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partner and I have to be together for 12 months before registering our relationship?


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Old 08-05-2011, 08:59 AM
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Question partner and I have to be together for 12 months before registering our relationship?

I am EXTREMELY confused with this! My partner and I want to register our relationship in Victoria, and I don't know if we have to be together for 12 months before we try and lodge an application with 'Births, deaths, and marriages.' I spoke to their customer service which was very rude, and didn't want to answer my questions, and asked for my details and called me back later in the day. When they called me, another super rude guy spoke to me (Kinda sounded like the same guy). The guy told me that my partner and I would have to be together for at least 12 months before my partner and I could apply. I looked through their website, and NOTHING there says that you need to be together for at least 12 months. There was no rule at all that stated that! It doesn't make sense to me, because the certificate is almost like a marriage one. Can people not register their relationship whenever they want? It seems absurd. Also I have been in victoria for 6 months on august the 17, does that affect anything?

Super thanks! Info will be very appreciated.


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Hi,

What visa are you on? Registering your relationship in Victoria is extremely difficult if you are on any sort of temporary visa.

There is no set time that you have to have been living in Victoria, however, this is where your application might be refused. You are to be usually resident in Victoria. That's the problem, because say you are on a tourist or working holiday visa, to them you are not 'usually resident'.

What happens is you go to BDM with the form filled out, you sign it in front of the person, pay the fee, show your identity documents/proof of address, and then you wait. They have to wait a minimum of 28 days before they approve it, but if they don't consider you as a "usual resident", they'll ask you for evidence to show that you are.

They are so rude at BDM in Victoria, trust me I know, I hope you succeed with the relationship register!


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Hi,

What visa are you on? Registering your relationship in Victoria is extremely difficult if you are on any sort of temporary visa.

There is no set time that you have to have been living in Victoria, however, this is where your application might be refused. You are to be usually resident in Victoria. That's the problem, because say you are on a tourist or working holiday visa, to them you are not 'usually resident'.

What happens is you go to BDM will the form filled out, you sign it in front of the person, pay the fee, show your identity documents/proof of address, and then you wait. They have to wait a minimum of 28 days before they approve it, but if they don't consider you as a "usual resident", they'll ask you for evidence to show that you are.

They are so rude at BDM in Victoria, trust me I know, I hope you succeed with the relationship register!
SUPER THANKS SARAH!
I'm on a 3 year student visa. That shouldn't be a problem right?
For proof of identity I am going to have to use my overseas passport, Australian learners permit, my uni student ID, and bank statements. Do you think those will be fine? My partner is an Australian citizen so he has more than what they require lol.
I don't think it should be a problem for me to prove that I have been living here in Vic for the past 6 months, since I am in uni here, and have heaps of mail that has been sent to me to my address here. My partner and I are going to be applying to within a month.

I don't really understand why they are so rude there, I have never had such a bad experience with Australians. For some time I have had aussies in a pedestal for being such good hearted people. They are the exception though lol.


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I was hoping you'd be on a student visa, because you definately have a better chance at getting accepted on that. Especially because you've been here for 6 months and still have 2+ years to go, with the intention to go onto a partner visa. I think you'll be fine.

You just need the regular 100 points of evidence, what you've got is perfect, that's all you need. So now just go onto the BDM site and print our the application form.

I totally agree, the people that work there seem to be always in a bad mood You just have to put up with them and once it's over just forget about it


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