Originally Posted by CCMS
I think there are 2 main considerations:
1) Will you have enough evidence for a de-facto relationship?
2) What if the new sponsorship rules come into place by the time you are ready to apply for a 820/801 visa? This would require the sponsorship to be approved in the 3 month period of your tourist visa, before a visa application can be lodged.
By applying for a sc. 300 visa now, you will have a head-start of about 7 months.
It may also be wothwhile having a look at skilled visas, but I assume you have already done that.
I thought the new sponsorship rules are already in place even for partner sponsorships ?