I've had a search and couldn't spot this question asked before.
My wife and I are planning to relocate to Australia.
She grew up in Australia and holds Australian citizenship.
Looking at the calculators for points for Skilled Independent visas, I could take that route, or I could apply for a partner visa.
Based on a quick bit of research, there are obvious differences both in the cost of the application and the processing times. I understand that with the Partner visa, it is possible to first apply for a sub-class 820 Partner Visa (Temporary), which would allow me to travel to Australia and permit me to work there sooner, whilst the 801 Partner Visa processes. I assume that there is no equivalent for the Skilled Independent visa.
So - if I have eligibility for both options, what are the pros and cons of taking one route versus the other. I've spoken to two different friends, one who did it one way, one the other way.
Interested to know if anyone has thoughts on which is the best way to approach things.
The processing time is a potential issue, which is why I was looking at the 820 temporary visa.