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Old 08-05-2012, 02:18 AM
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My girlfriend and I left Australia and applied for the de-facto visa in the USA. You could probably apply for it inside Australia, in which case you'd get a bridging visa. As far as I can remember, you need to have been living together for 12 months, so you'd probably have to send in the application on the very last day of the working holiday visa's validity.
Hi! Thanks so much for your reply, your application seemed quite similar to mine and Laura's so I was hoping you'd get back to us! From memory, you're both quite a young couple too, right? Did you have any problems to do with your age during the process, or did you not have any noticeable problems? Are there any problems you encountered that you didn't expect to, or anything that you thought was going to be a pain that ended up being perfectly fine? Basically, do you have any hints, tips or tricks from your experience that you could pass on?


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Old 08-06-2012, 11:08 AM
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Hi there! We are looking at doing an onshore application as you said - Laura's WHV I runs out on February 14th 2013 (a Wednesday I think) and we will be applying on the Tuesday February 13th 2013 which will technically be 1 day short of the 12 months needed for the de facto visa. Have you heard of anyone else doing it this way? Do you have any tips on submitting a visa application quickly from Adelaide? I've heard we'll need to send it to Perth or something like that, I expect we'll need super express post.
As I said in another thread, I applied in person on the very day my visa would expire (exactly one year from entering the country on my visa). I can't say for certain, but I think they will be pretty strict on the "1 year minimum" thing, so applying even a day early sounds risky to me... I would definitely contact Immi (131 881) and ask specifically about whether or not being short a day will hurt your application. If it will, then you need to know if it's the posted-on date or the received-on date that counts as your application date. If you send your application the day before your visa expires via Next Day Service then they actually wouldn't get your application until the 1 year mark which is fine if they go by the date they received it, but if they are go by the date on which you posted the application you will need to use Same Day Delivery in order to not be 1 day short. Make sense?

Just my opinion, though....

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