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hi, will try and be brief but could do with some help.

We are both 23 and my girlfriend and i have been together for the past two years and are living together. Her mum,brother and sister moved to melbourne 3 years ago and now have perment visas. Shes a midwife and has just bought a house there,also she is marrying an australian in january. My girlfriend and i would like to move to australia but im not sure what visa/visas we need to apply for. She is a fully quailfed hair dresser and has been doing it now for 5 years. Myself on the other hand was working as a landscape gardener for 3 years but not qualifed. I was made redundant in november and now work as a machineist in a factory. I don't no whether i can go on her visa or can her mum get us both over?! I really dont no. Also i dont no whether it would be easier to go on a year visa then applying for a perment visa after that?! I have around £10,000-£15,000 that i would bring with me if thats any help?!
Any help would be greatful!

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Adam
 

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HI Adam,

You need to have a good hard look at all the information available, I'd start with the official government websites and work it out from there. Try the immi website in Oz and go to the "find a visa" section, it walks you through it.
It depends on where you're coming from as to what would be the best visa, but for yours and your girlfriends age it's highly unlikely you'll be able to come over on her Mum's visa. Have you looked into Skilled Migrancy? She might be able to get enough points if hairdressing is on the list but if you are planning to come over as a couple they will take into account what your qualifications would be as well, and unfortunately that could bring you both down. It sounds harsh I know but they look at numbers not people at this stage. Your best bet would be to try for a Working Holiday Visa, an initial 12 months, with the possibility to extend it by a further 12 months if you do 3 months of seasonal work. This is valid for Commonwealth countries and Europe, as far as I know, but I came out from the UK so it was pretty simple for me. And then you can look into more permanent visa's afterwards. It will go in your favour that her family are now perm, have you asked them about it?
Most websites will give you the option to do a virtual application, and if unsuccessful, will let you know what you are lacking.
Good luck, hope this will be of some help and you find the right one!
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hi, will try and be brief but could do with some help.

We are both 23 and my girlfriend and i have been together for the past two years and are living together. Her mum,brother and sister moved to melbourne 3 years ago and now have perment visas. Shes a midwife and has just bought a house there,also she is marrying an australian in january. My girlfriend and i would like to move to australia but im not sure what visa/visas we need to apply for. She is a fully quailfed hair dresser and has been doing it now for 5 years. Myself on the other hand was working as a landscape gardener for 3 years but not qualifed. I was made redundant in november and now work as a machineist in a factory. I don't no whether i can go on her visa or can her mum get us both over?! I really dont no. Also i dont no whether it would be easier to go on a year visa then applying for a perment visa after that?! I have around £10,000-£15,000 that i would bring with me if thats any help?!
Any help would be greatful!

Many thanks

Adam
Just adding to what bjl has said Adam, I'll assume from your use of the pound denomination you're from the UK and the WHV would be a great idea for you both to get to Australia quickly and have the option for doing regional work to get a second years WHV.

However in the case of skilled visas, a basic requirement is to have 12 months experience in a nominated skill within the two years prior to an application, so your Gf might be well advised to look at either making a skilled application in the first year or get work as a hairdresser when in Australia.
Doing that could in fact lead to an employer being prepared to offer sponsorship and that has highest priority as far as skilled visas.
A sponsorship offer may be for a temporary residency visa and that can lead to a permanent residency sponsorship visa.

A number of changes to regulations are currently being made and there is a sticky thread at top of the section that has a link to details.

Your girlfriends mum can be a family sponsor for a sponsored skill visa and that'll mean a lower number of points is required but the priority system for skilled visas will mean a wait of many years for an application to be considered.

Be it an independent skilled visa or an employer sponsored visa, visas are considered for a primary applicant and a partner can be on the visa as a secondary applicant.

One strategy that you may want to consider is for the Gf to get an independent application in and then you can still get a WHV to travel to Australia and either with getting a second WHV or Employer sponsorship the independent visa application will be progressing in the waiting list.

With an Employer Sponsorship permanent residency application, by applying for the offshore visa, it'll be fee free if an independent visa has already been applied for.

Have a look at both options via Workers - Visas & Immigration > Visa Options and eligibility and applying for this visa sections are the key areas to look at.
 
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