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Old 01-15-2011, 12:03 AM
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Defacto visa for travellers, complicated..please help!


First I want to thank you guys, great job with this site, extremely helpful!

Now, I will try to make a long story short
I am Slovakian, my bf an aussie. We met in South America at the end of 2005 - I was a tour guide and he was my driver, we worked together and had a relationship for a year, then our ways parted in November 2006. We still kept in touch and we have plenty of emails to prove that, plus I did transfer some money into his account during that time too.
We reunited in March 2009, this time in Venezuela, where I was with my job and he came along for 3 weeks. There we decided we are commited to each other and that is when our official relationship starts.
He was working in the oil industry, at that time in a post in Africa - working few months and then having few weeks off. I was a tour guide in winter and a tour driver in the summer - constantly on road for couple of months at time.
When our schedules allowed us, he flew to visit me and my family for the first time in Slovakia, again for 3 weeks due to his work - that was in June 2009.
In September 2009 I went to Australia where we did a big 3 months long road trip together and when I came back in December, he surprised me and came to Slovakia and stayed for 3 months at my house, leaving me in March 2010.
We didn't see each other for 9 months, because of our schedules but maintained everyday contact and when I was in Vietnam last month, he was able to join me for 2 weeks and I finally agreed I will give it a go down under

None of us really lives permanently anywhere - but we want to change that because we both want to settle - in Australia. He is now employed in Australia and is more likely to stay within Australia in the next year or two. We have no joint accounts, no properties together, all we have is photos, phone bills, emails and love.

After reading other threads, I believe it is better for us if I apply from Europe offshore and then get ETA visa to wait for the outcome and be with my bf and if the visa will be granted I'll just go to pick it up in NZ.Or would it help if we lodge the application together and have the interview right away in Vienna?

Now our worry is if the authorities will be understanding with our strange ways of lives and will accept us as eligible defactos - even though we were hardly together this year, because of my and his work...

Or maybe I should get ETA here, go as tourist, open a joint bank account and register our relationship in NSW...and apply onshore?what do you think?

Thank you very much for your advise.

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Old 01-15-2011, 12:29 PM
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To be honest, I do not think you'll stand much chance of getting a defacto partner visa on the relationship you have nor will there be much of a chance of you getting your relationship registered, though you could see if you can get a six month tourist visa and try as doing it in NSW is supposed to be a bit easier than for other locations.
You'll not be eligible for an ETA with a Slovakian passport.
I'd reckon your better option if you are committed to oneanother would be to make it a marriage commitment and either do that first or apply for a PMV.

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Old 02-07-2011, 06:38 PM
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Thank you very much Wanderer!

We have decided to get engaged and apply for PMV
We are getting the application together, but my fiancee has to leave Slovakia again to get back to work in Oz. Is the best option for us just to apply for the PMV in Vienna even though I will be here and he will be back down under? Will he get interview separately in Australia and could this affect the time needed to process our application in Vienna?
I would like to go to Australia right after the application will be accepted on tourist visa, ready to head out to NZ when the visa will be granted.

Thanks again for your help!

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:54 PM
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Congrats on the engagement.
You have a long history of knowing oneanother and so I do not think there ought to be a problem with a PMV and they are for people in Australia or abroad to sponsor someone who is abroad so there is no problem with your fiance returning to Australia.
And yes, you can apply for a tourist visa as well as having the PMV application in and to give yourself plenty of time for the visa to be processed, apply for at least a six month one or perhaps even 12 months.
And when deciding to leave while the PMV is being processed, also put a Form 1022 in to advise the Immi people that you will be in Australia soas to help avoid them trying to finalise the PMV while you are here and it being rejected.
Interviews are optional and not always required but if so, you or both of you could be interviewed in Australia and you may want to also consider leaving your medical until requested and do that here too and then you'll know a grant may not be too far away.

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