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  1. Stuart Edwards

    Student Visa / Defacto Visa Confusion!

    Hi all! I'd been tearing my hair out trying to find answers to my conundrum! I hope there's someone out there that can help! Right - My girlfriend and I are both Brits on 417 WHV. We're both working full-time and would love to carry on our lives here in this beautiful country! Our visas expire in August and we're heading back to the UK for a visit. I'd like to come back on a student visa, preferably part-time and carry on working where I am now for 20hrs per week. - Are international student courses/visas hard to to land and set up? Are there reputable courses that don't cost the earth?! - If I was on a student visa, could my girlfriend apply for partner defacto visa? - Could she study full-time if she was on a defacto visa? But not pay international student fees? It would be great to hear some stories of people who have had similar experiences! We're both skilled and committed, but our background/experience is lacking so skilled migrant/sponsorship visas opportunities are limited... Cheers everyone! Stu & Eloise x
  2. 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?
  3. Hi, I'm struggling to find definitive information on the topic of de facto partners acquiring visas. Basically, my girlfriend plans to move to Australia to be a nurse, so she'll have no problem getting a visa all being well however, we're wondering if I'll be able to join her. I'm 35 (so no possibility of working holiday visa) and my occupation isn't on the desired skills list so I'd have to apply as her de facto partner I believe - unfortunately though we don't yet live together. We've already been together over a year and have some proof of that but no joint bank accounts or anything associated with living together. Is it absolutely necessary to live together to gain such a visa or is there some flexibility? Does the fact that my brother is now an Aussie citizen with a family etc help in any way? I can't seem to see an exact answer on the official immigration website and they don't reply to email questions. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer
  4. Hi all Finally submitted my (our) 309/100 defacto visa application to Australia House in London. A couple bits still missing (one of my friend's statutory declarations and my full birth certificate) but will be sending them on as soon as I receive them. Feels good to have all the paperwork off the dining table, and now keenly awaiting any sort of communication...
  5. Hi guys, I originally posted these questions in the Australia forum but was helpfully redirected here by the moderator and am hoping to find some answers from anyone who has been in/knows anyone in a similar situation. I’ve read so many threads about de facto / partner visa applications over the last few months and am now just after some clarification, preferably from people who have un/successfully applied for the 309/100 De Facto Visa in the recent past. My partner and I have been together for over 2 years and are in the process of putting all of our papers together to apply for the 309/100 De Facto / Partner Visa so that we can relocate back to Melbourne (where we met and both lived at the start of our relationship) in early 2014. I am an Australian citizen (by birth) and he is Italian. We are currently living together in London and have been for over 18 months now. Gathering evidence of the duration of our relationship isn’t an issue at all as we have a joint bank account, pay slips, rental agreement, photos etc. Can anyone who has applied for this visa please let me know how long it took for yours to be approved? Did you send police checks / medicals wit the initial application or wait for them to be requested? I’ve read on most places to expect a 5 - 9 month wait but has anyone had it take less/more time? Another major issue is that I’m living here on the Tier 5 (YMS) Visa at the moment but it expires at the end of November. We’re planning on leaving the UK for a few days for a holiday when it expires so that I can come back and hopefully stay here in the UK for a little longer on a general tourist visa (so that we can do a bit more travelling throughout the UK and enjoy a few more weeks here - I obviously wouldn’t be planning on working during this time). However, I’ve also read many forum posts about Australians who have tried to re-enter the UK on tourist visas almost immediately after their Tier 5 Visa has expired and the general consensus seems to be to expect major hassles by Border Control upon re-entry. So, for anyone who has been / or knows someone who has been in a similar situation, I ask... Should I apply for the official 6 month UK tourist visa? Can I even do that from within the UK if I am an Australian citizen and my tier 5 visa is nearly expired? While its not ideal I'll definitely seriously consider flying back to Australia upon my visa's expiration. However, as we're lodging this application off shore, what happens if we haven't received the request for medicals or police checks before my visa expires? From what I've seen, these seem to be occurring around the 4-8 week mark which SHOULD give us enough time before my Tier 5 visa expires but just in case it isn't... I would have to be in the UK, where the visa application was lodged, to do the medical & police check, right? Also, if anyone here knows anyone/or has themself been denied re-entry into the UK after their Tier 5 Visa has expired I'd really appreciate it if you could post your two cents on the situation and maybe tell me a bit about your experience. (Upon re-entry to the UK, I will have a P60 proving my previous work contract has been terminated, proof of purchase of a one way flight back to Australia and proof of funds to support myself... I've read that this evidence helps) Any help with any of my questions will be very much appreciated! Thanks in advance, Jiselle :biggrin:
  6. dodgydarji

    Defacto Relationship Requirements

    Hi All, This is my first post and have spent a fait bit of time trying to find someone in a similar situation but had no success. I guess everyone is in a unique situation. I (pom) want to go over on the 309 Visa with my Aussie girlfriend who I have been with for two years now. However we didn't move in together until 6 months ago. She bought a place and I moved in 10/2012. I am just a little confused to whether or not this disqualifies me from being able to get the 309 partner visa? I up until that point of moving in with her had been technically living with my parents, however spent nearly all my time at my partners rented accommodation. The evidence I can provide is we have been away together on holidays through the two year stat decs from 5 people in Australia (her mum, dad, sister and two friends) A joint bank account with savings going in from both of us for the last 13months Photos, letters and emails of us being together Last 6 months of bills being delivered to the same address. We both pay different house bills so no joint names. (i took car insurance, internet, tv) She took (gas, electric) I have proof in my own bank statements I sent money towards mortgage for the last 6 or 7 months So I have all form and proofs printed and ready to go, however just wanted to make this last minute plea in case anyoen had been rejected? I am under 26 so I could apply for the WHV and then apply for the defacto when I am in Australia. My only concern for this is a) employment restrictions or disadvantages with WHV visa. b) We are planning to move permanently so I would effective be lying by saying I am just taking the WHV visa then going defacto (has anybody else done this?) .. Any help and replies would be greatly appreciated Thanks you so much, Jay
  7. Hi all and thanks for your time. Background info - Im British and my lady is Australian, we are living in london and applied for our difacto visa from here. We met in Australia nearly 2 years ago and have travelled Australia and NZ together and now here in the UK. We submitted our application on 31/05/12 and recieved our pic's and flight itineries back in the post as i believe he does not need to keep these once viewed. since this i have heard nothing else but he emailed me asking to do a phone interview! Looking to see what questions he will ask. If you can remember any, please post them. Thanks!
  8. Hi all let me just say any feeback is good feedback. I am from the uk and my partner is from oz, we met when I was on a 1 yr working holiday visa in oz, we dated and travelled oz and nz and now the uk fore the past 17 monthes with the proof required to be granted a defacto visa, However on my partners form it asks how you will sponsor your partner if you are applying for this visa outside oz. She has family that will house us on arrival (till we find our own accommodation through savings and finding work) and has stated this in there stat dec. she also doesn't have a job in Australia because we have been travelling tho we are going to state that we have had no problem finding work in a verious number of differen country in the whole 17 monthes of travelling and that we as she have savings. Do you think they will give us av visa if she has no home (rented or owned) or her own and has not got a constant flow of money through work. Not really sure if I worded this right but I hope you get were I'm coming from!? Thanks
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