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Hello my name is Rachel I have a bit of a long and upsetting story to first tell, and then after I make you miserable reading that, I hope you can help me.

**I've had to cut a big chunk out of beginning because its too long**

We start in 2013 after me and my long term boyfriend have been in Sydney a year.

2013 began and it was brilliant. My Mum and step Dad had come out to visit us over christmas and we had a magical trip up the east coast, finishing in Sydney.

Feeling settled in Sydney my Boyfriend found a job (I found it for him actually ;-) ) working for an events company in Lane cove, Sydney. He quickly became a valued member of staff and his boss offered him sponsorship!
Having never done a sponsorship process before, his boss only added my boyfriends name to the application, he wasn't aware he could add me as a defacto..... This was the start of what was about to be a terrible year (or 2).

Whilst on our second year, with my boyfriend working for Divine events I found myself various jobs. Mostly promo work but I also did some extra work. I have appeared in 2 episodes of Home & Away, 2 Episodes of Love Child, 1 Episode of Wonderland and a few other short films and adverts. I had a WICKED time.

When my second year visa came to an end I new I had to leave the country. My boyfriends sponsorship was taking ages and he was about to be put on a bridging visa whilst they still carried on this long application. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't be put onto a bridging visa because my name hadn't appeared on the original application.

Lucky (ish) for me, my Dad lives in New Zealand. He has done since I was approx 13. I have visited him many times, I am really close to my Dad. So when my second year visa was nearly up, I decided to go to New Zealand. My plan was to go there for the amount of time I needed to and then go back to Sydney on a 3 month visitors Visa that would take me up to end of December when we both had tickets back to England for Xmas. All the dates matched up. I wouldn't be in NZ too long and I wouldn't be in Aus too long. Everything done by the rules set by immigration.

A couple of weeks into my trip to NZ my boyfriend decided to come out and see me for the weekend.
We had a great weekend together and I returned him to the airport on Monday.
I got back to my Dad's that day and my boyfriend called me. New Zealand airport wern't letting him on the plane because apparently when he left Sydney, his bridging visa was cancelled.
We obviously had NO idea that he couldn't leave Aus. If we knew this, he would never have come out to visit me that weekend.. what an absolute nightmare!!

So now he's stuck in NZ with me due to go back to Aus in a couple of weeks. He's doing everything he can to sort this out over the next couple of weeks. We go to the Aus embassy in NZ, we ring Aus immigration and we get no where!

The time comes for me to go back to Sydney. I've applied and been accepted for my 3 month visitors visa.
My boyfriend drops me at the airport this time and we hope that we will be seeing each other again soon in Sydney!

I arrive back in Sydney. Tired, a bit upset, but ready to get back to Pyrmont (where we had a flat which the lease was about to run out on). I was ready to start moving our stuff out and move in with one of our friends in Manly. We had previously lived with her and we had fallen in love with her little dog, Mischa (in my profile pic). She was a 14 year old terrier. I was excited to get back to see her.

Sydney immigration pull me aside. They ask why I'm coming back. I get a bit confused and say I'm coming back to see my boyfriend. I didn't mean to lie to anyone, I just really didn't want to explain EVERYTHING that we had been going through with his sponsorship visa. I realized then and now that that was a stupid thing to do. You may as well just tell the truth, I was just so tired and I wanted to get back to the flat.
Immigration took me into the back and interrogated me for hours. As soon as they took me into the back I explained everything and I apologized for lying before, and explained that I was just trying to get back and didn't want to explain a big story.
Hours later they finally decided that they weren't going to let me back in because i'd been there for nearly 2 years before, and they didn't believe I wasn't there to work again. Even though I had my return ticket to UK at Christmas and I had over $4,000 AUS in the bank to support myself.
They said they would be deporting me back to UK. They denied my Visitors Visa and they put me into a detention centre over night until a flight was available. I was devastated. I have never done anything criminal in my life. My dad was a policeman for over 20 years!

I was in the detention centre, I wasn't allowed any of my belongings. I was there overnight and most of the following day. Finally the phone call came in to say they had a boarding pass.

I must add as well that even though I asked for it at the time, Aus immigration never gave me any paper work stating that I was banned for any length of time. I have no idea if I have any sort of "record" in Aus.I have no paperwork to date.

I was taken back to the airport and put in another room for hours before finally being handed a boarding pass... But the boarding pass wasn't for UK as they had told me, it was for NZ, because that was my last port of call.
I was confused as they told me they were sending me back to UK, but at the same time I was happy because my boyfriend and Dad were in NZ.

I was put on the plane and finally I got back to NZ, where my Dad and boyfriend would be waiting for me.

I arrived back in NZ and immigration pulled me to one side. Another few hours of being interrogated again in NZ this time and they decided they weren't going to be letting me back in because Aus hadn't let me in there. I MEAN SERIOUSLY??!!!??? My Dad and Boyfriend were on the other side of the wall at the airport and I wasn't even allowed out to see them.
I was put in a room overnight and told that NZ were going to be sending me back to UK. I was understandably devastated!!! I have been to NZ many times and never had a problem. And now all because Aus sent me there instead of UK I now have to apply for a visa to go and visit my Dad.

After another night of loneliness and upset I was sent home. My boyfriend in the mean time had had enough and was surprising me by going back to UK too.

