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Hi,

I'm currently here in Aus on a Working Holiday Visa hoping that I will get sponsored when I find employment (and within the next 7 months). However, failing this, my partner ( who is Australian - born and bread in Melbourne with his own house and business) and I plan 'to go' defacto. We have been together for 4 years and have lived together since I got here on the 4th November 2012. I haven't looked in depth at visa options yet but thought that someone may be able to give me some preliminary advice.

I'm a qualified barrister in the UK (may help for some skilled migrant visa app??) but don't necessarily want to go back into law here....

Any help or initial advice would be much appreciated!!
 

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Hey Anna,

best would be to post any Visa related questions in the immigration forum.

I would suggest you start collecting evidence (joint lease, bank accounts, receipts in both names etc etc) now if you haven't already, in case you won't be able to find a sponsor or get another working visa.

It is possible to apply for the partner Visa on your last day of your WHV and get issued a Bridging Visa straight away, even though it might be a bit stressful ;)

Another possibility is to get your relationship registered, if possible in the state you live. I assume you live in Victoria, not sure what the requirements for registering a relationship are there, but if it is possible, this would waive the 12 month living requirement and you could apply sooner. You would still have to provide strong evidence of your relationship from the last year at least and I think it doesn't hurt if you have good evidence of living together still.

Hope that helps you to get a first idea :)
 

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Thanks so much.

I realised after I had posted this, I should have posted it elsewhere..sorry!

Yes I've been advised by another on this AMAZINGLY useful site to register our relationship to waive the 12 month period (looks relatively straight forward here in Vic; fill in simple form; sign register) and we've been gathering all our necessary evidential info slowly but surely.

Thanks again.

Anna.
 

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Hey,

just to clarify but I'm not from Victoria, so don't know for sure: I think in Victoria BOTH have to prove having lived in Victoria for the last 12 months? Not sure if that might be a problem for you.

On the other hand I have read here somewhere that they don't necessarily ask for proof of that, so you should still try.

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Oh great, will look into that! But do you mean simply to register the relationship or for defacto application ( I know for defacto both have to be living here for a year - just looking if there's a way to waive that)
 

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@purple

Hi again,

I've just read somewhere that to register in Vic both need to prove they have lived together for 12 months, but also that simply having lived in Australia for a good period of time may do.

I'm not sure how long that simple 'living in Aus' time period has to be. The thread I read said they guy applying hadn't lived with his girlfriend for 12 months but had lived in Aus for a period of 2 years. I've only lived here for 4 and a bit months so far....

Does anyone have info on this?
 

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By the way, if you have been together for 4 years, you can also get the partner Visa without having lived together IF you have enough other strong evidence of your 4 year relationship (in theory you only have to prove 1 year but the longer the better!) AND you can have good reasons why you didn't live together which you can explain and also show that you have visited each other during that time and kept in touch!

check also here:
Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 35. One-Year Relationship Requirement
 
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