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FIFO / working/living apart on temporary partner visa

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Old 03-14-2016, 02:45 AM
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Question FIFO / working/living apart on temporary partner visa

Hi there,

I am currently on a de facto temporary partner visa (820), being elegible to apply to a permanent partner visa (801) in about a year.

Both my partner and I are planning to work/move interstate, however this could mean being away from each other for a period of time. Whoever gets a job first will obviously move first, and then when feasible, the idea would be the other person to follow. We are also considering pursuing work on a FIFO (fly in fly out) basis, and were wondering if any of these scenarios could eventually have a negative impact on my future chances to apply to PR.

We are both fully supportive with each other; the idea of this would be to get a much necessary chance of landscape, as well as a boost in our shared finances.

We would be staying in touch while away, intend to visit each other interstate as much as possible, and would be trying to keep our shared rental as a "base". However, whoever moves first will obviously have a different address while away, and there might be a chance the other person staying might eventually need to move to a sharehouse to avoid paying double rent.

Our temporary partner visa was also submitted without issues in terms of evidence (living together and sharing a lease for more than a year, sharing bank account, etc), however for the next stage the nature of our evidence might be different due to these circumstances.

I understand that as long as we are on a genuine relationship this should be possible, but would love to get some advice, hopefully based on another couple's similar experience.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Old 03-14-2016, 03:00 AM
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FIFO I don't see and issue with as you are both maintaining the same primary address.

The other scenario could be an issue depending on how long you will live apart and how each residence will be maintained ie. Are you both responsible for your own rent.

Ultimately it comes down to the case officer. Alot of people do FIFO which is why I don't see an issue with it.

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I can't help with experience (other than to say that I worked overseas for 3 months post-801 application but pre-grant and I've yet to find out how they view that (we kept in touch, I have supplied evidence of this to top my app up and my address was never changed, which is the key difference in you case, I think)) but I wish you luck in your visa journey. Keep lots of evidence of contact and visits and all that, I guess goes without saying. Not sure how the address will be viewed though. In my additional stat dec once I returned, I mentioned that I feel it's an indication of a strong and healthy relationship that partners can discuss these life choices and make one that gives them more financial stability/experiential opportunities/all of the above with the support and love of each other. Frustratingly, Aussie couples do this FIFO/two address thing and no-one bats an eyelid. Ah well.

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I was working FIFO when my then fiancee arrived on her PMV, I continued working FIFO after we got married and then applied for her 820. Got that and continued until end of last year.

It isn't an issue as you are still living together, just need to show how you keep in contact when apart.

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Great to get some reassurance...

Thanks so much for your input guys, much appreciated indeed!

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