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I'll have a 457 visa, ideas for having my partner join me?

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Old 11-16-2011, 06:10 PM
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I'll have a 457 visa, ideas for having my partner join me?

Hello all, this is my first post to this forum so let me know if I'm missing anything, please! I'm a US citizen who will be moving within my company to our Sydney office within the next 2-3 months and they're helping me with the 457 visa. I'm not sure if this will be a forever move since I've never been to Australia, but I think I'll like it a lot there.

My boyfriend is a Chilean citizen whom I met while working in Chile for a while. He and I are very close and want to be in the same place, though the USA is kind of piggish when it comes to even tourist visas so we haven't been able to live together. I know this rules out adding him to my 457 as a de facto partner any time soon, so I'm not suggesting this. I'd like to know what steps I should take now to get the clock moving on whatever it will take to be with him in Australia in the future, and minimize this time.

Here are some of the constraints and facts:

-He's currently 33, so WHV is out
-His English is superb and he's a web developer, so he should be employable
-I make enough to support him but I think this would kill his pride and make him miserable if he isn't working for a longish (3+ months) period of time
-We'd consider marriage if this makes the situation better. I assume this would have to take place in Australia? Would a visitor/tourist visa be okay for getting this made official, having him go back then and wait to add him as a spouse to the 457?

Are there any other pathways I'm not considering? If we should open a joint account for travel expenses now, this is the sort of thing I'm trying to think of. Really, I'm just looking for advice and creativity on how to arrange things now in order to have him with me in the future. Thanks for any help!

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Old 11-17-2011, 01:01 AM
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I am right in saying that you have to have been in a de facto relationship for 12 months to be able to add him to your visa?
I think so. One option is for him to come to Australia on a tourist visa for 12 months, and to add him after that - only problem being he wouldn't be able to work.
He could come on a tourist visa and you could both get married, and then you could add him to your visa perhaps?

If you can prove compelling reasons that you were unable to live together, but still have a commitment to a shared life together, you may still be able to add him. You could show evidence that he was denied visas to the US, and that you communicated frequently, and sent money to each other, and that you were employed and unable to leave the US, ect.

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Old 11-26-2011, 06:44 AM
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Be careful with Tourist visa, cause it normally has a no further stay condition on it, which prevent the visa holder from applying for any substantive visa.

My advice is you guys get married outside Australia, then he can apply 475 as your partner. But this requires your sponsor to produce a letter to include him in your sponsorship. I don't think that is very hard to get since you work as an intra-company transfer.

It only takes 1 months or so to process 457 visa, whereas other visa takes much longer time and heavier burden of proof.

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