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  1. Hi All, I would like to know about the points which can be claimed under the category "Other Factors" Partner Skill Qualification 5 Points [h=4]Partner Skills[/h]You can receive five points if your partner meets requirements at the time you are invited to apply relating to: age English language ability a suitable skills assessment in a nominated occupation on the same Skilled Occupation List used for your application. You cannot receive these points if your partner is not included on your visa application, or if they are an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Does this mean that, at least satisfying one requirement will give you the 5 points or you have to meet all the requirements to claim the 5 points? I really like to have a feedback soon Thanks
  2. Genghis Khan

    Adding de facto partner to 457

    Hi everybody, Got my 457 visa granted a couple of weeks ago. Been living with my girlfriend here since July last year. She is an international student here, from Colombia. I want her to join me on my visa as a de facto partner. I didn't apply with her as de facto on my 457 application as I understand that you need to be living together for over a year and I applied in mid April. Can I add her now? What form do I need to get? What do I need to do next? We have evidence of living together, rent receipts, joint bank account, electricity bills, photos.
  3. Thought I'd start a post to see whereabouts people were in applications, keep track of any updates, and of course vent any frustrations! Hopefully there are a few of us on this forum and it would be interesting to hear how people are getting on. I applied 22nd jan, online. No correspondence yet, so have been uploading more evidence and info that we didn't have at the time of application, e.g superannuation beneficiary, and soon joint private health care. Has anyone has contact with DIBP yet?
  4. brinsk

    Partner Visa Sponsor Duties

    Hi everyone, I am Australian living in the UK with my British de facto partner. He will be applying for his Partner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 309) soon and we'd like to clear up a few issues with my duties as a sponsor. I am unemployed at the moment and I have read that it wouldn't affect me sponsoring my partner. Is this correct? I have enough savings to be able to fulfill the financial aspect of the sponsorship undertaking. We are planning to buy a house when we go to Australia so will be staying with my parents when we arrive until then. Will explaining this in our personal statements be sufficient? Any information would be appreciated.
  5. My timeline below - very short at the moment! Please join in with where you've got to so far
  6. Hi. Myself and my boyfriend (an Australian born and bred resident) have been together for 6 years. For 1 of these years (the first) he was in the UK on a work visa and for the remaining 5 we have been battling distance as I had education to complete and he had used his visa up. We have been engaged for 2 years and are now looking deeper into our marriage options. I am soon to commence my PGCE Primary degree here in the UK (this will take me 2 years to complete and gain teacher status)I want to do this in the UK and take it out with me. At some point within this time, probably a year into my degree, after 7 years of being together and 3 years of being engaged. We would like to get married. Probably here within the UK. We plan to live in the UK for about 2 years before moving to Australia. (I would like to take up permanent residency in Australia, living with him as my husband and working as a teacher). There is so much online i cant gain answers to my questions. Id like to know: 1. What is the process we have to go through to get him here and be married and living together in the UK. 2. The process moving past that, when we plan to emigrate to Australia.
  7. Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone can help with some advice or experience. I am looking to return in December to the UK for around 1 year with my Australian girlfriend, and then I'm plan to apply Off-Shore for a Australian De Facto Partner Visa for myself (then hoping to return to Australia once the visa is granted). I think that my Australian girlfriend can enter and stay in the UK for 6 months without a visa. Is she then able to apply On-Shore for a UK Student Visa, so that she can stay for a further 6 months to a year? (and work part/full time). Is there anyone else who has done something similar. And generally what is the cost for a typical student course? Thank you all in advance as always :-) Tom
  8. Katygordon34

