out the different eligibilities and applying info via
. Workers - Visas & Immigration [ and read the What's New Link under second heading ]
. Family - Visas & Immigration
. Visa Options - Working Holiday - Visas & Immigration

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