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Going de facto...


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Old 08-31-2014, 02:47 AM
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Going de facto...

I was hoping somebody could offer advice on my situation.

I am in a same sex relationship. We have been together since October 2013. I am English, he is Irish.

My partner is currently on a student visa and he also works part time as a Chef. His employer has said that they will sponsor him and will begin the process within a matter of weeks. I am on a working holiday visa which expires on the 27th Sept 2014.

My question is, how difficult can we expect it to be for us to go de facto together with me as the dependent (either on his student visa or his general skilled migration visa if everything goes according to plan)? A rough time frame would be useful as I need to make plans as to how I will stay in Australia after the 27th September. My only options from what I understand are a tourist visa or a student visa. Going on a student visa is not something I really wanted the expense of if the process will be relatively quick. I also realise that I cannot work on a tourist visa so this is not feasible unless it will be a short time. I was also not sure if I could go on a bridging visa or something with him if he gets the skilled migration visa.

I should also mention that as far as I know, I cannot go on his student visa anyway until January 2015, as he has to wait 1 year after taking somebody else off it (he only took his ex partner off it in January 2014).

These are our circumstances:

-We have been living together since February 2014 though our names are not on the lease. However, our flatmate (the leaseholder) has written a document saying that me and my partner have been living together since February 2014.

-we both have mail being sent to the same address.

-Me and my partner opened a joint bank account together on 23rd June 2014.

-We are happy to register our relationship if it will be of benefit.

We have been in a genuine relationship since October 2013. We have text messages, emails, we have been on a holiday together, presents and cards from one another, etc.

Any help you could provide would be much appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance

Matthew


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