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Old 05-25-2011, 02:27 AM
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any advice on how to live in Australia waiting for a visa?

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I've applied for a Partner Visa, and have been told processing times are now 9-12 months (I'm from the UK, he's Austrlaian). I'm here is Australia (thankfuilly), but was wondering if anyone has any advice on how I can do a few things?
Credit card - is it possible to get one if you're not yet resident?
Loans - we want to buy a new 4WD, do you know if we could do it in joint names or if it will all have to be in his name?
Would either of the above mentioned be easier if we were married rather than de facto?

Thanks
Freya


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Hi Freya,

I am also a Brit with an Aussie partner.

I've seen that processing times recently are way quicker than 9 months (read through the threads with 820 onshore applications in Sydney). The can be as short as 9 working days!!! (hard to believe I know).

I got a bank account and a credit card when I was on a simple ETA visa so you shouldn't have any problems there. Unsure about a loan because if you don't have an income I'm pretty sure they might kick up fuss. It'll probably have to be just in his name.

Unsure that being married would make things easier for you as you still need to apply for a partner visa.

I am currently on a 457. Are you on a 676?

Cheers,

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I do have a bank account, that was easy, but my second Working Holiday Visa has expired, and I'm now on Bridging Visa A while I wait for 820 to be processed. I am able to work though, but I think banks are concerned about giving loans or credit cards to non-residents, probably in case they aren't staying.

Apparently the QLD, TAS and ACT offices have been merged, as have the NT, SA and WA offices, which is meant to make it all more efficient, but I have my doubts. My application is somewhere near the bottom of a pile in the Brisbane office. It's now been 5 months with no progress...


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Oh I see. I am writing from Sydney and things seem to be quicker here!
Good luck on everything.


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