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Old 02-16-2011, 01:13 AM
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Onshore/Offshore Partner visas and Visiting visas.

The following is self explanatory and for information only.
It is possible to apply for more than one visa at a time though only one can be held and outcome of tweaking the system will like visa grants always be unknown until something happens, perhaps some luck involved as to who is looking at what.

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Onshore/Offshore Partner visas and Visiting visas.
Aside from the issue of eligibility,many people are posting re wanting to travel to Australia whilst a partner visa is being processed or to alternately travel to Australia and apply onshore.

Ive prepared this simple outline of the facts to save repetitive responses time, there being some key issues of risk involved.


1. Using a Visa for correct Intent
There is a general policy that people should use a visa for its intended purpose and though the following release was for 457 visas, there is a general reference and I think there is another more pertinent release about somewhere in the Immi system.
http://www.immi.gov.au/gateways/agen...7-visitors.pdf

So the risk that people take in attempting to bend the system towards their own situation is always that they may run into an Immi officer at point of entry who is doing things by the book.
Anyone who has ever worked in a larger organisation with rules and regulations will know that it only takes one person to say these are the rules and youll not likely get another wanting to buck the system in favour of compassion or practicality.

Another factor that can determine outcome is the circumstances of travel and any documentation being carried, like who takes things like birth certificates and certified copies etc. when supposedly going on a visit!

The result can be that you are catching the next plane out again.


2. Being in the right place for a visa grantThe onus has always been on an applicant to be in the right place for a visa to be granted, offshore for an offshore visa or onshore for an onshore visa, an exception now being with onshore partner applicants who can now be offshore when the PR is granted.

If people are successful with entering Australia whilst awaiting another visa processing, it does seem that there are embassy/consulate/high commission based Immi people who will let applicants know that their granting is imminent and if they are in Australia, arrangements should be made to leave.
It is something that is also done for skilled visa applicants where someone may be on an employer sponsorship in Australia whilst awaiting an independent skilled visa decision, that type of visa being processed by Immi in Australia.

It, along with any embassy/consulate/HC action is outside of Immi regulations and something I could understand some bureaucrats being loathe to endorse, let alone the lesser echelons, the reasons being Id suggest:
. Immi have a firm policy of a decision on visas not being projected and so it really means a visa has to be ready for granting before a person in theory can be notified.
If a slip up occurs, change of staff, Form 1022 misplaced, whatever and the visa goes up for entering into the system and a rejection occurs because a person is in Oz when they need to be abroad or vice versa, the system is not going to cope so well, and nor will the applicant with a visa rejected.
Immi like all government departments of most governments cop more flack than they want so why make a rod for their own back.
One poster from the USA was recently told that she may put her visa grant in jeopardy if having travelled to Oz.
. So basically, though people in many levels may want to be friendly and helpful and are, there is such a thing as putting yourself out on a limb and wanting to cover your backside from a good kick for not following the regulations.
. It also introduces another not regular step into a process designed for the masses and not with the flexibility to handle individual wants, thus more work and more reliance on the human fallibility factor.

And I am not saying that all Immi people are Ogres either, just waiting to turn people away on arrival but there are regulations and people who do like to see them adhered to as well as those who may adopt a more lenient approach when they can.

3. Bridging Visa on Expiry of an Existing VisaThe ability to come onshore and apply for a visa and then get a bridging visa is reliant on entering Australia on a visa that not have a No Further Stay condition.
For people from countries eligible to get an ETA, that is easy fixed and even for some who apply for the eVisa, it seems that visas are being issued with ETA like conditions.
That raises the case of an ETA not having an expiry date in theory until the end of 12 months and several trips out and back in is reached.
I am not aware if Immi have introduced an approach of saying OK, we can issue a bridging visa at the end of your first three months stint.

Ill update the situation if anything becomes apparent, a recent poster having applied for a partner visa, been on a bridging visa and also got the work restriction removed though Im not aware of what visa she entered on - Ill check.
So being informed, you can make your choice.




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I think this needs to be added here to highlight the risks of getting a tourist visa to travel to Australia while an offshore partner visa is being processed.

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My Fiance and I have just spent the better of 3 months and MANY hours going through process of preparing our PMV application. I'm an Australian citizen and she is from Japan. I really understand what you're going through as a long distance relationship is hard. (We use video skype everyday and very thankfull for it)

Regarding having your fiance or partner come live hear on a tourist visa while you are waiting... I would suggest, based on advise from our migration agent, that you be very careful here that if you're in the country and you get granted the PMV, that you don't depart on the tourist visa as this will blank out your PMV. Something about the way visa's are applied to the passport.

Exactly how it works I'm not sure, but the implications are pretty dire including invalidating the visa and if you're anything like us you are looking at around a year from the time we met to being able to be together. You don't want to risk delays or possible cancellation!!! If you're going to do this I'd HIGHLY recommend advise from a migration agent. The one we used just submitted our application yesterday and was EXTREMELY thorough and picked up on so many technicalities I didn't consider.

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I have reopened this thread as I feel it deserves more discussion.

I am in Australia on an ETA myself. I am hoping that my case officer, who is yet to contact me even once will in fact inform me when I have to leave so that my 309 can be granted.

