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Old 12-18-2010, 01:06 AM
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Bridging Visa?

I'm an American, living in Australia with my wife. We have a partner visa pending, which I applied for OFFSHORE in America. I'm here now on an ETA. Can I apply for and get a bridging visa? I'm due to leave on Jan 12th, but my wife is 17 weeks pregnant. I have just completed a cert IV in Finance, and have a job lined up and I can show proof of all of it. Is this possible?

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Hi Jason,

This is a tricky situation, since you are supposed to be offshore when it is granted. You could make a quick trip to NZ for a few days when it comes through to get the visa.

You may also want to contact your CO and let them know about the baby and ask whether you can stay onshore to be with your partner. I have heard of cases where applicants were allowed to get the visa onshore after they had lodged it offshore and travelled to Oz, but it's the exception rather than the rule and not something DIAC does easily.

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Old 12-18-2010, 03:33 AM
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I don't mind the trip to NZ. And I notified my CO as soon as he was assigned to me. To let him know why I wanted to come on the ETA. And that was the end of it. He did notify me that he needed 1 more document "to quickly finalize my application". But I'm not sure how quick that will be. And he's not an easy person to talk to, and I don't want to jeopardize the application. So I dunno.

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Old 12-19-2010, 11:22 PM
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There are not too many variations available to Immigration staff and even the Minister for regulations are legislated and I've never heard myself of an offshore application ever being granted onshore.
Bridging visas are not available to offshore visas and you may want to consider the option of an employer sponsor visa if it seems you have a job offer and eligibility is met.
Applying for an employer sponsored visa could see a Bridging Visa granted, they do not cost so much and you may end up with work rights quicker than waiting on the partner visa.

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