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Spouse visa - Onshore or offshore? Pregnant?

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:03 AM
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Hi all,
I am an Australian citizen with an Irish husband. We married in June 2010 and have been living together since December 2009. We have been in Ireland since August 2010 however we would like to return to Australia permanently (due to the current situation in Ireland and no work)Couple of questions.

1. Should we apply for an offshore spouse visa or a tourist visa for him, then an onshore spouse visa while we are there and hope it's processed in enough time?

2. We are in a very bad financial position. Is it cheaper to apply on or offshore?

3. I come from a poor background and noone in my family meet the eligibility criteria for the assurance of support which I am sure we will be asked for. I dont know anyone who could sign this for him. Also I will be a full time student upon return or at least within 12 months of our return.

4. I am only 20 years old. Will this affect our application in any way? We have plenty of people who can sign stat decs saying the relationship is genuine.

Thanks in advance for anyone who can help us!!!

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I think you're better off applying offshore. It's not only a few hundred bucks cheaper, but it also takes less time to process according to DIAC. People do go over on a tourist visa and lodge in Australia, but processing times vary from city to city, and so it would be too costly for your partner to sit around not working while the visa is being processed.

As for the AoS, up to 3 people can do a joint one, so their total income will be taken into account. If 3 people can show they have a collective income of at least 29K (the current New Start yearly threshold), then they'll be able to give your partner the AoS. DIAC will also take into account whatever work skills and experience your partner has, when considering whether to ask for an AoS, so things are not all doom and gloom for you.

Your age is not really going to matter to DIAC, but the amount of evidence you can show that your'e a genuine couple does, so try to gather as much of the suggested documents DIAC lists in the partner booklet, which can be found on the DIAC site.

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Thank you thank you thank you. I had no idea you could use 3 people on the AoS! Is it the same form we would normally fill out or do we request a different one? This has taken a big weight off our shoulders. It's so expensive to use the health system here in Ireland but by the same token I dont want to go through this alone if we cant get back to Australia!

I think we will probably apply offshore as you suggested. It seems the most logical, and I really dont want to be apart from him for any length of time.

Do you think we should wait for them to request medicals, police check and an AoS or would it make the process way quicker to send it all in with the initial application? Any thoughts?

Thanks again

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Some people do get police checks and medicals done to submit with an application but if that is all that will hold up an application, you may as well submit your application ASAP with the medical/police check arranged and they can be submitted ASAP after and that will make no real difference other than the possibility of something going horribly wrong and the visa application taking such a long time that they expire.
Most people do find that there is a significant effort to getting all information together and so the first thing you ought to look at is the Checklist in the applying section via. Family - Visas & Immigration , make yourself up a To Do List which could include organising your Assurers but you will need to wait until requested by Immi to get that submitted unless you can track the form to be used via the CentreLink site.
Also have a read of the sticky thread by el kitten near top of page.

You mention pregnant in your heading and if you are, time wise if you fly back to Oz your partner may have to wait or come on a tourist visa and then take a trip abroad to NZ to get the offshore visa granted.
You might also want to consider getting some medical advice re flying while pregnant.

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