Reading this thread, would as it did I at first, scare most people off travelling to Australia without their final visa decision and I am not suggesting it is without risk. I for one would be interested to hear from others that have indeed chosen the risky path I have of being with their partners despite the risks and been successful, or god forbid run into trouble doing so. I was going to stay in the USA originally and wait for a decision but I wanted to be in Australia with my husband and I had cats that couldn't wait for a decision to travel so I just up and went on an ETA. I have my fingers crossed it will work out. It seems unfair that there is no kind of bridging visa for offshore applicants to me, at least after medicals and police checks have been done. If somebody applies onshore they could be the worst of the worst but they can get a bridging visa and work etc. If you apply offshore you could be an angel but are not really welcome in the country for months to years and if you do come early then you can't work etc. Immigration expects couples to be together to prove they want to stay together and then make rules that keep them apart unless they find a way around them. That just doesn't make sense to me. If and when they decide I can stay I will have to leave so that I can stay.... does that make sense hmmm I don't see how but I will do it because I do love my husband and I will do what ever it takes to be with him...

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ACS has this to say on the matter

"In response to your email, if you decide to submit a Partner Migration visa application and want to visit Australia for a short trip while your application is being processed, you will need to advise us of the travel dates so your application can be updated.

It is not intended that a Partner Visa applicant waits out the processing of the Partner Migration Visa in Australia on a Tourist Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). If you enter Australia on a one way ticket you may be asked by Australian immigration authorities, on arrival at the airport, as to what your plans for departing Australia are. If entering Australia on an ETA or Tourist visa the immigration officer will need to be satisfied that you are a genuine visitor."

So Seems to be a double edge sword, and you take all the risk apon arriving in AUS--Bradster

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ACS has this to say on the matter

"In response to your email, if you decide to submit a Partner Migration visa application and want to visit Australia for a short trip while your application is being processed, you will need to advise us of the travel dates so your application can be updated.

It is not intended that a Partner Visa applicant waits out the processing of the Partner Migration Visa in Australia on a Tourist Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). If you enter Australia on a one way ticket you may be asked by Australian immigration authorities, on arrival at the airport, as to what your plans for departing Australia are. If entering Australia on an ETA or Tourist visa the immigration officer will need to be satisfied that you are a genuine visitor."

So Seems to be a double edge sword, and you take all the risk apon arriving in AUS--Bradster
Yeah, they didn't even raise an eyebrow when I arrived on an ETA with a 90 day stay on the entry card on a one way ticket. I was ready to give the border guy hell in the American style, I am an a American married to an Australian etc etc etc but he waived me through I don't know how well I will go if I pop to NZ and back again for another three months and I am hoping that they will grant the 309 before then.

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And here is DIAC's official and public response to this question:

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I lodged my family stream visa application outside Australia. Can I have a visitor visa while I am waiting for my permanent visa so that I can be with my family in Australia during the processing?

Visitor visas should not be used for long-term stays, for residence in Australia or for the purpose of remaining in Australia for extended periods to await a migration outcome.

When applying for a visitor visa you must meet all requirements, including the genuine visitor criterion, for that visa to be granted. The periods of time an applicant has spent in and out of Australia are taken into account in deciding a visitor visa application.
See:
Fact Sheet 54 Sponsored Family Visitor Visas
Fact Sheet 53 Australia's Entry System for Visitors

Applicants who travel to Australia on a temporary visa while waiting for their family stream visa application to be processed by an immigration office outside Australia should inform the processing office about their planned visit to Australia.

If an application for a family stream visa was made outside Australia the visa generally cannot be granted while the applicant is in Australia. The exception is where a combined application was made for a subclass 309 (provisional) partner visa and a subclass 100 (migrant) partner visa. In such cases the permanent partner visa may be granted in Australia provided the applicant holds the subclass 309 visa.


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I am also in complete agreement with you, Kttykat, regarding the lack of any kind of bridging visa and also the ridiculous bureacratic requirement to leave the country to be allowed back into the country.

Yes, I think it's a bit of a paradox that they require couples to be together and not apart in order to be eligible, and then put in place so many rules that make compliance so very difficult.

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And here is DIAC's official and public response to this question:
Yes, I have read that too. I wasn't going to go to Australia on an ETA in the original plan. When I explained to the Americas help line about the situation with my cats, that if I waited too long that their vaccinations would run out, they were the ones who suggested that I travel to Australia on an ETA and advise my CO that, that was what I was going to do. I took their advice and did just that.


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Yes, but a good idea to post it for everyone else who hasn't come across it before

The most enraging thing is how inconsistently the rules are applied from post to post - some, like you are given a green light to do this while others have their application refused outright because "a tourist visa is not to be used to wait out the processing of a partner visa". However, the PAM3 regulations do indicate to the processing officers that this in not out of the question ipso facto - in fact, they do encourage them to take a fair approach to couples in this situation.


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Yes, but a good idea to post it for everyone else who hasn't come across it before

The most enraging thing is how inconsistently the rules are applied from post to post - some, like you are given a green light to do this while others have their application refused outright because "a tourist visa is not to be used to wait out the processing of a partner visa". However, the PAM3 regulations do indicate to the processing officers that this in not out of the question ipso facto - in fact, they do encourage them to take a fair approach to couples in this situation.
I think this is one of the aspects that makes us all wonder. The process is far from a standard procedure, it leaves us all in the dark as to just how they will apply the law in our particular case, it is so much a guessing game.

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