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Old 01-04-2011, 07:41 PM
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Sponsorship Query - Partner Visa

Hi there,

I am hoping someone out there can offer some advice. My Aussie wife recently left here (Dublin, Ireland) to visit her ill father in Adelaide. Since she has returned there, his health has deteriorated rapidly and he has only about a month to live.

Consequently, she wants to remain in Aus to help her mother adjust to her upcoming new situation and I want to join her there. So I am currently assembling my application, but have hit a potential stumbling block.

We have been living in Ireland for the last four years, and I have been the breadwinner. Consequently, she has no evidencce of working during this time, so what I want to know is - how big a problem will this be when it comes to her acting as my sponsor?

When I arrive, we will be living rent-free with her mother, and both intend to work straight away.

Any help anyone can offer me would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-04-2011, 11:11 PM
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Immi may require her to have an Assurer of Support, details for that in her Sponsor application that you need to remember she needs to complete and send to you for submission with the visa application.
They may not as they do take all matters into account, your employment history and occupation, hence potential to get work and then depending on how long you have been married or if you can show evidence of the four years together, you may be granted PR rather than TR as a step to PR and that may have an effect too.
But if an assurer is requested, her family members in Australia should be able to help out with that, and that can include siblings/uncles/aunties if her mother has limited income and even friends can be involved.
The partner visas do take quite a while to be processed and so you may also want to consider alternatives for moving out quicker, thus:
. a Working Holiday Visa if young enough and not previously having used one.
. put your partner application in and get yourself via a travel agent an ETA so there will be no No Further Stay condition.
With the WHV you can look for work straight away and even with an ETA if you have an occupation in demand you may find it possible to find an employer sponsor and use an employer sponsor visa as an interim visa.
With the latter approach and even the WHV if applicable you may want to delay your partner application until in Australia so that you do not need to leave again to have the partner visa granted, something that would have to happen if you apply from Ireland but you do not need to go all the way back to Ireland and just a trip across to New Zealand would suffice.
If arriving on the ETA and not having already put the partner application in, it is best your intent is to visit whilst your wife is and you'll consider sorting out future steps re the possibility of wanting to stay so post any documents, your BC etc. all ahead or have some one send them later for you.
That'll be consistent with your intent if quizzed by Immi people on arrival.

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Old 01-05-2011, 12:03 AM
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Thank you very much for your reply - I was unsure about who is eligible to provide Assurance of Support, and whether my wife's not having worked for many years in Australia would prove an obstacle.

Unfortunately I have already had a WHV about 10 years ago, so that is not really an option. Also, given that I want to seek work straight way when I get to Australia, I don't think the ETA is a runner either.

Thanks again.

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