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Old 08-03-2012, 08:48 AM
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De facto visa relationship breakdown

I was granted a de facto visa a year ago. we were getting on ok but after settling down at her place in the Bush the relationship fell apart. I have come back to Sydney and have got my old job back.I have not told my employers my visa is not strictly legit. I was hoping to get Permanent Residency and apply to study in Australia on lower AUSNZ fees. Not sure what to do. Any advice?


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Old 08-03-2012, 09:56 AM
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Don't abuse the system. I know it's hard because you feel you honestly deserve to stay, but people using Partner Visas for anything other than to be with their partner is exactly why people in active, loving relationships have to jump through so many hoops to be allowed to be together.

I know you came here with the right intentions and it is tempting to feel like that justifies staying. You've started planning a life here, after all. Part of the breakdown of a relationship is that some plans you made around/because of the relationship have to change, too.

Try to see if you can find any other visa you have a right to. Look, after the 2 year mark when your visa is supposed to turn into a Permanent Partner Visa, they always reassess if your relationship is still ongoing and genuine. If your partner is contacted by immigration by then, and tells them you have been apart for a long time without telling them, they will waste no time deporting you for staying here under false pretenses.

There are many reasons to be careful with this - if not for the sake of others who need the visa then at least for yourself.

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Thank you. I know you are right but trying to work out options,I thought that it might be temporary which is why I did not tell my employers.now sometime has gone by and I really don't know what my options are. I think I could try to transfer to employers sponsored visa but I think that I have to be in that 3 years before I can apply to Uni here as Permanent Resident ? Right?


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Old 08-03-2012, 12:51 PM
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From what I know, employer sponsored visas can lead to permanent residency in the long run - I think it would depend on your specific subclass exactly how long and what the study conditions would be. Maybe someone else on here can fill you in on that? I am here for my partner so I have to be honest I have not read too much about skilled/work visas.

I forgot to say I am sorry to hear about your relationship; especially if you thought it might be a temporary break. It's painful enough to break up, let alone on top of that having to wonder about your visa. You might want to ask your ex, although I of course can only advise that, if she thinks you should tell immigration the relationship is over for good or not. She may not realize that for you it has other consequences as well, and that if she sees any hope she better tell you now before the visa is cancelled and the door is closed. Just a suggestion, though, and I don't mean to butt in too much but once you end this partner visa you will both be blocked from an Australian partner visa for 5 years so she can't just change her mind in a few months if you've already cancelled.


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