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Old 05-14-2013, 12:13 PM
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Hi everyone. I met my girlfriend who is an Australian Citizen almost 2 years ago and I'm looking at moving out to Perth to be with her close towards the end of the year. I've been looking at Visa Options and I'm going to go for the 1yr multi entry visitor Visa. I do relies I can't work on this and I'm saving funds to keep myself whist there and plan on going to Bali for short breaks before each 3mth stay expires. We need to do things this way to show we are living in a Defacto Relationship for 12mths as required by the Australian government. My question though is will I have to wait the whole 12mths before being able to start the process? Or can the process be started whilst I'm there say after 9mths of my 12mth visit.

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:56 PM
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Unless you get married or get the relationship registered, DIAC has the option of immediately invalidating your visa if you apply EVEN ONE DAY EARLY of the 12 month requirement. I do not believe you can register your relationship in WA.

Be careful. And be very smart about your visa runs -- as you might get stopped and questioned. I did. Be prepared to prove that you have the financial means to be bumming around in Oz for a year with no work. Also, be careful not to volunteer information about your plans to de facto with the g/f -- since that means you are violating the "genuine visitor" requirement (because you intend to stay).

Are you not eligible for a working holiday visa? Have you checked out the skilled visas to see if you qualify for anything? What about a student visa? You don't have to do a full uni course, there are lots of cheaper options. What about your g/f? Could she move to your country for 1 year on a visa? What about a 3rd country? My partner and I moved to NZ to get our evidence up.
And finally, make sure you really don't do anything that could be considered "work." There was an American girl recently who got banned from Oz for 3 years because when she was questioned coming back in from Bali, they took her phone and called someone who admitted to paying her to babysit once.
That's right. Babysit.
So, be very, very careful if there is no other option for you.

You can also look into a Prospective Marriage Visa.


I am not a migration agent, just a fellow victim of the system.

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:46 PM
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Yeah there are things I'm still looking into and I'm getting advise off a Migration Agent in Perth as to what I need to do. I won't be working at all out there and will do everything I'm advised to do. Cash wise I should be fine regarding that. I'm 41yrs old and a truck driver and unfortunately that is not on the required list. As for evidence of us being together for the passed 2yrs. There is loads of that and plenty of people to back up our claim both here in the Uk and in Perth.

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