I was wondering if it is entirely possible to arrive in Australia on a holiday visa (from UK) and then sort out the obtaining of a more permanent visa once you are actually in Australia?
My mother lives in Adelaide and she will eligible to apply for Aus citizenship in October. She is also engaged to an Aus citizen. My fiancee (we are getting married in Sept) and I plus our two kids all came over on holiday for 6 weeks over the festive period and all loved it over there. Upshot is we have our hearts set on moving over asap.
My fiancee is supposed to be starting uni here in Glasgow to study physio but one of the the things we have been thinking about is her completing her studies over in Adelaide. I have looked into it a little bit and one of the things I've read is that If we all were to come over on her student visa I would be restriced to working 40 hours / fortnight (part time hours). I'm not sure if there is any way around this.
I currently work as a Project Engineer in the UK defence industry and qulifications in Mechanical Engineering. We have also just sold our house so have money in the bank which we could prove, plus we would have my mum's house to stay when we arrive obviously. I'm guessing my mum being a Aus citizen from October would also lend a bit of weight to any visa application?
I wouldn't want to arrive over there and end up getting "thrown out" as it were after our holiday visa expires but sitting here reading through all the visas seems so confusing and also takes time when to be honest all we want is to be over there as soon as possible.
Any help or advice anyone could offer would be most appreciated.