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Hi All,
I'm new here. I'm going Melbourne(next month) to visit my Bf with the intention to maximise my stay(3months) using ETA and building the 12months de facto. Should I declare my purpose of visit? Is there any documents I should prepare to support my purpose of visit in order to get pass the customs smoothly? I was travelling to melbourne for 2weeks to visit my bf for the first time and I got questioned by the custom officer for a long 30mins++I had to proof my relationship, fortunately I had our photos with me in my mobile and camera and our text messages to convince her (I got to know my bf thru internet, and we have been travelling to see each other).

My Bf has visited me in Dec 2010 and I went over to Melbourne Jan 2011 and he came over again Feb 2011. We're spending too much $$$ travelling between Singapore and Melbourne. We had to get unpaid leave. I am thinking of exploring other alternatives to construct our relationship.

I wish to see more of Melbourne before I decide to settle down with my bf in Aust instead of Singapore. However, I will lose my source of income as My employer had just granted a 3 months unpaid vacation leave to me. Should I might as well look for a job in Melbourne after my 3 months stay? I am only doing administration all the time with some teaching experiences in the past. The visas/assessments/requirements to work in aust seems so strict, are they really so difficult to apply for?

Are there anyone having the same/similar situation? Suggestion/advice is very much appreciated.
 

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http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...re-offshore-partner-visas-visiting-visas.html has info which may be relevant to your intent and you do need to be aware that if Immi officetrs think you have other intent than what your visa allows, it could be a much quicker stay than you intended.
If you do indeed just make a visit and wanting to see more of Melbourne and gettting to know your Bf better is fair enough, people do get other ideas after arrival and that is fair enough too but I'd not have them too entrenched in your head or with supportive papers beforehand.
If you have a letter from your employer re granting you the three months leave, I'd have that but if you think you may also want to see what future work prospects could be, do not carry a whole heap of personal papers to support employment for that will mean Immi will have a definite impression you will want to work and it becomes not just a visit even though making enquiries should be OK.
The requirements for skilled visas are very focused on skills in demand and even for employer sponsorship, you'll need occupational skills that are on the list for ES.
 

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Wanderer, Thank YOU so much. Your postings certainly helped many of us lots.
By the way, any idea that.....do we have to prove sufficient funds throughout my 3 months stay? I read some threads that there should be at least certain amount of AUD$...say AUD$6900?
Do we really have to carry so much cash on hand?
 

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With an ETA application, I suspect there is not so much scrutiny of a persons finances though I've not bothered to see what is asked for with the online application.
But if you have someone to stay with a bit, then ammount of finance you may need if queried on arrival is not going to be so great and you do not need to have it in cash as you can access a savings account or even a credit account while in Australia and even a credit card account available funds is fine.
 

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Thank You Wanderer.
I guess Im too paranoid, worried too much as its less than a month and Im entering Melbourne again. Hopefully, I dont get a long questioning session with the custom officers again. Thank you for sharing :)
 
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