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Old 07-14-2015, 04:00 AM
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Working visa to de facto

New to forum and pretty lost in all this VISA business. I'm an Australian 26yo dating a Swedish 24yo. We've known each other for years online and I've visited her numerous times over there and her here over the past 5 years.

Last September she moved here on a working holiday visa, the kind that expires in 12 months. We plan to get married and all that hub bub but unsure what to do next, the one thing on my mind is that the defacto visas all mention the fact you need to be living together for 12 months to apply.

Does that mean I have to wait till the very same date she arrived last year and then we lodge an application? We can't do it earlier so that when her working visa is up we're covered?

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If you are married you tiny need 12 months living together - everyone here usually recommends to have at least 6 months anyway. So if age moves in with you as soon as she arrives and you can prove it (lease bills joint account) and you get married you can apply maybe a couple of months before the end of her visa to have time to collect evidences.

Note that you mention dating - dating is not considered by immigration for partner visa, you need to be in a genuine and exclusive relationship and share lives.

Also FYI prices usually increase on 1st January and 1st July so depending on her visa dates and when you get married I would recommend applying in December or June

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Oh wait you said last September - 2 months wont be enough to get married especially if you still are just dating. Has she done regional work towards a second work holiday visa?

Also which state do you live in?

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Shes been working most of the entire time during her visa. NSW.

She's lived with me since day 1 of her arriving in September, splitting bills and such. That counts as de facto does it not?


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Shes been working most of the entire time during her visa. NSW.

She's lived with me since day 1 of her arriving in September, splitting bills and such. That counts as de facto does it not?
Well good news then is that you can register your relationship with the state; which waives as well the 12 months requirement - I think it would be your best option.

Yes that counts towards it. Was just wondering as you mentioned dating - which is not enough in immigration eyes

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Register with the state? Like at those births and marriages places?


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Yes that's it. It's almost like marriage - it has to be taken seriously. It gives mutual rights to each spouse on the other's belongings

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Old 07-15-2015, 01:13 AM
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Register with the state? Like at those births and marriages places?
Really straight forward, I applied months ago and got my certificate within a few weeks. Just need to complete the application form, get your ID's certified by someone and submit with payment.

It does waive the 12 month relationship requirement but just remember it is a legal document with the government and you will be legally recognised as a de-facto couple.

Relationship register

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