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Working Holiday and De Facto Visa

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    Posted: 27/February/2011 at 20:44
Hi!
My boyfriend is planning on going to a university in Byron Bay in NSW so he's planning on moving there in the next several months. He has Australian citizenship through his father, but has never been to or lived in Australia. I would like to go with him to Australia, so I've been into visa options and they are all really confusing. We've been together for over four years and have shared an apartment for about two years. I've been researching the de facto visa and it seems really complicated. Being that he's never lived in Australia and won't have a job right away when we get there, I'm also not sure if I would be eligible to get a de facto visa right away. I was wondering if it would be possible to enter with a Working Holiday visa and then apply for a De Facto visa once we have a place to live and both have a job in Australia. We live in San Francisco, CA right now and I just recently graduated from a university, so I don't have a lot of work experience. Any help or advice anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/February/2011 at 22:10
Your approach is a possibility, however I'm not really sure how it would work out. Ensure that you have all the proof necessary to confirm an on going relationship.

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  Quote iwcleadstudio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/May/2011 at 09:17
Hi Alisha, from experience your probably right "I'm also not sure if I would be eligible to get a de facto visa right away". As one of the major factors your Case Manager looks at is - How will you support yourself financially?, what they really want to say is..... You are not allowed welfare payments from the government so CAN your SPONSOR (defacto) support you if you lose your job or become unable to work through injury (this needs to be proven)!!! My partner came to Australia from sweden on a working visa for 1 year, extended it to 2 yrs which gave us 12mths of defacto records and evidence ) and then we applied for the defacto visa.... I was not born in Australia either but have a dual passport because of my father so kinda in the same boat.... So its definately do-able I think, might just take time :)

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  Quote iwcleadstudio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/May/2011 at 09:23
PS dont forget if your decide to take the Working Visa route then you need to work for 3 months either picking fruit or work on a farm somewhere, theres a book you can buy that gives you job locations around AUS.... as you will find, this cant be changed and you may have to live apart for those 3 months... My partner loved it its called WWOOF ing and the book costs around $50

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