All this time my boyfriends boss in AUS was adiment of getting us both back. He was starting a new sponsorship process, spending thousands of dollars on us, this time including my name.
After a few months back home this sponsorship was still going no where. His boss had a visa agent but they didn't seem to be doing anything to progress the application. The new application EXPIRED and his boss started a new one again! He was obviously so keen to get us back.

In August last year, my boyfriend of now 9 years broke up with me. (although still wanted to go to AUS with me if sponsorship comes through!) I don't want to go into that too much but basically the bottom of my world fell out. And then in November, his boss after spending so much money on us, finally gave up because nothing was happening. So that was it. Our Aus dream was over. My relationship was over. I was broken.

Now... I am trying to get my life back together. I am in a job I hate so much. My boyfriend still wants to be my friend but I'm finding it hard.

Our flat mate from Manly wants to meet up with me. We have decided to go on holiday for 2 weeks to the Philippines in April.

My Dad has also invited me to come and see him in NZ for a while.

So this is my plan;

I want to go and visit my Dad for a month in March. I am in the process of applying for my Visa to go to NZ now.
I would then LOVE to go to Sydney for a week. My dog out there is now 16 and I'm worried I'll never see her again.
I also have lots of friends there and I also have a lot of belongings there that I want to retrieve.

I don't want to work there, I don't want to do anything illegal, I just want to say goodbye to my dog, get my stuff and then go with my old flatmate to The Philippines. That's it.
I just want to land there and not have any problems. I could apply and get approved for a visa, but I don't know if anyone's going to try and stop me again when I get to the airport.
I literally don't think I could cope with anymore heartache which is why I am seeking your help.
If you have read this far I am hoping that there may be something you can do to help me.

I have phoned Aus immigration many times and no one can tell me anything about me or my "record" on the phone.
I have emailed various email addresses with no reply back.

This is my last hope.


Can anyone help me?

Thank you. :-/

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I'm guessing that you and your boyfriend both came over on Working Holiday Visas. He was offered sponsorship, presumably a 457, to work for a company in Sydney and the visa application was pending when he came to join you in New Zealand. He travelled to NZ without obtaining a bridging visa B which permits travel while a visa application is pending. Your WHV had expired by the time you travelled to NZ and you attempted to return to Australia on an eVisitor visa that only permits visits for tourism purposes but you were clearly attempting to return to Sydney where you had been living previously. Immigration was not satisfied that you were a genuine tourist and denied you entry into Australia. Does this sound right?

You will need to contact the Australian High Commission in the UK to determine your options. It's likely that they imposed a ban, even though you mentioned that they never gave you any paperwork or said anything to that effect. It could be a 3 year ban. If this all happened in 2014 (I'm guessing based on what you wrote), you would not be able to enter Australia again until 2017 at the earliest.


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I think Ozbound has summed up your story very well, at least that's how your story reads to me as well.

Your boyfriend's bridging visa would have advised that it didn't allow any travel, so it's unfortunate he didn't read that closely. It's usually very difficult to get a tourist visa to Australia immediately following a WHV (which is a holiday visa, so DIBP wonders why you immediately need another holiday visa).

You likely have a 3-year ban for any temporary visa application, so are unlikely to get another visitor visa until that has expired.

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Thanks for your reply.
That is all correct apart from my AUS working holiday had a couple of weeks left on it when I travelled to NZ. It hadn't expired at the time. I wanted to make sure I left in plenty of time.
Would anyone know an email address for Australian High Commission in the UK?
Anytime I speak to someone on the phone they have no answers for me.

And as for my now ex boyfriends bridging visa, that was all done through his work and a migration agent. At no point did he see any paperwork or did anyone tell him he couldn't leave the country. Granted, he should have looked into it himself, but he didn't think to.

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I think Ozbound has summed up your story very well, at least that's how your story reads to me as well.

Your boyfriend's bridging visa would have advised that it didn't allow any travel, so it's unfortunate he didn't read that closely. It's usually very difficult to get a tourist visa to Australia immediately following a WHV (which is a holiday visa, so DIBP wonders why you immediately need another holiday visa).

You likely have a 3-year ban for any temporary visa application, so are unlikely to get another visitor visa until that has expired.

Thanks for your reply.
I understand why you say applying for a tourist visa straight after a working holiday is difficult. Which is why I applied for the tourist visa in plenty of time as I thought it may be a long process. I was suprised it was approved so quickly and have to ask WHY they approved it when they were just going to cancel it and deny me entry once I got there. It seems very cruel and unfair.
If they'd just denied it I wouldn't be in any of this mess!!

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Thanks for your reply.
That is all correct apart from my AUS working holiday had a couple of weeks left on it when I travelled to NZ. It hadn't expired at the time. I wanted to make sure I left in plenty of time.
Would anyone know an email address for Australian High Commission in the UK?
Anytime I speak to someone on the phone they have no answers for me.

And as for my now ex boyfriends bridging visa, that was all done through his work and a migration agent. At no point did he see any paperwork or did anyone tell him he couldn't leave the country. Granted, he should have looked into it himself, but he didn't think to.
What I meant was that the WHV expired while you were in NZ and you could no longer return to Australia on that visa, hence the application for an eVisitor.

They probably didn't tell him he couldn't leave the country without getting a bridging visa B because they didn't know, employers don't normally know anything (or know very little) about the visa process since they are usually Australian and haven't gone through the process themselves. The migration agent would have known, but I'm assuming your ex did not have any contact with them.

Here is the website address for the High Commission, I'm sure there is a contact page in there somewhere: Home

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Thanks for that. I will attempt to contact them.

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