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Old 11-19-2014, 12:49 PM
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Question visiting Australia while waiting for partner visa to be granted

Hello! I was living in Australia as a student and met my husband and got married. Shorlty after getting married, my student visa expired and my Australian husband and I traveled to America for another wedding reception and to apply for my offshore partner visa. I have a ticket to return to Australia in mid-December. I misunderstood the timing of getting the visa granted. We live in Australia and its not really a possibility to live overseas for the next year while we await my visa approval. I am wondering what would be the best option for me to be able to return to Australia on my original plane ticket in December? Do I just get a regular visitor visa and then leave every 3 months and keep reapplying until my partner visa is granted ? I definitely don't want to spend long period away from my husband so just wondering what the best option is for this process!!


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Applying for a tourist visa is probably your best option. Keep DIBP informed of your travel plans so they can let you know to go offshore when your visa is ready to be granted.

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Yeah, you really should have applied for your partner visa onshore before you left Australia. Hindsight is 20/20, I guess. An ETA/tourist visa is going to be your only option unless you are young enough to qualify for a Working Holiday Visa and haven't taken yours yet. I just hope they don't reject your ETA/tourist visa or WHV because you've already been in Australia on a student visa for so long. That's a possibility, though less likely when you're from a low risk country like the US.

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Ok- thanks for the input. This is going to be an expensive year with visas and flights!
SO if my flight to return to Oz is mid-December, when should I apply for my visitor visa? Because the 90 days begins as soon as its granted right? So should I wait until closer to December to apply or is that waiting too long? How long does it usually take to be granted?

Are they always single-entry as well? Is it likey at all that I can get one granted longer than 3 months with multiple entry ?



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You can apply for it now. The easiest one to get is the ETA. US citizens can apply online and you get it immediately - costs about $20 and takes about five minutes to apply. It's valid for a year, but you can only stay three months at a time. Your three months doesn't start until you actually enter Australia.

You can try applying for a longer tourist visa (subclass 600) and ask for 12 months, but the term they grant for is up to them - and I think it's pretty unlikely they'd give you 12 months just after a student visa. They'd probably (if you're lucky) just end up giving you 12 months, but no more than a 3 month stay (same terms as ETA). It's more expensive and can take a few months to process - there's a good chance you might not get it in time for your trip as they're really busy this time of year with tourist applications around the holidays.

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Thank you sooo much for all the info! It's very helpful for me as I am trying to be prepared for the next year or so.

Do you happen to know how long I need to leave the country before I can come back in? So when my 90 days is up can I just head over to Indonesia (or somewhere close) for a week or so and then come back? Or are there stipulations on returning after your ETA is up - of course besides applying for a new one?

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You usually only need to leave for a few days. Most people go to NZ, Bali or somewhere else nearby for a short holiday.

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Applying for a tourist visa is probably your best option. Keep DIBP informed of your travel plans so they can let you know to go offshore when your visa is ready to be granted.
Sorry for the ignorance- but I cannot figure out how to inform the DIBP? I have not been contacted by the case officer so I am not sure who to inform about my travel plans to Australia?

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It's fine to just use the web form on their website or any email address you may have for them. Doesn't need to be your CO.

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