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relationship breakdown/ switching from one visa to another


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Old 12-29-2011, 08:25 PM
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relationship breakdown/ switching from one visa to another

Hi everyone, Ive posted on this before about my visa timeline; Im a uk citizen recently (very recently) moved to Australia on a subclass 309 (Temporary) defacto partner visa. I have a couple of questions I would love advice on before turning to more official advice.

Unfortunately due to the stresses of moving, of trying to find a job and flat and the Christmas period it seems the relationship I thought was able to withstand such a big move and lifestyle change has broken down, not entirely, but pretty much.

Ive already settled into the Australian way of life and love it here, I have a job and flat (granted its only a lease).

As the immi.gov.au publications of defacto partner visa restrictions and information are a bit unclear about relationship breakdowns stating that PR may be granted if there is a child or the relationship broke down due to domestic abuse (both of these cases do not apply) and that ive heard from users on here as well as other forums that PR has been granted in certain cases if these conditions do not apply, Im needing some advice or insight. I dont particularly want to email my immigration agent and inform her of a 'possible breakdown' in my relationship.

So my question is: is there any possibility of switching visas or applying for another visa to remain in the country? For example, an employer sponsored visa? or a family visa? (my aunt and uncle live in Victoria, both Aus citizens and have been for more than 20 years)

Any information or advice you have I would be very grateful for.


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Old 01-02-2012, 10:50 PM
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Hi Samhat,

Sorry to hear of your relationship breakdown. It can be very stressful as you have found.

If you are still thinking of switching visa (Which you absolutely can do) have a look at the wizard to see what options are available to you Australian Visa Wizard - Visas & Immigration

I hope you find a suitable visa so you can continue to enjoy Australia.


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Old 01-13-2014, 01:01 AM
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Hi Samhat, I am in a similar situation, and would like to know how you got on?


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Old 01-13-2014, 01:04 AM
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I Have only just started working for my company a month ago, and hope they can sponsor me.

I also have a sister who lives here, and is a resident, a family sponsored visa could be an option too ?


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