Thanks for your answer Amaslam.
Regarding the time I spent in China, doesn't it fall under the following option as I was under contract with the headquarters in Australia and sent o/s and paying my taxes in Australia during the entire time?
If yes, what are the chances to have this considered? Anyone with experience on this matter?
2) If you are not able to meet the above residence requirement (2 years physical residency), you may still be eligible for the RRV if you can evidence substantial ties such as business, cultural, employment or personal ties with Australia.
Examples of business ties:
a) Being involve with an Australian business or an overseas branch of an international business with business ties to Australia.
b) Being involved in an ongoing business activity which generates revenue for Australia.
c) Being involved in a business activity which transfers technology to or from Australia.
Originally Posted by amaslam
- does the fact that I have separated from my partner influence my rights of living in Australia (RRV or citizenship)?
No, each person has their own PR
- could I "claim" the year working in China towards a RRV visa?
No, only time resident in in Australia counts for the RRV.
Get back to AU before the 856 'latest' date and stay until you can secure another RRV. If you don't then you lose PR
as you will be outside AU and will not be able to secure a new RRV because you have not spent enough time in AU.