Applicants generally need to wait 2 years from when they lodge the original partner visa application to become eligible for the permanent partner visa.
However, if you have been in a long-term relationship (that is 3 years+ or 2 years+ with a child) you will be eligible for a permanent visa straight after the temporary visa is granted.
You would need to prove that you have been in a de facto relationship for at least 3 years. As such, you would need to explain why you were not living together for the first 3 years of your de facto relationship and prove that the relationship still existed despite there being no co-habitation.
Lisa Ira (LLB.BA.GDLP)
Principal Migration Consultant (MARN 1467616)
e: [email protected]
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