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How long before you received your bridging visa?

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:00 AM
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How long before you received your bridging visa?

Hi,I need some input Due to some financial circumstances(long story) I am getting ready to lodge my Australian partner visa very last minute.I am currently in Australia on an ETA visa that is up on the 29th of March(less than two weeks!)If I mail my application to Brisbane now should I get my bridging visa before my ETA is up?I am so nervous Thanks so much for any help

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:17 AM
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Your application should be in Brisbane within a matter of days unless delayed if you're flood bound or whatever, but make sure you keep copues of everything including the application itself and send it off via registered mail.
As soon as the application is registered and should be within a day or two of receipt if not the same day, there should be a BVA activated to kick in as soon as the ETA expires.
There is one thing with the ETA that I'm not sure of what Immi do and that is whereas an ETA allows for a stay of up to three months at a time, it is also valid for 12 months and so if 29Mar. is the end of a first three months, in theory your ETA will not have expired, so I'll be interested in how Immi handle that and I suspect that may just take it that your ETA has expired, even if they effectively cancel it.

Do let us know what actually happens for it is a question that gets asked often.

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:30 AM
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Ok,that makes me feel a bit better.I will post again when I get a bridging visa.Thanks for your help

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Old 03-18-2011, 06:58 AM
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hey, I have a similar problem as well... although with a WHV.I woke up with a panic this morning envisaging the department taking ages to lodge my application once they recieved it. However I phoned today and had my mind put at ease, they said that they stamp it as soon as they recieve it, and it should be fully lodged within two working days, if there is a delay however, you can refer back to the stamp on recipt, which will have the exact day the recieved it. Send it by recorded mail or courier though, just to ensure it gets there speedily, and you can trace.

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Old 03-19-2011, 03:36 PM
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Ok,well I'm glad you got yours in time...hopefully I will get mine too

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