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Dear all… any advice, input from anyone muchly appreciated as I acknowledge the time it must take to respond!

In a nutshell.
I’m a male Anglo Australian dual citizen who’s lived in Tasmania for the past 20years. Formerly a single parent (kids independent now) I’m currently studying for a professional qualification and receiving Austudy. In fact have been dependent upon Centrelink payments for many years now – with no recent work history, but have savings in excess of $10k and fully own my four bedroom home. Zero debt. I naturally intend to find work once fully qualified.

My wife-to-be lives in England, has no recent work experience and is currently receiving social security benefits. She has two children, aged 13 and 18. She currently rents her home and has no savings to speak of.

Our three year relationship has plenty of day to day correspondence and indeed pictorial evidence which include the two months I stayed with her in the UK earlier in the year.

Our aim (and burning desire!) is to get back together as soon as possible, get married (either here or there) and settle in Tasmania with a view for her to find local work.

Primarily we wish to go the easiest hassle free route in the shortest amount of time and of course not spend more dosh than we have to! So my first question would be an open one… any suggestions as to how we can achieve that?

More specifically:
I understand she won’t be entitled to Centrelink payments for two years, but will her 13 year old be eligible for child benefit as my step-child?
What are the odds of being asked for an AOS? And if so would it be likely to exceed $10k?

It’s been so stressful being apart, as I’m sure many on the forums would appreciate; so any helpful advice, prods in the right direction greatly appreciated.
Best!
 

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The lady is really only going to be eligible for the PMV unless you married first and then she could apply for the partner visa though it is not necessarily a given so the PMV may be the best choice.
The children can be included on her visa but they will also initially have a TR status with limited benefits.
Though you have your own home, it is likely with limited income that you will need to have an AoS and that will mean an Assurer or Assurers need to meet whatever Centrelink require.
 

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Thank you Wanderer for your time.
If anybody else has anything they can offer or perhaps share with me a similar scenario to ours... or point me to a thread/s that may be of help, I'd greatly appreciate that.
I hope to at some stage be able to contribute back to the forums some valuable information that can be of help to others :)
 
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