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Old 02-25-2011, 02:09 AM
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Did she say there are 6 months visas you can leave the country on???? That would be very interesting for my case. Which office did you go to, to ask and/or do you remember the name of the person you talked to? I'll do some more research on that.
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Wanderer: I'm not talking about the time period from when they get the CO. I'm just wondering why some people applied last Nov. and still haven't got a CO, while others applied in January and already have a CO. So somehow some people get into that "ferris wheel" earlier than others. When they leave the "wheel" is obviously depending on the individual case.
No criticism, only wondering what the reasons might be.


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Old 02-25-2011, 02:12 AM
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hi, according to what she said yeah there is 6 months one and oh she also said, we will continue processing your application while you are away but if we do need you, you only have 28 days to get back to us.i went to melbourne immi office. i don't know her name thou. Sorry about that.

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:39 AM
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Hi,
Just an update everyone interested in the travel visa B. I applied on Thursday for a travel visa B after being granted the bridging visa A last month. I had my travel tickets with me. I did this in the Sydney office as well. Anyway, long story short I filled out the application and was granted two months bridging visa B on the spot. I asked if I had a CO yet and one has still not been assigned. I asked if I had to leave again what steps would I need to take. The guy told me that I would need to provide evidence as to why I need to leave again. Just thought I would share my experience as I am sure there are many people out there who are just as stressed as I am about the wait and hoping to have no issues.


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Old 09-09-2011, 01:54 AM
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Hi rjay777,

Which visa were you on before the BV A got granted?
Did you provide substancial reason for your travel?

I am applying for a Partner from a Student visa at the end of the month and have booked a holiday in Thailand in February. Is it a valid reason?
Also, my student visa doesn't expire until mid 2013.

Any advice?
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:58 AM
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Your bridging visa will not kick in until your student visa expires but by then you should surely have your partner visa approved. If you stay on your student visa and it has travel rights you can travel as you normally would on your student visa but probably best idea to advise your case officer of your travel plans just to make sure they don't approve your partner visa while you are out of the country.

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Thanks a lot for that! I'll make sure to let him/her know!


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Hi lutin_steph. I am on a bridging visa A now. I applied for my temp residency visa back in Dec 2010 and am still waiting on a CO to be assigned. I actually was @ immi today as I needed to apply for another bridging visa B to travel to see my son on his birthday. I took evidence of his birthdate and was granted a visa on the spot for travel. Good luck with your visa.


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Unhappy If DeFacto is issued while on BVB, got 28days to pick it up???

Hi,

I applied for my De Facto on the 10th of January 2011 and still haven't heard back from anyone. My partner and I changed our travel plans from (past) July-Feb, to November 2011 - September 2012 simply because I didn't have my visa back then and we wanted to avoid the stress with the Bridging Visa B and having to travel back to pick the visa up.
We booked the flights a while ago, hoping that until mid-Nov I really should have my visa. In March next year my partner needs to go to his best friend's wedding, so he needs to fly back anyway. I thought, right, if I haven't got my De Facto yet before we leave, then I'll go back with him and pick it up then.
So today I called immigration, just to check on my de facto application.
He said the visa is still under process. So I asked what would happen if I got my visa, let's say a day after we left for Europe. He replied: You will have to pick it up within the next 28 days.
He also said it's not possible to make appointments with the immigration office in Brisbane. Is that common? I read that many people walk in to apply for a BVB for example and get it granted straight away. I was told it wouldn't be possible and I would have to apply via post.
I would just like to know if I indeed need to come and pick it up within 28 days or if, once I'm on BVB, they are ok to wait the 3 months until I return??

Hoping that my De Facto will be approved and I'm able to pick it up before mid-November to avoid a big tragedy!!!


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Update: I was told on the phone I should soon apply for my BVB as the waiting time is between 3-4 weeks and he also said I can tell them my travel dates so they approve the BVB accordingly. So I sent my application out last week and got a response within 4 working days that my visa was approved on the 13th of October and I have to return by the 13th of January. This is ridiculous. I'm upset about the false information I was given on the phone. Why am I asked then, when I would like to travel? I even sent copies of my flights to prove I'm not leaving before the 16th of November. I also wrote a separate letter with 2 or 3 questions on it and I have not received a response to any of my questions. In their response letter there isn't even a telephone number or an e-mail, how can I contact the person who sent the letter? I urgently need to ask if they can change the dates of the BVB to 16th of November and then 3 months travel minimum. Even if I had to pay the fee of $105 again. I really need that extra time!

Now something else I'm confused about:
First I was told if my de facto visa is granted when I'm overseas, I need to pick it up within 28 days.
Yesterday I was told on the phone (hotline) that I'd have 12 months!!!
When I then asked whether I would still be on BVB and if that didn't mean I would have to pick up the visa within those 3 months, he said: yes, you have 3 months then.
Huh? Does anyone know the correct answer? I don't want to come back to Australia and not being able to enter the country because I messed something up with my visa.

What I read in the BVB application was:
A Bridging Visa B allows you to travel until a specified date UNLESS the visa ceases prior to that date.
Does BVB cease automatically when the De Facto Visa was granted (even if I'm still overseas)? Wouldn't I then have 12 months to pick up the De Facto?
Is there such thing as "picking up the de facto" at all? I heard that the visa is granted electronically.
So many questions... Please could someone help me?
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:17 PM
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Hi

If you applied onshore you must be onshore when the defacto visa is granted so I'm not sure what they mean by pick it up.... Sometimes you have to call them 3 or 4 times and ask the same question.

If you applied in January 10 and the wait times are now 9 to 12 months they may have only granted you the BVB until Jan 11 because that makes it 12 months since your application. Hopefully the visa is approved before you need to travel.

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