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Spouse Visa or Not???


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Old 06-17-2011, 11:35 PM
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Spouse Visa or Not???

Hello, I have just started looking into visas and wanted to ask a few questions that I can't seem to find the answers for yet.....but as I said, I have only just begun my search.

My husband and I live in the US, but he is Australian and has been working in AU for a year now. Although we have traveled back and forth a few times to see one another, my question is, Can I go to AU for 3 months on a visitors visa and then come back to the US for two months and then go back to AU for another three months on a Visitor's Visa?

If I do have to get a Spouse Visa, am I free to come and go from AU any time throughout the year? And can I work in AU under a Spouse Visa?

Thank you in advance for your help....
Kathleen


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Old 06-18-2011, 01:31 PM
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Hi there,

You could continue to get tourist visas if you have no intention of immigrating to Australia. Customs may question you about your intentions in Australia, but if you had a return ticket and you explained you are simply visiting, you shouldn't have a problem.

You could of course apply for a spouse visa in the states. This visa would allow to live in Australia as a resident, meaning you could get Medicare and work rights, just like a green card in the states. It's something to consider.

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Old 06-18-2011, 02:20 PM
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Thank you aussiegirl for your respose......but I have question on the spouse/partner visa. I went to the official AU visa site and it reads under this visa the following:

"Partners or fiancÚs of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia"

Where it states that you can enter the country or remain permanently, does this mean that I can enter and then leave.....or do I have to stay a certain amount of time or do I have the freedom to come and go ?

Thank you again...
Kathleen


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Old 06-18-2011, 11:06 PM
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Hi Kathleen, you can come & go as you please on a spouse visa.

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Thank you aussiegirl for your respose......but I have question on the spouse/partner visa. I went to the official AU visa site and it reads under this visa the following:

"Partners or fiancÚs of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens may apply to enter and/or remain permanently in Australia"

Where it states that you can enter the country or remain permanently, does this mean that I can enter and then leave.....or do I have to stay a certain amount of time or do I have the freedom to come and go ?

Thank you again...
Kathleen

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Old 06-18-2011, 11:32 PM
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Thank you for the good news..... I need to be able to return to the US because we still have our home here and where my son and girlfriend will be watching the place while I am gone, I need to make sure it is still standing in one piece every three to four months......LOL Yes I am only kidding....he is very responsible.

Another question.......if I start the spouse visa process, can I travel to AU under a visitor's visa even though I have not been approved for a spouse visa yet?

Thank you again...
Kathleen


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Old 06-19-2011, 04:05 AM
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You can visit while it's being processed, but you need to tell them when you lodge the partner visa that you intend to travel after lodging. This is because you have to be out of Australia when the visa is granted.

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