I have a valid tourist visa subclass 651 with no restriction on further stay.
We are considering moving to Australia and need to move this summer - therefore there is no time to apply offshore. My spouse is Australian. We live in the UK.
I need to apply onshore.
I don't understand how I can do that without breaching conditions of tourist visa as I know I'll be entering to apply for a further visa as opposed to entering just for a holiday....
Is this common and I'm worrying for nothing?
Or do I need to come out ahead of time, on holiday, be sure I want to live there, and then apply whilst on holiday?
I don't want to get this wrong!
Second question is when does the 651 expire and the BVA kick in - is it 3 months from when I enter given that this is the maximum time can stay on 651, or is it when the 12 months entirely ends (i.e. the 651 is valid for 12 months and I can do multiple trips).
Just to clarify when I applied for the 651 we were genuinely just visiting family.... the decision to move there has been made after that trip!
Any advice or experience anyone or anyone recommend a good immigration lawyer to help!