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Old 02-24-2016, 03:11 AM
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Definitions of Long-term partner relationship

Definition of a long-term partner relationship by immigration website

A spouse or de facto relationship that has continued for three years or more; or two years or more if you have a dependent child (other than a stepchild) of the relationship.

Dose this mean you need to be in a de facto relationship or married for 3 years (one or the other but not both de facto or married) or can it mean you are in a de facto relationship for 2 years and then married for 1 year (time both de facto and married) but still meet the definition of a long-term partner relationship?


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I think that a proven de facto relationship for 2 years and then married for 1 year would cover the 3 years relationship requirement.

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Minimum suggested length of a de facto is 12 months, this doesn't include the couples who reside in states that allow relationship registration. If a couple hasn't been together for 12 months, hasn't got their relationship registered or been married chances are very high of being rejected. There however might be applicants who might've been approved based on compelling circumstances. But there is no set definition of what circumstance DIBP classifies as compelling hence quite difficult to get an approval and people usually seek professional help in those matters.

Some applications have been rejected because the length of the relationship was a couple of days short of 12 months. So best is to be in a de-facto or a married relationship for a minimum of 12 months as you need to provide a lot of evidence to support your application which consists of 4 categories listed in the partner migration booklet on DIBP's website.

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