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Old 12-04-2014, 05:15 AM
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Your name says it all - serenity. This is the approach I need to take in making my application. I didn't realize until reading your post that I was feeling a bit overwhelmed - I've mainly been reading dozens of forums and blogs that pertain to my application and situation, going back years, taking in a lot of advice rather than putting questions out there. I have been building our application with a lot of attention to detail, but your post has inspired me to now step back from it. I know we already have the basics and plenty of detail to demonstrate the four aspects of our genuine relationship. One more detail or piece of evidence isn't going to make the difference. In fact, it just might make the review time longer! So, thank you for sharing your perspective and imparting a little level-headedness and peace of mind to what is for many of us a very important and life-changing endeavor.

Congratulations to you and your partner!

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that is so good to hear!! congrats!
if i may i just wanted to ask one thing,
when you came to australia in order to lodge your application, what visa were you on? Were you on a tourist visa/working holiday visa/457 visa etc?

my fiancÚ and i are getting married next year feb, and after a short honeymoon we are gonna apply straight away. But we dont know which visa to go on. Hope to hear from you!
I applied while on a tourist visa I had originally come here on a 3 month tourist visa, then extended it for another 3 months, and then lodged the 820 visa the night before my tourist visa expired. Talk about being disorganised Best wishes with your Application!

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Serenity88,
Your name says it all - serenity. This is the approach I need to take in making my application. I didn't realize until reading your post that I was feeling a bit overwhelmed - I've mainly been reading dozens of forums and blogs that pertain to my application and situation, going back years, taking in a lot of advice rather than putting questions out there. I have been building our application with a lot of attention to detail, but your post has inspired me to now step back from it. I know we already have the basics and plenty of detail to demonstrate the four aspects of our genuine relationship. One more detail or piece of evidence isn't going to make the difference. In fact, it just might make the review time longer! So, thank you for sharing your perspective and imparting a little level-headedness and peace of mind to what is for many of us a very important and life-changing endeavor.

Congratulations to you and your partner!
It sounds like you have way more proof then we did It is such a nerve-wrecking experience this whole visa process and I agree, at some point I just had to step back from it and said to myself, whatever will be, will be. My partner and I know that our relationship is genuine, and that to me is all that matters really. And so I made a conscious decision to not visit this forum as much as I used to, as I could feel the anxiety creeping up on me (nothing serene about that haha) whenever I saw how thick people's application folders were or how many documents they attached to their online application.

This quote helped me to relax about it all and just let the process take its course: "Worrying is like paying off interest on a loan you haven't taken out yet".

Best wishes with your Application!

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I applied while on a tourist visa I had originally come here on a 3 month tourist visa, then extended it for another 3 months, and then lodged the 820 visa the night before my tourist visa expired. Talk about being disorganised Best wishes with your Application!
Thank you for the very swift reply! sorry, also when you extended your tourist visa for another 3 months, did you leave the country and then renter again? sorry, I've been reading many threads and your thread really answers my questions I'm so thankful to you


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Thank you for the very swift reply! sorry, also when you extended your tourist visa for another 3 months, did you leave the country and then renter again? sorry, I've been reading many threads and your thread really answers my questions I'm so thankful to you
I didn't have a 'no further stay' condition on my first tourist visa, so could extend it whilst staying in the country. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask, happy to help

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I didn't have a 'no further stay' condition on my first tourist visa, so could extend it whilst staying in the country. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask, happy to help
Awesome! my partner is from singapore so his tourist visa also doesn't have a "no further stay" condition.
whats the process for getting the extension if you dont mind me asking? like did you apply online? what did you have to do, and what is the extension called (if it had name)? so maybe i can browse online for information on it hehe...

i keep seeing in the other threads that you can extend you tourist visa by leaving after 3 months and then re-entering (because this ETA tourist visa lets you stay for a year, so long as you only stay for 3 months at a time)

did you do it this way? if not, how did you do it? thanks so much serenity xx


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Awesome! my partner is from singapore so his tourist visa also doesn't have a "no further stay" condition.
whats the process for getting the extension if you dont mind me asking? like did you apply online? what did you have to do, and what is the extension called (if it had name)? so maybe i can browse online for information on it hehe...

i keep seeing in the other threads that you can extend you tourist visa by leaving after 3 months and then re-entering (because this ETA tourist visa lets you stay for a year, so long as you only stay for 3 months at a time)

did you do it this way? if not, how did you do it? thanks so much serenity xx
I had the E-Visitor Subclass 651 Visa the first time around (not valid for Singapore sorry). Then, when extending for another 3 months, I got the Subclass 600 Visa. I applied online - You can apply for an extension here, I believe this is possible from an ETA as well? Visitor visa (subclass 600)

They ask you all kinds of questions i. e. why you want to stay longer, where you live, funds etc. I think I paid a little over $300 for the extension.

I have extended tourist visas in the past, but they've added lots more questions now, never used to be like this. Guess they're becoming a bit more careful.

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I had the E-Visitor Subclass 651 Visa the first time around (not valid for Singapore sorry). Then, when extending for another 3 months, I got the Subclass 600 Visa. I applied online - You can apply for an extension here, I believe this is possible from an ETA as well? Visitor visa (subclass 600)

They ask you all kinds of questions i. e. why you want to stay longer, where you live, funds etc. I think I paid a little over $300 for the extension.

I have extended tourist visas in the past, but they've added lots more questions now, never used to be like this. Guess they're becoming a bit more careful.
oh i seee. well that is definitely a worthy option to consider! Thank you so much for your inputs! i really really appreciate your help and your swifty replies


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It sounds like you have way more proof then we did ...This quote helped me to relax about it all and just let the process take its course: "Worrying is like paying off interest on a loan you haven't taken out yet".
Best wishes with your Application!
We've been together for 7 years so we do have a bit more to gather just to show the basics for each year. Showing the genuine relationship in those early years is helpful and important only to increase the chance that they'll immediately grant me the permanent partner visa rather than the temporary one.

I love that quote. It applies to all sorts of situations!

Thanks for the wishes. I/We will be lodging it soon, at which point I'll add my details to join the "Waiting Club".

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