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I'm Aussie, my partner is English. We've been trying to decipher all the IMMI information to work out how we are going to come back to live permanently in Aus. As far as I can tell, we are eligible for both the partner visa and he could also get a skilled migrant visa - but it's really hard to work out the pros and cons of each, so I was wondering if anyone has any advice. Which one would be the best to go for? In terms of cost I think the partner visa is slightly cheaper, but I'm thinking of things like processing times, difficulty of obtaining each visa, freedom to do what we like once we get a visa, etc etc.
there is just so much to think about and it's boggling my mind! Would very much appreciate if anyone has thoughts on what might be the best visa out of these two?


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Unfortunately I don't know much about skilled migrant visas, but make sure he'd qualify for one that takes him to permanent residency either immediately or down the road. I know some people have come out on a 457 and then not been able to get PR, so make certain. However, if he'd get PR immediately and you wouldn't with a partner visa, that would help in your decision.

There's a thread at the top of the forum called "Which Partner Visa Should I Apply For?" Give that a read so you'll understand a little more of the ins and outs of the various partner visas and come back here and ask away with any questions you have.

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I will be a bit more direct than College girl if fiancée go for the visa 300 or wife go for the 309 visa (309 is better than 300 as you are entitled to free medical as soon as your visa is approved)
The current government is making it harder to get a 457 visa as well just so you are aware.
If you are super keen to get to Australia do the partner visa and apply for a tourist visa at the same time (this will give you about 3 months in Australia (though he will not be able to work on a tourist visa). Tourist visa is cheap, you just need to have a bit of money behind you to be it savings or credit card.
England would be considered a low risk country so waiting time should not be to painful especially if you do the tourist visa thing

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Thanks for your replies! We know which visas we are eligible for - it would be either
Partner (temporary and permanent) (309 and 100)
Or
Skilled - independent (189)

And I'm pretty sure we qualify for both, but it's hard to weigh up which is the better one... I thought the 189 gave permanent residency but apparently it doesn't, so there's a 2-stage process for both visas! I think the partner visa will be cleared faster, but as we are living and working overseas we can afford to wait a while, during the processing.

From your experiences, and what others have said, which would be the most straightforward visa do you think?


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From what I have seen the visa 309, though if you have children this might be a costly exercise due to new fees introduced July1 2013

Not knowing more about your circumstance makes it difficult to provide any further advice

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Thanks Aussieboy07 - we have no kids so it would just be the base fee


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What's involved in going from 189 to PR? If it's anything less than a sure thing, I'd go for the partner visa in a heartbeat, especially if you aren't in a hurry to migrate. Of course this is assuming you can provide all the evidence associated with that visa.

Incidentally, if you've been a defacto/married couple for three years, you'd qualify to go straight to PR. If you haven't been together that long, you'd qualify for PR two years after you *apply* for your 309.

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Hey collegegirl, I'm not 100% sure how PR works with the 189, but I'm pretty sure it's a fairly sure thing once you've been in Aus for 2 years. I think we are leaning towards partner visa - partly because the skillselect and expression of interest process for the 189 creates a lot of uncertainty - at least with a partner visa we can apply when it suits us! We've only been together 18months so we'd have to do the two stage process with the partner visa. It seems like the 189 visa is pretty rare, so it's hard to find info on other people's experience with it!


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HHmm 189 visa which according to you is rare versus a partner visa which if relationship is genuine and supporting documentation supplied will have a high possibility of being approved
Hhmm not really a big decision is it?

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Well, it's not that the visa itself is rare, but just that I don't know anyone who has applied for it - which was kind of the basis of my original post, to ask for people's experiences and thoughts on both visas, so I might be able to compare on more than just what IMMI supply, more of a human perspective


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