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Hi everyone!
As Ive just found this website and reckon I'll be making use of all the helpful information very soon I thought I better introduce myself and tell you all a bit about why I need your help!!
I arrived in Oz in Aug 2008 on a WHV, ended up meeting my bf in Dec 2008 and have not been apart since, apart from about ten days.
I managed to get a second WHV so that is due to expire in Aug 2010.
I got a relatively good job in Nov 09 and so the six months to work there is nearly up so we are about to start the defacto visa process - I have just realised from some of the posts here that we may have left this too late to get it done and dusted by 02/05/10? I am hoping that is not the case.
We are going to be using a migrant agent whom we have already met with once, this was a while back though and was really just about getting advice about second WHV... Does anyone know what the rough charges one of these agents might charge for this kind of work? She didnt charge us anything last time because she knew we'd be coming back regarding defacto visa eventually so here we are!!!

Im really glad Ive found this website :)
 

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Hi everyone!
As Ive just found this website and reckon I'll be making use of all the helpful information very soon I thought I better introduce myself and tell you all a bit about why I need your help!!
I arrived in Oz in Aug 2008 on a WHV, ended up meeting my bf in Dec 2008 and have not been apart since, apart from about ten days.
I managed to get a second WHV so that is due to expire in Aug 2010.
I got a relatively good job in Nov 09 and so the six months to work there is nearly up so we are about to start the defacto visa process - I have just realised from some of the posts here that we may have left this too late to get it done and dusted by 02/05/10? I am hoping that is not the case.
We are going to be using a migrant agent whom we have already met with once, this was a while back though and was really just about getting advice about second WHV... Does anyone know what the rough charges one of these agents might charge for this kind of work? She didnt charge us anything last time because she knew we'd be coming back regarding defacto visa eventually so here we are!!!

Im really glad Ive found this website :)
Hi stayinoz and welcome to the forum.
Yep, checking you have suitable evidence, collating and preparation and getting a partner visa in to expect an approval by early May is a bit wishful.
Agents charges probably vary some but for an experienced and registered agent you could be looking at an agent's fee of somewhere around what that of the actual visa is, $2500 - $3000.

You still have to get all your information together and basically an agent puts the application in and with the Immi site information available that is not so difficult.
 

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Hi stayinoz and welcome to the forum.
Yep, checking you have suitable evidence, collating and preparation and getting a partner visa in to expect an approval by early May is a bit wishful.
Agents charges probably vary some but for an experienced and registered agent you could be looking at an agent's fee of somewhere around what that of the actual visa is, $2500 - $3000.

You still have to get all your information together and basically an agent puts the application in and with the Immi site information available that is not so difficult.
Hi Wanderer thanks for your reply :)
So do you think we could go it alone without an agent and still get it right??
I am terrified I get rejected and waste all that money over some mistake I make that could be avoided...

The not getting it done by May might not be a huge issue as I have ways around that but would rather not have to use them if at all possible!
 

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Hi Wanderer thanks for your reply :)
So do you think we could go it alone without an agent and still get it right??
I am terrified I get rejected and waste all that money over some mistake I make that could be avoided...

The not getting it done by May might not be a huge issue as I have ways around that but would rather not have to use them if at all possible!
More people do not use agents than actually do and though the immigration site has a heap of info to absorb, it is there to help people get their applications right.
Have a read of Family - Visas & Immigration particularly the eligibility and applying for this visa sections and Booklet #1 for detail and use the Checklist.

Do a dummy run and using the Checklist you'll quickly see what you need to get hold of in way of information and make a note of any particular questions that you think may need some additional info for or do not quite understand and you'll soon see if you think you'll need an agent.

Get your presentation clear, re supporting documents in order as they are referred to in the application form and then just do a final check of what you have in the application and supporting it using the Checklist and it'll be hard to make a major mistake.

The main reason an application can be rejected is essentially not meeting eligibility requirements, not having the information to show you do or providing inaccurate or incomplete information.
If there are minor issues a CO finds in an application you would normally be given an opportunity to provide further information.

As for ways around not having the visa by May, if you're wanting it to continue working for the same employer past six months, just be wary of doing anything dubious for the last thing you need is a query by Immi re what you are doing on your current visa and having that impact on your application.
 
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