    Help please

    Hi I have a perm residency visa for Australia but I'm wanting to go back and live there with my partner and baby who do not have visas. what would be the cheapest and quickest way to go about this? Me sponsoring him on my visa or for him to get a working visa save money and then apply for perm residency? Also how long would the babies visa take to process and how long would a working visa take ? Also what evidence of living together do you need to provide MANY thanks to who ever can help us x
  9. Hi, I'm new to this forum and looking for some advice. We've submitted my partner visa application already and just looking for some clarification. My husband and I are married with children and both my children are Aussie citizens (one born here and one through descent). On my husbands sponsorship form it asks in question 9 if he holds any other citizenship, to which he answered honestly that yes he has uk citizenship as he applied for a passport (his dad was born in England) in 1996. It has only since come to our attention that australian citizenship laws changed and he could potentially have lost his australian citizenship by gaining a british passport (on his passport it says british citizen) before 2002.. He has been living in the uk for the last 10 years but still holds an australian passport and we've been living here in australia since November (me on a visitor visa and now a bridging visa)... Anyone else applied for a partner visa where there partner also holds additional citizenship and it's all gone ok or had any queries etc? Hope that all makes sense! I'm hoping if the case worked has any queries they will ask about it, he only applied for a British passport to make travelling around Europe and Ireland easier and so it wasn't specifically to gain british citizenship and he certainly wouldn't have done so if he had been aware of the rules at the time about losing Aussie citizenship if you gain another etc
  10. Hey there! This is my first time visiting the website but I can already see I'll be using this a lot. So anyway, I originally came here on a working holiday, fell in love, had a beautiful baby girl etc etc. The working holiday is over and now i am back here with them on a regular holiday visa. For the past year we have tried every avenue possible to get help, so that i can stay in the country, and as i imagine you lot realise, the government services provided for this are quite lacking. My best (and only) option seems to be a partner visa, which would mean going back to England and working for several months until I have the money to apply. The difficult part lies in the fact that it would mean me being apart from my partner and child for a significant amount of time. My lady (Codie) also has a lot of mental health problems, and no stable place to live. To leave her taking care of the baby alone is a terrifying prospect for all of us. I suppose I'm just really hoping that one of you folks can give me this genius solution that I didn't know about, or some steps to guide me, just something... The past year has been tough, everything I've tried has fallen through and I'm lost now. I need help. Thank you for reading this far, I know it's a bit much. Ryan
  11. Hi guys. I have been living in Australia about 3 years currently on my temporary partnership visa. I have finally found a good full time job just had my first child with my partner life seems fantastic... Until a week ago anyway, when my wife told me she is not happy in our relationship... In fact getting to the point she told me to f*** off back to England. Well as you might guess quite the shock for this new father who finally managed to set off his Aussie career who loves driving home each day and cooking for my family cleaning up and generally thought everything was going fantastic... The Australian dream! Now since that morning we have not separated but I am constantly worried... I am on a temporary visa... If my wife pulls sponsorship I will have to leave my son behind and just as I thought life couldn't be better the world would decidedly suck! What are my options here has anyone else been caught in this situation? Now I never married for a visa but now if things continue and I can't save this relationship I may be sticking this out just to get one. What should I do?
  12. Hello everyone I am in the process of filling out my 820 partner visa application online. From a prospective marriage visa 300. And I was looking for some advice from people who have also completed this visa application. The main part that has me struggling is the 'Nature of commitment' part. What did everyone put? So far I have included details about maintaining contact while spending time apart (I had to go offshore for 7 months while 300 visa was processing), being beneficiaries on tax and superannuation and then about our future plans, buying a house, kids etc. This just doesn't seem enough? And should you include every single phone bill/ skype call information etc or just a selected collection from random dates? Also should this part of the application be completed in a third person perspective i.e 'the sponser and applicant have known each other for etc ' or is it acceptable to write it as ' my husband and I have known each other etc'? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  13. Hey All, Wondering if anyone can help/shed any light here! Background: English guy applying for Defacto 820 with Aussie partner. Applied last June, and just got the awesome message that we have a case officer who is reviewing all the docs (very happy!). They've asked for one final doc. Criminal check from Canada (I've lived there for just under a year, then went back on a holiday a couple of years later and therefore have stayed there longer than 12 months cumulatively) Any how trouble is this: RCMP (royal Canadian Mounted Police ) clearance can take up to 4months due to the way it has to be scanned in and checked out there. I'm going to use a third party affiliate in Canada, that can get the process down to a few weeks max (web here for those interested http://www.fingerscan.ca/ - check out the clients living abroad part) Now, going into local police stations is proving to be a pain in the #$% as they're saying they can only send my prints DIRECT to RCMP, not third party? Or even give me a copy of MY fingerprints to send myself! To be honest, no one there seems to give a straight answer - I went in 2 days ago, they were adamant you can't get Ink prints any more, all digitally scanned. Today I go back, and they say ok we can give Ink prints, but only send to RCMP. Getting very frustrated now.....! So has anyone here had any luck getting fingerprints done at any Sydney Police stations at all? And where if so/ how was your process? Any advice? Thanks All.
  14. allyd2001

