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My partner is Australian and i'm English. We met two years ago, have been in touch every day since and last year i spent two months with him in Australia. We have now decided that to be together we are looking at the prospective marriage visa so i can join him in Australia.

I'm wondering, because of our circumstances, what would be our chances of being eligible for the prospective marriage visa followed by the spouse visa.
I have been on disabilty benefit for the last 5 years due to various health issues, the main problem being hypothyroidism and carpel tunnel syndrome. I have no degree or qualifications and very little money saved. i believe this would certainly have an effect on my eligibility as i could be assessed as being at risk of becoming a charge on Australia's welfare system at some point in the future. My partner is also on disabilty benefit, due to an accident he had many years ago and would only be able to support me from his centralink payments. He does own a big piece of land and is almost self sufficient, so living expenses shouldn't be a problem for us in the future. Would these circumstances go against us in applying for the visas? is it worth to start the process?

I've searched lots of forums but can't find anyone with similar problems so if someone could advise us, we would be most grateful.
 
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Your income does not matter it's your Australian partners that matters, although being reliant on centrelink is not always a block to getting a visas it might be hard.

What might be a problem is your health. I only know what I just googled about your condition which is obviously not the true picture. As you might know Australia has health requirements for applicants to ensure they do not cost the Australian Government money in health care, care needs, welfare payments etc. What does matter is if you could work? Showing you are reliant on welfare in the UK could show what you would do in Australia.

Your qualifications or lack of are not relevant for this type of visa. They may look at ability/willingness to work (in anything) given the circumstances as it would relate to how much you might cost the state if reliant on welfare. But they are not looking for you to have a degree or anything like that.

To be honest I would speak to a registered migration agent about this because I have not seen a situation like this where both partners were disabled and reliant on the state. One partner yes, where the other goes out to work etc but not a situation like this.

What would you live on if you were succsessful in getting a visa? You know you would not be entitled to welfare for 2 years and not entitled to disability payments for 10? Your partners centrelink payments wont be a huge amount. Works out less than we get in the UK on benefits when you take into account the cost of living. Would be a struggle for you both if you couldn't work.
 

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My partner is Australian and i'm English. We met two years ago, have been in touch every day since and last year i spent two months with him in Australia. We have now decided that to be together we are looking at the prospective marriage visa so i can join him in Australia.

I'm wondering, because of our circumstances, what would be our chances of being eligible for the prospective marriage visa followed by the spouse visa.
I have been on disabilty benefit for the last 5 years due to various health issues, the main problem being hypothyroidism and carpel tunnel syndrome. I have no degree or qualifications and very little money saved. i believe this would certainly have an effect on my eligibility as i could be assessed as being at risk of becoming a charge on Australia's welfare system at some point in the future. My partner is also on disabilty benefit, due to an accident he had many years ago and would only be able to support me from his centralink payments. He does own a big piece of land and is almost self sufficient, so living expenses shouldn't be a problem for us in the future. Would these circumstances go against us in applying for the visas? is it worth to start the process?

I've searched lots of forums but can't find anyone with similar problems so if someone could advise us, we would be most grateful.
Your situation is a lil bit tricky, like shel here suggested, strongly recommend hiring a registered migration lawyer who would understand Immigration health requirements better. Your only issue might be your health condition, but i'm sure there are ways around it as Australia has anti discrimination laws which include disabled people.
 

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Can I ask (and I don't mean to sound rude) but how are you on disability for hypothyroidism and carpel tunnel? I also have both of these but theyre managed with meds. I'm on a spouse visa here and disclosed the conditions on my form and was granted without question.
 
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