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Old 05-02-2011, 08:24 AM
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ETA visa

a friend of mine applied for a spouse defacto visa in which it was declined. Her partner had a consultation with a immigration lawyer and he suggested to use a ETA Visa, then to get married in Australia, has anybody done this themselves and if so after they get married what sort of visa would they have to get if any so that she can stay in Australia perm and not temp also could she apply for a bridging visa with this ETA Visa


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Old 05-02-2011, 09:37 AM
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Hello,

I'm a little surprised that the immigration lawyer suggested such a thing. It can be done, but it may cause problems if your friend is questioned at the airport about why she wants to travel to Australia. Her eventual purpose it apply for a permanent visa as a spouse, which is against the purpose of the ETA.

Read the sticky about onshore and offshore visas:

http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...ing-visas.html

A bigger problem is whether the ETA has a no further stay condition on it. This would mean your friend would have to go out of Australia to lodge the partner visa anyway.

Which spouse visa did your friend apply for? Was is a de facto visa, or prospective marriage visa? If it was a de facto visa, they may be able to try again for a prospective marriage visa. And did they consider applying to the migration review tribunal for a review of the decision? This is what they should have done, but there is a time limit that an appeal must be lodged with the tribunal, usually about 70 days from the date of refusal.


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@ Aussie girl there was a no further stay on the ETA no restrictions. it was a spouse defacto visa that was rejected


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