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I am currently in Year 12 in an Australian High School. I've lived in Australia under the 457 visa from my father, which covers the family, for more than 3 years now. I have been in a serious relationship with my boyfriend fror 22 months. Assuming that we are still in a de facto relationship when I'm 18 y.o. (which is later next year [October 2011]), would I be able to apply for a Partner visa (subclasses 820 &/or 801)?

He is an Australian Citizen and will be 18 years old in September this year. I understand that there is a requirement of us living together. I do not live with him, but do have an intention to do so. If, say, we have been living together for a month or so at the time of the visa application, would I still be eligible to apply for the Visa? Or is there a time requirement of living together?

I am hoping to be able to live in Australia permanently, thus aiming to get a permanent residency then an Australian citizenship. Additionally, our family will find it difficult to afford paying for university for me under the International Student fees as they are a lot more expensive than Australian permanent residents/citizens' fees. It would be a lot easier if I am able to gain a citizenship as I would be able to take out a HECS loan.

Above all, if there are any other options that can apply to my situation (mainly in getting a permanent residency visa/ citizenship) please tell me.
 

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I am currently in Year 12 in an Australian High School. I've lived in Australia under the 457 visa from my father, which covers the family, for more than 3 years now. I have been in a serious relationship with my boyfriend fror 22 months. Assuming that we are still in a de facto relationship when I'm 18 y.o. (which is later next year [October 2011]), would I be able to apply for a Partner visa (subclasses 820 &/or 801)?

He is an Australian Citizen and will be 18 years old in September this year. I understand that there is a requirement of us living together. I do not live with him, but do have an intention to do so. If, say, we have been living together for a month or so at the time of the visa application, would I still be eligible to apply for the Visa? Or is there a time requirement of living together?

I am hoping to be able to live in Australia permanently, thus aiming to get a permanent residency then an Australian citizenship. Additionally, our family will find it difficult to afford paying for university for me under the International Student fees as they are a lot more expensive than Australian permanent residents/citizens' fees. It would be a lot easier if I am able to gain a citizenship as I would be able to take out a HECS loan.

Above all, if there are any other options that can apply to my situation (mainly in getting a permanent residency visa/ citizenship) please tell me.
Yes there is a One years relationship requirement foradefacto visa and you should study up @ Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801) for all details, including having a read of Booklet #1.

The quicker alternative would be if your father was able to have his employer sponsor him for permanent residency for if it has been three years, he could be eligible.
 

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The quicker alternative would be if your father was able to have his employer sponsor him for permanent residency for if it has been three years, he could be eligible.
Is there a one year requirement of living together? Because that's what I was wondering.
Yes, my dad is still trying to get his employer to sponsor him, which he did, and his employer was more than happy to do so, however, he's 60 years old as of last year and so it was difficult for his employer to do so, however, he did extend his 457 visa for another 4 years. Hence I've been looking at other possible options in doing so.

We went to the Immigration department here in Brisbane the other day, but they were of no help at all, they even told us that we might not even be eligible in getting a citizenship, although all they really knew was what Visa we were under... They didnt ask any more than that. We asked if we could discuss it with someone, but they said they didnt have anyone in their department who does that. Thus, they suggested for us to get a Migration Agent, which my dad is unwilling to pay if we cant even go about getting a permanent residency/citizenship.
 

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Is there a one year requirement of living together? Because that's what I was wondering.
Yes, my dad is still trying to get his employer to sponsor him, which he did, and his employer was more than happy to do so, however, he's 60 years old as of last year and so it was difficult for his employer to do so, however, he did extend his 457 visa for another 4 years. Hence I've been looking at other possible options in doing so.

We went to the Immigration department here in Brisbane the other day, but they were of no help at all, they even told us that we might not even be eligible in getting a citizenship, although all they really knew was what Visa we were under... They didnt ask any more than that. We asked if we could discuss it with someone, but they said they didnt have anyone in their department who does that. Thus, they suggested for us to get a Migration Agent, which my dad is unwilling to pay if we cant even go about getting a permanent residency/citizenship.
Thre are the age exemptions under the ENS/RSMS and it'll be up to your dad's employer whether he'll be prepared to seek it.
Have a read yourself under eligibility - Skilled Workers Permanent Visa Options- Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration and depending on who the employer is and what involvement they have had previously it may mean that they just need to be nudged along a bit to at least see if there is a chance.

There is certainly no way that citizenship is on the horizon unless permanent residency is granted and that needs to be the first target and more so for the family as I can imagine that your folks may not be too keen on leaving Australia when retirement age comes along and they still have not PR.
 
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