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Hello!

I was referred here from reddit as they said you guys would be better at answering some of my questions regarding my plans to move to Australia.

A bit of backstory: I'm a 27 year old female from the US and my current plan is to get a WHV, complete my three months of specified work to get an extension on my visa, head down to Perth to live with my boyfriend, and start working on meeting the qualifications for a Partner Visa so that I can stay there with him permanently. Considering I don't have a degree or any kind of skill or trade to get a skilled work visa, this seems like my best bet. (Unless I get lucky and find a job in Perth that's willing to sponsor me while I'm on my WHV but I'll get to that in a bit.)

I had a few questions on the logistics of all of this and figured you guys might be able to help me answer some of my questions so that I have as much information going into this as possible.

Questions About The WHV:

As a 5'2'', 117lb (160cm and 53kg) woman, where would my best bet be to get a job for my specified work days? Preferably I'd like it if it were possible to complete my work days in Kununurra but it seems like most of the work available there is farm work and I'm worried that it would very difficult to find a job with my small size. I'd be willing to do farm work, that's not a problem, it's just the being hired part I'm worried about. Also Kununurra is my first choice of places to work in as it's where my boyfriend grew up and we both liked the idea of him coming up to get me once my work is done, spending some time there together, then going on a road trip back to Perth.

If not Kununurra then where would I have the best chance at finding the work I'd need? I'm open to the idea of going pretty much anywhere as long as I'd be able to complete the days needed for my visa extension. I don't mind the idea of either agriculture or hospitality as long as I have a chance at getting hired and it'll pay enough for me to live off of.

How exactly would I confirm if a job would be eligible for specified work days? Is there a website I could check or a number I could call?

How to get to and from farm work? If I get hired for some kind of agriculture work then I'd have to find a way to get to and from. I know some places offer boarding but it seems like that also comes with a huge cut in pay since you're living on the property. I'm open to the idea of living on or off the property as long as it'll get me that extension and pay enough that I won't be digging into my savings just to afford some basics like food, a phone card, and data. I've seen other people suggest bartering things, like cigarettes, for rides but I'll admit that I'm a bit hesitant at the idea of basically hitchhiking as a small female.

What is the best time of year to find specified work? Right now I'm hoping to move anytime between October/November of this year and May/June of next year. It really just depends on when I'm able to save up enough for the ticket and visa. I know jobs fluctuate a lot depending on seasonal crops and tourists but it's still good to at least have an idea of when I'd have the best chance at finding work for either agricultural or hospitality jobs.

Questions About The Partner Visa (820 and 801)

What are and how do you get health and police checks? It sounds like these are both something I'd have to travel back to the US to obtain if I'm asked for them (Another reason I'm hoping that there's a bridging visa and I can avoid those travel costs on top of having to go back for these). Would I be able to obtain either of these things before I move down on my first WHV? Or would they only be valid for a short period of time, meaning I'd have to travel back once I'm asked to provide them? Is the health check something I could have done in AUS while I'm living there?

Would we still qualify for our 12 months of living together if we were living in a sharehouse? My boyfriend is going to uni and only works part time and I'm not expecting to make enough to afford rent on my own apartment or house while on my WHV so right now we plan to move into a sharehouse together once I'm in Perth since that'll be more in our budget. I'm hoping that it will still count for our year of living together even though we'll also be living with others as long as both our names are on the lease, we're sharing a room, and, if we can, get statements from housemates as witnesses to us being in a relationship. Or would we have to be living in a place of our own with just the two of us?

I know this is a lot of questions to ask and some of them are pretty complicated but I'm just trying to make sure all my bases are covered. I want to make sure I know as much as possible before I actually start the process of moving so if anyone could help me out by answering some of these questions it would mean a lot to me! Thank you!!
 

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Let me take the visa questions:

What are and how do you get health and police checks? You can get the health check in Australia and do the police checks by mail. They are only valid for 12 months, so it's generally best to get them done once requested by the Department as part of the 820/801 application.

Would we still qualify for our 12 months of living together if we were living in a sharehouse? It's not about how long you have lived together, rather how long you have been de facto partners. The Department will want to see evidence of your relationship over its duration.

You mentioned bridging visas: if you make a valid application for a partner visa onshore in Australia, you will be granted a bridging visa which is valid whilst your application is being considered.
 

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It's not about how long you have lived together, rather how long you have been de facto partners. The Department will want to see evidence of your relationship over its duration.
I've always seen people recommend providing things like shared leases, joint bank accounts, and statements about co-habitation as proof of a relationship (Obviously, among all the other heaps of evidence you're supposed to submit.) so I assumed the best way to prove that we're in a de facto relationship would be to live together. I've also seen some people say that they were grilled pretty hard about gaps in their relationship when they weren't living together and that you'd have to justify to the government why that is. So I just figured that living together was what they were really looking for and would give us the best bet at getting the partner visa approved.
 

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Conversely, it's perfectly possible to live together and not be in a de facto relationship. The Department is looking for much more than just that, although part of the requirement is that you "live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis".
 

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Okay, that was what I thought. That we'd have to live together. That's why I was asking if we'd still meet that specific qualification in a sharehouse or with roommates or if the government would want us to be living in our own apartment, just the two of us. Because that may not be possible with him only working part time and my only being able to find work on a WHV.

I plan to submit as much evidence as possible of our relationship and it's progression to prove it's legitimacy but if having roommates or living in a share house wouldn't count as living together in a de facto relationship in the Government's eyes then that's something to know sooner rather than later so we can plan for that and find a way to get a place of our own when I move down there.
 
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