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12 month relationship requirement for onshore de facto visa


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Old 12-03-2011, 01:14 PM
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12 month relationship requirement for onshore de facto visa

Hi everyone,

I am Australian and my partner is American. We are currently living apart due to University and work commitments in our home countries. We plan to apply for an Onshore De Facto Visa as soon as we are able to fulfill the 12 month relationship requirement.

My partner plans to come to Australia on a Work and Holiday Visa. We will document our de facto relationship from the date he arrives. We have read that it is possible to apply for the de facto visa in person on the final day of his Work and Holiday Visa, however we are not comfortable taking such a big risk, only allowing one day to lodge the application. We are considering ways to extend our time living together, to give ourselves a buffer zone around our application date.

To achieve this, I plan to travel to America on the Tourist Visa Waiver program, to live with my partner for the two months immediately before his Work and Holiday Visa commences. We will of course document this time living together in America (flights, joint bank accounts, declarations etc.).

Our concern is that my status as a tourist will mean our time living together in America will not count as time 'living together', to fulfill the 12 month requirement, with time to spare before the end of his Work and Holiday Visa.

We are not sure if this is entirely irrelevant, or a major spanner in the works! Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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Old 12-03-2011, 11:10 PM
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I know that people have applied after being in Australia on a tourist visa. The important things is that you keep all the evidence you can from day 1. It may also be a bit difficult though to get joint bank accounts with a tourist visa though, as some banks want to know the visa status of a foreigner. Have you checked out whether it's possible?

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Ah that is good news, thank you. I have looked into the bank accounts, ANZ allow you to open a joint account, the only catch being that he can't withdraw money until he has been into a branch to prove his identity within 6 months of opening it. Shouldn't be a problem. He also has an existing account with another Australian bank, which might give us another opportunity.


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Also keep in mind that some banks will ask for much more information when trying to open an account after being in OZ longer then 12 weeks! So get it done ASAP!

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Hi guys, been reading everyones post really useful
But i still had a doubt about my case not sure?

Ok I have been with my Gf who is sponsoring me for about 2 years. As a living couple we have been together for almost 5 months, last month hoping to waive the 12 months rule we certified our Relationship in the Court! How does that help? can we apply for the VISA right now? as to provide enough documents for the last 12 months we have the same bank account for over a year , would that be enough? Just wondering if we can already apply the Defacto visa now? I called the Hotline on Immigration they said, the 12 months period is a fundamental criteria! but if you have your relationship registered you may apply before hand as loong as you can prove why you werent together but the 12 months period will still apply?
she kind of confused me, So here I wonder what should i do? any suggestions?


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Well, I know that registering a relationship to waive the 12 monrhs ia possible in only 3 states. I f you say you had your relationship officially recogniaed in court it could be helpful evidence but I doubt it would waive the 12 monrh sif you weren't in one of the 3 states.

You definitely need as much evidence as you can gather for partner visas. Bank accounts don't have to be joint. Just use statements from you own to show payments made for you partner, household costs etc. You could use a joint lease, joint travel records, proof of joint membership in a club or gym etc.

I suggest you look at elkittens sticky about what you ciuls incluse as evidence.

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