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Old 08-22-2012, 09:24 AM
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Hi ccpro,

Couldn't reply earlier but thank you very much for your valuable info.

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Hi ccpro,

Couldn't reply earlier but thank you very much for your valuable info.

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:34 AM
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If you register your relationship (de facto relationship isnt available in every state) or marry your girlfriend you dont have to have the 12 month relationship requirement.

I found this information in partner migration booklet:

'Waiver of the 12 month requirement'
- at the time of application the de-facto relationship was registered

Does that mean if we are together less than 12 months and register our relationship (+ provide all supporting documents that our relationship is genuine) we can lodge our visa application ?

Are our chances "better" if we will be married or if we will go with "de-facto" way?

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Old 08-22-2012, 11:31 PM
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I'd like to add to all this that your Case Officer will try to make the distinction between dating/courtship and building a life together. Any sign that the latter is the case is what most influences your chances, whether you are married, registered or otherwise. Yes, when there is a relationship commitment on paper like that, your officer might recognize that for the life-long commitment sign it is. But Immigration is also not blind to the times and they know that married people divorce and registered partners separate all the time nowadays. It may help you somewhat, but it would not guarantee you anything if you do not have clear evidence that you are building a life together and it is going well.

I'm really not trying to give you a hard time here because I know love is everything and above anything, it really is, but with international relationship love just has to be mixed with a fairly big dose of practicality as well. You shouldn't be spending the first few years of your relationship trying to convince the government, you should be spending your first years - if possible - proving it to yourself first that this is gonna work for life.

My Aussie partner and I are both in the first healthy relationship in our life, the first really serious one, and I am really glad we had time to figure out us before I had to present that us to anyone else. Because now two years in I know that it's a very good and lasting relationship, too, so I don't feel as anxious to shift and switch to get the easiest way. I am just saying this visa, on paper, is also a lifelong commitment. Don't rush into it if you don't have to.

Does your partner have any other way of staying in Australia so you two can build your relationship some more living together for longer? Maybe an employer sponsored visa? Working Holiday? Or maybe you can go to your partner's country for a while - that is what my Aussie man did with me - we spent most of our first year in The Netherlands with no pressure. Being together longer would make your case easier and if it's possible through a more secure means than "barely pushing the time limit" then why not? If your case officer has any reason to believe your registration or marriage was rushed for no apparent reason, you might be shooting yourself in the foot. Marrying (or registering) for the visa is a stereotypical risky case at any immigration office, however your intentions were.

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