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Complicated living situation might affect Partner Visa application?


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Old 08-23-2012, 05:52 AM
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Complicated living situation might affect Partner Visa application?

Hello to all you nice gents and ladies of AustraliaForum.

I come to you with something of a nerve-wracking question for me and my partner. He is Australian, I am European and we've both been living together in Thailand for over a year now (he's half-thai). I've been here on a Student Visa, taking classes with a language school, and its all ok. However, here is where things get "interesting". When I arrived he was living at a place up north here in Thailand, and obviously, I went to live with him. Now, I was -supposed- to be living in Bangkok because that's where the language school is located and that's the location I've been reporting to Thai immigration all this time, but due to money constraints, we just couldn't afford it. The language school allowed for me to take my classes online over Skype, so I've been going to my classes, and I've been keeping up with all my immigration paperwork and renewals and all that, I've just not been living at the address I reported. We DO want to live in Bangkok pretty soon, and are striving for it, however, my worry is that we would have to write off this whole year we were living together in the other location because of this detail. Like, would it matter at all on our application that we were living together under these conditions, or would the Case Officer not care about it as long as we were just living together and had proof of it, period?

Anybody here had a similar or related situation that might shed some light or advice on our situation? It would be much appreciated.


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Hi Kalenidus,

My situation isn't too similar, but I would like to assure you that yours will most likely be no problem. The case officer dealing with your application has one goal: to decide whether or not your relationship is genuine and continuing. So they will look through your statements and look at the evidence corresponding to your claims. I don't think they ordinarily go around poking their nose into anything unrelated - they just don't have the time (or probably the interest either)!

In my own, distantly related situation - I live with my husband in his country but I'm still registered at my parents' home in Australia because I come back every so often to take care of business and so I can continue to receive mail, etc.

I'm sure similar situations happen all the time, even in Australia, where two people move in together suddenly and one partner is maybe just too lazy to change their registered address (which might be at their parents', so still convenient and still their second address), or hasn't had time, or hasn't thought it'd be necessary. But that doesn't discount any of the evidence they have that they were actually living together in the same house.

As long as you have all your evidence that you've been iving together, it should be fine. If you don't have a need to mention your registered address, then you might consider skipping over it entirely as it's irrelevant to your relationship, whch is the focus of the application. If you do have to mention it somewhere then probably a brief explanatory note would suffice - that you're officially registered at Address A out of necessity but unofficially you've been residing at Address B for the past year in order to be with your partner, as evidence demonstrates.

I hope that helps Good luck!


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Thanks so much for your reply.
I see what you mean, and I dearly hope that the case officer feels the same way. It was always our intention to live in Bangkok, but things just wouldn't come together for it, you know? My partner was really miffed about the thought of having to spend extra time in Thailand just to qualify because it might not be in our best interests to present the evidence we've put together so for, but this is encouraging.
After all, its not like its a huge break of rules... I'm just bending the rules a little out of necessity, and heck, the Language School itself was the one that told me I could live in one place while taking classes online with them and that it shouldn't be a problem at all as long as I reported a Bangkok address to Immigration. But yeah, hoping to get everything straightened out soon and save up the money for all the paperwork and the application to getting to Australia! Thanks so much!


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How did you go with your application Kalenidus???


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I am hoping you can help me too! I'm from Argentina but an Australian citizen, my fiancee is Argentinean. When I went back last year to be with him we filled out all the application forms and I put down my residential address my address in Australia and he put down his address in Argentina at his parents place. We were renting an apartment (without a contract as before I arrived he thought he'd be moving here within a few months, so we didn't do any contract) and the receipts for the rent are only printed out in his name. The embassy now asks us for proof of us living together, all we were able to get is a ''cohabitation certificate'' from the police in Argentina, and it has our apartment address, not the address he put down as his residential address which is his parents place. Now we have to send proof of us living together, how do we explain the difference in the residential address he put on our application? In Argentina things are 1000 times more difficult to do than in Australia, even a change of address on our national ID cards can mean a whole morning spent at the office to change this and he was unable to get time off work for this. HELP PLEASE!!!!


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Shared bills of any kind can help, too - even if not rent, do you have any other shared bills or other paperwork proving any kind of shared life?


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Nelly we had no contract at that place, the owner gave us receipts for rent but it was under my fiance's name. He also had cable tv bill under his name. We didn't have a home phone number. It is really difficult as I was not working in Argentina and noone will put anything in your name there if you're not working (I was casually working with a friend making jewellery and we'd sell at fairs and to other friends etc). The only thing that we do have is that Cohabitation Certificate (done at a police station with witnesses, much like a Stat Dec, which is used in Argentina pretty much proves you are de facto I guess) and I have printed out my credit card statements showing that I paid for food at the supermarket regularly. Any other suggestions??


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