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How can you be on a lease with your partner the first day you arrive in Sydney?

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Old 05-30-2011, 06:16 PM
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How can you be on a lease with your partner the first day you arrive in Sydney?


I have a WHV and I plan on moving to Sydney in August and living with my boyfriend. After the year is up we are going to apply for the partner visa. He currently lives with a roommate but we are going to get our own place when I get there. How do you go about looking for apartments in advance? Everywhere I look to the apartments are available immediately. Do we need to wait until it gets closer to August? Also, will they let me apply with him even if I do not live in the country yet and if I don't have a job? We have to be on the lease from the first day that I get there so we can prove that we lived together for 12 months to be able to apply for the partner visa.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:36 AM
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your boyfriend will need to find the place first (by himself) and then add you to the lease

i am in a very similar situation and my real estate agent said it would be better for me to apply for the property by myself. the background checks on someone who has just entered the country will not look great.

getting your own place and getting on a lease is not the be-all and end-all, if you are living together in a share house that is fine too. just get your flatmates to sign a stat dec stating that you both live together in the place from x date.

if you are in NSW / sydney you can register your relationship with the state govt. this will make your partner visa application very very very easy. i would do that as soon as you arrive, as well as opening a joint bank account.

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Old 06-01-2011, 05:41 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply. We opened a bank account together when I was there in March but we haven't put any money into it since it's expensive for me to transfer money into the account. Has your partner been able to find job yet? I am nervous about that!

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