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Old 02-15-2016, 12:50 PM
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Relationship less than 12 months

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum though i've been lurking quite a bit and it's been so useful so far! I'm applying for a partner visa with my partner and I have one big concern..

I've known my partner for one year, but we only started a relationship in June 2015 and we started living together in September 2015. His student visa ends in early April so we were hoping to apply for the partner visa in mid-March. Because we haven't been in a defacto for more than 12 months, we registered our relationship and we have the certificate.

This means that we would have officially been in a relationship for 9 months once we've applied for the visa, and been in a defacto for 6 months.
Do you guys think we still have a good chance at the visa? we tried to call the immigration department about this and they were really vague about whether or not they would accept our relationship. They just emphasised that we have to be able to demonstrate 'a genuine and continuing relationship'.

I have to move for work to a rural area in March and the only way that my partner can move with me is if we apply for this visa because there are no courses offered for him there. We can't afford to go to a migration agent so we'd have to do the application alone.

In the way of evidence, so far we have:
- joint bank account since January
- my name is not on the lease but the landlord has written a stat dec to state that I moved in on sept 25
- tickets and flights to small trips together
- bank statements highlighting purchases made for each other
- proof of contact in times apart - skype, whatsapp, fb messenger
- 5-6 stat decs from friends and family
- the internet and electricity bill will be moved to my name
- lots of photos together with family as well
- and once i find a place in the rural town im moving to, the lease with both of our names

sorry for the long spiel! i just wanted to give you the whole picture just so my situation can be more easily assessed.

Thanks for your help!!


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DIBP will not answer this type of question, they'd only review your application once you lodge it and you have paid the application fee.

Registering your relationship will waive the requirement to prove a full 12 months of de facto relationship, but you still need to prove sufficiently that you have a genuine and committed relationship. It sounds like you're assembling quite a bit of valuable evidence at the last minute (joint bank account, bills, etc.) Evidence like photos doesn't prove a lot so I wouldn't waste too much time accumulating more of that sort of evidence.

Really, the best person to give you a good idea of what more you need for your application is a migration agent. If you're going to spend almost $7000 on the application, adding the cost for a consultation is worth the investment in my opinion.

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In addition to Maggie-May24's statement, an increasing number of spouse visa applications are being refused these days so it really does behoove you to get reliable and accurate advice before lodging.

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Ok thanks for the advice, I'll try to arrange for a consult with an immigration agent ASAP. Unofficially, do you guys think I have any chance at the visa? Or are my partner and I just wasting our time? We really can't think of another way to stay together..


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Ok thanks for the advice, I'll try to arrange for a consult with an immigration agent ASAP. Unofficially, do you guys think I have any chance at the visa? Or are my partner and I just wasting our time? We really can't think of another way to stay together..
If you have been in a de-facto relationship for less than 12 months you have zero chance, unless you register the relationship or get married. If you can afford to gamble $ 7000.00, you should be able to afford professional assistance as well.

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I've known my partner for one year, but we only started a relationship in June 2015 and we started living together in September 2015. His student visa ends in early April so we were hoping to apply for the partner visa in mid-March. Because we haven't been in a defacto for more than 12 months, we registered our relationship and we have the certificate.
Hi,

Which state did you register your relationship? Have you got the certificate?
We have the same case, but we've been de facto for 11 months.
We planned to register our relationship in Vic, but we haven't meet the 12 months requirement.

Thanks.
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Hi,

Which state did you register your relationship? Have you got the certificate?
We have the same case, but we've been de facto for 11 months.
We planned to register our relationship in Vic, but we haven't meet the 12 months requirement.

Thanks.
Best of luck
We're from Queensland. It took us less than two weeks to get the certificate after registering, with a six month requirement of residing in the state.


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