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Hello All,
First of all, thanks for this website as I have found valuable info  Sorry I was like ‘hijacking’ your thread as I am new member and have no idea how to create new thread, but would need advice immediately.
Please let me try to explain our condition:
I have a partner, Indonesian that holds Australian PR. He is now located in Indonesia and work in Indonesia as he also want to take care his father that have health problem. He was study in Sydney and stay there for almost 2 years and last year just extended his PR visa. We were met in June 2010 through a mutual friend, and start the relationship in Sept 2010. I am Indonesian and work in Singapore, there are times in between that we visit each other, but usually I am the one who will visit him as I would like to visit my mum and sister as well . The frequency is about once a month but there are times that I was so busy at work that took 3 months to meet each other. There are also times when I am not working in Singapore (my contract expired), I will go back to Indonesia for 2 to 3 months to know him better (happen twice). Now we are planning to move further, we plan to engage in near future (perhaps in April or May 2012). However we would like to try to live together in Australia for few months to see whether we can survive there , so that we can see how each of us can fit each other when both working and so on before we decide to get married this year. Btw I work as Oracle Financial Consultant.
Please help to advice on which way is the fastest and best for our case so that we can stay, and work together in Australia as soon as possible. What I can think of will be the de facto sponsorship or fiancé (prospective marriage) sponsorship. However for de facto sponsorship we don’t live together even when I go back to Indonesia. For fiancé also we haven’t choose the church as we would like to see how we can fit each other during ‘real’ life in Australia, however perhaps we can look for help to this part 
Please help to advise if there is any better way than those 2 options above , what would be the best way for us and how long is the time required for the process so that we could stay together in Australia, and how much is the cost.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance all…God bless!


I think your best option seeing if you want a visa now is to go for the prospective spouse. But you do need to enter Australia and marry within 9 months then apply for the spouse visa.

If you are not ready to do that or are not in a rush to get to australia you need to wait until you have lived together for 12 months unless there are religous, legal or cultural reasons why you can not.

But if you plan on marrying anyway you do not need to wait for 12 months and can apply for the spouse visa as soon as you are legally married.
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