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Applying for partner visa just after 12 months as de facto


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Old 02-13-2016, 03:26 AM
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Applying for partner visa just after 12 months as de facto

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I am Australian and my partner is from Colombia. I met her in Jan 2014 while I was doing a big trip through South America. We initially spent 4 weeks together. I then carried on travelling on my own as I had previously planned and we stayed in close contact, talking every day or two. I then went back to see her in July 2014 for 2 weeks. After that I went to Central America and again we stayed in close contact. 2 months later we travelled together to Cuba in September for 2 weeks. After that trip we decided to commit to live together and she applied to study in Australia. I got back to Australia in Jan 2015 and started to look for a place for us to live. She arrived in mid Feb on her student visa and we started living together straight away. We have evidence of us jointly contributing to the cost of her moving here and also of us jointly leasing our place and contributing to rent and household expenses from Day 1.

We have been planning to submit our application in mid March after we get back from holiday which would be 13 months of living together. I am mildly concerned that because went straight from being in different countries to living together the first few months may be deemed as dating. We are in WA so cannot register our relationship. In practice we have until August (when her student visa expires) to apply. However, my partner wants to start working in her field after she finishes studying and the sooner she gets on to a partner visa the better. Additionally if we did wait it would not be for any clear milestone, just to get "more time".

Another complication is that since October I have been doing fly in fly out work (4 weeks on and 4 weeks off). My interpretation of the rules is that this will not affect the 12 month requirement as it is necessary and short term and we have evidence that we remain in contact during these times but I thought I would mention it.

I would appreciate insight from anyone who has applied in a similar situation (living together for just over 12 months while having been in different countries prior to that). I am not concerned about the other requirements we have to meet as based on my research I consider that we have sufficient evidence to satisfy them.


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Can anyone help?


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I'm doesn't matter if the pre-Australia stuff will be considerer or not because the living in Australia will satisfy the 12 months living together.

Just one thought what did she put on her student visa for relationship information?


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Old 03-26-2016, 09:24 PM
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Partner visas (as compared to prospective marriage visas) are definitely more hard to get. As long as you have SUBSTANTIAL proof that the relationship is "genuine and continuing" for that 12 months then you should be fine. This is in the lines of joining you lives (bank account, travels, utility bills, insurance and superannuation, wedding invitation from friends to show other know about your relationship etc.

I am in a similar situation with my Colombian partner, although she got her tourist visa rejected. We had an interview with an agent and he said only option is really a prospective marriage visa. We have had a relationship for 3 years now but as she could never come to Australia legally, i always traveled to Colombia. We couldn't provide the proof required for a partner visa as the opportunity was not there and nothing in Colombia is recorded.

I dont think your FIFO job affects the situation as long as the relationship is continuing and you can prove it (continuation of expenses and communication). You really have to have a lot of proof of the integration of your lives if you want to be successful. Not just proof of "living together"

I hope that helps.

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