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Old 02-11-2015, 05:58 AM
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Same sex partner visa

Hi everyone,

This is my first post here but I joined two years ago. I thought I might need some help now and this site appeared to be the best option to ask for information.

I have been in Australia for 5 years now and met my boyfriend about 2 years ago. We've been living together for 15 months in one place and recently moved in another apartment.

We want to apply for a partner visa. We are currently gathering everything that we can to prove that our relationship is 'genuine' and meet the immigration requirements.

We've got two lease agreements on our names, joint bank account, bills on our names, car insurance, mail, we are currently gathering witnesses forms, pictures and other details etc

Now, I 'know' basically what's needed in terms of proofs and again everyone's relationship is different.

My question is:
Being in a same sex relationship, are we required to prove 'more' than a straight couple, if so, what else can we provide?

My main concern is that I am scared to death that our application gets rejected simply because it is a same sex relationship.

What are the odds? Has any same sex partners had their partner visa granted before?

I know that the case officer is supposed to assess your case the same way he assesses straight applicants but I can't help but think that we need to take into account what the country's really like. The fact that gay marriage was not legalised yet or what if the case officer is a homophobic or has restricted views or just despise same sex couple?

I am worried because even if the DIAC is a professional organisation, we have to face the fact we are still dealing with human beings with personal opinions that might interfere with their professional judgement.

Thank you.

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Old 02-11-2015, 08:21 AM
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Take a deep breath. I understand your concern, but we've seen quite a few same-sex couples on this forum have their partner visas granted. They do assess same-sex relationships the same way: you need to have evidence that you have lived together, combined finances, etc. for 12+ months.

FWIW, I do agree that the process in general is unfairly biased - the PMV 300 is available for opposite-sex couples who don't qualify as de facto, but there's no such option for same-sex couples. Totally unfair, IMO. But if you meet the criteria as a de facto couple for 12 months, you should have no issues.

PS - My best friend in Aus is a citizen now - he started out on a same-sex de facto visa.

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Old 02-11-2015, 09:13 AM
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As long as you have 12 months worth of good evidence, covering all the categories, you'll be fine. Yes, gay marriage is yet to be legalised, but one of the reasons the de-facto partner visa exists is to cater for same-sex couples. Obviously every CO is different, but I applied for same-sex 820 and got granted pretty quickly. As College Girl said, breathe... you'll be fine.

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Old 02-11-2015, 09:30 AM
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Sounds like you have pretty solid evidence, I don't think it should be a problem. Our case officers were great, no issues about us being same-sex couple at all.

You should look into the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force, they have one in Sydney and I believe other states as well. Great resource, no idea what I would have done without them.

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