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practicalities of living in Australia on a partner visa & general partner visa stuff

Hi everyone

I'm here in Australia waiting for immigration to make a decision on my partner visa - they've had my paperwork for 6 and a half months, I still haven't heard anything, and last time I called I was told it was likely to be 9-12 months. Apparently the QLD, ACT and TAS offices have been merged, as have the WA, NT and VIC offices, to make it more efficient. Is anyone else finding it's making it worse not better? I'm trying so hard to be patient and just get on with life, but it sure isn't easy. I've kind of resigned myself to the idea that I won't hear anything until at least Christmas (which will be 12 months), and don't dare call the department to find out if there's any progress, as I know they're likely to tell me the approximate processing time has been extended again. Are other people finding long processing times through the QLD office?

My main question is about practicalities of living here on a partner visa - does anyone know if any of the banks will allow credit cards or personal loans if you're not a permanent resident? (I'm assuming the visa will get granted here!). My other partner has got a credit card with me as an additional card holder, but I can't seem to get one in my own right if I'm not permanent. Also, we want to buy a new 4 wheel drive, but haven't been able to find anyone who will take my income into consideration, as I won't be 'permanent' for a couple of years yet. I came over here on a working holiday visa, and have been given a bridging visa A until the decision is made. My other concern is that with the ridiculously long processing times, it looks like it'll be ages until they process my application, then I've got to wait 2 years, then I've got to wait again while they faff about making it permanent. Any tips?

My other question is about marriage - if we got married am I more likely to get the visa? If it is more likely, we'll just get on with it!

Also, when we applied we'd been together for 14 months, and the amount of evidence we submitted was not ideal, but we've now been together 20 months, and have more stuff that prove we're a couple - for example a credit card in his name with me as a cardholder, more expensive household appliances with both names on the receipt, etc - would this stuff be taken into consideration even though the dates on it are after the application date? It's still the kind of evidence they ask for.

Any help would be great.
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Freya
 
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