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Coming into Oz on an ETA then applying for Defacto Visa?

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Old 06-01-2011, 01:49 PM
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Coming into Oz on an ETA then applying for Defacto Visa?

Hi everyone,

My boyfriend is coming over from the UK end of this month and we are planning on submitting an onshore defacto visa application when he gets here.

He has an ETA (electronic travel authority) from when he visited in October last year.. my question is, will there be any problems submitting the defacto application and getting the bridging visa from this?

Also, he will be coming into Oz with a one way ticket.. whats the possibility of him being stopped at the border? I've read that you dont 'need' a return ticket out of Australia, but they might put a 'No further stay' stamp on your passport or something if they suspect you are planning on staying in oz? Would it be worth buying a cheap flight to Bali or something out of Oz so he at least has a ticket out of the country?

Thanks in Advance,


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Old 06-02-2011, 09:29 AM
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I would definitely get a forward ticket, if not a one year open ticket just so that he's not questioned when arriving in Australia or even when he checks in in the UK (the airline has the responsibility to check passengers have the right visa and ticket for their intended travel). He can cancel the open ticket and get a refund of some of the fare once he lodges the application.

You already know the risk of having a NFS on the tourist visa. You could check with immigration to confirm if his current visa has it or not, as this could save you a lot of hassle and time. If there is not NFS, there should be no probelm applying for the partner visa onshore, as I know some one who is going down the same route and has lodged their application already.


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