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Hi!
My boyfriend and I are planning to move to Australia (from the United States) sometime between May and July and I've been looking into visa options. He has Australian citizenship through his family, but has never lived in Australia. I've been looking into the de facto visa because we've been together for more than 4 years, but I'm not sure if I'm eligible because it's going to be his first time living there. I've heard that some visa sponsors have to have lived in Australia for a certain amount of time. I've also thought about a working visa, but I'm not sure how easy those are to get and the process sounds really confusing. I've just graduated from a university and I don't have a lot of work experience. If anyone has any advice or help, I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
 

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If your Bf has Australian citizenship, officially there is no requirement for him to have been living in Australia to sponsor you but it will mean that they will probably look closely at his and your employment prospects and general financial situation with a view to an Assurer of Support possibly being required.
If you have good docymentation to support your four years residing together relationship, there is a possibility that you could be granted PR rather than TR first and that could then waive their seeking of an Assurer.
But have a good read of the eligibility requirements via Family - Visas & Immigration , Booklet #1 as well as the sticky thread by el kitten to get some ideas on presentation of an application.
Your FBI report could take up to 10 - 12 weeks to be obtained so you ought to get cracking on that and at best you'll be looking at July to get a visa granted.
The WHV are usually granted within a week if you comply and a few people have not had a problem in doing the online application and that would be another way to come to Australia and if they do not put a No Further Stay condition on the visa, you could do an onshore partner application.
 

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I was doing further research last night and I'm really considering getting the WHV and then applying for the partner visa while I'm there. It would give me more time to compile everything and with the WHV I could start looking for a job right away once I get there. As opposed to the partner visa that takes awhile to process. I don't think I could get it done by the time we want to move. Do you know if it would be likely that they would put a no further stay condition or do you think it wouldn't be much of a problem to apply for the partner visa while I have the WHV? Thank you so much for all of your help!
 

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From a few posts, it seems there is not a No Further Stay condition being put on the US WHV though there are restrictions re seeking a further skilled visa.
 

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Great! I didn't think there would be a No further stay clause on the WHV since there is a possibility of getting a second year WHV but only certain types of jobs. So I think I'll go for that visa and then apply for the partner visa before the WHV ends. Thank you!!!
 

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The US WHV does not have a second one as a possibility btw but as long as you have some good evidence now and there is not a significant break in being together and you continue on with collecting the evidence, you can apply while on the WHV and without a NFS condition you'll get a bridging visa until a decision is made on the partner visa.
 

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oops, I think I must have read that about a non-US WHV (it's all super confusing). But it sounds like the WHV to partner visa should work, so that's really helpful. Thank you! I really appreciate your advice- all this visa information is really baffling me, but the WHV seems like a simple way to get myself into Australia until I can get a good, solid application prepared for the partner visa. Thanks!
 
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