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Old 11-23-2010, 04:01 AM
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Help with visa process

I am an Australian citizen living in South Korea with my Korean wife.
We have been living together for the past 4 years and have been married for two years.
We are planning on moving to Australia next year and feel as though we should get the ball rolling on my wife's Australian visa, as I heard it can take a long time.
Basically I have downloaded and read through the relevant material, but I still have a few questions on how to make this process as straightforward as possible.
We both hold solid jobs here in Korea, I am a teacher and my wife works in engineering.
However, when we move to Australia we will be starting fresh. We plan to move to Adelaide (my home city), but will be staying with my Grandmother until we get setup. I'm sure I will find work in my field, however I have nothing lined up. Also, my wife has no formal qualifications or certificates, but is willing to find work ASAP. Will this impede our application?
Is it better to apply from South Korea, or is it best if I move to Australia first to find a place to rent and job?
Thanks to anyone who can help us and let me know if there's anything I'm forgetting to mention.


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Old 11-23-2010, 07:02 AM
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Hi Aaron,

First of all, I'd like to say I'm so happy to find somone on here with a Korean spouse. My husband is Korean and we will be going through the process next year.

It's better to apply for the visa while you're still together here in Korea. It actually mentions in the partner booklet that couples are usually meant to be living together when an application is made. Also, if you did go to Australia to try and lodge the visa there, your wife would have to enter on a tourist visa, and if immigation knew that she intended to apply for a further spouse visa while there, she may be refused the tourist visa. So, safer and easier to do it offshore in my opinion.

About supporting yourselves, as long as you can show that you have been in regular employment for the last 2 financial years, it should be fine. You can include evidence of your wife's income too if you like, but it's not required. You may want to get your grandmother to write a stat dec (form 888) and state that she is willing to support you with housing and other expenses when you arrive onshore. You will have to write a statement also to show how you will meet your sponshorship obligation because you are not yet settled in Australia, so you can write that you will get support from family if needed while you look for employment. It may also help to try and line up some tentative offers while here to strenghthen your ability to suport your wife. Or, you can ask for your wife to have a late entry to Australia when the visa is granted to give you some time to go agead of her and get things arranged before she arrives. If you do need an AoS, it's not the end of the world, as you can get up to 3 family members or friends to help you out there.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. If you would like, maybe we you can send me a personal message. It would be great to talk to another Australian who is going through the process in Seoul. It seems we are in the minority! I'm in Seoul. Where are you?


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Old 11-23-2010, 01:41 PM
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Aussiegirl has pretty much covered the situation Aaron and another advantage of applying for a partner visa from Korea is that it will be cheaper or has been but there is now information that all partner visas from abroad need to be sent to Australia and I have not checked to see if they have altered the fee structure.
Edit: Just correcting, it is not all visas but just the permanent residency stage which is somewhat odd as the permanent is applied for simultaneously, applications being a joint temporary/permanent set up, the link to what I was referring to : http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/visa...rtner-perm.pdf

I would not suggest that you create potential for the application to be anything else but standard in asking for a later entry for you can return anytime you like anyway and could do that even while the application was being processed if you had an employment offer.
You can just put in that advice after an application with a form 1022 and that could see no AoS issue which there may not be anyway for they will look at current employment history, there having been citizens who have been abroad for a few years and with a good employment history, AoS has not been requested.





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Old 11-24-2010, 01:38 AM
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Thanks for your advice guys.
Aussiegirl- I agree, it seems applying in
korea is the best option. Thanks.
Now we need to get all of our evidence together!
Thanks again, i will post regular updates.


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Ok, quick (possibly stupid) question:
Will it still be necessary to have our documents officially translated (wedding certificate etc.) if we are lodging the application in Korea?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


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Old 11-24-2010, 03:15 AM
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Aussiegirl - I am not sure how to send private messages on this forum, but yes it would be great to remain in contact and share tips, advice and other things we come across during the application process.
I am in North Eastern Seoul (Suyu station).
Thanks again


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Ok, quick (possibly stupid) question:
Will it still be necessary to have our documents officially translated (wedding certificate etc.) if we are lodging the application in Korea?
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
All documents not in english do need to be translated, certified as such and all copies also certified and re the tips etc. that may be discovered, forums work best by all good information being available on the forum.
To PM aussiegirl if you click on her name at her post, it'll bring up a box with communication options.





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Old 11-24-2010, 06:11 AM
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Thanks Wanderer, I really appreciate your help.
As for the PM, yes you are right it is best to share all tips on the public forum.
Thanks again


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Old 11-24-2010, 06:59 AM
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Hi Aaron,

As Wanderer said, any document not in English must be translated into Korean. This could mean even bank statements, receipts, lease agreements, and anything else in Korean has to be officially translated. There are a bunch of places near Gwanghuamun Office downtown that can translate and certify the documents. It might help to gather them all and do them all at once so that you can try and bargain for a package price, rather than doing them in dribs and drabs.

You could try to ask organisations to give you English documents e.g. some banks (like KEB) provide English statements if you need them, but this may not be available at all of them. If they are willing to give you an English version straight up it will save you a lot of time and money, so it can't hurt asking.


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