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    1. Members of their family unit in first part of question is just husband or wife n kids, so No is the answer as kids aren't in the application as they'll be citizens (although they're not at the moment), and second half of question, choose Other unless of course they are holders of a visa etc.
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      TSS Visa Advice

      And just to add, if the kids are approaching Uni stage, just make sure you cover your bases and research into timescales - you may get hit with international fees in Oz as they wont qualify for domestic fees as temporary visa holders, likewise, if you're away from Uk for a few years, they won't be eligible for home fees if you did return to UK following a few years time.
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      Melbourne rental requirements

      Rental market can be aggressive in some areas. We had references from our AirBandB landlord that we lived in for our first month, and a rental reference from the arak. Also bank statements showing we had funds in Australia, and in your case your job offer too to prove income. We offered 3 months rent plus bond. We also made friends with a few agents, at various viewings, taking the time to personally tell them about our situation. We also wrote a cover letter to accompany application, on the advice of an agent. We pulled all this info into a single PDF and uploaded this on realestate.com.au into our profile so we could literally submit an online application whilst we were actually at the viewing itself. It took us just under three weeks from arrival to get they keys to our rental.
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      Partner Visa Concerns

      I don't know how they make the decisions, only that the visa applicant in their paperwork put they were living together de facto and provided all the necessary paperwork to support this in their application. However, when Immi were doing the partner checks on the Aussie partner, they cross referenced with Centrelink, and found the Aussie partner had been claiming they were single for the two years that their Uk partner was saying they were de facto. The sponsoring partner is as much under scrutiny as the visa applicant. That's why they go through their own series of checks. So in the case of the one I know, they were not considered capable of a) supporting their partner for the required 104 weeks, and b) the evidence base to their de facto was deemed false due to the sponsoring partner claiming to be a single person. Clearly someone has lied somewhere along the line hence visa refusal.
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      Partner Visa Concerns

      Be careful. I know someone who was refused PR visa for this reason, they failed the character check due to fraud, I.e. Claiming single parent payment with Centrelink whilst claiming to be a de facto to immigration.
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      Urgent, buying property while on temp partner visa

      I had a friend who was on a temp partner and they needed to pay an extra $8000 or thereabouts. Their lawyer would be able to provide exact details as he's working through the conveyancing paperwork.
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      Urgent, buying property while on temp partner visa

      Yeah generally non PR or Citizens need to get FIRB approval to own property in Australia.
    8. The Med letter will always state 100 as ultimately this is the PR Visa you get followibg the 309 and a medical for PR is different to one for a temp visa, esp if you've underlying conditions that could cost Australia $$$ to cover you.
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      Can someone please clarify visa fees

      I had a medical issue on my 309/100 application last year. The panel doc referred me to an endocrinologist for a consultants session, and they wrote to the panel doc who subsequently passed my medical. This was all achieved within a week, but perhaps I was lucky.
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      Info needed

      If you decide to make the move, do so first having all the facts. If you move, then break up say after a year and then you want to come back to UK, you will not be able to bring your children as international law will recognise their home as Australia, and you will need both your (by then) ex partner's permission and a court order to remove the children legally from Australia. If you leave the country with your kids and without the aforementioned procedures being followed, you can be pursued for child abduction. Look up the Hague Convention. Also if you do decide to go, you need to consider the possibility that if you do split, you could be in Australia for a very long time without your support networks at hand. And also whilst Australia does have a child support system, similar to the UK, the cost of living here is much higher and you need to consider the possibility of becoming a single working mum supporting your own kids and keeping a roof over your heads etc. Think practically. You seriously need to have a long hard think about the future, before you commit to anything. And you and your partner need to sit down and have a conversation that covers all these eventualities. If you do move and then split, is he going to grant permission for you to leave the country and take his kids away from him (which is how Australian law will interpret it).
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      News article

    12. I don't know whether there is enough de facto for you to be granted the 100 but it sounds as tho you've enough for a 309, providing you arrange the information succinctly and clearly, with good stat declarations etc. Meds, I waited until they were requested as I didn't want to risk paying for them twice, but it's up to you. Good luck!!
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      Which account to open

      We went with Westpac Migrant Banking and didn't have to have any income, just $1 to open account. We opened it online from UK then spoke to their migrant banking team before we left and collected our bank cards in London. They also set up a GBP account to sit alongside our AUD one. We can transfer funds free of charge from our Barclays account to our GBP/AUD accounts with Westpac. No transfer fees at all and we've found this to be so useful!!!
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      Moving to Melbourne

      Depends on where you live and where you work. Realestate.com.au is a good one to look up prices. Buying and running a car here is cheaper. Food prices are variable depending on where you shop, but the quality of food here is very good. Health insurance can be pricey but you can shop around for that. Public transport I've found cheap compared to London, $41/week for an All Melbourne weekly travel card. Check the PTV website for train and tram lines etc, and check commuting distances etc. Melbourne traffic is mental! Living near your work is a sensible option. Also lots of people would say that it depends on how far you're prepared to live from the CBD, but if you don't work in the CBD then that doesn't become an issue.
    15. The bank statements showing mortgage payments should be enough. We didn't provide a "mortgage statement" Just annotated our bank accounts etc. Good luck.