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Old 11-12-2009, 05:36 PM
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Defacto Question!

I have a question! I am Canadian and my defacto-partner is Australian. We just sent in our documents to Ottawa last Monday November 2 2009 for our partner visa and got assigned a case officer Monday November 9, 2009. Just waiting to see what is next.

I was wondering if anyone knows if they check your credit history before approving the partner visa? I dont have the worst credit ever but there is something on it from a long time ago when I was younger. Do you think this will be an issue??

Thanks! I will post a timeline as well when this gets rolling, everyone elses timelines have helped me!


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Old 11-12-2009, 06:30 PM
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I don't think they do, unless the issue is that you owe money to an australian bank/business--they ask about that in the 47sp form dont they? I was worried about funds too as I am not exactly flush with cash at the moment, but my BF has more than enough to support me.

The financial check stuff that they may do is only to make sure that you won't use centerlink when you get to Oz.

I really don't see how it could be an issue, unless like i said you are in some legal/money owing situation in australia.

Hope that helps, I wouldn't be worried =)

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Old 11-12-2009, 09:51 PM
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Thanks elkitten!
Thats a relief, It seems like we should be good! Everything is in Ottawa and now its just the waiting game!!
Thanks for your advice!

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:48 PM
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Hey Guys,

I have also applied for my defacto onshore in melbourne on 2nd of nov. I've applied for a permanent job and they have asked me to come for a final interview, I'm positive I can get thru the final interview without any prob. Now the problem is my residency hasn't come through yet, however I can work full time cuz it's almost holidays here but I am worried I might not get this job cuz of the residency stuff.

I called up immigration yesterday and a rude stupid lady in sydney told me it takes 6-8 months blah blah blah, I said I am not calling up to ask you if my case has been approved, I'm callin to ask you if I have been assigned a case officer yet so I can atleast communicate my situation to him/her....The answer was NO you haven't been assigned a case officer yet. I was like what??? considering they make onshore ppl pay almost $800 extra than offshore applicants and they provide shit service (sorry for my lang). So basically I don't know when this case officer is gonna be assigned. The lady on the phone was so rude, she said to me oh CO has 100 of files to look at blah blah blah.....

I've taken an email id for permanent residency department....I might email them and explain my situation I dont know man Im in a limbo!!!

My application is a decision ready application. Everything is in the file from medicals to police checks and more than enough proof to prove our relationship.

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:16 PM
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^ So what kind of visa are you on right now again? Is your current visa going to run out before you get approved for anything else?

If so, you will have to get a bridging visa (right?), which i think gives you permission to work in some cases... I remember looking it up on immi and couldnt find the right info so im afraid you would have to either go to immi or call again...

so that means that if you explain to you employer that a) yes you are in a paperwork visa situation, b) they dont have to do anything for your visa and c) explain that the visa you are going for takes a long time to work through since you are from a "high risk" country, but that xyz means that you will be able to work for those 6-8 months, without the visa affecting your performace at all....

Basically, if you can show them that--youre still the man for the job, and that you can work for them, during this visa process (briefly explain what it is to assure them), without it costing them a penny or affecting performance....then if they think youre the man for the job, you should be fine...

Does that help at all? I guess that all depends on your current visa situations and work restrictions.....

Hate to say this though but it looks like immi offices all over the world are absolutly swamped, and if you are HR country, the investigating they do does take a while apparently.....

Good luck, and i hope you get someone nicer on the immi phone next time!

BTW--i wonder why its more expensive in Oz? Is it because when you are already onshore you are more of a flight risk incase your visa gets denied? hmmmmmmmm........

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:21 PM
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Hey rav, I just had a little look around--are you on a student visa? and that's the problem, eg work restrictions? as in you are still going to be a student next year so you kinda need your defacto to clear otherwise you can only work 20 hours a week once uni starts? and that's the worry with the employer?

Sorry just trying to better understand your situation so i can give better advice then what i was going on about above.... =)

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Old 11-13-2009, 09:31 PM
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Hi Elkitten,

Regarding the item in form 47sp it states that you cant have a debt to the common Wealth of Australia or any Public Authority.

My take on this is that a bank is not considered either unless state owened.

What do you think?

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Old 11-13-2009, 10:36 PM
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Maybe.... I guess there would have to be some allowance... like if you had an aussie credit card that you were still paying off? I mean surely if you owed $40 on your card that you were going to pay anyways that couldnt be a problem...could it?

You know, im not really sure--how about calling immi and asking? The way the question struck me though was "debt" as in, you ran out on a lease, owed money for a court case, didnt pay taxes..... didnt pay off a large loan, not one that you are currently paying, but one that you ran out on if that makes sense..... that's what I thought it meant, but i could be wrong.... didnt think too much of the question as I dont owe money to anyone myself, and Roxy's question wasn't asking that exactly so.........

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm and uhhhhhhhh are my responses =) Call immi and ask is my advice!

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Old 11-13-2009, 11:57 PM
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Hey elkitten,

Thanks a lot for your help as always. Yes I'm on a student visa with 20 hrs work restriction and this is a full time job. Now this is the deal, when this job starts I finish my semester at the same time, which means I can work fulltime during my holidays, which means I can work untill almost end of feb so for 2-3months.

This is what I am gonna do, I'm gonna tell the employer I can still work fulltime legally and hope the visa will be issued within that period (considering it's gonna be 4 months by then). Now meanwhile I can send immi an email or if I get assigned a case officer, I can communicate with him/her directly about my situation.

Problem is not being a HR country citizen, I don't mind them running checks or whatever, but atleast assign a GD case officer. The thing I'm not happy about is, I still haven't been assigned a case officer, even if they made me pay more than someone would overseas it's just ridiculous.

So basically the deal is, I'm gonna tell the employer I don't wanna miss out on this oppotunity and they can put me on casual basis until my visa clears or on a probation period or something like that.

PS: My student visa is valid till 2011 March and bridging visa has already been issued when I applied for defacto visa but it won't come in effect until this one ceases or expires.

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Old 11-14-2009, 01:22 AM
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^ Sounds good Rav!

I read on here that it took ages for this girl to get a CO assigned in australia--i completly understand your frustration! sucks, but i reckon you have a good plan.

Also, may i ask, are you planning on returning to uni and in so doing sort of have to take days off from work? Or are you hoping to get defacto so you can quit uni? What i am trying to say is, it might be a good statement to make to your potential employer, especially if you are currently studying in the realm you are trying to work for, that you "could" give up uni, get on the bridging visa and work for them full time, BUT you are choosing not to do so because education is so important to you, and that you feel you have much to contribute to the ongoing success of XYZ company, and even more so if you both could work an arrangement which would allow for them to benefit from your visa situation and continued education...

meigh... dunno. I'm in public relations... can you tell? heehee. Just remember, if you make what you have to say about all the employer, how your situation benefits them in a way in which they do not feel at a loss but at a gain, you can negotiate any circumstance.

Let us know how it goes rav, good luck with it, seriously =)

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