This forum has some really great information and advice on it so thanks to everyone for that.
I’m hoping someone will have some pearls of wisdom to share regarding our situation, please bear with me while I try to explain it!
I’m a Pom and I came over on a Working Holiday Visa in October 2009 to discover what life in Australia is all about and also spend more time with my Aussie boyfriend, who I met when we were both travelling in South America in June 2008.
We’d both like me to have to opportunity to stay after my WHV is up this October and as I am currently 31, a second WHV is not an option, so we’re hoping to apply for a defacto spouse visa. However, we’re unsure of the best time and place to lodge my visa application as we need to full 12 months of my WHV validity to satisfy the 12 month living together rule.
As I understand it, I could lodge an onshore defacto visa application just before my WHV expires, and I would be issued with a Bridging Visa A while it is processed.
However, the problem with this is that I would be unable to leave Australia until a decision on my application has been made and I have promised my parents and elderly grandmother I will spend Christmas 2010 with them in the UK, having missed the last 2 years. I cannot afford to wait until last minute to book flights, especially not over the festive season so it seems this is a tricky option logistically.
So, plan B could be for me to fly to the UK in October, and lodge an offshore application in London upon my arrival. Then my boyfriend could come and join me for Christmas, and we could fly back together early 2011, assuming my visa would’ve been granted by then.
So my question really is, does plan B sound like the best option to you? Or are there any other options we haven’t thought of yet?
Thank-you in advance for any help/advice you can give us.