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Brit looking to apply for offshore defacto visa - advice please!(skilled visa better?


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Old 03-12-2012, 07:04 AM
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Lightbulb Brit looking to apply for offshore defacto visa - advice please!(skilled visa better?

Hi all,

I am currently in the UK looking to move to Australia in May 2013. I am thinking I should get the ball rolling on my defacto visa.

We have been in a relationship for 3 1/2 years and lived together in London for just under 2 years. We are currently living apart with me in the UK and him in Australia because his working holiday visa expired in February. I have stayed in the UK because I have one more year of my training contract left until I get my accountancy qualificiation (I will complete it the end of May 2013).

I originally intended to apply for a skilled migrant visa but I realise I won't be able to start that application until I've finished my qualification and it sounds like skilled migrant visas take a lot longer to come through.

I am therefore thinking I should apply for a 309 Offshore de facto visa with my partner.

I am concerned that the fact that we are going to be living apart for the next year will stop a visa being granted. My partner had a lot of difficulties finding work in the UK and we hadn't been living together long enough for a UK defacto visa (they ask for 2 years). I am employed in the UK in a 3 year training contract and have a year left to go until I am a qualified Chartered Accountant. We have lots of evidence of our relationship and rented a flat in London together.

Does anyone have any advice or can offer an opinion on our situation?

What is the normal length of time this kind of application takes? Being away from him for a year is hard enough, I don't want to have it extended by waiting for a visa

Would it be sensible for us to set up a joint bank account in Australia to support our case?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Old 03-12-2012, 07:14 AM
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I understand your predicament. It will be hard to get around the 12 month living together requirement which is required at the time of lodgement. The department needs you to be living together for 12 continous months before you apply for you visa with only short temporary time spent apart.

Is there any way your partner can come back to the UK on another type of visa ?


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Old 03-16-2012, 03:11 AM
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It doesn't look like it And he had such trouble getting work there that he doesn't want to come back to the UK - he found a job in Australia within a month of returning and the pay is more than twice any of the jobs he got in the UK were


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Old 03-16-2012, 05:13 AM
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I think maybe you two would have to try an bear being apart for another. Then you come over here next year after you finish your course then start to fulfil the requirements for a partner visa.

I know it sucks but it doesnt look like you have many options. Unless you're planning to get married a Prospective Marriage Visa would work, no 12 month requirement there.


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