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Old 01-24-2011, 03:53 AM
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Spousal Visa timeline?

Hi there, I'm struggling to find any information online and I know this forum is full of experienced visa applicants, so hopefully someone can help me out. My partner and I are Irish, he is a PR and I am currently in Melbourne on a tourist visa, we've been together for 19 months and living together for 10. In two months time we can apply for a defacto visa however it looks as if that can take up to six months to come through. Which means that I will continue to be unemployed for another 8 months. If we were to get married, which we plan to anyway, would a spousal visa come through quicker? I'm anxious to work, I can't get sponsorship, I'm not eligible and also used up my WHV years ago!!!!
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Getting married may speed up things a bit for you as there may less scrutiny of support evidence and if you did it quite soon, like as soon as you can organise it, there being a minimum months notice needed with a Notice of Intent to Marry, you might shave a couple of weeks off by putting in your application as soon as married given I assume that you were lucky enough to get a 12 months tourist visa without a No Further Stay condition on it.

Have you closely read your visa conditions for even without the No Further Stay condition, it does seem that people are getting 12 months multiple entry visas which are in fact more or less like the ETA where they are only valid for three months at a time. If so, and you have not been leaving each three months, you are kind of here illegally.

If it is a full 12 months and without a NFS, the other thing you may need to consider is how were you together prior to you entering or was there some separation period for you need to show you have been together at least 12 months, not just 12 months and certainly not 12 months less a week.
some people do a trip out, see a travel agent who can book an ETA for those not eligible to do it online and return so as they have that additional three months to get over the 12 line.

Getting married will at least remove that hurdle but you need to be quick about it.





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Getting married may speed up things a bit for you as there may less scrutiny of support evidence and if you did it quite soon, like as soon as you can organise it, there being a minimum months notice needed with a Notice of Intent to Marry, you might shave a couple of weeks off by putting in your application as soon as married given I assume that you were lucky enough to get a 12 months tourist visa without a No Further Stay condition on it.

Have you closely read your visa conditions for even without the No Further Stay condition, it does seem that people are getting 12 months multiple entry visas which are in fact more or less like the ETA where they are only valid for three months at a time. If so, and you have not been leaving each three months, you are kind of here illegally.

If it is a full 12 months and without a NFS, the other thing you may need to consider is how were you together prior to you entering or was there some separation period for you need to show you have been together at least 12 months, not just 12 months and certainly not 12 months less a week.
some people do a trip out, see a travel agent who can book an ETA for those not eligible to do it online and return so as they have that additional three months to get over the 12 line.

Getting married will at least remove that hurdle but you need to be quick about it.
Thanks a million for the reply. I was on a sponsorship visa, which fell through, I lost the job and then switched to a six month holiday visa, so I don't have a NFS. If we got married in the next month, how long will it take for a spousal visa to get processed, is it six months too? And am i right in thinking once we applied for a spousal visa I would be placed onto a bridging visa, which would be a tourist visa?
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:19 AM
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It's impossible to accurately predict how long it will be for a spouse visa as no way of knowing how many are submitted for one and just where they will be towards the end of the financial year re allocated numbers, last year a hold being placed on granting new applications about May because they were approaching the annual limit.
Some people recently have posted re being told it could be nine months and that may be in consideration of another hold and yet some are still getting visas occasionally in not much more than a month and that could be due to a number of reasons.

But yes, if you get married and apply while you are on a visa with no NFS, you get put on a bridging visa and there was a post recently by someone being successful in having the work restriction lifted.





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