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Old 01-05-2012, 10:35 AM
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what counts towards 12 months 'living together' - defacto visa.

Hi,

I have a general enquiry that i'm hoping some experienced heads may be able to assist with as i've been unable to find a definitive answer thus far.

I am an Australian citizen living in Australia. I met my partner, who's from England last year. After meeting in Europe in April 2010 she visited me in Australia for 2 additional weeks in September. I stayed with her in England, living together for 2 months at the beginning of 2011. She moved to Australia on a working holiday visa in April 2011 which expires in a few months.

Our aim is to apply for a partnership visa but I was wondering whether or not the 2 months I spent in the UK with her at the beginning of the year counts towards the 12 required? Whilst my name wasn't on any bills I have documented evidence that we were in a committed relationship prior to this and her old housemate who lived there at the time can vouch for me having lived there for 2 months.

This would hopefully be our way around needing to exit the country before re-entering on a tourist visa and then applying for a partnership visa. As i've stated, i have been unable to find any answers, if anyone could help that'd be greatly appreciated!

Thank-you.

Noonie.


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Hi Noonie,

it might be difficult to show those two months as part of the 12 months...but I'm not 100% sure. You'd have to show that you were not living apart on a "permanent basis" at the time. Holidays and work travel are usually fine but it will depend on the circumstances and the amount of time spent apart.

Will you reach the one year requirement before her visa expires? If so, you can apply for the visa on the last day (correct me if I'm wrong anyone) of her WHV and she will be granted a bridging visa until the de facto visa can be approved. I think there a quite a few posts on this somewhere, so maybe have a search. Hopefully someone else can offer more insight than I can.


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Old 01-10-2012, 08:49 AM
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Oh and I would also recommend compiling everything NOW! It took us 3 months to compile all our evidence, statements, etc...and remember she will have to go for medicals which can take time to get an appointment for, police clearances may also take a while to get sorted (she will need them for Australia and England). It's best to be prepared. Good luck


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