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Old 02-07-2011, 12:23 PM
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Hi all didn't know quite where to post this so sorry if its in the wrong section!

Me and my boyfriend are thinking about moving from the UK to Australia as the UK has just gone downhill.
My boyfriend did the online visa test to see how many points he could get for a permanent visa and is just 5 below. He either has to take the english test or go on a working holiday to make the points up. Can anyone suggest which is better to do?
Also do you have to live together for at least a year before I can be on his visa? We've been together for 4 years but don't live together. The job I'd like to do is not demanded in Australia (laboratory assistant) so I would not be able to have my own visa.

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Old 02-08-2011, 06:37 PM
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Anyone got any sugestions?

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:29 AM
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Well, I do not know that the WHV will necessarily allow him to get additional points for I am assuming you are talking of points for experience in Australia and so he would have to get at least 12 months and that could be a bit difficult unless he does three months regional work so as to have a second WHV to do as well.
But the WHV does raise a couple of possibilities, maybe for you both, ie.
. If you are both young enough to be eligible and to do the regional work for the second WHV, that will give opportunities:
. to seek employer sponsorship
. if you are going to have a qualifying partner relationship, you could look at doing that in Australia and he/you ought to also look at the taxation benefits of getting established in the one place for at least six months at a time and joining the library, clubs etc. so as to qualify as residential for taxation purposes, some very significant financial gains possible, details at Australian Taxation Office Homepage
. and yes, two years will give a better chance for him to get one years experience in Australia.

The other thing he may want to look at is state sponsorship and if eligible, whilst that will mean living in a particular state for two years, it will mean that he needs less points and his application will receive higher priority for processing.
Have a look at the 176 visa and state lists under eligibility and also read general info on the Whats New Link at top off Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration

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Old 02-10-2011, 11:34 AM
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Ok thank you for your advice! I forgot to mention that my boyfriend is a mechanic and has a 3/4 years experience so would sponsership be hard to get if hes over here in the UK? Sorry for all the questions!

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