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Old 12-08-2010, 02:56 AM
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Partner ETA Question

Hi everyone,

I'm an AUS citizen, my partner is non AUS citizen & has current ETA, overseas at the moment, intending to re-enter AUS for 2nd time on current ETA for new year celebrations (1st time here was just over 2 months).

We are looking at different options for marriage/immigration/Visa etc. Aware of 'loopholes'. All paperwork/checklist combinations etc ready to go soon as needed.

Immi were contacted by phone recently to ascertain ETA status due to partner confusion, it's multi-entry with no caveat (ie no further stay etc). Immi were advised partner plans to return to continue holiday, they spoke with partner & checked partner passport & ETA details over the phone & confirmed status over the phone with partner. All good so far.

Immi were also asked about best way to facilitate marriage & their response was of course PMV offshore. I indicated this was fine (although we would prefer to be married sooner), and confirmed future ETA intent was per regulations.

Phone conversation ended with Immi, but I've an uneasy feeling my partner may encounter 'hassles' or worse denial of entry when returning to AUS (nasty situation returning home immediately and/or future Visa application issues?). Partner if challenged will say only visiting for tourism & to see friends.

Does anyone have any experiences/advice etc please?

Many thanks, regards, Z


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Old 12-08-2010, 07:15 AM
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Hi Z,

If I were you, I would get your partner over to Oz on a PMV. Who knows whether DIAC has put a red flag on your lady's name or not, so it's best not to push your luck any further after having such a close run in already. Can I ask where she is from?

You might say that so many other people do it, so it's OK for your partner to do the same. But, DIAC really frown on this and this is one reason the spouse visa process is so long-winded and complex, and getting more complex by the year.

Her intent is clearly not just tourism and you if you plan to get married, the PMV is the obvious choice.


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Old 12-08-2010, 08:55 AM
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Hi Z,

If I were you, I would get your partner over to Oz on a PMV. Who knows whether DIAC has put a red flag on your lady's name or not, so it's best not to push your luck any further after having such a close run in already. Can I ask where she is from?

You might say that so many other people do it, so it's OK for your partner to do the same. But, DIAC really frown on this and this is one reason the spouse visa process is so long-winded and complex, and getting more complex by the year.

Her intent is clearly not just tourism and you if you plan to get married, the PMV is the obvious choice.
Hi aussiegirl,

Thanks for your reply. I understand/hear you...

She's Japanese.

Well, what if her intent is to tour/visit only, with a view to submitting PMV when she returns (we prefer this actually)? Is the fact we plan to get married and have ascertained the PMV path is appropriate on her return still a possible red flag to her ETA? I guess the DIAC opposing argument would be why wait just submit the PMV 'we know you know/see the obvious loophole' etc!

Can she enter AUS on her ETA with PMV pending? (I know she needs to be offshore for granting & enter under PMV at least once prior to getting married etc)

Not sure what you mean by 'close run in already'?

One last question, ETA authorisation is checked at departure during ticketing... will a red flag show there at all (save major hassles on arrival).

Thanks for your time.

Regards, Z


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Ag means by close run in that you have declared your full intent and Immi have not indicated that is OK, so following through with the intent of arriving on the ETA could see a refusal.
Some people do apply for PMVs or other partner visas and make a visit trip while visas are being processed and that seems acceptable.
Any refusal re the ETA would likely be at Oz Immi.





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Old 12-09-2010, 01:48 AM
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Thanks Wanderer,

I see what's meant now; the risk is certainly there and not what we'd see as a happy moment in life for us if an entry refusal occurs!!

We'll get the PMV application ball rolling then. Judging by what I've read on this forum, it looks like a timeframe of only a few months more than our ideal so we'll just 'wear it' and I'll sleep better!!

Small overseas paperwork logistics 'fun' about to start I suppose...

Many thanks to both you and aussiegirl for the prompt replies.

Regards, Z


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