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Hello :) I just have a quick question about the defacto partner visa that I am hoping you all can help with.

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I am 28, from the US, and my partner is an Australian Citizen. I moved here in June 2009 and since we have been living together. We will soon be applying for the de facto partner visa (after our 12 mth requirement is met) and we just about have all the documents we need...HOWEVER...perhaps this seems a bit silly, but we are both pretty private people, we spend a lot of time at home and going places together, but neither of us are the type to go to parties, hang out at large social events, etc...and we don't exactly have a lot of mutual friends together. I foresee a problem being able to get 2 stat decs from Australian citizens who know us and know our relationship well. We have ALL the other forms of evidence/documentation we need, sooo will this one thing make a huge difference, or possibly result in it getting denied? If so i guess we better get out and go meet people....

Thanks in advance, any questions please let me know :D
 

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Hi Shysweetie,

I don't think you need to freak out so much about being reserved and private people BUT you should mention this somewhere, perhaps in your stat. dec, so that DIAC has an official record of this point. It is important to show that your relationship is known to others and that you are regarded socially as a couple, so ANY kind of proof in this regard would be help. Have you received any cards from friends or family with both your names on them? Do you appear together randomly in a friend's picture, even on Facebook?

Even though you two keep to yourselves, you stil have to show that your relationship is known to and accepted by your respective social circles. The people who do the stat. decs don't have to know all details of the relationship, they just need to be able to say that you are a genuine couple in their eyes and give further statements as to why they think that.

Put your heads together and see what you two dig up. Also, family should be your first resort for stat. decs. so ask parents and siblings and I'm sure you'll have more than enough people :)
 

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Thanks so much for your advice....

I really didn't exaggerate saying we don't really have "friends" together. He works for Australian Defence, and works so much that when he gets home he just mostly wants to relax, not go out and party etc....and we have moved twice in the past year...and I am from the US, so really, I haven't had time to meet many people, moving around so much. So facebook etc. won't really be an option.

As for family..all of my family is in the US and he has very little family that he even keeps any contact with...we will try and come up with something though because this is important.. x_x

Anyhow, thanks again :D
 

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Hi again,

Well, I can see how your circumstances have effected your social life :) But if your guy spends a lot of time at work, maybe he could ask some of his work mates to write one? Even though you may not have met them or know them that well, they could still be able to give a statement if there is no one else to do it.
 
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