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Travelling to Aus while waiting on a de facto visa application?


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Old 01-05-2011, 09:16 PM
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Travelling to Aus while waiting on a de facto visa application?

Hello,

I applied for a partner visa (309/100 offshore) in England in early December. My girlfriend has had to stay in Sydney because she has a business over there.

I spoke to my case officer today via email and she informed me that it would be "April/May before my application could be finalised."

While this falls within the expected time-frame, I am finding it very hard to be away from my girlfriend. She is visiting for a month in February but other than that we are spending the entire time apart.

Therefore, I was wondering a couple of things. In other people's experience, if a case officer gives such a time-frame, can I accept that as fact, or is there a good chance it will drag on for longer?

If it is all to be wrapped up by April, then I can certainly cope with that, but if it is likely to be much longer, then I would very much like to travel to Australia on an ETA to visit my girlfriend while I await a decision. Am I permitted to do this?

If so, what do I say to my case officer? Do I need to ask their permission? What reason do I give for going? Just that I want to visit my girlfiend?

Also, if I do go to Australia on an ETA and my partner visa is approved while I am there, do I have to come back to England in order to have the visa sticker put in my passport or can I do a visa run to NZ?

Thanks guys. Every day feels like a week at the moment. I'm a month into the application process (after about 8 months preparation time!) and I'm struggling to see a light at the end of the tunnel.


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Old 01-06-2011, 04:04 AM
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Any times quoted are always unofficial and really just an indication based on what may be viewed as normal processing times if there is such a thing for there can be many reasons for variances.
Onshore processing times for instance are being reported as having blown out and that could be a staffing re-assignment issue.
If you have a look at the timeline sticky thread you'll see that many offshore family visas can be granted within 4-6 months or thereabouts and a few in less time though more the exception and they can often depend on location and numbers likely being processed.
You could also find that processing times this financial year will be marginally longer than prior years when budgetted allocation has been reached a couple of months prior to end of the year and if that comes about again before your application is granted, you may find yourself waiting into next financial year.

You could look at getting an ETA to travel earlier and then do a trip to NZ to allow the visa to be granted and you do not need special permission for that though ýou ought to let the CO know so they do not attempt to grant it and find you are in Australia for far better for them to know that and advise you that granting is possible if you leave Australia and advise of such.





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Old 01-09-2011, 03:55 PM
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Thanks as always Wanderer.

If I do decide to go over to Aus on an ETA while I await the decision on my partner visa, do I need to buy a return ticket? I presume I will encounter problems if I try to enter Aus on an ETA with a one-way ticket?


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Old 01-09-2011, 11:41 PM
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Many people use an ETA with a one way ticket because they could plan a trip to Australia and NZ before heading back to Oz. just for visiting with a return date uncertain and in your case, visiting as an interim whilst you await a partner visa is entirely acceptable and a one way ticket OK.

The only thing you would want to be wary of is that if for some reason there is an extra delay in the partner visa being processed, you may want to get a six month visitor visa so as there'll be less chance of having to leave before you know the partner visa is ready for granting.





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