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Old 07-09-2013, 07:14 AM
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Hi there,

We had to make exactly the same decision. I do qualify for a skilled migrant visa, so that was an option, and my partner is an Australian citizen (de-facto, lived together for more than 12 months, offshore, planning to submit in October).

We decided to go with the partner visa as a) the processing times seemed to be shorter b) the costs involved with getting my employment background/qualifications assessed for the skilled visa were high and, again, involved a long processing time.
Also, we have a huge amount of evidence for the partner visa (lots of joined travels, shared friends, visiting both families, shared bills etc).

My worry though was, and still is, how keen employers are going to be on employing someone on a temporary visa as opposed to a full permanent skilled visa. But my partner is able to support us both, even if my job search does take a while longer than I'd want it to.

And, from a highly personal view, compiling the partner visa together has brought us even closer There were a lot of "do you remember?", "ah, that was a great a holiday" etc moments and it feels like we are both putting a lot of effort into getting approved, as opposed to just me compiling my job history and education history...


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Hey Rheia,
That's great, thanks so much for your post! It's nice to hear of someone in a similar situation to ours. I had been a bit concerned as well about the first two years being only temporary residence when going on the partner visa, and getting work. I guess it depends on the industry and location and everything like that, when my partner and I first met he was on a working holiday visa and had no trouble getting work in melbourne in his field so we are planning to go back there! What industry are you in? There might be some places better to go for work than others, where you might not have to worry so much about the temporary visa issue.
I never thought of the process for compiling the visa as something that would bring us together. That's such a cool way of looking at it! We could have a lot of fun doing that. We are in a similar situation in terms of joint accounts, travel to meet each others families etc. so I don't think we will have trouble with getting proof
Good luck with your application - we won't be applying till a bit after you guys so I hope it all goes well for you. You've definitely swayed me more towards the partner visa, you've made some really good points! Thanks


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Old 07-10-2013, 07:56 AM
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Jmac01, I'm in IT (exciting, I know...). We'll be moving to the Gold Coast as my partner does have a job waiting for him there (as well as family & owning a property there). So that's not ideal for me but I'm hopeful I'll find a suitable job in reasonable time. I'm not keen on commuting into Brisbane & would like to find a job more locally - I've had enough of commuting here in London...

Good luck with your application!
I can only imagine what it will be like to have the application submitted and all that weight off my shoulders...


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Old 07-16-2013, 02:47 AM
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Brilliant - good luck!
One more question, with the partner visa, do you know if there's a time limit within which you have to enter Aus? Since you're in a similar situation as us, I thought you might know. Since we're working offshore, we wouldn't necessarily come to Aus the moment the visa is granted, would it cause problems to delay entering for 6 months or so after the visa is granted?


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Old 07-16-2013, 02:58 AM
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Yes - there's always an initial entry date with any type of visa, by which date you must enter the country. Once your visa is granted and the initial entry date assigned, it generally cannot be changed. For the partner visa, it's often based on the expiration of your medicals or police checks (which are usually good for a year). If you get them done and your visa takes 8 months to process, you'd have four months to enter the country, just as an example.

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Thanks CollegeGirl, you're quite the guru! I thought that might be the case, luckily for us we are in New Zealand so it's not too far or too expensive to fly to Aus and activate the visa!


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Old 07-16-2013, 06:29 AM
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Nah, not at all. I'm just a fellow visa applicant who spends way too much time reading immigration forums, lol.

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Nah, not at all. I'm just a fellow visa applicant who spends way too much time reading immigration forums, lol.
Well, it's much appreciated!


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