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Offshore (Fiji) partner visa - baby due while waiting


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Old 06-05-2011, 06:06 AM
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Offshore (Fiji) partner visa - baby due while waiting

I'm Australian, my husband is British. We have been married five years living in expat locations and recently applied for offshore partner visa through the Aus immigration office in Suva, Fiji.
Our second child is due during the waiting time for our visa to be approved and we do not want the baby to be born in Fiji - hence we will return to Australia to have the baby. At the same time my husband anticipates that his expat contract will be ended early and he will request that the company release him before the baby is due - in total 3 months after the visa application is submitted.

Should the visa not be received by the time he leaves for the birth what is the process if it is granted while he is in Australia?

What is the process for applying for a bridging work permit in Australia while waiting for the offshore visa to be processed? ( point to a website is fine!)

What are the implication if he does not return to Fiji after the birth and stays in Australia - even though its being processed in Fiji?


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I think that you may have erred by doing a 309. As a UK citizen, couldn't he have come in on a tourist visa and then done an onshore visa whilst here? Maybe he should apply for a tourist visa, get here and then request to change it over to a onshore, however he wouldn't be able to work here until it was approved tho. Not sure if that will work though?

The 309 must have the decision made whilst the applicant is offshore. They do know If the applicant is here and won't make a decision until he is offshore. They actually ask for your travel plans to exit the country and ask at what offshore location do you want the visa to be issued from (they also want your passport at the same time I believe). This is law.

I wouldn't give your name if you ring up and ask what I suggested above, as that would alert immi as to what you were wanting to do.

There is no bridging visa for a 309.


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Old 06-06-2011, 12:28 AM
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Thanks for your response turboman. It's a bit of a bother to read that there is no bridging visa for 309 because I asked my brother to call immigration in Australia over a month ago to ask about our situation and they said to talk to them when we landed. The representative he spoke to said to apply offshore - it is generally quicker processing - and we will be given a case number overseas. Once we land they will see that it is in progress and if we have a letter from his expat employer ending his contract, and a heavily pregnant wife that they will grant a bridging visa based on financial hardship.

However I see the contradiction - he cant be granted a bridging visa while in Australia and be in 'processing' offshore - because they won't grant the visa while he is in Australia.

Does this mean he will be there for the birth and have to leave again quite quickly? Could he go to NZ rather than back to Fiji? Do you think its worth discussing this with the immigration office? Is it even worth asking for the visa to be put on a bit of a priority list?


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Priority list - prob not, everyone seems to have a reason for wanting their 309 to be done urgently (my wife included!). Although, Immigration aren't always uncaring b*st*rds, so can assist in situations if you are in need and ask nicely, except where the law does not allow.

From your post above, I think that immi might have suggested to your brother that the 309 off shore - be changed to the onshore equivalent. This is the only way a bridging visa could be issued.

Right - processing times for the onshore are generally much longer than offshore, and he can't work on that bridging visa.


If immi do say that the visa is ready for final decision and the birth is imminent, you simply tell them (why) he wont be ready to leave for another week or 2 and yes he can just go to NZ instead of Fiji because you tell them which office he will want the visa to be issued out of.


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Old 06-26-2011, 10:13 PM
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Hi TurboAdam,

Just to keep you in the loop (and because its exciting) we submitted the forms early June. We were contacted by the case officer on the 12th June to say everything had been reviewed and we were only missing one police check - which we knew about and were already getting from the Middle East.
So hopefully from the fact everything has been reviewed and only awaiting one item our visa will be granted quite quickly after the police check has been submitted. Fingers crossed!


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