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A regional sc 489 visa with condition 8539 (Work and Stay in a regional area) - and how to relocate to Sydney?

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I am currently on a regional visa sc 489, finishing my 2-year stay and 1-year work visa conditions in a couple of months.

My partner is in Sydney and we are planning to get married.

My visa has an 8539 condition (Work and Stay in a regional area).

What is the best way that I could move and work in Sydney before my 489 gets converted to 887?

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Dear Z.,

You need to fulfill the visa condition before becoming eligible to apply for a sc 887 visa. Once you lodge your sc 887 visa application, then you can move to Sydney.

Your partner will not be eligible for the sc 887 visa if he is not holding a sc 489 visa. The best option is to get married and to lodge his sc 489 visa. Once it is granted then lodge the sc 887 visa application combined.

Otherwise, after the grant of your sc 887 visa, he can apply for a partner/ spouse visa.

----- Clarification Request --------

My partner already has a PR he need not to lodge a visa. The question is when I lodge my sc 887 visa do I still need to stay and work in Regional area because 8539 condition still exists on my sc 489 visa until the sc 887 visa is granted?

----- Clarification by Migration Agent ------

Yes, you can move to Sydney after lodging a sc 887 visa application. At the time of visa grant, the applicant can be anywhere.
Please let me know if you need any assistance with your sc 887 visa application.

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Best regards
Migration Agent

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