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Old 01-23-2011, 06:33 PM
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Spouse Visa Questions - sponsor job and medical


Firstly; thank you whoever set up this site, and all of you for posting; I've found really helpful information on here and it's also just great to know others are going through the same situations as us! :-)
We're in the midst of getting all documents together for a Spouse Visa and have some questions...
I (Australian citizen) and my husband have been together 8 years (living together for 7), married for nearly 2, so we have all the proof of relationships and financial situation, as well as many family members/friends busy preparing their stat decs, this part of the process is for us, luckily, the "easiest" part.
Now to my questions:
We're applying offshore and have been living together overseas for our entire relationship. I have a good job now overseas and can supply, as sponsor, evidence of this; however it's obviously not a job in Australia and I don't currently have one lined up (we were going to wait for the visa to be granted and then start looking). Is this a problem? Would it be better for me to move first alone to Aus and get a job, then we apply for the visa and once granted my husband follows me? How does that work then with the living together factor? (and it's not something we really want to do, would prefer to go together). Unfortunately work and travel is not an option for my husband, and 3 months off work for him (on a tourist visa) is also not our ideal plan.
Other question we have is with regards to the medical part of the application. My husband was diagnosed a couple of years ago with mild bipolar - only needs to take daily medication and has never had any episodes or anything (actually self sought out doctor due to mild mood swings and was then diagnosed). Is this defined as a "serious" medical condition for terms of the application? He won't need any special care or anything, but he will obviously need to get his medication prescription renewed in Aus - not sure whether we need to put this on the form at all, or if we have to, and how does this affect an application? Would a letter from a doctor help? We're just not sure what is defined under "serious" medical condition, i'm tending towards it's not, as the question refers to "that will require care, etc" but I would hate to not put it on and then it's a bigger issue.

Thanks in advance to those who may know how to answer our questions!

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Old 01-24-2011, 12:29 AM
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I doubt if you should have a problem Toka and you'll not be the first couple that have been working abroad for a while and are now coming to Australia and one of our earlier posters, " Loved In " was in that situation and from memory in a defacto relationship - you can track her story if you like via the sticky thread by el kitten to which she has posted - just click on her name and you get a box where you can select her other posts.
Immi will look at your overall financial and employability situation so having regular employment is taken into account.
If you do have somewhere to bunk down immediately, parents or other family etc. and so can provide an address that'll help too I imagine and worst thing that could happen is that they may ask for an Assurer of Support and that can be by combining three people offering assurance.

As for the medical, it pays to be honest and it is a decision that is made by Medical Officers based on what cases are and by what you say, I would be surprised if it is an issue, a letter from his doctor also a good idea.

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