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[just an update, wanted to let you all know i managed to get the relationship registered, my partner is from the USA and here on a working holiday visa. We filled out some stat dec's with out application /QUOTE]
How long has your partner been out here and how long have you been together?
If that has been say six months or more [ sufficient time in one place to be classed as residential for taxation purposes ] , you could in a congenial manner mention that and also in an even more friendly manner mention you have seen a claim by someone else on a WHV getting a relationship registered and so were wondering whether there had been a change of policy re that.
 

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Katt did say
[just an update, wanted to let you all know i managed to get the relationship registered, my partner is from the USA and here on a working holiday visa. We filled out some stat dec's with out application /QUOTE]
How long has your partner been out here and how long have you been together?
If that has been say six months or more [ sufficient time in one place to be classed as residential for taxation purposes ] , you could in a congenial manner mention that and also in an even more friendly manner mention you have seen a claim by someone else on a WHV getting a relationship registered and so were wondering whether there had been a change of policy re that.
We've been talking to someone in the legal department at BDM who has been really helpful and has been trying to think of a way to get us approved...as far as she is concerned, they have a 12month rule, with provisions for a longer stay. As such, a work holiday visa is not enough in her eyes. She was asking my partner whether she had been on any other visas previously or could extend the WHV so that they could establish that she is 'normally domiciled' (which is why i was asking Katt about other visas). We told her we know of others on WHV that have been approved and she said she had never seen it and asked for specifics about the cases (which is why I thought I could quote Katt's case specifically). We are in the process of writing up stat decs and getting certified copied of joint bank accounts etc to give them more proof that we are genuine. It's frustrating that it seems like it depends who you get as to whether you get approved, but we are trying because we've now heard of 3 cases of people being on WHV only.
 

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As far as I know, there was never any requirement of a 12 months together and nothing like that in the Vic. BDM application information but it may not be just who you get to see or look at your application for there may have been internal policy changes made if either BDM alone or in discussion with Immi have started to see a trend of what they may consider to be registrations of convenience.

When you are told there is a 12 months rule, you could ask to see a reference to that for there is nothing on the application info and you could say about the tax department ruling on six months.
Sometimes you have to mix congeniality with assertiveness in dealing with bureaucrats.
 

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Thank you to all the posters for your info. I am hoping to apply to register mine and my partner's relationship in Australia next year just to help with his visa application which we intend to do in August. We've been living together since April of 2009, and oficially 'defacto' since June of 2010 but since most of the time living together has been on board cruise ships (where we both work) and I am worried they won't count that time together. He will also be entering the country on a WHV, so I am bit worried if they won't count that.

I was hoping the relationship register would be the way to ensure our relationship was documented and accepted, but now it look like even that might not help if they require 12 months!

I am getting very anxious about all this application, I understand the need for it all but sometimes it frustrates me greatly.
 

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Thank you to all the posters for your info. I am hoping to apply to register mine and my partner's relationship in Australia next year just to help with his visa application which we intend to do in August. We've been living together since April of 2009, and oficially 'defacto' since June of 2010 but since most of the time living together has been on board cruise ships (where we both work) and I am worried they won't count that time together. He will also be entering the country on a WHV, so I am bit worried if they won't count that.

I was hoping the relationship register would be the way to ensure our relationship was documented and accepted, but now it look like even that might not help if they require 12 months!

I am getting very anxious about all this application, I understand the need for it all but sometimes it frustrates me greatly.
Where are you planning on registering? My partner and I finally got ours registered in VIC after the initial rejection. We wrote stat decs and gave them further evidence of our relationship (mail at same address, joint bank account statements, joint insurance policies etc) and it was accepted. My partner was also on a WHV...apparently it just comes down to proving a committed, ongoing defacto relationship (which does involve cohabitation). It can all be incredibly frustrating but it's worth persisting. These forums are really helpful...you need to do a lot of research, especially if your case isn't a black and white one. Good luck!
 

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Where are you planning on registering? My partner and I finally got ours registered in VIC after the initial rejection. We wrote stat decs and gave them further evidence of our relationship (mail at same address, joint bank account statements, joint insurance policies etc) and it was accepted. My partner was also on a WHV...apparently it just comes down to proving a committed, ongoing defacto relationship (which does involve cohabitation). It can all be incredibly frustrating but it's worth persisting. These forums are really helpful...you need to do a lot of research, especially if your case isn't a black and white one. Good luck!
Planning to register in Vic, glad to hear that you can appeal and try again. Stat Decs might be a good idea, we have to do them for our visa application anyway! How long had you been living in Victoria? My partner won't officially live there until Feb but he has a bank account already and we have bills together etc.

I've been researching for months, but now that it's time to actually start everything I'm getting nervous :)
 

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Planning to register in Vic, glad to hear that you can appeal and try again. Stat Decs might be a good idea, we have to do them for our visa application anyway! How long had you been living in Victoria? My partner won't officially live there until Feb but he has a bank account already and we have bills together etc.

I've been researching for months, but now that it's time to actually start everything I'm getting nervous :)
I'm a citizen but my partner's been living with me since Feb this year. When are you planning on applying (on registering at BDM and for immigration?)
 
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