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Best to not contact IMMI for migration advise, they frequently provide misleading or incorrect information. And they will take no responsibility if you say "but I spoke to Jill last week and she said that if I handed a cover letter in id be fine". Perhaps look at getting married? Quite inexpensive to do and will waive the 12 month living together requirement. You can then have a bigger more formal wedding down the road
I mean, it's a possibility. We're not into the idea of marriage. It tends to get expensive - and if we ever get fully married - we don't want to do it for visa purposes. It's like kids, we don't want it to be a factor for something other than what we want, when we want it.

We're funny when it comes to marriage. Neither of us 'believe in it' I guess? We're happy to have all the legal/moral ties without wasting money on rings/formal stuff/ certificates etc.

But perhaps if I talk to him...


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I just looked at the prices for one migrant agent in Perth, 2.8k! We could afford a single appointment for $110 but no way could we afford their help...perhaps it's worth just going to talk to them...which stems another question, has anybody used them before?


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Like we said, if you post in Ask Mark! at the top of the forum, you'll be talking to an agent for free. It's totally possible to do your application without an agent. And yes, I've used an agent myself and it can be quite expensive - but I had medical issues, so I needed an agent.

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I made a post in the thread I found. Thankyou for all the advice.

I'll talk to my partner tonight and wait for a response from Mark.

Marriage fees aren't too bad - they're a viable option, but only if my partner is 100% happy with the idea - which I don't think he would be.

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I see you have posted on the ask mark thread, he's very well respected and a lot of people have used him.
I know you can have a consult with him for a few hundred dollars approx, so perhaps that's a good idea. A lot of people don't use an agent, and if they do it's not for the entire visa eg they have an initial consultation and then another once the paperwork is together and they have the agent look over it before submitting.

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Don't count on DIBP to give you correct or reliable information as to how to proceed. If you apply before you've completed 12 months cohabitation, you run a very real risk of your visa being refused, which is an expensive gamble.

You said your partner is 19, so I assume he hasn't started a long-term career? Another option is you both go to the UK as I believe he can do a similar WHV visa for 12 months? That way you'd get in your full de facto time completed, and you could lodge an off-shore application from the UK.

I realise you've said marriage is an option, but (no offense) you're both very young so maybe taking a slower, longer-term approach is a good idea.

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Don't count on DIBP to give you correct or reliable information as to how to proceed. If you apply before you've completed 12 months cohabitation, you run a very real risk of your visa being refused, which is an expensive gamble.

You said your partner is 19, so I assume he hasn't started a long-term career? Another option is you both go to the UK as I believe he can do a similar WHV visa for 12 months? That way you'd get in your full de facto time completed, and you could lodge an off-shore application from the UK.

I realise you've said marriage is an option, but (no offense) you're both very young so maybe taking a slower, longer-term approach is a good idea.
He is also in a career he wants to stay in. He works in IT and has done for a year plus now. Neither of us want to leave our jobs. Nor do we want to move back to the UK.

If we went there, we'd have nowhere to stay, barely any funds to set ourselves up with. None of my family have any room for two other bodies.

I agree about marriage, to be honest - neither of us have any intention on getting married should be be able to avoid it. It's just another expense in our eyes that we don't really need.


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