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Old 06-15-2016, 11:36 AM
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I have couple of questions which I hope you can help me clarify. I shall attempt to make my query as simple and articulate as possible.

My partner and I have been in a committed relationship for a year and a half. I live in India and due to cultural restraints we have not been able to officially live together, although we have traveled together and have spent half the month in the other's house. We have shared expenses, cleaned together and support the other financially and emotionally whenever necessary. We have been unable to have a joint bank account as Indian banks only allow joint accounts for married couples.

That being said my partner who is Iranian is now moving back to Iran to work. We will continue our relationship in all exclusivity although it will be long distance. Our plan is to start our lives together in Australia.

I am applying for a permanent resident visa as a skilled migrant (Psychotherapist) by Jan 2017

I would like you to help me figure out the best visa for my partner to apply under, given our circumstance.

1. Can my partner and I lodge an application at the same time? If so, what subclass of Partner Visa will be the most effective solution, so that we are not apart longer than necessary?

2. If a Partner Visa is not the best solution, what is another way to lodge our applications at the same time, while he is in another country?

3. How long does it take for the Australian Government to issue a Partner Visa and a Permanent Resident Visa once the application has been lodged?

4. How much do each of these visas cost approximately?

I sincerely hope you can advise me well, thus creating a viable way out of our predicament. We are looking for the most efficient, least time consuming way to process both applications and will make the paperwork as thorough as possible to avoid delays and confusion.

Thank you for your time and patience.

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Old 06-15-2016, 11:45 AM
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It is not clear from your post if you are a same sex couple of not. If you are not then getting married may be an option and adding your partner as a migrating dependent though I am unsure how it works if they live in a different country to you....

Also you can't apply for a partner visa until you have PR.

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Old 06-15-2016, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for your reply. We are not a same sex couple. We are looking to be married but not at the moment. I understand he cant apply for a partner visa unless i am a permanent resident but that's a really long process as I will submit my documents Jan 2017.

I am looking for another visa option that can work for us...

Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2016, 10:23 PM
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I'd suggest you have a consultation with a registered migration agent (there are several good agents who post regularly on this forum - look for usernames Jeremy Hooper, CCMS, WRussell and Mark Northam). You may be able to include your partner as your de facto in your application but the fact that you don't live together would be a hurdle to overcome. A registered migration agent would be able to review your situation and your evidence to give you a better assessment of whether this is a good option, or whether you should take another approach.

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