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Bella89

Tourist to Bridging VISA question..

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Hi,

I'm new to the forum and I'm sorry if this question has been asked a million times before but I'm a bit confused with the information out there: My tourist visa is multiple entry and lasts for a year and allows me to stay in Australia for 90 day increments. If I apply for a 420 de Facto, will the bridging Visa kick in after 90 days or a year?

Also on that note, does that 90 day period "reset" when you leave and re-enter Australia?

Context: I met my boyfriend while I was on a WHV, when that expired we took a holiday together and then I came back to OZ on a multiple entry tourist visa in order to visit some friends. We're now in Vanuatu together and returning to Oz tomorrow. Initially I'd hoped to go to Japan for a little while but Boyfriend has a mortgage with his sister and after a lot of discussion, it's not feasible for him to leave (as he's a first time buyer, he has to live at the address for 12 months after purchase), and as it turns out, I don't think I can go without him. 

It looks as though applying for a 820 is going to be the best option for us at this time. Fortunately I was kind of aware that this might be a possibility and started creating the paper trail back in Feb so I could feasibly submit the application in a couple of weeks. I have all my police checks for the UK and Australia sorted because I worked in finance and government, the only thing I might need to get updated is the health check (and wills? I'm 29 and I've never given getting a will a second thought before!). 

I want to get a migration agent but we can't afford it on just one income so I want to get working rights ASAP (like everyone else I imagine).

are there any other pieces of info I can include in the application in the short term? 

In addition to personal docs, I'm listed on the insurance. All my Australian tax, bank, medicare details are registered to his address (as he's my contact in oz) and we registered the relationship as an insurance back in feb, but we're not married or engaged yet. Are there any other "quick wins" that you could recommend? 

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Your bridging visa will start when your visitor visa expires - I.e. three months after arrival. Leaving and returning will reset the 3 month period. Based on what you have written, there is no way to say how strong your application would be. 

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Thank you for your response. That’s annoying but not the end of the world, and I guess gives me 3 months to gather and prepare the evidence. 

I’ll probably post more about details about the application separately. I didn’t want to go off topic too much. 

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53 minutes ago, Bella89 said:

Thank you for your response. That’s annoying but not the end of the world, and I guess gives me 3 months to gather and prepare the evidence. 

I’ll probably post more about details about the application separately. I didn’t want to go off topic too much. 

You say you have police checks done - be aware they are only valid for 12 months from the date they were issued so you will need to do them again, almost certainly. Your medical will also only be valid for 12 months so don't do it too soon. 

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2 minutes ago, Nemesis said:

You say you have police checks done - be aware they are only valid for 12 months from the date they were issued so you will need to do them again, almost certainly. Your medical will also only be valid for 12 months so don't do it too soon. 

Ah great point. I actually had them done for work because I worked in government and finance so have them to hand. It made getting a job in my industry so much easier when I was on the 417 visa. 

The more I sleuth through this forum, the more nervous I'm getting about proving that my relationship is "de Facto",  if people can be refused when they're married, how can I prove that my relationship is genuine? Anyone can open a joint bank account and put names on bills etc. It only cost $50 to register the relationship in QLD and all we needed were our passports and to sign a form. This anxiety is normal, right?

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25 minutes ago, Bella89 said:

Ah great point. I actually had them done for work because I worked in government and finance so have them to hand. It made getting a job in my industry so much easier when I was on the 417 visa. 

The more I sleuth through this forum, the more nervous I'm getting about proving that my relationship is "de Facto",  if people can be refused when they're married, how can I prove that my relationship is genuine? Anyone can open a joint bank account and put names on bills etc. It only cost $50 to register the relationship in QLD and all we needed were our passports and to sign a form. This anxiety is normal, right?

Your medicals for work may not be the same as what is required for migration (which are conduced by specific panel Dr's).  The anxiety is normal, but you're right, because it is very easy to 'fake evidence' this is why this visa will come under a lot of scrutiny.

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1 hour ago, ali said:

Your medicals for work may not be the same as what is required for migration (which are conduced by specific panel Dr's).  The anxiety is normal, but you're right, because it is very easy to 'fake evidence' this is why this visa will come under a lot of scrutiny.

Thank you. I've talked to my partner about my concerns and I think we're both going to feel more comfortable with the help of a migration agent. Besides our case might be a little more complex because my partner is a little bit well known in Australia and we've had a bit of media attention on the relationship which adds to the stress of the application and part of the reason I sometimes feel that Australia and I have a bit of a tense relationship. 

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4 minutes ago, Bella89 said:

Thank you. I've talked to my partner about my concerns and I think we're both going to feel more comfortable with the help of a migration agent. Besides our case might be a little more complex because my partner is a little bit well known in Australia and we've had a bit of media attention on the relationship which adds to the stress of the application and part of the reason I sometimes feel that Australia and I have a bit of a tense relationship. 

I certainly think that if there's any complexity then a registered agent is the way to go to ensure that not only have the i's been dotted and the t's crossed, but some peace of mind for yourself.  Good luck - please do keep us posted how things go.

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On 21/06/2019 at 12:22, Bella89 said:

Context: I met my boyfriend while I was on a WHV, when that expired we took a holiday together and then I came back to OZ on a multiple entry tourist visa in order to visit some friends. We're now in Vanuatu together and returning to Oz tomorrow. 

If you already spent 12 months in Australia on a working holiday visa, then returned for another 3 month on a tourist visa and are now looking return again for another 3 months stint on a tourist visa, you risk being questioned at the border as to whether you are a genuine visitor.

If you are able to enter without issue, you should look and lodging and regularising your visa status soon, as another trip to reset your visitor visa for a further 3 months would be risky.


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On 24/06/2019 at 07:58, Raul Senise said:

If you already spent 12 months in Australia on a working holiday visa, then returned for another 3 month on a tourist visa and are now looking return again for another 3 months stint on a tourist visa, you risk being questioned at the border as to whether you are a genuine visitor.

If you are able to enter without issue, you should look and lodging and regularising your visa status soon, as another trip to reset your visitor visa for a further 3 months would be risky.

Sorry, I've only just seen this response. That's interesting about the bridging visa because when we spoke to a migration agent last week he said he had clients who had used the tourist visa multiple times in order to accrue more time on their application. 

Fortunately I was fine coming back in. I actually got questioned more when I returned from Indonesia after being on the 417, but that may have been because I was with my partner this time and we were coming in from Vanuatu. 

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