    Becoming PR via my partners 457

    Hello My husband has a 457, we want to apply for PR (permanent residency) in August 2014 as will have been in Australia for 2 years. We have both been working since we arrived in 2012. He doesn't want to apply through his work as it will mean we will be regional sponsored and we want to allow for the freedom to go elsewhere if we want to. I know my workplace sponsors people as they are a University but I am unsure whether I am legally allowed to? My questions: Are we allowed to apply for PR through my place, for ENS, even though I am the secondary person on the 457? Can we apply for the independent skilled while on a 457? (this will release us from both work commitments, even though I actually really love my job). any guidance would be much appreciated. thanks Allison
  15. tomski1982

    certification of documents

    hi there, me and my girlfriend are in process of preparing our partner visa application and i have a question regrading certification of documents that we need to send off with the rest of the visa stuff. according to what i found on aus embassy in the uk website, a document can be certified in the uk by a solicitor , notary public a justice of peace etc. basically, i want to find out the cheapest way of doing it. contacted a few notaries and they all seem to charge big bucks for their services. i need to provide translated copies of certain documents also as they are in polish. do they need to be certified too or the actual translation by a registered translator would do? do you think that solicitors stamp on a document is enough as a certification ? any other suggestions? how much did you fork out for that service? thank you for any help. tom
  16. Hi all, I'm looking for some advice as I finalise my 820/801 Partner Visa application. I'm currently on a 457 visa and have entered my 3rd year with 20 months remaining. (Thus I need to get my finger out and get this applied for...) My wife is Australian and have lived together for over 3 years so I meet all the defacto requirements. I started collating information 12 months ago however it's been on the backburner and I just wanted to check there was no changes/developments I need to be aware of that could impact my application. 1 - I'm reading conflicting reports on here re: medical. Some people suggest not getting medical upfront and waiting until asked. Others say you must get it in advance. Can anyone help with this? 2 - What medical do I need to apply for? I cannot find the specific name of the medical in my visa application forms - again, any help is appreciated! 3 - Does the fact that I've got a child on the way help in any way with my application? (In terms of advancing me up the queue, prioritising me, qualifying me for an alternative visa?) Thanks in advance guys!
  17. Hi! So. My fiancé is Australian and I'm English, and in May we'll be applying for our de facto visa. I'd love some advice from anyone who's been through this process, here's a breakdown of our situation. We met when I was on my 1st year working holiday visa, after I'd completed my regional work. In July 2013 I decided to stay in Aus to be with him and activated my 2nd year visa. May is our 1 year anniversary - so I'm right that we can apply for our visa after this time - according to the 12 month relationship requirement. Everything was going fine until I called Immigration and the lady said "You have to have lived together for 12 months, not just have been in a relationship 12 months" - is this true?!?! We didn't move in together until August 2013! We have a joint 1 year lease on our 1 bedroom apartment so it's pretty clear it's just the two of us together. Can anyone help clarify that point first of all!? Here's the rest of the evidence we've got to go with everything.... - Rent receipts and lease from August 2013 - Joint travel to Thailand and the UK (to meet my family) - Photos with our mutual friends, photos of us all over and photos of us with each others families - Joint bank accounts - Joint savings - Joint household bills accounts - 2 x joint party invitations - We're engaged!? The date is soon to be set and we'll at least have our "save the date" cards to add to our application - We're registering our relationship with the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry - We will have our marriage license by the time we apply - Mutual friends on facebook and instagram - Linked profiles on facebook and instagram - Reference letters from our families ..... Along with all the forms we need to fill out, the police checks, the medicals etc, is there anything we're missing? We really want to do this without going through migration agents etc, so any help on here is greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks
  18. hi guys, we plan on claiming partner skill points. my spouse has already completed the skills assessment and the IELTS test. upon visa application, what supporting documents would DIBP require for partner skills claims? -- payslip, tax returns, etc? thanks!
