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Hello there,

I'm an Australian citizen that lives in the U.S with my U.S citizen wife. I came here in January 2010 on a K-1 fiancee visa, and we wed in Feb 2010.
We are looking at now moving to Australia and begin live there. Looking at the Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) visa it seems to indicate that I (the Aus citizen) are required to be the sponsor for my wife. I haven't worked in Australia since mid 2009, and have been unable to work so far in the U.S while waiting for work authorization.
Does the visa allow for one of my family members to be the sponsor? I can't really find a definitive answer despite searching the forums, but it seems to be that if i can't provide documentation of financial support i can find what's called an 'Assurer of Support'?

Is it worth me coming back to Australia and finding a job to help my cause before then applying for the visa?
I've been reading up as much as i can find but i'm still a little confused, so please forgive me if my questions are a little silly.
I'm just trying to find the best route to get our live started in Aus.

Thanks!

Simon.
 

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You'll still be the sponsor for your wife Simon and Immi will not just look at your employment history byt what yours and your wife's employment potential will be and decide whether they will need you to have an Assirer of Support and that can be just one person or two or three to combine to be assurers.

But best to just get the sponsor form and application done and your wife will need to get an FBI and state police check, the FBI check taking up to about 10 weeks.
As soon as the application is in and it can go in before the FBI check is received, you could head back earlier to look for work and your wife's application will still be processed.
Some applicants even decide on coming out on a tourist visa or ETA while a partner visa is being processed and some may even look at coming in on an ETA and then applying while here but there is potential for complications that way as explained @ http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...re-offshore-partner-visas-visiting-visas.html
 
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