Iím from Singapore, about to undertake a Masterís in Flinders in 2015. Iím in a committed relationship with a man from Thailand, and weíve been spending months researching ways on how we can be together in Australia.
Since knowing my Australia plans, heíd spent about 6mths gathering finances and documents to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. [Now, the requirements for Thai nationals to get a WHV are quite baffling (considering how Iíd applied for one in the UK myself before) Ė they actually have to ballot for a place, go through a face to face interview with the Thai ministry, before being eligible to apply to Australia government!]
Anyway, long story short: he didnít get the WHV when balloting opened in July. We were crushed. Months spent researching de facto visa, student visas, etc and finding that marriage is the easiest and/or least costly option (at least in the short term).
I was/am reluctant to fast-forward our relationship and get married for visa reasons, though we are truly in love. But things being the way they are, I think I would have to do that.
I have no doubt about our compatibility but I feel I need more information about potential financial repercussions for they may affect the new marriage.
- I will be struggling to make ends meet myself as an international student. How likely is it for me to find part-time jobs? I have 10 years of working experience in NGOs and corporations, mainly as an editor (book editor, and web editor). I have done translation into Chinese for 2 years. Note: Iím willing to take up hospitality and retail jobs, though ideally I want to do early childhood, which is my area of studies.
- How likely is it for him to find full-time contract work (he would be able to work unlimited hours)?
He just graduated, and is skilled (albeit informally) in Thai cooking, agricultural cultivation, and Buddhism. He has a few monthsí experience in hospitality work. While he can communicate effectively and joke in English, he can have minor struggles with it. He is a hands-on kind of guy, extremely hardworking. He is quiet but socialble and men and women, Thais and foreigners alike take to him easily, so he wouldn't have trouble fitting into new settings.
I am concerned that out lack of local experience would be a sticking point with employers, as many forum posters suggest is the case even for casual jobs. Both of us do not have car driving licenses.