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On-Shore or Off-Shore?!

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Old 01-27-2011, 12:49 PM
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On-Shore or Off-Shore?!

Hi There,

Really need some advice on which visa to apply for!
My partner and I are going for a de-facto (I am British, he is Aussie.)
We lived together in Perth for 6 months then moved to the UK together and have been living here for 6months now. So now we are eligible to apply for our de-facto.
I would like to apply of an off-shore as I feel that way I could land in Australia and be good to go! The hard work is over and we can start our new life.
But my partner would like to be back in Oz in May for a big family event. I have told him that I dont think 4 months is long enough to apply and be accepted, so this would mean applying for an on-shore visa. (Subclass 820)

If this was the action we took, what visa would I enter Australia on to then be able to apply once in Oz? Would it just be the 3month holiday visa?
Also, once we applied, would I be granted a bridging visa that enables me to work? Or would I only be enitited to my holiday visa rights?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read! Hope you can help me out!!


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Old 01-27-2011, 09:12 PM
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You could apply offshore, stay in the UK for as long as you can to see if the visa will be granted by then, perhaps your partner heading back to Oz earlier than you if need be and you following if a visa is granted, it being at least 12 months that is required.
Alternately, if you wanted to return whilst the visa was still being processed, put a Form 1022 to advise of your travel to Oz and hopefully you would be advised when granting was imminent and to arrange a trip out of Oz., to NZ or Asia to have the visa granted, there being some risk for the onus is still wioth you to be either in or out of Australia when a visa application is to be finalised and if that occurred and you were in Australia, it would be rejected.

Visa you could use for travelling might as well be the eVisa, it being free.
If you think about travelling back to Australia to apply, you'll need a visa that does not have a No Further Stay condition on it and some eVisas apparently are being issued as a 12 month multiple entry visa for 3 months stay at a time but with no NFS and without that occurring or a NFS condition, you will need to see a travel agent and get an ETA.
There is a risk in that if you are questioned re returning and considered to not just be a visitor, ie. your intent is to apply for the partner visa you can be refused entry.

You normally get granted a bridging visa on an existing visa expiring but I am not aware of how Immi view the situation with the 12 months multiple entry one and whether the time when you should leave after three months is considered also to be an expiry date, that being something you ought to check with Immi.

You can with a bridging visa apply to have a work restriction lifted, whether you get it or not another matter.

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