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Poor but married does my Visa stand a chance ?

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Guest Gothic Rose

Hi I'm new here & this is my first post :wideeyed:

 

Excuse me if I ramble too much :wacko:

 

I'm from the UK & married my wonderful Aussie Husband 19 months ago, in Australia. we met online & I travelled to OZ initially on a tourist Visa as advised by the Visa authorities. We married & enquired about a Partner Visa & I was told there was a huge waiting list & advised to return to the UK & apply from here. My husband returned to the UK with me for three months, but had to return for an operation he'd been waiting for.

 

Unfortunately when he got back to Oz his operation was delayed & then our circumstances turned upside down when his Landlady had drastically & suddenly altered her plans & effectively made my husband homeless. Aswell as having no accomodation this halted our being able to submit my Visa. After endless battling my husband was house after ten months. Also during that time he had his operation, which didn't go as planed & further surgery was required, delaying his recovery & ultimately search for work. Atm he's getting a pension but he desperately wants a job. As soon as he was recovered he started voluntary work at a charity depot hoping to get taken on as an employee but he's been there for four months & they haven't given him a proper job as yet.

 

I'm not currently working in the UK. By trade I'm an Artist & this is not something on the skills list. I can work as a specialist in the interior design end of painting & decorating & have many skills & talents that dont fit into any specific boxes on the skills list. I DO NOT expect to claim anything whilst in Australia. I have every intention of establishing myself as an Artist & will ultimately start a small business but until that can be established I'm happy to work in retail or anything else.

 

ATM my husband & I are not in a great position financially, all the delays aswell as our wedding, flights back & forth, my medical checks now have to be redone & are causing additional expense, the Visa itself, shipping costs, & flights back to Oz , aswell as maintaining two households for us whilst apart has pretty much wiped out all we had. I'm concerned my Visa will be rejected on financial grounds.

 

We do have a friend who said they may offer additional sponsorship if required but we'd rather not have to rely on anyone else if at all possible. My husband took our documents to an immigration lawyer who said we should submit our application, but I'm very nervous incase its rejected on financial grounds & we'd be back at square one having invested all we have.

 

I haven't seen my husband for a year now, even though we speak everyday by phone & computer. Our relationship is very loving & solid I had no thought of moving to Australia before meeting my husband. I just hope our current lack of finance will keep us apart much longer. We are so desperate to be together & start a productive married life but we keep getting caught in catch 22 dilemas.

 

I'd appreciate hearing if anyone else has had similar experiences or any advice to offer ?

 

Excuse the really long post :unsure:

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Don't you ever give up, missy.

 

Cheers, Bobj.

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It's probably worth your while talking to a migration agent about how to present your case. Have you actually lived together for 12 months? That could be more of an issue and you would have to demonstrate that yours isnt a marriage of convenience.

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Guest Gothic Rose

Thanks for replies Bobj & Quoll.

 

The advisors my husband spoke to in Oz did say we may be questioned a lot to prove our relationship is valid, & said it would strengthen our case if we had another visit together. However they also said we can prove valid reasons for being apart. Obviously we'd love to spend time together again, but this throws up two problems the flights from Oz to UK are very expensive & will give us further debt. But will also prevent my husbands searching for work whilst out of Oz. We are trying to do the right thing & prioritise (sp) by putting finding work first & not cause frivolous expenses on top of everything else.

 

I did have a phone interview with a social worker who helped my husband get housing & she is currently also preparing a supporting declaration.

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Im sorry I cant help much with your visa questions but I really hope someone else can come along who may be able to help.

 

Dont give up hope - it certainly sounds like you have genuine reasons as to why you have been apart for as long as you have - and I wish you lots of luck. Try to gather as much evidence as you can - telephone bills/emails etc to show you have maintained the relationship as much as you can.

 

Keep us informed how you get on xxxx

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As money is short and the cost of agents is quite dear I feel for you.

 

My daughter has provided statutory declarations for two of her friends to support their application, one was an English chap married to her friend who had overstayed his visa and was kicked out, anyway all worked out in the end and he is here now.

 

Another was for an Australian of Chinese heritage who met his wife in Indonesia and they did not see much of each other till they married.

 

The department requested evidence by stat dec from people who have known them for several years and can support their application.

 

So if you husband has people to support him he could provide these stat decs, you will need to check with the immigration department or your case officer though. This did speed up their applications.


Petals

:ssign15:taking no prisoners :wink:

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Guest Gothic Rose

Thankyou Adonna & Petals,

 

We both can show over a thousand emails in each of our accounts, though that number will increase greatly as we are constantly in touch. Cant show all the time we spend on MSN unfortunately :chatterbox: plus cards & written letters. we have photos of us together in both the UK & Oz.

 

We have stat decs from friends & one from a social/lawyer aswell.

 

Yes the cost of an agent is beyond our means but there are free immigration legal services that we have been making use of. I'm just really trying to make sure I dot all the i's & cross all the t's before submitting the final Visa.

 

I'm already having to redo my medicals & police check as they are just over the year old :arghh: But at least I no they are all going to be clear.

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Guest siamsusie

Hi Gothic Rose

and a big welcome to Poms In oz.

 

I also married an Australian and due to pressure of work we suffered many many months of seperation, so I know exactly what you are going through.

 

There have many members that have not been financially well off Gothic and have managed to obtain a De Facto visa, so I would rest easy there if you have all the evidence to comply with the stipulations.

As you know, your Sponsor is having to show that you will not be a burden on the country! On occasions an Assurance of Support AOS can be given!

 

Please do feel free to use us as a sounding board, there are enough of us here to guide you in the right direction.

 

Best wishes

 

Susie x

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I don't think the financial situation is your main hurdle. The main hurdle is the separation and perhaps lack of history. I would perhaps not recommend a do it yourself application, instead take professional help in putting together your case.

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