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Old 02-09-2012, 03:42 AM
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Rachel1030 , I've checked the site for WHV Malaysian requirements. My qualification is only certificate level , having completed only professional makeup school. From what i see, it seems that they want university graduates which i am not , i have only completed a year of psychology in uni before i deferred it so that i am able to spend long periods of time with the boyfriend

I am 23 and he is 19 , and after going through this site , seems like 99% of the people here have a career , house and car . We both still live with our parents , was studying fulltime , and have known each other for 3 years , and had spent the whole of last year , living at each other's houses and meeting each others friends and relatives. Boyfriend's 3 month semester break is going to be up soon , and i will be returning to Australia with him as we cannot stand to be apart

So as for joint financial evidence , we are unable to come up with joint lease, and others. But, we do have a joint account and i transfer money regularly to that account and also to his mums account to help out with groceries .

We are not as financially established as most of the people on this site and this is one of our worries as it counts towards proof of joint financial ...
Weird they need a tertiary degree from Malaysia but only need high school from USA.

As for financial commitments I was in the same boat, just graduated uni myself before heading out here on the WHV and had little money to my name and moved back in with my parents before moving here. He has a good job though but as a joint venture it didn't look too even. We just showed proof of a joint account which we got when I moved here (Aug 2009) and that we lived together (a rental agreement with both our names on it) even though he paid our rent. They ask that question again in the permanent visa part and again we really have nothing both cars are in his name as is our house. They didn't seem to mind but they did want him to show proof of income and that he could support me because he is my sponsor. Can your boyfriend or his family vouch for you financially or can you show evidence of income while you live here? I think that you have contributed to a joint account that should be fine and once you find a way out here living with his family won't be an issue. You will need to have his family members do a declaration of your relationship anyway which can aid you.

We were only together for exactly one year before applying and four months of that were spent apart but they still accepted this since I had proof of work and family commitments prior to moving out here.

I heard that those who apply off shore get accepted quicker (we were told 6-8 months but it took almost 9 months) than on shore. I believe there is a timeline on here for that might be worth taking a look at. If you can apply off shore and wait at home (sucks I know) you might not have to worry about a tourist visa except for the time you travel here for holiday while waiting.

Will try and think of other things that have helped or heard of using.


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Education requirements

You must hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.

Tertiary qualifications include the following:

Doctoral degree
Masters degree
Graduate diploma
Graduate certificate
Bachelor degree
Associate degree.

Note: Tertiary qualifications do not include the following:

Advanced diploma
Diploma level qualifications
Certificate IV
Certificate III
Certificate II
Certificate I
senior secondary school level qualifications.
Functional English requirements

You must have functional English and provide documentary evidence of your English level when you lodge your visa application. Otherwise, you may be refused the visa.

You must provide evidence that you have done one of the following:

Achieved an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in a test conducted no more than two years before lodging the visa application. For visa purposes you only need to sit the General Training Module.
Achieved a TOEFL score of 133 on a computer based test, or 450 on a paper based test or 45-46 on an internet-based test, no more than two years before lodging the visa application.
Passed the Occupational English Test no more than two years before lodging the visa application.
Completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English.
Completed at least five years of secondary education (high school) at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English.
Completed a post-secondary qualification that required at least two years of full-time study or training, in which all tuition was in English.
Successfully completed, in Australia, at least one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was in English.

They are tough on us

Thank you for the help Rachel , we have been worrying about how our application will end up with our given circumstances.Really appreciate the advice


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Education requirements

You must hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.

Tertiary qualifications include the following:

Doctoral degree
Masters degree
Graduate diploma
Graduate certificate
Bachelor degree
Associate degree.

Note: Tertiary qualifications do not include the following:

Advanced diploma
Diploma level qualifications
Certificate IV
Certificate III
Certificate II
Certificate I
senior secondary school level qualifications.
Functional English requirements

You must have functional English and provide documentary evidence of your English level when you lodge your visa application. Otherwise, you may be refused the visa.

You must provide evidence that you have done one of the following:

Achieved an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 based on the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening in a test conducted no more than two years before lodging the visa application. For visa purposes you only need to sit the General Training Module.
Achieved a TOEFL score of 133 on a computer based test, or 450 on a paper based test or 45-46 on an internet-based test, no more than two years before lodging the visa application.
Passed the Occupational English Test no more than two years before lodging the visa application.
Completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English.
Completed at least five years of secondary education (high school) at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English.
Completed a post-secondary qualification that required at least two years of full-time study or training, in which all tuition was in English.
Successfully completed, in Australia, at least one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma or associate diploma at an institution or institutions where all the instruction was in English.

They are tough on us

Thank you for the help Rachel , we have been worrying about how our application will end up with our given circumstances.Really appreciate the advice
I didnt know that its that difficult for malaysian to obtain a WHV. I looked at getting one before but I ended up getting a ETA tourist visa with no condition. I applied the visa onshore and am still waiting for the grant. I was told to wait nine months, later on 9-12 months. On this forum I read that people who just applied need to wait 12-18 months (I am not sure how true). I think its worth trying a WHV because tourist visa wont allow you to work. if you are on WHV you may have a chance to have a bridging visa that allows you to work as it bares the same conditions as the previous one. In that way you can earn some money while you are waiting. if you apply offshore it sure will be quicker. no matter which way you are gonna apply its more important to show that your relationship is genuine and on going. Like others mentioned before; maybe you could look at register your relationship in aus depending on which state you and he usually reside.

If you are worried about the sponsor part I think your boyfriend's family members could be your sponsor (if I remember it correctly). Also like Rachel1030 said your boyfriends family can make declaration to witness your relationship it sure helps a lot.


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His family members and friends are very willing to vouch for us , we will probably be able to attain 16 stat decs , with 2 from it being my mum and cousin and 14 being australian citizens/PR

That is quite a long time you have been waiting already for the visa

We will consider the offshore visa too . Just not sure at the moment and seeking advice from people who has been down the route

We are at Melbourne , Victoria , and i have read on this forum that to register a relationship in Vic we would need to be both citizens/PR or normally reside there , so being on a ETA tourist visa , with no further stay , I'm not eligible for that unfortunately.


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its usually faster for offshore but cant be so sure now since the change of law last year. the requirment and evidences are pretty much the same. its wether you can live apart from your partner or not. no matter which way you wanna go gather as much evidences as you can.

16 sounds impressive but dont forget two needs to be written by aus citizens or PR


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Noted will keep every piece of 'evidence' we can .

Another question ,
Can receipts for groceries paid with cash be used too ? Or is it void and only credit/ debit card charges are accepted as financial evidence?


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Old 02-22-2012, 11:24 AM
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If your looking at a defacto.. then it is a two year relationship. Did you list your partner on your original application?


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Old 02-22-2012, 12:10 PM
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No it is only 12 months. It says so on the website and my friend who worked in DIAC has told m my case will be fine after the 12 month mark


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Old 02-22-2012, 12:23 PM
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Certain people wanting to settle in Australia permanently as the de facto partner of an Australian sponsor are required to be in a relationship with that sponsor for at least one year before they can apply.

The one-year relationship requirement also applies to the de facto partner of other permanent or Student visa applicants.

The requirement applies to all such applications made overseas and in Australia.

De facto partners of refugee and humanitarian entrants are exempt from the requirement if their sponsor declared the relationship at the time of their application for a refugee or humanitarian visa. If the relationship was not declared at the time of the sponsor's application, the one-year requirement applies.

What is the relationship requirement?

Applicants seeking to demonstrate a de facto relationship with their partner must provide evidence that for the period covering at least the twelve months before the visa application is lodged:

they had a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
the relationship between them is genuine and continuing
they live together, or do not live separately and apart, on a permanent basis.

Extracted from the Australian Immigration website.


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Old 02-22-2012, 12:43 PM
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Again did the original visa applicant list the partner on their original visa application if not then of course the department would assume it is a relationship of convenience. Why can not the partner apply for a visa in their own right? There is so much information missing it is impossible to make any assessment. The information on the Immi web site is not legislation or law. It is advisory only. They are best seeking the services of a Migration Agent or talk to the Department.


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