I wonder if you'd mind just taking a look at my plan and give it a bit of a sense check in case I've missed something blatantly obvious? Background to this is I want to move to Australia (specifically, Capalaba in Queensland) to live with my partner (himself a pom expat and now Aussie citizen). Currently looking at doing this in around May next year so I can get plenty saved up in the meantime.
The current plan is:
1) Go over on a WHV (I'm 28, no medical issues or criminal record, so shouldn't imagine there'd be any issues with eligibility).
2) I work in IT, so should be able to apply for IT support/helpdesk 3-6 month contract roles.
3) Open a joint bank account, have my name added to any bills it can be added to to start building up the proof of genuine relationship and the like.
4) After 3-6 months, we'll go through the civil partnership process and have our relationship registered in Queensland. This removes the requirement for 12 months living together.
5) Apply for the 820/801 as a de facto partner. May choose to use a migration agent for the sake of being sure about the quality of application.
6) Once the WHV expires, continue working under the bridging visa A until the 820 is granted (or not).
A few queries I have which I'd be grateful for any advice on:
1) Will acknowledging that we were already in a relationship prior to my application for the WHV present any problems? Not actually intending to do much holidaying, as such.
2) Will the 6 month limit still apply while on the bridging visa or will I be able to apply for a permanent position?
Any advice you can give would be very welcome. I've done lots of research into this, but am obviously keen to avoid cocking it up.