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Old 10-17-2010, 11:28 AM
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hi interested

It might help him get the visa.... (esp if his degree/profession is in an industry/profession that australia needs -- like an engineer etc) but I don't think it would prevent them asking you for an AOS? There's no guarantee your partner will find work immediately after he/she arrives, and I believe our partners are not able to access government payments from centrelink until they have permanent residency (which is at least 2 years after they arrive!!) -- so you need to be able to show how you can support the BOTH of you if necessary.

I'm not sure if we're supposed to post names/details of agents on here... but if you do go that path make sure its someone reputable & with good experience & track record. You can do it all yourself, but if your case is not so straightforward (like mine) I'd recommend it. I am using an agent for a couple reasons: a) my partners tourist visa was a nightmare! I had to deal with a couple different embassies for it, and they seemed to vary wildly about the information they wanted, & they way they processed things -- this was hugely stressful & exasperating, and i still don't get why the expectations of the embassies were so different!! b) i worked in public service years ago before I went OS, so i understand that there are the "official rules" & checkboxes they look for, but then there's also the unofficial/unwritten guidelines that they work by & use to catch you out... so I wanted someone to put together the application that knew the rules & culture & how best to present my app.

So if you're going to get an agent, make sure you really look around. My agent was personally recommended to me by a South American couple I know who had used them & found them to be professional, & obviously, were successful at helping to get their visa approved. The agent has an affiliate office in brasil & visits there regularly (ie has an understanding of the culture of where the visa will be processed)& has worked on the "other side" (ie within DIAC) for over a decade -- so hopefully has a very good understanding of what DIAC are looking for & how they do things! Its certainly not cheap, but for the peace of mind that comes with good advice & knowing its been a decent application is worth it for me.


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Hello everyone, I applied my visa the end of October I still waiting the email from DIAC, and my wedding is April 2011. I worry a lot about this...

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You do need to give yourself some flexibility for any arrangements you make for after a visa may be granted for granting is certainly never automatic and processing times can vary enormously.

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Hi Simone
We applied at the very beginning of October. Apart from the initial acknowledgement email w/ request for medicals etc, we haven't heard anything from them yet (3.5months now)... I think the average for Brasilia is supposed to be 4 months for fiancee visa... fingers crossed for both of us! Good luck!

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Hello everyone, I applied my visa the end of October I still waiting the email from DIAC, and my wedding is April 2011. I worry a lot about this...

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