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  1. Hello everyone, I have a quick question. I had my de-facto spouse visa granted last September and myself and my aussie partner (I'm english) came back to live in Melbourne in October 2008. We plan to stay until (hopefully!) my permanant visa is granted which I think is two years after initial entry, so around October 2010 I guess. What happens if we then decide to go back to London for a while? Will this affect my permanant Australian Visa? Our plan is basically to wait it out, get my perm visa then go back to the UK, probably for 5-10 years. What happens to the status of my visa - do I actually have to be living here in Australia to keep it valid?:goofy: Any help or info appreciated. Thanks, Claire
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    Studying on a spouse 309 visa

    Hi, We have been out here since the end of January on a spouse 309 visa and I have been looking into doing a teacher training course. Would I still be classed as an international student until I get the second part of the visa or because I'm living here would I be able to get it as an Australian student? There is no way we'd be able to afford for me to be able to study if we had to pay international fees so I'd be grateful for any advice! Thanks!
  3. Hi new to forum and had a search around about this. I live with my Australian partner and recently got engaged (27.01.09) after being in a relationship for 2 years. We moved in together (30.11.08) and realise we will need to live together for 12 months. My question is if we leave in Dec 09 to travel for 3 months before arriving in Oz will it affect our application if we submit (subclass 309) it just before leaving the country? Also would the visa likely be approved within 3 months? Thanks in advance for any useful info.
  4. Hey everyone, Just wanted to let you all know our visa has been granted!!!! :yes: Still hasn't sunk in yet - just returned from a weekend in Rome, checked the email and there it was!!! It took a while, we thought we front loaded everything and had thought of everything needed but had to send in some more info, then we had a change of case officer which delayed it even more, then our new c/o was off ill and then away over the Christmas break so we had been wondering if it was ever going to happen but it finally did!!! Yay so excited!!! :jiggy:
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    De Facto Spouse Visa

