A bit of help here would be so appreciated!
I (native Adelaidean) met my partner (Brit) about 9 months ago while travelling in Kenya. A bit of a cliche, but it was love at first sight and after 3 cross-continental trips (I'm in beautiful West Sussex at the moment!) he has made the decision to migrate to Australia.
As he is 25, our rough plan is for him to come over temporarily on a working holiday visa to live in Adelaide while we meet the 12 month de facto relationship criteria. However, we are concerned that this may be 'frowned upon' by DIAC when we finally apply for the partner visa.
Alternatively, he currently works in Project Administration which is on the CSOL list, but only with 18 months experience (states it requires 3 years, or a degree/diploma). He does have a degree, but it is in an unrelated field (Environmental Science) so I'm not sure if he would meet the criteria as required by Vetassess.
I'm not sure if anyone can give us help as to question one (would it be a bad idea to get a working holiday visa and then apply for a partner visa?) or question two (could he count his environmental science degree toward the requirements to meet the CSOL list, even though it is an unrelated field?)
Thank you so much in advance :)