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Old 02-15-2011, 04:57 PM
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Got PR!!! but still confused

Firstly, I'd like to thank Wanderer and everyone else for their help whenever I needed it. Thanks a lot!!!

I got my PR on 09/02/11. After furnishing all the required documents(including medicals and police clearance) I got married during the month of December '10. I hadn't updated my file with my CO. Now, I'm confused, before getting my passport stamped, should I inform my CO and the local Australian embassy about my updated status or I should get my passport stamped and then apply for my spouse visa?

Any guidance would be very well appreciated.


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Old 02-15-2011, 10:29 PM
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What you should have done was advise Immi immediately and had your wife added as a secondary applicant, too late to do that now and it is not only going to cost more but will create the extra application and other heart ache.
As a PR, you need to be resident in Australia before sponsoring and by one post I've seen, a three months residency would seem to be appropriate for that person was apparently told as far as residing together when having an application put in, they would give three months leeway.
So if with marriage you have about six months residing together, your wife and you need to have an application ready to go, you need to leave for Australia before your validation date and then three months later your wife could put the application in.

Some people do look at making a trip on a tourist visa either whilst the partner visa is being processed or to have an application made onshore, there being a number of potential complications with that - have a scan down last couple of pages and there're a heap of threads with a similar theme - one titled offshore or onshore probably with relevant comments.

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Dear Wanderer, I'm now in Australia for about a month and have done all the initial formalities of a new resident. Can I apply for partner visa for my wife now? What would prove that now I'm usually a resident of Australia?

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You should check with the person who handled you PR application at DIAC as to what you can do.

But, I guess it means you have to show you have set up a permanent life in Australia i.e. looking for employment, have a house, have bank accounts etc. I think that since you have PR, you shoule be eligible to sponsor your wife and shouldn't need to show proof. However, as always, you need to contact your case officer or someone at DIAC to ask for confirmation.

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:42 AM
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Thanks Aussiegirl.
I checked up with DIAC, but nothing concrete came out of it. Just that there is no qualifying waiting period before one can apply for partner visa.
I've got TFN, bank account with considerable cash and a house where I'm living. I hope all these would be sufficient to prove that I am usually a resident of Australia. On the employment front, I'm still looking for work.

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