    Hey all!!! Just wanted to write a quick post here to say thank-you to everyone on this site!! It's been soooooo useful reading everyones tips / hints over the last couple of months and here's what happened: May 30th 2008 - received police checks through post June 2nd 2008 - Went and had the medical June 11th 2008 - Sent off visa application! June 18th 2008 - Request for further docs & form 80 July 2nd 2008 - Granted subclass 309 Provisional Spouse Visa! That's 3 weeks from day of posting to it being granted - and I don't think that would have happened without following advice from you guys! cheers!!! So now the Passport has been sent off to get the sticker, and plane tickets have been booked!! Bring on the 2nd Novemeber! Hoorah!
  6. Does anyone know how long does it take the Austrlian embassy to validate my passport in London once the Visa approval is received? I have not got the approval yet... just need to know a time length to schedule some travelling. Thanks a lot in advance!
  7. Does anyone know approximately at what stage of the Spouse Visa application do the case worker usually call for interview? The reason I'm asking is that my partner and I plan to travel outside UK after we send out the application package (together with police check and health check front-loaded). However I am quite concerned about them asking us in for interview. Do you usually let you know quite soon after the case worker starts on your case? Or are they quite random? I'm chinese passport holder, and my finance is Australian. Thanks again. =)
  8. hi every one, i am desperate for peoples views, opinions, advice, reassurance its wrecking my head i am 24 years old shane is 25, i met him in oz 14th feb 07 when i was on a hol working visa in oz. we were seeing ech other for a while then i moved in to his rented house in june 07 lived there til jan 08 as visa ran out.we had decided we loved each other and wanted to be together forever and got engaged xmas day 2007. stayed incontact via mobile(unfortunately pre paid mobile so cant get phone records)like 4 times a day, some emails, letters and lots of sms. he came over to meet my family and friends may 08 they loved him:wink:. we went travelling around euroup then again the sad time came he had to go back to oz middle of july 08. again the same contact i just saved hard and went back to oz on 15th october 2008, i was soo happy to be with my shaney, our lil house and animals, and mates. we went to tassie met his mum and sisters they thre an engagement party for us , it was just bliss. but i came home a few days ago, cuz of tourise visa, came back xmas eve, i was absolutley devestated and am really finding it hard to be away from him this time. so we are strating the process, gthering info for defacto sponsership 309. please i would really appreciate any advice, views , experiences , to tell us a deffo no i dunno what ever you think really, or things to make our case stronng enuf. also when i went back to oz i got stopped by immi officer he said dont use an migration agent , cost you lots of dollers , if ur relationship is genuine and have photos and letters to each other no problemo. so am not using one ok we havent lived together for 12 months but have been in a reltioship for over 12 months, and are engaged, to be married to share our future together although we ant to wait til we have enough money to apay for flights for family and friends whether it be in oz ur uk ok so evidence -corrispondance and pay slips to me at his address from when i moved in to his place june 2007.(we didnt have joint rent bills)its all in his name although i did pay my share so should proove that i was living with him . -phtots and a few xmas card to us both for my time there -emails, letters, envelopes to eachother whilst we have been separated and a few home fone records from my parents line -shanes flight details to uk -our travlling flight and train details and plenty of phtot -photos of us and my family -photos of us and my mates -my flight details to oz -flight details for us both to tassie to meet his family -photos of us and his family -enagament party invitaion -engagment cards -engagement announcement in newspaper -plenty more photos of us both -stat dec from our neighbour who we are good friends with and see eachother every day -waiting on stat decs from his mum and sisters, and a mate who knew us from beginning when we first met eachother -waiting on support letters from my parents -i also got a letter from my last employer in oz to say i had worked with them before and they be happy to offer me permanent position if got this visa -xmas cards and evelopes adressed to us both for xmas 08 - a wedding invitation from my friend to us both and a thanyou for attending letter to us both. -we set up a joint ozzy account about a month ago for our savings gona do all police checks and meds ready. i desparately want to get over there with him and start our future together its killing me and will break my heart if we are refused, so please any any help :spinny: im sorry for writting so much, just had to let it all out hahaha, im glad i have found this site , we can all help each toher, we are all going through immigration stuff, and know what each toher is going through. ahhhrrrr its doing my head in i feel like well no i actually am putting my life on hold until al this is sorted out.i wana start living it with shane its all i have been thinking about and worrying about since i first left oz on 19th jan 08. im sure many of you worry and think about ur migration issues every day too, its a stressful business.well i am really scared cuz i want it so bad to be with my shaney and back to our life in oz with our lil hippies house and our pet goat, cat, dog and four fish hehe. thankyou soo much
  9. I have just arrived in Australia having been granted a subclass 309 Provisional Spouse Visa. My partner has a car and i have been driving around the area and decided that i should get a full NSW licence. I have a full UK licence and therefore just wanted to transfer it over. When i went to the RTA to apply for my licence they told me that i would have to wait for 6 months before applying for a NSW licence due to the fact that my Visa is classed as temporary. Under NSW rules, a visitor can drive on a foreign licence for 3 months but then i will have to stop driving and wait another 3 months before i can apply for a NSW licence. Does this seem right or am i missing something? Personally, i think that yes my visa is temporary for 2 years until they grant my permanent Spouse Visa, but my intentions are to live in Australia for ever and therefore the temporary part is a bit misleading! Any help or advice would be greatly appriciated:emoticon-signxmas: Tim
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    Help with form 80!!

    Hello, We have been asked to submit form 80 in order to complete the subclass 309 application - and are struggling - (I am the Aus citizen, my partner UK) he has to list exact dates for every time he has travelled within the last 10 years - does anyone know if this includes EU travel for UK citizens? As it is not stamped in his passport he really doesn't know how to get the information required - for example he knows he went to Venice, Paris and Amsterdam last year but has no idea of exact dates!! Especially as 10 years back takes him to 14 - how is he possibly going to remember exact dates of travel at 18?! Am also wondering whe it asks about have you, or anyone included this form had a conviction, or been found guilty of etc - I have had a driving offence that went to court a few years back, am I included on the form (as the sponser) or is it just referring to any dependants that may be on there? Does anyone know if it's a good or bad sign if they ask for this form? Thanks!!
  11. A bit confused what the difference is as i thought there was only one spouse visa
  12. Ive noticed that a lot of people on here are going over to oz on a skilled indipendant or sponsored visa and on average it is taking you approx 6 months from application to visa grant. I am planning to go over to oz with fiance you is australian so I will apply for a sub class 309 temporary visa which will cover me for 2 years, then I can apply for a permanant one after that. I am just wondering if anyone else has gone over or is applying for one of these types of visas and how long it will take from application to visa gran. Cheers Mark:smile:
  13. Hi there, Just applying for my spouse visa which will, more than likely, be the temporary one. Just a couple of questions I hope people can answer. Many of the teaching jobs in The Courier Mail say open to permanent residents only. Does this mean I would be blocked from applying for them or are they distinguishing between migrant and holiday visas? Secondly, many people talk about extra baggage allowances when emigrating. Are these still applicable on a temp visa, or does it have to be perm?