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Old 03-15-2011, 03:17 AM
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Wife Visa While living in China

I have a question about getting a visa for my wife who is from China.

We have been married for about 10 years and have a daughter who is seven years old and she has Australian citizenship.

My question is there any type of visa that I can apply for my wife if we still plan to live in China.

I work for a company here and have just recently been given a promotion so we have no immediate plans to return to Australia.

Can we apply for any type of visa for my wife while we are living in China or you do have to be living in Australia or plan return to Australia to get a visa for my wife.
Many thanks for any advice offered

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Old 03-15-2011, 12:06 PM
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Your wife can apply for Partner visa subclass 309. Since you'd been married for 10 years and have a child in the relationship, your wife would be eligible for Permanent Partner visa subclass 100.

Permanent Partner visa subcalss 100, this visa is valid for 5 years. If you are not planning to return to Australia in a foreseeable the future, it is better to wait until a year before your return to australia. The application generally takes about 10 months to get approval.

Since you are base in China, it is better off apply in China.

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Old 03-15-2011, 10:39 PM
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When you apply for a visa from abroad and are grasnted one there will also be an enter by date to validate it and so unless your wife is prepared to make a trip here to do that, it is another reason not to do it until you have plans for returning.

Plans can sometimes change quickly and so if you wanted your whole family to be able to return anytime it would be better to proceed now, your wife make a quick trip in and out for validation and then you would need to address the requirements for her to get a Residents Return Visa in about five years time if you still wanted to remain in China for a few more years.
If for instance you own or purchase a property in Australia and make a few holiday trips, it may be that your wife would be granted at least one five year RRV.

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Old 03-22-2011, 05:38 AM
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Many thanks to both of you for responding to my post and for the advice given. Has been of great help

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