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Old 12-14-2010, 04:23 AM
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We're putting in our partner visa app next week (eep!) so I gave DIAC a call to try and make an appointment to lodge. I was advised the Melbourne office doesn't take appointments and mail is the preferred method. In that case, how do we make sure my partner gets her Bridging Visa? I've heard that it's done on the spot when applying in person. How does it work via mail? My partner is on a WHV which expires a few days after we want to apply so I'm worried that there may be a gap between when they process our application (due to xmas) and when she receives her Bridging visa. I'll express post on the 22/12 to make sure it arrives 24/12...her current visa expires 26/12 when DIAC is closed....should I worry?

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Old 12-14-2010, 06:51 AM
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If you can't hand in the application in person, it doesn't affect her getting a bridging visa. Once the onshore partner application is lodged, she will get a bridging visa automatically once the visa she is on now expires. So, she can't actually apply for it since it will be granted to her.

It might be a good idea to write a cover letter to her application and explain when her current visa expires, just to ensure DIAC knows the time they are dealing with.

All you can do is post it in and wait until you get notification that the application has been received.

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You can still take an application into an office and lodge it at the counter, just no booking appointments.

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