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Tourist visa to residency: bridging visa?

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:26 PM
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Tourist visa to residency: bridging visa?

I am an Australian citizen, i have been married to my Finnish wife for a year and a half.
We have a 10 month old baby with dual citizenship.
My wife is staying with an extended tourist visa expiring in 30 days. my work situation is now good, and we have decided to stay in Australia. she is just completing her Partner Visa application (onshore).

The application time for a partner visa is apparantly up to 6 months. do we need or can we get a bridging visa to allow my wife to stay while we wait? is the bridging process automatic?
we would appreciate some clarification...

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:18 AM
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The main thing is to check whether her current visa/extension has a No Further Stay condition on it or not, unfortunately extensions often having it.
If it does not and you apply for an onshore visa it is normal for a bridging visa to be issued and that would commence from when the extension expires but it'll not hurt to ask when lodging the visa application if you can.

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