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Ability to work while waiting for a subclass 820 visa

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Hi There,


My girlfriend and child are Australian and I am looking to apply for a subclass 820 onshore visa. Can anyone share an update on how long these visa's are taking? (I understand the official processing timeframe is 13 months). My child will be 10 months old when I apply and my girlfriend would like to continue to be a stay at home mum. What are my options to apply for a bridging visa that will allow me to work while i wait for my visa to be approved?


I understand that a bridging visa (enabling me to work) may be granted in the case of financial hardship, but i feel this is a catch 22 as I guess we also need to be able to prove that we can support ourselves?? If I were to ask to be able to work to support my family would this be rejected as my partner could work if she needed?




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If you apply for an 820 visa, you automatically get a Bridging Visa A which allows you to work (it comes with work entitlement when you are applying for a partner visa). However the BVA only kicks in when your existing visa expires. What visa are you on now?

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