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Old 05-13-2012, 06:40 PM
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Hi

My partner and I have decided to begin looking into moving to Australia temporarily for 1-3 years. We have both done our WHV's in our early 20's (now 29 & 34) so this is not an option.

We just wondered if anyone knows how easy / difficult it is or if anyone has experience of emigrating to Australia as a same sex couple?

We both have British nationality / passports, have been in a relationship for two years and lived together / paid bills at the same address for the past 18 months.

If one of us is offered a job with sponsorship by a company in Australia, can the other same sex partner also emigrate under that visa? What are the best options / visa's for us?

Any info or experiences with this would be appreciated!

Many thanks

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Old 05-13-2012, 09:15 PM
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It shouldnt be a problem at all .
In the de facto partner visa it same sex relationship is considered valid, so you should be. Australia is quite open to same sex relationships and they are also legal too


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Old 05-14-2012, 12:20 AM
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Thanks for your response.

I just looked through the Partner Migration booklet on the Australian Immigration website and all the information seems to refer to one of us having to be an Australian citizen to do partner / defacto migration? We are both British Citizens, will this still work? One of us will probably get a visa under Employer Sponsored Migration - what visa would that be and would the other person be able to relocate as a partner under that visa?

Sorry if we are missing any obvious points, this is the first time we have started looking into this and there is so much (conflicting) information on various websites that its all a bit overwhelming, but its not going to put us off!!! =)


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You are looking for skilled migration or employee sponsored visas. Use the search function on Immi website to look for these visa's and it will tell you where to find more info.

www.immi.gov.au

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:55 PM
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Thanks for your help so far. Next question I have is this. My partner is not open about his sexuality at work as he would rather keep his professional and private life separate. If he applies for the Employer Sponsored Visa 457 and I apply as his defacto partner, will his new employer have to be made aware of his sexual orientation or do I apply for the defacto visa once his has been granted and do this separately from his application? My partner has the old fashioned view / opinion that gay people don't do as well and are overlooked for promotion in the workplace! Can you advise on he process involved? We intend to do this ourselves rather than use a migration agent!

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That's a tough one. The best thing will be if he includes you on his application as dependent. DIAC is one of the most private organizations ever, they never disclose or discuss applicants with anyone including employers. When they contact employers it's usually questions about the main applicant and that's it.

I do understand your partners concerns, who wouldn't, but Australia (Sydney) is even more open and understanding towards gay community than UK. There is a large gay community here and unless you go to "welfare" suburbs nobody cares if you kiss or hold your partner.

Anyway. I would do the following. If I'm filling the application and sending it to DIAC I would put my partner as dependent. As this saves a lot of time and money later. if the employer is filling it, let him consider again putting you on it.
If that is not an option I'll need to "invite" my partner which is a new visa process, costs more $$ which I would rather spend on cocktails and parties. It also means you'll need to prove your relationship, and unless you have a mere age certificate means a mountain of paperwork.
Third option, you might want to come on visit or WHV and apply for partner visa onshore, which is more or less the same as option 2.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:21 AM
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need visa advice for same sex partner

I have a question about same sex partner immigration and would greatly appreciate any advice.
I am an Australian (living in Australia) and my partner is an American (lives in America). We have been in a long distance relationship for 18 months and travel every 6 months to spend time together. We want to look at the possibility of my partner immigrating to Australia, but as we don't/can't live together, what are the best options for visa?

many thanks,
Rivkeh


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