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  1. Even the thought of SangSom makes me retch. LOL
  2. Apologies. Condition 8503 No Further Stay. Means you must leave at the end of the visa and there is no way to extend or apply for another visa onshore. Yes, Australia and the PV stream recognises de facto relationships such as yours. But you must meet the criteria. Do some reading on the PV for de facto.
  3. IMMI thinking is that most tourists would not spend any more than 3 months per visit, due to funds etc. Limiting people to 3 months forces them to exit and return, reducing the chances of using the visa for long stays and as an alternative to a PR visa. It maybe worth a letter to IMMI in your case, or a chat with an agent.
  4. Processing Time 75% of applications in 12 days 90% of applications in 35 days
  5. The degree should be listed by EA. I would email and query that. As a degree in engineering its better to use EA, rather than ACS. If EA will not list the degree, then fallback to ACS.
  6. Yes and Yes. Only copy pages that actually have a stamp or endorsement. Dont copy blank pages.
  7. No, only carry the current passport. One exception is if the old passport carries a current visa stamp for another country (all Aussie visa's are now electronic and no stamps are usually issued. Its rare these days, but some countries will honour their paper visa's in expired passports. But you should have all current visa's updated for the new passport.
  8. As you said "latest copy". The photos must be recent, 12 months is too old. You want to look exactly like the photo in your passport, or you may experience problems. But hairstyle is not one of the key indicators examined when they do the photo check.
  9. IMMI are getting very tough with Thai Nationals and back to back VV's. Yes they can. Immi has the power to cancel a VV, if they feel it is not being used for the right purpose. In your GF case, she is not a genuine tourist. They also have the power to refuse entry at time of arrival even if you have a valid visa, on the basis that the traveller does not meeting all the criteria. A common one is lack of funds or access to funds for your return flight, can get you denied entry. I know of several cases where multi entry VV holders are denied entry, due to the long term stay issue. Based on the IMMI Officers behaviour, I would say its safe to say she is on a watch list, and she will get ever increasing scrutiny each arrival. IMHO (based on what you have told us) it is likely she will be denied next entry. Also, I imagine the warning she received is on record. As Thai Visa said, start to plan a PV. If the current VV does not have a Condition 8503 attached, then you can apply onshore for a PV. The BV you will recieve when you apply, will allow her to stay and travel during the processing period.
  10. I thought I was wrong once, but i was mistaken.
  11. BV comes into effect when your VV expires in 12 months.
  12. So you can only exit a country on the visa you entered. In the case of your son who was Born in VN, he must exit on his VN passport. He cant exit on his Aussie Passport. Definitely check into the VN emigration rules for exit visa's. I know some 'controlled' countries demand exit visa's. More and more countries are demanding exit visa's for children, to curb the trafficking problem, or when there is not consent from both parents. SRV = Vietnam. Yes, long standing relationships, usually go straight to the PR Visa stage.
  13. If they get an 8503 THEY CAN ONLY APPLY OFFSHORE. no choice. The sooner you apply the quicker a result.
  14. Not knowing your nationality, and your home law, its difficult to advise. But as you were not convicted, technically you do not have a criminal record. So you can answer such with a clear conscience. But, you did receive a fine, so you were guilty of at least a misdemeanour. Which may or may not appear on a police report which you will need to supply. To be safe I would be open. I would state "Minor driving offence, no conviction recorded, no loss of license, fine imposed". Supply your passport, Birth cert and a copy of your expired ID card, with a note explaining a new one is on the way and will be sent through when you receive it. With the bank statement, as long as your name is clearly stated on the statement as in your passport, then you should be OK. Technically it should be translated but, give it a go first. It should be OK. Things like you Birth Certificate and ID card must be translated. Translators usually charge less in bulk.
  15. I think your concerns are very valid. My concern with the approach your lawyer recommended is that you can only apply onshore for a PV if your Partners Tourist Visa does not have a Condition 8503 applied. 8503's are somewhat the luck of the draw. You cant request to not have one, nor can you easily have one removed if applied. If you are forced to make an offshore PV application, then you can travel and stay on a Tourist Visa during the long processing period. So if your Step 2 Tourist Visa has an 8503 applied then you are stuffed and can not apply onshore. With all 'expert' opinions, there are no guarantees. I would strongly seek a second opinion from an Australian MIgration agent that specialises in Work Visa's. Can your partner add you as partner to their 189?
  16. Its a common question, but regardless of what other people experience, you can not use that as a guide for your application. Processing times, and the appointment of a CW vary greatly depending on many factors include nationality, family size, children, completeness of the application and any extenuating circumstances (i.e criminal records). Just keep watching your IMMI account, and respond to any questions or tasks promptly.
  17. Firstly, you can only apply onshore for a PV if your Tourist Visa does not have a Condition 8503 applied. 8503's are somewhat the luck of the draw. You cant request to not have one, nor can you easily have one removed if applied. If you are forced to make an offshore PV application, then you can travel and stay on a Tourist Visa during the long processing period. The simplest option for your first visa is a Tourist Visa. Search the forum on the basic tips, it's not complicated. German Nationals usually have no issues as long as you have the money, and are a genuine tourist. But do address the reason to return questions, as they will look harder here as your partner will remain onshore. Your first step I would suggest is to apply for a Tourist Visa, and hope that you do not get an 8503. If that all falls into place then you can apply onshore for your PV the day you arrive.
  18. As I said, you can only apply onshore for a PV if your Partners Tourist Visa does not have a Condition 8503 applied. 8503's are somewhat the luck of the draw. You cant request to not have one, nor can you easily have one removed if applied. If you are forced to make an offshore PV application, then your partner can travel and stay on a Tourist Visa during the long processing period. Once you have your sons Certificate of Citizenship, you simply apply online through the IMMI passports website. The photos and ID check interview would most likely be done at the an Australian Consular mission, or a local post office if he is onshore at the time. I assume you are referring to a Vietnam Exit Visa for your son? I can't advise on SRV policies in your son's case regarding his exit. Does he have a SRV passport?
  19. For self sponsored applicants, grants depend on your occupation and the demand for that skill set. If you are a cleaner, or labourer you will find it hard. Chefs and Engineers are in demand. If you have an employer wanting to sponsor you specific skill set (and they must make the case) then they will be able to sponsor you and your partner. One of you needs to obtain some sort of skilled visa (189,190, 482) Check the IMMI website visa selector tools. The other may join as a partner, but they also must meet the occupations list. In all cases you need your occupations to be on the eligibility list for that visa, and you have a sponsored job, or an invitation.
  20. You can best address this requirement by providing a basic itinerary covering the dates and activities of the entire stay. It does not need to be final but at least a basic plan. Day by day describe where she will be, what place you will visit, potential tour operators/events/sights you intend to visit. Even of the whole 3 months is with family, explain this, and the family events/gatherings that will prevail. No one turns up as a tourist without some idea of what they want to see and do. Search the forum there are many examples to use as a basis for layout.
  21. Yes, with a 40SP paper application all supporting ID and Prime documents need to certified copies. If applying online, just a quality colour scan is required for upload, as far as I know it does not need to be certified for online, originals may be called for later at an interview etc. The online process will guide you.
  22. The GTE requirement is somewhat less important for the partner, as their visa is directly dependant on your visa and your GTE. What is important is that they/you demonstrate that; Depending on the visa, have enough money to support them, if the partner is not eligible to work Show that your relationship is such that your partner will leave with you when your visa expires. The GTE is explained here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/genuine-temporary-entrant
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