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Old 03-09-2010, 11:41 AM
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Hi, wondering if anyone can help us!!
Im Australian and living in UK atm, my partner and i have lived together for over a year and travelled to and from the Uk-Australia to be with one another at various times. We are wanting to move back to Australia Permanently however dont know the best way/time to apply for a De-Facto Visa.
We are both planning on travelling over the summer months, some together but some apart. Therefore he will need his passport during this time, if he applied for this visa now, will he need to send his passport away immediately? And if so will it be back by June? or is there a way that he can start the application now and somehow send his passport to them to be stamped after we have finished our travelling?
Otherwise do you think he can enter Australia on a Tourist Visa after we have finished our travelling and apply for the Defacto Visa whilst in Australia on a tourist visa?
I just am not sure if this is allowed? He has already had his working holiday visa so that rules that out.
Any advice/cooment will be grately appreactiated we are very confused!!!!

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Don't worry about not having his passport if you apply for the visa now. You only need to send a certified copy to the Embassy when applying for the visa. They will only need the real thing when putting the stamp in it, at which time you can send it to them.

Also, entering on a tourist visa and applying for a spouse visa onshore can be done, but it is frowned on by DIAC, as your real intent is to get another visa and remain in Aust. not to travel, so they may suspect a lie if aksed during an interview at the Embassy or when going through customs at the airport. He could get a student visa, which can give you a lot of time together, but it is expenisive these days and the criteria have been greatly stepped up lately. He could also try a working visa (not WHV), but these can take forever to process depending on the category.

In my opinion, a de-facto application no offshore is a good option


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Hi, wondering if anyone can help us!!
Im Australian and living in UK atm, my partner and i have lived together for over a year and travelled to and from the Uk-Australia to be with one another at various times. We are wanting to move back to Australia Permanently however dont know the best way/time to apply for a De-Facto Visa.
We are both planning on travelling over the summer months, some together but some apart. Therefore he will need his passport during this time, if he applied for this visa now, will he need to send his passport away immediately? And if so will it be back by June? or is there a way that he can start the application now and somehow send his passport to them to be stamped after we have finished our travelling?
Otherwise do you think he can enter Australia on a Tourist Visa after we have finished our travelling and apply for the Defacto Visa whilst in Australia on a tourist visa?
I just am not sure if this is allowed? He has already had his working holiday visa so that rules that out.
Any advice/cooment will be grately appreactiated we are very confused!!!!

Ta!
As AussieG says, the passport is something you can manage whereas applying after travelling some could just complicate your application.
A tourist visa can also have a No Further Stay condition on it whilst the offshore partner application is cheaper by about $800.

I agree you're better to go for the offshore if you have relationship eligibility.
Read Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 35. One-Year Relationship Requirement and there's a sticky thread by elkitten outlining records/process etc.

Head down and bum up time!





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Cheers for the replies guys, I think we will do an offshore application, seems like the best way to go about it.
Another question aswell, whats the best way t display all the evidence etc? Ive seen a couple of people create like a scrapbook? Would that be reccommended? Or do you think just making like a big file?
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Cheers for the replies guys, I think we will do an offshore application, seems like the best way to go about it.
Another question aswell, whats the best way t display all the evidence etc? Ive seen a couple of people create like a scrapbook? Would that be reccommended? Or do you think just making like a big file?
Ta
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Have a read Hayley of the applying for this Visa section on the Immi site, a Checklist being included and reference to not havung a folder arrangement, just a jumbo paperclip being the go.
Also have a read of the sticky by elkitten.
In preparing your file/evidence, I've always suggested that a chronologocal time line of events in your relationship could also serve as an index to supporting documents but make it consistent with the Checklist.

You may want to get an extra application form and Checklist to use as a dummy run and then you can have that as your copy in a folder while you collate stuff and to have your own record and additional info - just supply bare minimum but quality evidence.
Many people talk of having an album quantity of photographs but half a dozen is probably ample and if you print them on A4 paper, you'll find that thinner and easier to go with Jumbo.





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