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Old 08-23-2010, 06:12 AM
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What options do I have?

Hi everyone,

I've had a look through the posts and can't really see any info on what to do if you don't live with your boyfriend but have been together for a year. Here's my situation.

I'm from the UK and came to Australia last Oct on a working holiday visa and last Dec I met my boyfriend. We live about 6 minutes down the road from each other, he lives with his parents and I'm living with family here too.

Now we've been together since then and are head over heels. I'm leaving the country next month to go to NZ and coming back on a tourist visa to travel for 2 months and he'll be visiting me during this time. I finally go back to the UK in Dec.

By Dec we will have been together for 12 months and we want to stay together (I want to be with him in Australia).

I've tried to get my work to sponsor me but they says it'll cost them $5000 so won't do it (I've asked twice!) also by the looks of it a defacto visa only applies if you live together. But I didn't even meet my boyfriend until last Dec so unless we moved in that same week I would still be a couple of months short of the 12 months living together?! I'm so confused!

I wanted to get a 2nd year working holiday visa but didn't want to be away from him on a farm for 3/4 months out of our relationship. It was a decision we both made and if I'd been away that whole time in the fruit picking season we might not have had such a strong relationship now. Also this was a conversation we had to have when we were only 2 months in! Very heavy stuff.

I basically want to come back in January to be with him - I need to work during this time to support myself so can't just come back as a tourist - would we have to live together? What visa do I need to do this? He can't really afford to move out of home as he's still doing his apprentiship but I earn enough that we could move in together next Jan. We didn't move in with each before then due to costs and also living down the road from each other! I spend every single night with him at either his or mine, we could gather letters, statements, trips away together etc if need be.

If anyone has any advice on what I can do it would be really helpful. I seem to have run out of options - are there any options for someone in my situation?

Thank you!


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Old 08-23-2010, 04:09 PM
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$5000 seems a lot re an employer sponsoring for their part of the 457 visa fee is only about $500 and I've seen agents adverts on here re a 457 for $999.
Maybe you can see if there're any other employers about.
Other than that the only option it would seem you would have would be the PMV you'll see under Migaration > family on the Immi site.





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Old 08-24-2010, 01:49 AM
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Yes I thought so too - when I thought it was $660 - $700 I even told them I'd pay it myself! I work in television on contracts so company sponsorship just won't happen - also I leave in a few weeks.

Is the PMV where your family sponsor you? I've looked at that also and because my family live in the city it doesn't count as living in regional australia so they can't sponsor me either!

It's just so sad that I can't come back at all - I don't know how other couples manage to meet, form a relationship and decide to move in together and then apply for a de facto visa all in one year when your visa is only a year long. Am I missing something?

What about if he moved over to the UK next year and we lived together for a whole year then? Would I then be able to move back with him and apply for the visa while we're living together in the UK? By then we will have been together 2 years...


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Old 08-24-2010, 01:55 AM
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Sorry just googled the PMV and its for fiance's! I'm still under 30 and still hoping on my dream proposal and wedding rather than one of convienience. We've only been together 9 months - this is crazy and so sad.


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What state do you live in? Some states waive the 12 month defacto if you register your relationship with Births Deaths and Marriages.


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Yes I thought so too - when I thought it was $660 - $700 I even told them I'd pay it myself! I work in television on contracts so company sponsorship just won't happen - also I leave in a few weeks.

Is the PMV where your family sponsor you? I've looked at that also and because my family live in the city it doesn't count as living in regional australia so they can't sponsor me either!

It's just so sad that I can't come back at all - I don't know how other couples manage to meet, form a relationship and decide to move in together and then apply for a de facto visa all in one year when your visa is only a year long. Am I missing something?

What about if he moved over to the UK next year and we lived together for a whole year then? Would I then be able to move back with him and apply for the visa while we're living together in the UK? By then we will have been together 2 years...
Yes, he could go over to England and living together for 12 months would get the relationship requirement met.
Re the relationship registration, you still need to show a relationship exists and not having lived together is your problem.
If he can go to England, have you considered a WHV in New Zealand and he can go over there with you for it's a lot closer to get the 12 months together.





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