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Hi all, Im a newbie on this & due to move out to brizzy in a fortnight, eeeks! Scary stuff. Anyway, one thing is niggling me .... Rent is just dead money & I'd really like to buy asap. But Im on a 457 working visa & its been suggested that I could only buy a new (developer's) home on that visa which sounds absurd. Im into my DIY & would much rather buy an old wreck. Any info appreciated! Great forum BTW, I could be here all week reading these threads & no doubt will be.
Hello All!! I hope someone can answer this question. I can never find the answer everytime I go to the goverment website and it always leaves me more confused and deflated. I am 28 from Devon and into the 3rd month of my Working Holiday Visa. Currently I am living and working (temping) in the City with my boyfriend who has a work permit subclass 457 - he is not an Australian Citizen. At the time of his original application he did not include me as a partner as I just started seeing him then, however since then our relationship has grown and subsquently asked me to come join him in Australia. Instead of me applying for the work permit, the quickest and easiest way to get to Australia was to go for the Working Holiday Visa and to see how it goes i.e. me and him. Now my dilemma is how do I go about staying here for longer. I guess there is a few questions.... 1. Can he add me onto his permit now if I was not on the original application? 2. If so, can I do that without marriage? how long would this process take? 3. If marriage is on the cards (we have discuss this-don't worry), what is needed for the conversion to take place. 4. Should I start an new application, will my current visa status change if I apply for an independent skilled worker permit? and how long will the process take? I guess my other concern will be I don't want to leave it too long before my current visa runs out. Has anyone got any advice on my situation? Note: I am aware that I am allowed to extend my WHV to a second year but from my understanding I have to do work like fruit picking in the country for at least 3 months. So this does not really apply to me I'm afraid Thanks :cute: