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Whv to ETA to De Facto!!

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:30 AM
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Hi all!

I am currently in Australia on a WHV... I have been doing some fruit picking work as my original intention was to apply for a second WHV... However I am running out of time and in order to get my full 88 days I have to pretty much work everyday until my visa is up which isn't very appealing or practical at the moment...

So, I am now looking at doing the following; staying here until my WHV is up, I have a return flight back to the UK booked so I am thinking about flying home for a few weeks then coming back out here on an ETA, my primary purpose for this, would obviously be to see my partner and also to do a bit of travelling as some of our friends are travelling out to see us (as my original intention was to have this second WHV)... The ETA would also mean that my partner and I can well and truly pass the 12 month living together requirement for a de facto visa...

The questions I have are as follows, firstly my partner would not be flying back to the UK with me as he has work commitments here and therefore there is going to be a period of separation of about 2 weeks, will this be badly looked upon when we apply for a de facto visa? Or will it be okay as long as I explain that it was because of my visa restrictions and his work commitments that we were apart and give supporting evidence that we remained in contact during this time?

Secondly, is there likely to be any issues getting a ETA so soon after my WHV?? And am I likely to face much questioning upon arrival in Aus?? I will have a return flight booked when I enter on an ETA, as I said previously my main reason is tourism but also to spend time with my partner. We also have open tickets to New Zealand booked, so I'm presuming it would be a good idea to book these for some time during the first three months of my ETA to support what I'm saying about traveling??

We originally were going to apply for our de facto visa on the last day of my current visa but we have decided we don't want to risk it, and would rather wait until we are certain that we meet the 12 month requirement...

I hope this makes sense, sorry it's so long!! Any help would be very much appreciated, I look forward to hearing from you all!!

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:37 PM
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i'm sorry that i can't really be of any help to you because i'm in a similar situation. you're not alone!

being an American i'm not eligible for a second WHV, so i will have to change to an ETA before applying for a Partner Visa. i'm worried about my intent being questioned upon entering on an ETA right after a WHV too. :/ actually, i intend to travel abroad and cancel my WHV early then apply for and return on an ETA. to back up my story about traveling while visiting my partner i will book a refundable ticket to NZ for the end of the 3 months of my ETA.

what Wanderer said about needing a flight out of the country is true, but as far as i'm aware if you never intend to enter NZ in the first place booking a one-way flight there shouldn't be a problem if you book online. i've never been unable to book a flight online.

goodluck to us both!

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