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From tourist to Defacto - HELP!


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Old 01-31-2011, 03:29 AM
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From tourist to Defacto - HELP!

Hello to all!
My boyfriend and I met in London 3 years ago and lived together for 1 and a half years there. We decided to move to Australia last February and we applied for a defacto visa for me on 1st October 2010 in London. When we lodged our application the lady at the counter told us we could enter Australia with my existing tourist visa and wait for the de facto visa to be ready and electronically attached to my passport.
Therefore we entered Australia on 11th December 2010 with my tourist visa that allows me to stay in the country for a period of 3 months. Since then we have been living in Perth.
Since lodging our application we have only received two emails from immi advising us that our case is being looked at and that visa processing times are aproximately 5 months.
My problem is that my tourist visa ends on 10th March and if my defacto visa is not ready by then i will have to leave the country indefinitely.
Is there any way i can extend my tourist visa to allow for the time the defacto visa takes to be ready? is there a government body in Western Australia that deals with bridging visas? and if so where is it? Is there anybody in a similar situation?
Many thanks for reading this and hope to hear your advise...

Laura


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Old 01-31-2011, 04:13 AM
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Immi have offices in all states including WA and so yes there'll be an office in the CBD of Perth.
If your tourist visa has the No Further Stay condition on it, there maybe not much you can do about it other than break a leg for waivers only usually get granted for stuff like that.

However, maybe in a spate of kindness they may be able to offer a solution in a weird kind of a way but do be careful and do attempt to get it sorted while in the offices.
I say that based on some posts just this last week re a person who has overstayed an initial by five years, got married and is now hoping to have an onshore partner application granted.
She was given a Bridging visa and doing that stops a person from being an illegal alien and may be something of a formality but it is the weirdest thing I have ever heard of Immi doing as I thought they may have been more inclined to deport her or put her into detention and throw the key away


So first thing you ought to do if check if there is a NFS and if not you can apply for a further visitor visa.
If the NFS is there, and bearing in mind all the mind boggling stuff thay have about Bridging Visas C, D & E @ http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1024i.pdf you could head into the offices and explain how you know you will have to leave when the visa is ready for granting because of it being an offshore visa but ask if there is anything that can actually be done, even if it means you let the visitor visa expire and they then issue you with a Bridging Visa - strange things do happen at times.
Make sure you get the names of people who advise you of that and better still if they can give you some sort of a written reference.

But failing something definite arranged, if you need to take a trip to somewhere like Bali or further north and check Welcome to AirAsia.com... Now everyone can fly for cheap flights from Perth to KL or perhaps even Welcome To Tiger Airways are doing the Perth to Singapore route.
And you can either stay somewhere cheap in asia, bungalow on a beach kind of thing for $5- $10/d plus living costs the same until the partner visa is granted or you see about an eVisa which could be in the form of an ETA or an ETA itself, needing to see a travel agent and come back with either and they'll have no NFS condition.





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Dear Wanderer

Thank you sooo much for your reply!!! I went to check my passport and it turns out nowhere it says NO FURTHER STAY... so with this information I called immi australia (phone number 131 881) and they have advised me that I can extend my tourist visa using form 601 for a fee of AU$250.
For this type of visa I will be able to apply by post or in person and either way it takes about two weeks to be processed.
So that's a massive relief and now I can go on an enjoy my time in Australia!

thanks again for taking the time to give me all that valuable information!!

kindest regards!!!!!!

Laura


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