More downsides of onshore visa applications


More downsides of onshore visa applications I’ve explained some of the differences between
offshore partner visas and onshore partner visas in a
recent BLOG article, and explained some of the differences between getting a prospective
marriage visa or offshore partner visa versus organizing
it onshore in Australia. Here are a few more thoughts. What is an onshore visa application? An onshore visa application means any visa
application applied-for inside Australia while the visa
applicant is also inside Australia. If you’re applying anywhere but in Australia
it’s an offshore visa application. So that means the applicant is obviously inside
Australia at that time, and that in itself adds pressures. What are the pressures with onshore visa applications? The main issue is always going to be the ticking-clock
issue. If you are inside Australia on a temporary
visa, like a tourist visa, you will have an expiry date. You will have a date when that visa will run
out and the visa holder risks being in Australia unlawfully. And is being in Australia unlawfully such
a bad thing? Ohhhh, yes. Most definitely! The old term was
“illegal immigrant”. It means you have no legal right to be inside
Australia, and you risk being arrested by the police or by the DIBP people and put
in a detention centre and/or deported. Not a good start to a
partner visa application. And yes, the issue of running out of time
happens all too often. I don’t know what it is, but once a
couple are together inside Australia they act like there is no pressure on them. They’re home. And no
one can imagine anyone with them can get tossed out of Australia. So they tend to just not worry about
it until the date is suddenly looming and they realise they’ve run out of time. If they are in different
countries and missing each other, the loneliness drives them on. But once they’re together sometimes
they become…..well? Lazy? Certainly impractical. We’re not sure exactly what happens, because
we can hardly ask what people are doing all day. But
often the sense of urgency simply isn’t there. They’re together, so maybe it’s the subconscious
mind tell them that they’ve already reached the finish
line? No idea. Or maybe it’s the daily romance? Whatever
it is, it means that applicants often don’t treat the situation seriously enough and time
soon disappears and the last legal day that the visa holder
can be in Australia comes up really quickly. And what happens when the visa is about to
run out? Three choices, basically. Overstay: Terrible choice, which will ruin
your future together. Lodge a substandard application: Another terrible
choice, which can result in a refusal of that visa
application. Down Under Visa don’t do rush-jobs, and we
can’t just push every other legitimate visa application aside and concentrate on one application
because of a client leaving everything to the last
minute. Return to Philippines: An awful option, one
of which we know you don’t want to take. You get used to
being together on a daily basis, and if you’ve been living together and waking up next to
each other for the last 3 – 6 months or so and suddenly need
to say goodbye for an unknown period of time, that
would be really traumatic. Better than the two options above, but still
not something you want. Another tourist visa application? Is that an option? Well, yes sometimes we end up doing that. Far
from desirable, of course. Plus it’s very wrong to assume that this is
somehow easy because you just had a tourist visa application. There is no such thing as a “visa extension”
for an Australian tourist visa. It’s a
new application, and requires new documentation. Some of what we have from the last application
can be reused, but not all or most. And we still have the issue of us having to
push everyone else off the queue because someone wasn’t organized. We won’t leave you in the lurch, but we don’t
like doing this. And in some cases we literally don’t have
the time to do it even if we had nothing else to do. And be aware too that you may end up being
refused anyway. This is especially the case if you’ve been
putting things off and dragging things out and have had one too many extensions further
onshore visa applications. We had one once where they granted it……for
a two week stay! That meant enough time
to pack her bags and say her goodbyes. Conclusion? Choose your visa type wisely. If you are efficient and are prepared to take
this all very seriously and will not take the ticking clock
of a temporary visa stay lightly, then you can consider an
onshore partner visa application. If you don’t believe you can make the best
use of this time, then choose on offshore application. Subclass 309 Offshore partner visa or Subclass
300 Prospective Marriage Visa (Fiance Visa). They’re taking considerably less time to process
these days, and come with no deadlines at all. You can take the time you need to prepare
an excellent application and lodge the visa application when it’s actually ready.

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