whv --> defacto or skilled independant? Need advice, please!!
Hi everyone, I´ve been in Australia for 2.5 months now on a WHV. I´ve been in a committed relationship with my Aussie boyfriend for the last 1.5 years. We´ve been living in the same place since I moved here (only 2.5 months ago) and had a long-distance relationship before. We are 28 and 35 years old and can imagine spending the rest of our lifes together. My WHV will expire in August 2013 and we are now trying to work out a plan for me to extend my stay as he will not be able to leave Australia for the next 3 years.
At the moment we do NOT live exclusive of others (I believe this is a requirement for the defacto visa), as 2 of his mates live in the same house with us. We are planning to get our own place once I have found a real job, but at the moment I am only doing casual work as I find it really hard to find a 6 month contract on a WHV.
I need some advice on the options we have and consider consulting a migration agent.
If we went for the defacto, what would be a good time to apply? Will I be able to get a permanent job on a defacto visa?
The advantage of a skilled independant visa is clearly to be independant in matters of work and no need to bring evidence for the relationship.
I am thankful for any advice / comment.
Thank you :)
If you are even considering a de facto visa:
Get a joint bank account right away if you have not already done so and use this account. Start getting both your names on different bills and such have various mail sent to the residence, make sure both your names are on the lease even if other people are on the lease as well.
If not - start by registering your relationship and getting things in joint names - or even just get married....:-))
You must prove that your relationship is genuine and continuing to the exclusion of all others......
Sharing a house is not really an issue with rents so high.......it is when you have longer time apart that this can be in question.
The WHV conditions are pretty fixed and you will have to work them to stay another year.
Migration agents are good if you have a complication with your visa or other particular issues.
There is lots of information on the Immigration website - spend some time and read it throughly....then do it again to make sure you understand properly.
So - get all your evidence of 12 months committed relationship together, register your relationship and make sure you have proof.
Then go and ask immigration...they will tell you what you need to do in general terms.
Make sure you can prove whatever you say or claim.....this is very important.
Then lots of paperwork and waiting.......
Hope this helps.
Thank you!! This is some great input
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