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Dear all,

Hoping for some advice regarding the De Facto Visa application!
I have done a bit of browsing through this forum and though it would be perhaps easier to post and get some feedback.

Here is our story:
I am an Australian, living in the UK with a South Africa boyfriend (who has a German passport). We have been together for 2 ½ years, but only living together for the past 8 months. When the 12 month mark rolls around we plan on applying for the de facto visa. I have a few doubts about our potential application and was wondering what you all thought.

Firstly, my boyfriend hasn’t even been to Australia. Will this play against him?
Secondly, we live together, have a joint lease, but we share with another person. We are all listed individually on the lease – we decided to share as we could have a better flat for our money etc. Is this an issue? The property is a two bedroom so it is clear we have one room and the other tenant the other. We can get a statement from the housemate also.

Besides our joint lease, we don’t have any bills which list us together besides a council tax bill. My partner earns a significant amount more than me and pays for the bills on behalf of both of us - at the time we didn’t really click to have my name added to the bills also.
So, in terms of what evidence we can supply, here is a list:
Joint lease – including various bank statements, bills that are addresses to the same residence.
Bank statements with various expenses (Food, rent, bills, general living expenses) – we don’t have a joint bank account, but we can provide evidence that we support each other financially.
Joint healthcare, dental and travel insurance plans
Copies of weddings invitations
Proof of holidays
Statements from family members
Photographs

Is this at least a good start?
If anyone can offer any suggestions as to other pieces of information we could submit I would be forever grateful.

My other thought is to have him apply for a WHV and then apply for the De Facto visa whilst we are in Australia?

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks,

Julianne :)
 

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It sounds like you're getting pretty well organised Julianne and what you have mentioned is the type of things that are needed to demonstrate a relationship, it not an issue that he has not been to Australia nor that you are sharing a unit with others and having all individually on the lease covers that.
Anything that gets addressed to you individually or as a couple at the same address is fine and that can also include anything like club or library memberships etc.
Have a read of the sticky thread by el kitten as could be some further ideas there for you too.
It is cheaper to apply for an offshore visa but then you'll be delaying any travel for him to Australia so if you were hoping to travel earlier, the WHV is a good idea for if he applies onshore just after arrival, 12 months should be plenty of time for him to get a visa.
If he has been in SA, Germany and the UK within the past ten years or since age of 16 he'll need to get police checks from all three countries and any others if he has also resided in them for more than 12 months, so if he has no plans of returning before coming to Australia, he can get the SA and German ones organised now.
 

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Thank you so much for your response.
I have had a read though the sticky thread before and it gives some great info - such a good help!

Great tip about the police check also. He has only lived in SA and the UK so I will look into the SA police check sooner ratheer than later.

I really appreciate your reply. It has really helped us out.
 
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