  19. Hi, I first moved to Australia in 2011 on a working holiday visa and later obtained sponsorship on a 457 visa. However, I left this job in November last year as I was extremely unhappy. Since then I have applied for an 820 Partner Visa and have been advised that a valid application has been received on 10/02/2014. I have been granted a bridging visa A, however this does not come into effect until 2016 when my 457 expires. I have been advised that until my partner visa is approved my only working options are to either work for my previous sponsor or find a new 457 sponsor. Given that finding a 457 sponsor is extremely difficult at the moment (I blame all of the bad publicity in the papers!) I wish to work without obtaining a new sponsor. I understand that I now need to apply for my 457 visa to be cancelled meaning I will become 'unlawful.' I then I need to apply for a bridging visa E (which I cannot work or travel on) and if this is granted then apply for permission to work on financial hardship grounds. I am worried about becoming unlawful with the chance of a bridging visa E not being granted. However, my partner and I are finding it very difficult living from his wages alone so I really need to be able to work. Has anybody else been through this situation? I would really appreciate your advise. Thank you for your help! Rachel
  20. Hello, I have a 461 visa, my de facto partner is kiwi and is going to the UK for a year or so however I am keen to stay in Aus and we will still be in a relationship. Am I allowed to continue to live/work in Aus once my de facto partner has left Aus? And can I leave and come back to Aus without my de facto partner being in Aus on the 461 visa? From the visa terms, it only says your de facto partner must accompany you on arrival to Australia but doesn't seem to say anything about once you've arrived. Thanks!
  21. I met my partner in 2009 ago in Perth, we worked together for 4 months and we became good friends. I then left and went home to UK and we were online friends for 3 years we sent mail and spoke on Skype regularly. In 2012 in the Feb I flew back to permit to see him as I knew I had feelings for him. We had a two week holiday and decided we want to be together and had to find a way. So I went home to UK after my holiday and he saved up and moved to the UK in September 2012 to live with me. We have been living in the UK for 9 months and we are now planning to apply this September for the spouse visa...... But I am freaking out because I do not know where to start. I can't get my head around it and I've never wanted anything more in my whole life its so scary and I don't want to get it wrong and lose out. Can someone give me some steps to start me on the right track? :-) we have a joint bank account, we have been a couple holidays together and we have long Facebook chat conversations going back 4 years... We have photos and letters sent to each other. He is an Australian citizen by birth and has a house that he owns for us to live in when we get to WA. I have a uni degree but no specific skill. He has met my family hundreds of times, I have met his father once and his sister a couple times. For the statuary declarations I worry that we don't have many strong ones in aus... We have had our relationship mostly in the UK. anyway.... Sorry if I'm blabbing on but I don't know where to start or what is actually relevant. Hilz :-)
  22. Hello all, Got a few questions regarding getting into Australia for me and my girlfriend, but think this maybe a bit of a strange case compared to normal. A few years ago my mother got a 136 subclass visa for our family which expired in 2011. Only my sister utilised it and is now a citizen. This is part 1 of the puzzle. I think by not using this visa, and visiting Australia in March 2013 will now mean that I need a new visa and will need to start from the beginning again. The second part of the puzzle... I now live in Madrid with my Spanish girlfriend who has a sister studying in Melbourne under a student visa. We both want to move to Australia and start a new life. We'd prefer to go independently rather than sponsored in order to have a faster route towards citizenship. Our first thought was a working holiday visa for a year and extending to 2... Spaniards don't have this option available to them. The other option. Getting a 189 visa (I'm an electrical engineer so will have no problem entering), and taking my girlfriend with me as my partner. I think the second option is more viable. We've not been together for 12 months yet, and have only been living together since November, but I think we could get away with saying it's been since August which is when I moved here. If I was to apply for the 189 visa for myself would it be worth doing it as soon as we've been living together for a year? Or to apply for me alone and as soon as it hits a year, apply for a partner visa? My questions are... Are these options viable? What would be the best solution? 189 + partner at same time or 189 then partner? Would it be worth doing it on my own or through an agent with this scenario? I hope this is clear enough and somebody will be able to offer me some advice. Thanks a lot, Ryan
  23. HuwandDonna

