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Old 07-24-2015, 01:52 AM
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Hi Jab,

I'm in Victoria. We have been living together since Feb - but we spent most of the time at hers since Jan. I contribute to half the rent/bills but they are all under her name. Would it still be worth getting my name on the lease at this stage?
We have a joint bank account which we use to buy groceries.
If you're in Victoria, registering your relationship won't be possible until both of you have lived there for 12 months. At least that's what they say. You can always try before the 12 months, I suppose, but I certainly would not bet on it.

I would probably try to get your name on the lease and at least a few bills ASAP. Your visa expires in October, right? You won't get 6 months of evidence for cohabitation by then if you start now, but better now than later. It could still help if you apply for a tourist visa later.

Do you have flatmates that could corroborate you living there since February? A statutory declaration isn't worth nearly as much as bills and a lease in your name, but at least it would be something.

In any case, I definitely think you should follow CCMS' advice and at least consult a migration agent. Forums like this are great for more general advice, but they'll never be as comprehensive as advice from a migration agent who can carefully study your precise situation and find a solution. Either way, get your name on the lease and some bills ASAP. And if you pay cash for groceries/any living expenses, save your receipts.


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Thanks!

No flatmates, we live in a studio flat. Her sister lives a few doors down and we are really good friends with our other neighbour. It's like a small community I'm close with my partners mum who can also vouch for us.
I have been quite lacklustre with keeping receipts and stuff but will be sure to do that from now on. I'm sure I'll be able to find the odd receipt laying about.

With regards to registering the relationship, we have been advised by friends, a couple, who have been through the process that this would definitely work in our favour come the time of application to partner visa. They gave the impression that they registered quite early and that we should do so right away?? So I'm now a little conflicted there.


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If you can register the relationship, then that will be the obvious solution.

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