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Old 05-16-2013, 02:31 PM
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Help with visa options

Hello everyone,

My name is Alisa and I am new to the community. I am seeking some advice on options as my partner and I embark on our visa journey! I guess a little bit about us...
I am 29, Australian and living and studying in Perth. My partner Stijn is Belgian and 32yrs. We have been together since December 2012 and met in Australia. He is currently back in Belgium and I am on my way to see him next month. I have 3 years left of my vet degree to go, so we would like to get him out here to live.
We understand that we cannot get a partner visa yet, so we are going to go for a work visa.
He has been working as a social worker in Belgium for that last 12 years and is fully qualified. Social work is on the skilled migrant list.
We cannot seem to work out which visa is going to be most beneficial for us...and obviously the quickest!

I have narrowed it down to;
- Independant skilled migrant visa (expensive, longer wait times?)
- 457 sponsorship visa

- are there any others that would suit our situation?
- which is the quickest way...apply overseas or come to Australia on any visa (tourist/student) and apply for jobs once here?
- For any work visa, does he have to stay working in the same job/industry, or is there room to move if he is looking for a career change?

We are really confused as to which path is going to be best for us, so any advice at all would be greatly appreciated!


Last edited by alisa; 05-21-2013 at 11:24 PM.

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