    Partner Visa - Subclass 309 & 100

    Hi, We are looking at applying for the Subclass 309 (temp) and subclass 100 (perm) visa for my partner. I believe that if my partner is successful in getting the temp 309 visa then we have to wait 2 years before the perm 100 visa will be looked into... Is this correct? Also, is it possible for us to move to australia under the temp 309 visa? Will my partner have to leave the country for the perm visa to be accpeted then?? One question: Is says on their PDF (1127.pdf) that:- 'You may, however, be granted a permanent visa without having to fulfil the usual two-year waiting period if: • at the time you apply, you have been in a partner relationship with your partner for 3 years or more, or 2 years or more if you and your partner have a dependent child of your relationship' We have been together (de-facto) for 10 years and have two daughters (aged 4 and 7 currently). Have anybody else been down this route and didn't have to wait 2 years for the perm (100) visa? If so, how did it all work and how long did you have to wait? Love to hear off someone who could clear this up for us!! EDIT: Sorry just found this information: Permanent Partner visa (subclasses 100 and 801) If you: • lodged your Partner visa application outside Australia; and • were outside Australia at the time you applied, you can be either in or outside Australia when the permanent Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted. But would love to chat to others in the same boat as us and find out any tips etc to helping us out! Thanks
  24. Hi guys, Wanted to ask if someone can help with information regarding the partner points. The profession of my de-facto partner is on both on the SOL and CSOL list, however my profession is only on the CSOL list (maybe I can get a positive assessment for a profession on the SOL list, but I have doubts about this). So the question is: will my partner be able to claim partner points for the 189 visa if my positive assessment is for a profession from the CSOL list or he can only apply for 190 visa in this case? Thank you in advance! A
  25. taaustralia

    Help applying for Onshore Partner Visa

    Hello, I am an Australian citizen. My partner is a UK citizen and wishes to apply for a partner visa to reside permanently in Australia. We have decided that the Onshore Temporary and Permanent Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801) is the most appropriate visa for our purposes. In reading our questions please keep in mind that 1) we believe that we satisfy the de facto relationship requirements and 2) my partner has successfully applied for an eVisitor visa which does not contain a 'No Further Stay' condition. 1. Will my partner have difficulty entering Australia on her visitor visa if she does not have a return flight to the UK? 2. Can my partner apply for an onshore partner visa during the period of her visitor visa? 3. If yes, will a bridging visa (with working rights) be granted on the submission of the application or at the expiration of the visitor visa? 4. Is there a recommended 'cooling off' period to create the impression that my partner has not entered Australia for the purposes of applying for permanent residency? E.g. Wait one month before submitting the application. Thank you very much in advance for any advice!