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Hello everyone.

Like everyone else on this forum, I am stressed about my options.

I am currently here on a WHV that ends Nov 2018. I have met someone that I want to be with and therefore would like an extended Visa, preferably permanent.

My issues are currently:

1. I am a nurse but feel that my skills assessment will not be positive due to lack of experience and other things.

2. Partner Visa - we have not lived together for more than 12 months. I am tempted to lodge the application at the end of my WHV and stay on the bridging Visa and then appeal the decision when it’s declined - or reapply for another Partner Visa if possible.
I’m in WA which does not recognise registered relationships for migration purposes.

3. WHV 2nd year - again, tempting, but due to work commitments for the next 5 months i’m unable to work on a farm. I may be able to though, but 3 months away will be hard.

4. I have heard that obtaining a Student Visa / Visitor Visa after a WHV is difficult and risky. I am leaning towards a Student Visa however through Brightannica. I would like to study more anyway, and even although I have a degree already i’m happy to do a course on a lower level.

I would really appreciate any advice. Money is relatively short, time is short.
 

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I am currently here on a WHV that ends Nov 2018. I have met someone that I want to be with and therefore would like an extended Visa, preferably permanent.

** When did you meet?

My issues are currently:

1. I am a nurse but feel that my skills assessment will not be positive due to lack of experience and other things.

** It would be wise to spend a few hundred $'s with a RMA to investigate this and other options.

2. Partner Visa - we have not lived together for more than 12 months. I am tempted to lodge the application at the end of my WHV and stay on the bridging Visa and then appeal the decision when it’s declined - or reapply for another Partner Visa if possible.
I’m in WA which does not recognise registered relationships for migration purposes.

** There is no 12 month "living" together requirement for de facto, it is a length of relationship of at least 12 months (dating does not count here).

3. WHV 2nd year - again, tempting, but due to work commitments for the next 5 months i’m unable to work on a farm. I may be able to though, but 3 months away will be hard.

** 3 months is nothing compared to what many from high rick countries face.

4. I have heard that obtaining a Student Visa / Visitor Visa after a WHV is difficult and risky. I am leaning towards a Student Visa however through Brightannica. I would like to study more anyway, and even although I have a degree already i’m happy to do a course on a lower level.

** Not a good idea to apply for Student Visa when a Partner Visa is what is really wanted. You also need to show funds for this without relying on the 40 hours per fortnight work rights.
 

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** When did you meet?

We met in November when I moved here and began dating/became exclusive in January.

** It would be wise to spend a few hundred $'s with a RMA to investigate this and other options.

I am concerned that they will be unable to advise me of my situation unless they are specialised in nursing migration, I will do more research and see if I can find someone! Thanks.

** There is no 12 month "living" together requirement for de facto, it is a length of relationship of at least 12 months (dating does not count here).

So I can state that we became exclusive in January and show we moved in together around this time and apply in November?

***3 months is nothing compared to what many from high rick countries face.

Very true. This option is being considered.

** Not a good idea to apply for Student Visa when a Partner Visa is what is really wanted. You also need to show funds for this without relying on the 40 hours per fortnight work rights.[/QUOTE]

Yeah I guessed a student visa would be a bit of a stretch.

Thanks for all the advice. I'm thinking about contacting a lawyer to go over my options.
 

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I am concerned that they will be unable to advise me of my situation unless they are specialised in nursing migration, .... I'm thinking about contacting a lawyer to go over my options.
You do not need a lawyer, just a migration agent. I think they can all deal with nursing migration, although on a partner visa, that isn't even relevant.

Check these Migration agents out, they are highly recommend on this site.
http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-immigration/252474-registered-migration-agents.html

The 12 month relationship, by November, needs a bit of consideration.
 

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1. Can't comment without knowing the details, but it can be complicated to get the skills assessments.
2. Getting married would have the same effect, as far as the visa is concerned, as registering the relationship.Lodging an application that can't be granted and relying on the AAT is not a strategy I'd propose. You must make sure you meet the relationship requirements at time of application.
3. Getting a second WHV will solve all your problems.
4. Your main issue is that you are in a relationship with an Australian, so it will be difficult to argue that you are a Genuine Temporary Entrant. It might be worth looking into bridging courses for nurses though, as that could possibly be a legitimate pathway.
 

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The easiest solution is to do the 3 months of regional work. Yes it's not ideal to be away from your partner that long but a LOT of applicants have had to sacrifice much more time away from their loved ones in order to reach the long-term goal of a visa.
 
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