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Old 02-14-2011, 09:13 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Great Forum!

In short, I'm English, the other half is Australian. I'm currently in Australia on a 6month multiple entry tourist visa. The plan was to apply for the defacto after 12 months living together, but now we've decided we want to get maried so I'm planning on applying for the PMV instead.

I'm about to go to NZ for a few days as my first 6 months on the tourist visa is up and put in the PMV application there and then return to Australia to be with my partner, I just have a couple of (hopefully) quick questions ...

1. Medicals - as this will just be a flying visit to NZ can I arrange for the medical to be done when I return to Australia, will they still be matched to my application in NZ or would this confuse things?

2. Current Residential Address - As this is an offshore visa should I put my home address in the UK, or where I am currently living in Aus with my partner?

3. If any questions are asked when I return to Aus on my tourist visa, is it ok to say I'm waiting on the PMV to be processed, or should the answer be 'to continue my holiday'?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Old 02-14-2011, 09:44 PM
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Hi! I went to NZ to apply for my de facto visa a few weeks ago and it wasn't as easy as I thought. Though, I must say, it might be easier for you, as you are from UK (I'm from Brazil, considered a high risk country).
- First, at the airport, I had to change my flight as my ticket to return to Australia because my visa was going to expire on Sat and my flight back was on Tuesday, so the airline company said I wouldn't be allowed to enter NZ if I didn't have a valid visa to go back to Oz. So, just make sure you are going days or weeks before your current visa expire.
- Second, when I went to Immi to apply for the visa, first thing I asked was if I could apply for another tourist visa to go back to Oz while waiting for my visa and the officer said "no, you are not going to be a tourist, so you can't have a tourist visa". Luckily I had an email from someone from the office saying that I could apply for a tourist visa and go back to Oz to wait for my visa. So she asked me to print the visa and bring it to her so she would see what she could do. Went back there with the email and talk to another person, told him the whole story again and he said usually they don't do it because my intention to go back to Australia wouldn't be tourism, anyway, he accepted my De facto application (but because Brazil is considered a high risk country and I'm not a NZ resident, they were going to send my papers back to Brazil - that's been nearly 1 month already and my papers haven't got there yet) and he told me to go back to the office that arvo with tourist visa form app to apply for it. So I did, back again in the arvo, papers and $ 145 to apply for my visa to come back. He gave me 7 months f(with No further stay on it), so I can apply again in case I don't get my de facto in 7 months (hopefully I will). When I flew back to Oz I was hoping they were not to ask me why I was coming back after only a few days in NZ and why I've been in Oz for so long (1 year) as a tourist.... anyway, they didn't but to be honest, I don't know if it's a good idea telling the truth... not that you should lie, but they keep saying "tourist visa is for tourism purpose" so if the officer at the airport is in a bad mood, they can always refuse your entry... don't know... I wouldn't risk... at the same time, they might be able to check online if you are waiting for another visa... I was lucky they didn't ask me.. and you've been here for 6 months, so shouldn't be a problem... Good luck and hope they are not going to send you app all the way back to UK, probably not!


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Hi Sapucaia, thanks for your response, I'm hoping though I won't have quite the same problems as you as I already have the tourist visa and its still valid for entry into Aus for the next few months.

Are you in Australia now then? which country did you have your medicals done, was it NZ with your application or Aus?

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Old 02-15-2011, 12:59 AM
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Yes, I'm back in Australia. I did my medicals in Australia before I applied for my visa. I sent them an email asking if I could and they said yes. I also had all my police check (including Australian one, as I would be living here for 1 year at the time of the application. Though, if you are planning to stay in NZ for a few days or maybe weeks, maybe you should check prices for health checks over there as I heard it's cheaper than here in Oz. Good luck!! Keep us posted....


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Thanks, thats really helpful and reassuring!

What did you put as your residential address though, your address in Aus? I'm thinking as I'm applying for an offshore visa I should put an offshore (UK) address??

Sorry for all the questions!


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Old 02-15-2011, 01:19 AM
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I put my address in Australia. Even living here with a tourist visa, we still have to prove that we've been living with our aussie partner so I thought it would be a better idea (and I had to have bills and mails under my name too as I had to prove we were living for 12 months together). Even though you are applying for a PMV, I reckon you should still put your aussie address and let your CO know when you come back to Oz coz he has to advise you to leave the country again before your PMV is granted. Good luck!!!!


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Old 02-15-2011, 01:21 AM
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I've heard lots of good stories about people applying for visas in NZ and there's a chance you get it straight away or very quick if you front load yr health checks and police check. Not saying it's gonna happen but chances are it's quicker if you have everything ready when you apply. You might be the lucky one!


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Old 02-15-2011, 01:22 AM
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Thank you!! I think thats what I'll do then.

The plan initially was to apply for defacto, so I have tonnes of evidence which I've been gathering for the last 6 months anyway, more than is needed for PMV, but it cant hurt to send it all in!


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