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Taiwanese/Australian couple who just wanna be together

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Old 05-21-2011, 03:23 PM
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Taiwanese/Australian couple who just wanna be together

Hi everyone

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

A little background information before I pose my visa questions:

I have been with my Taiwanese girlfriend Dannie for nearly two years now and we are committed to each other long-term. Some of those two years together was spent apart, due to work commitments on both sides, and 7 months were spent living together in Ireland (plus one month of travelling together).

I have dual UK/Australian citizenship. I entered Ireland last year as a British citizen so I could live and work there without needing a visa.

Dannie initially came to Ireland on a tourist visa which was later changed to a six month residential/work visa – while the Irish authorities decide whether or not to grant a full five year residential/work visa (based on our defacto-status which was fairly easy to prove). We left Ireland before the final five year visa was decided upon by the Irish authorities and at this time, we do not know if she has been granted the five year visa or not. Repeated calls to the Irish immigration authorities have been fruitless.

We are presently enjoying a few weeks in Taiwan with her family and friends and next week we fly to Australia. From what I can tell, our best option now is for her to enter Australia on a tourist visa next week and we spend the next three months living together and documenting it (opening joint bank accounts etc).

I have already lined up a new permanent job in Australia and start the new job a few days after returning to Australia.

My questions are as follows:

1. If she enters as a Taiwanese tourist, should we enter passport control as a couple or individually?

1a. Does it matter that she has only a one-way ticket to Australia?

2. If we enter passport control as a couple with her holding a tourist visa, should we be upfront about our intentions or pretend to be “just friends”?

We plan to later apply for permanent residence/working visa for Dannie once we have a year of documented living together – further questions follow:

3. Time spent in Australia as a tourist but living together as defacto – this is a legitimate way to increase our documented defacto-living time together? They won’t penalise her for entering as a tourist but staying as a resident for that time?

4. If the Irish 5 year visa is/was granted, would that strengthen our application for permanent residency for Dannie or would this Irish visa be ignored?

5. By the end of her three month visa, it will be eleven months that we can document as having lived together – 7 months in Ireland, 1 month travelling together (still have the boarding passes) and 3 months in Australia. That should be close enough, one would think, to a year?

6. How long does it take usually for these applications to be processed? I assume a bridging visa is granted if need be?

Any other hints or tips to increase the chances of success with either visa? We cannot afford to fail.

Thank you very much for reading this and any assistance anyone might be able to provide.

Steven & Dannie

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Old 05-21-2011, 04:37 PM
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Hi there,

If you haven't already, I suggest you read this sticky:


I think she should definitlely have a return ticket. If she had a one way ticket it would most likely look suspicious. I have been stopped at customs in Australia trying to enter Korea on a one way ticket, and even though I explained I was going to get a visa in Japan to teach in Korea for a year, they almost didn't let me on the plane. So, as the sticky says, if you get someone who goes strictly by the book, you could run into trouble.

I have also travelled to Australia with my Korean partner and never had a problem with customs although we didn't hide the fact that we are a couple. But, we both had return tickets heading back to Korea, so it didn't look like my husband was going against the conditions of his e-visa. As the sticky also mentioned, if the visa has a no further stay condition on it, she would have to leave Australia to lodge the visa anyway, and if she had a 12 month e-visa, she would have to leave Australia every 3 months and re-enter again in order to stay for an extended period of time, so thoroughly investigate what type of tourist visa she can get.

Any time spent living together can count towards the 12 months I would think, even it was gained while on a tourist visa. And yes, if her tourist visa expired before the partner visa application was granted, she would get a bridging visa.

Processing times seem to be longer onshore right now, with some people waiting over 6 months or more. But, a lucky few on here have posted that it took them a matter of weeks. These people had a lot of evidence however and did medicals and police checks before submitting the application.

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