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Old 06-12-2011, 11:45 AM
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I posted a thread the other day (here) and after some careful consideration, we think we know what our plan is.

We'd appreciate your thoughts on this.

To sum things up, here is our situation: I'm Australian, my fiancée is British. We live together in my parents house, and have done for almost 7 months. I've been offered a job in Melbourne, and have accepted it. We need to be there in August. We considering the prospective marriage visa, but the waiting times are far to long for me to be able to make the job.

As a workaround, my partner is going to come with me to Australia on a working holiday visa. After 10/11 months, we're going to apply for a de-facto onshore visa, as we'll have plenty of evidence to prove that we have been living together for 12+ months include a lease contract in Oz, and statements from my parents and ourselves when we lived together at my parents.

We're not going to take any of Alex's official documents with us (i.e. birth certificates etc), as I read that this can be suspicious if only really intending to travel. This is actually our intention (well, not so much travelling, but an intention). We want to see if we like it for the 10 months before making serious commitments to applying for a temp residency visa.

I'm assuming this is all possible? We're aware of the no further stay issue - we've been told we shouldn't get that as my partner is Brit, but if so, we just need to go to New Zealand, lodge the application, and then return on an ETA? Is that correct?

We're going to apply for the working holiday visa this week. I'm assuming that the 12months starts upon arrival in Australia, not on the day the visa is granted?

Many thanks in advance!


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Old 06-12-2011, 11:55 PM
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Hi callum

I think that's a wise decision to do the working holiday visa first.

Info for working holiday visa is here::: Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)
The 12 months of the WHV in Australia for your partner begins when she enters, not date of grant ) So you can apply now for entry in August 2011, no problem -- as long as she already has the funds? (they like you to demonstrate you have $5,000 initial cash available for arrival). And a plane ticket out of Australia too! (ie you could just a cheapie ticket to NZ or Malaysia that you can change later). This link also mentions the ability to get an ETA to return to Australia if your WHV expires.

PS As soon as you arrive here in Australia, make sure you start organising that hard evidence for your de facto -- ie joint bank accounts, driver's licence to your address, etc. Also another tip -- when you join your super fund, you're given an option whether you want to give someone your cash in the event of your death -- both of you should put each other. This will help demonstrate combination of financial affairs & committment to a future together. Also join a club/get a hobby together so you can show that you have joint interests/social activities. It all counts. DIAC prefer hard evidence to prove residence (ie rental agreements etc) but if you don't have this in UK, make sure you have some official stuff addressed to both of you at your parents house right now (ie bank statements etc).

Cheers!

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Old 06-13-2011, 06:53 AM
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Thanks again for your reply!

That all sounds great. As we speak, we don't have enough funds for that, but will do very soon. As you know we weren't expecting to out to Oz until November time but I was offered the job early. My boss is happy to give me a 2 month advance (which will be about $6,800) so we'll hit that limit. I'm assuming it's ok to show them our joint account in the UK for that?

We're aware we need to collect evidence as soon as we're there. We know for sure that we will have (in Australia) a shared bank account and a shared rental agreement. We've actually already started the process of setting up a shared account there from the UK. Just need to activate it upon arrival. As for evidence here, we don't have much, although we have recently got a joint account (added Alex's name to my account) so just waiting for the first statement to arrive. Other than that, Alex does have some bank statements pointing to our address prior to now, and we can also get statements from both my parents, and her parents (as they obviously know she moved here - and have been to visit, so I guess that helps). If it helps, can also get a statement from my best friend of 12 years to say Alex has been living in our town with me as a partner since February. Hopefully this is enough evidence!

I've also heard about registering our relationship in Victoria? Can we do this if Alex is on a WHV?

With the flight, we'll just book a ticket to NZ a couple of months before her visa is due to run out. That way we can use it in case of having to go overseas to lodge her defacto application if we decide we want to stay in Oz.

I think that's it! I'll talk to my employer today to try and get these funds transferred, and then go ahead with this mid-week. When do they want to see evidence of having the money? At the time of application or upon entering?

Thank you so much for your help!


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