Here is some food for thought for South Africans.
If you are in a relationship with an Australian or a New Zealander, you can qualify for temporary or permanent residence in a number of ways. Migration agent Sam Hopwood, from Sable International, explains the Australian Partner visa category is divided into various subclasses, and classification is dependent on whether the visa is temporary, permanent and where the application is made.
“The Department of Immigration and Border Protection assesses applications under a ‘combined application’, which means that your application will be assessed against the criteria for both temporary and permanent partner visas. You will be issued with the appropriate visa, depending on which criteria you meet,” he said.
Temporary partner visa
The temporary partner visa is valid for 2 years, during which your relationship will be assessed to ensure that you intend to say with your partner. If your relationship passes the test, you will be granted a permanent partner visa.