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Old 08-25-2017, 05:46 AM
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Partner Visa Residency Requirement

Hi all,

In the partner visa application, when it asks to list all places lived over 1 year within the past 10 years -

My partner has lived with me in Australia for the past 12 months on a visitors visa. Do we list this? Technically, she was not meant to have a residence on a visitors visa, but living together for at least a year is something we need to prove as one of the main aspects for getting a partner visa. See my issue here?

If we do not list Australia in this section, then they might think we have not lived together long enough. Before the visitor visa, we lived together in South Africa, but only for about 10 months in share houses (no lease or major proof).

I had her added to our apartment lease back in January, even though she was on a visitor visa, as I thought it would eventually one day come in handy for the partner visa application.

If we list 'yes' as living in Australia for the past 12 months, will this get her into any trouble?

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Old 08-25-2017, 10:03 AM
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There is no 12 months living together requirement. There is only a 12 months DeFacto requirement. But yeah, proving a DeFacto relationship is much easier if you've lived together.
Yes, she'll have to list her time in Australia, because that means that she'll also have to get a AFP check. They know she's been in Australia for the past year (it's in their records), so if you don't mention it, it might cause problems.
As long as she hasn't worked or broken any other visa conditions during her year in Aus, she should be fine. On a tourist visa you can also visit friends/family, it's not only for the sight-seeing type of tourism.


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Old 08-25-2017, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Nicnac View Post
If we list 'yes' as living in Australia for the past 12 months, will this get her into any trouble?

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No, it wont.
We said yes to that, and had no problems on being granted the visa.

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