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WHV while waiting for De Facto?


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Old 10-07-2010, 11:20 AM
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WHV while waiting for De Facto?

Hi there,

I had a quick search but couldn't see that a similar question had been asked, apologies if it has..

We logged our de facto partner visa application 4 months ago and are currently waiting to hear back from the Australian embassy in Canada to hear whether it has been approved or not..

In the mean time, however, we were hoping to move to Australia at the beginning of November.. Flights are booked! I know that I could just get a tourist visa until I hear back about the partner visa, but I was wondering whether I was allowed to apply for a working holiday visa, while my partner visa application was in?

The reason that I am unsure is that one of the conditions of the WHV is to show on entry that the main purpose of the visit is a holiday, with some work being undertaken along the way.. I wouldn't feel comfortable stretching the truth on this to an immigration officer at the border, but equally I am not sure that letting them know that I am waiting for a partner visa decision would be in my best interest either! Any help would be gratefully received!

Also, if anyone could give me a quick heads-up on how long it usually takes for working holiday visas to be approved, that would be great!

Thank you very much


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Old 10-07-2010, 04:00 PM
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WHVs are usually granted within days if not the same day and I doubt whether there would be a problem itself with entering on the WHV as your partner visa cannot be granted while in Australia and so you will need to plan a trip abroad to have it granted when it's time for that if so.
If you are going to be on the east coast, most people would choose a trip to Nw Zealand to allow for it to be granted, though with cheap flights from Melbourne or the Gold Coast to KL with AirAsia, that can also be an option though a much longer flight.

If you lodged your partner visa four months back though and have not heard anything and submitted police and health stuff at the same time, it could be getting close to being ready for granting and I would at least give the embassy a call.





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