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Old 03-23-2011, 05:58 AM
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De Facto visa - questions

So, me and my partner are just now looking over how to apply for a de facto visa.
We are not looking to apply until October- November. But like to gather as much information, and proof of our relationship until then.
I have a few question, that I was hoping some of you could help me answer.
Me and my partner have been together for just over two years now. He's from Australia, I'm Swedish. We met when I went to Oz for a year for school!

I read that if you are granted a De facto visa. Your not allowed to work until you got your permanent visa. But you cant apply for a permanent visa until your relationship hits the 3 year mark. ( that would be feb 2012 for us ) and it might take up to two years to get it...
Is this true?
I can not work on a De Facto visa?

I also read that if your partner ( me in this case) is from a non English speaking country it could make it harder as well?

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:11 AM
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Hi there,

First of all, you need to be able to show evidence that you have been living together for at least 12 months prior to the time you apply. If you have been living together for longer than that, make sure you can gather evidence as far back as you can.

People can work on a de facto visa, but they can't get Centrelink payments and have to pay international student rates if they study at university. But this only applies to the first stage temporary visa.

Now, if you want PR straight away, you need to show that you have been together as a real couple for 3 years or more. I think this also means you have to have been living together for 3 years. I have seen someone on here who tried to apply with less than 3 years living together, and they could only get the temporary visa. Also, you have to make a forma request to be considered for PR straight away, so you need to write a cover letter asking for it.

As for English ability, it;s not simply a matter of being from a non-English speaking country. It depends on their level of English. If the applicant can't speak English at all, the concern would be whether they can fit into Australian life and find employment. Also, they would then need to undergo the free training offerend by DIAC at English colleges in Australia if granted a visa.

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Old 03-23-2011, 12:26 PM
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First off, thank you for your reply.

We have been living together since pretty much the start, only with a 6 month break ( due to him being in Australia and I had to go back home...)
But since he came here in June 2010 we have not been apart one day. We have been traveling quite alot. 3 months non stop around europe, and now 2 months in India.
We did move to England, in October. And lived in a staff house between october and Jan. We can get our manager there tho write us a letter saying we lived there together, and other then that. We have lived with my parents and they would be more then happy to also write us some kind of letter saying we lived with them paying rent ect. Would that be okay, or you would need a lease to show?
We have a join bank account in England, so that would help...

I know I can deal with the English speaking part. As I lived in Australia for 10 months, and now staying in England. The only trouble I have is with the spelling bit, since Im dyslexic but hopefully that wont make a difference.

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