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Old 03-27-2011, 11:21 AM
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Hi,

This place seems to provide people with good advice and I'm hoping to be able to get some help here.

I'm trying to find out which visa my girlfriend should apply for and the path we should take.
She is currently working overseas but would like to migrate here. We were living together in Australia while she studied here, but she has gone back to work and we've been visiting each other on and off for the past year.

She studied Electrical Engineering which is on the SOL and and been working in that field for the past year.

Can she apply for an onshore PR application after coming to Aus on a visa? If so which visa would allow her? e.g. visitors visa or working visa? I would be helping her apply and we'd live together when she gets here.

We have considered the option for the partner fiancé application but 9 months is too short to get married and the result is only a TR.

She is a Malaysian citizen with a Singaporean PR if that helps.

Also would you guys recommend that we consult a migration lawyer or such and any suggestions for one in Canberra?

Thanks


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Old 03-27-2011, 02:30 PM
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As far as an independent skilled visa goes it is too late for her to apply onshore for that needs to be done within six months of her finishing her studies here.
There are a few other visas that she may want to consider if she is looking for an interim step and in order of simplicity and speed, they are probably:
. The W & H visa - Visa Options - Working Holiday - Visas & Immigration
[ there're restrictions on further skilled visas being applied for ]
. Employer Sponsored visa and engineers are often in demand and so if you can help her find an employer, that may be a goer, most companies sponsoring initially on TR but PR following is a possibility.
. the 476 graduate visa and like all offshore skilled visas, she could apply for them while in Australia but she would need to take a trip abroad to have an offshore visa granted.
Other than the independent skilled visa [ if she meets eligibility ], all visas usually have a TR step towards PR.

The simplest step might be for her to apply for the W & H visa and then once she is settled in with you for a few months, if you are in the ACT, you can apply for a relationship registration and that will then mean you do not need the full 12 months residing together for her to apply for a partner visa and again it would be TR and with PR to follow if you stay together, no need to commit to marriage.
She could in the interim apply for an offshore independent skilled visa if she wanted to but that would be a belt and braces approach, doubling up.

If you have a look at the relevant visas info on the Immi site, you'll see that the eligibility and applying information is quite clear under relevant sections, with a Checklist and reference Booklets online too, so ought to be easy enough for an engineer to follow without the need for paying out several thousand $$$$ to a migration agent and you still get to do all the collecting of documents and evidence yourself, the agent just basically filling in an application form for you and lodging it.





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