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Hey everyone,

I'm just in need of some more advice.
Basically, we're cutting it fine applying for the defacto visa and we will probably end up handing the application in around 3 weeks before my WHV expires.
I have read countless posts on numerous forums of people stating that they moved to Australia with their partner and then lived with eachother for the full 12 months (this being the only time they have lived together) and then handing their application in on the last day of their visa.

Basically what I am trying to figure out is, we have been living together for 1yr & 7 months, when we hand the application form in around 3 weeks before my WHV expires, do I then have to leave the country when it does?
As the other posts I have previously read state that they handed it in on the last day of their visa so 1. They had the full 12 month requirement and 2. To stop the risk of having to leave/be deported.

I just wanted to clear this up as it's been panicking us for a few days now and we can't find anywhere where it officially states this.


The reason we are handing ours in so late is because we've been waiting for stat decs and statements in the UK to be completed and sent back.

Thanks so much for any advice you can give.

Kirsty
 

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Hi Kirsty,
If you have lived together for over 12 months you don't have to wait to the last day of your visa to lodge your application, 12 months living together doesn't have to be in one country. Once the application is lodged you are automatically granted a bridging visa and you don't have to leave the country.
Hope it helps,
Dorota
 

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As Dorota says, once you have a good 12 months relationship evidence and have your statements etc. [ though you could even leave getting police reports and health examination until after application ] you can submit your application, the longer you have been together probably in your favour.

However, I do not know as I would leave it until the last day of any visa validity and yes I've seen maybe one or two references to that being done, asking about the possibility or proposing to do it but it's not a great way to win friends/influence people that also being people who may be assessing an application, though then again perhaps reality and the difficulty for two people from opposite sides of the planet getting a 12 months relationship together may be appreciated by some.

I do not know if people have actually been successful in doing it and I'd usually suggest they look at means of getting some further time together, some people opting for a trip over to NZ to then come back in on an ETA and at least one couple I know of both going to NZ to rack up the extra time and applying from there - it's about $800 cheaper offshore and so about covers return airfare for two to NZ.

I know of one couple who had all their information including police check and health examination done, the application ready to be submitted, flew to Auckland, rang up for an interview and were told to come in and got their visa on submission!

But in the case such as yours where you can show the additional time together already, all that is not relevant and if you follow the Checklist and Booklet #1 re presentation and content, you should be on the right track.
 

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Hi there, I am in a similar positions to Kirsty. I have just handed in my defacto visa application and am currently on a WHV. I was wondering if anyone knows how long it takes for them to contact you to say they have received your application? I posted mine, which in hind sight I probably should of gone in in person, but haven't heard anything. It has been nearly a week. My WHV runs out in about 10 days so I eager to know that I am on the bridging visa!

Does anyone have any experience in this?

Katie (pink drinking pony)
 

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Hi there, I am in a similar positions to Kirsty. I have just handed in my defacto visa application and am currently on a WHV. I was wondering if anyone knows how long it takes for them to contact you to say they have received your application? I posted mine, which in hind sight I probably should of gone in in person, but haven't heard anything. It has been nearly a week. My WHV runs out in about 10 days so I eager to know that I am on the bridging visa!

Does anyone have any experience in this?

Katie (pink drinking pony)
You normally will have a bridging visa applied Katie, something that kicks in automatically when you're eligible and your existing visa expires.
You would also normally be advised of that when submitting in person but it'll not hurt to give Immi a ring on 131881 and hitting buttons you'll get through to the right section and they should be able to advise you.
 
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