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Old 08-29-2009, 04:01 AM
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Defacto Visa Query

Gday all,

I have been getting heaps of great info of this site. But I wanted to get some of your opinions on my current situation.

So a little background info to start off...I am an Australian citizen and have been dating my girlfriend, a Canadian, for a year now. We have been living together for 8 months now and are going to be moving to Australia in January. She was recently accepted to Griffith Uni in the nursing program as an international student.

Now here is what we are thinking, We plan on our relationship continuing and I would like to sponsor her as my defacto once we reach our one year living together milestone. We have plenty of pictures, trips together, phone records, credit card statements for expenses..What we lack is a joint bank account/credit card. We have only just now started one. Is that going to play a big part in our application? For our letters from family, friends and co-workers confirming our relationship, can we have a generic letter that they all sign or should it be as personal as possible? is there a certain format/info that Immigration look for in these letters? Also would it be best to maybe wait until she has graduated Uni to see if a prospective employer would sponsor her?

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-29-2009, 05:32 AM
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If you just started the joint account, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. More importantly do you have a lease in joint names? Utilities?

The advantage of defacto is that it can lead to PR after a couple of years.

I had two stat decs done one by my mum and one by my sister. Me and my partner also wrote one. I don't think there is any standard format you need to follow. Just make them as honest as possible.

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Old 09-03-2009, 03:14 AM
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Hi there!

Nope you can't have a generic letter that they all sign--they each have to write/type their own statement. They get form 888 from the immi website, then they have to get it certified and a copy of a document proving their australian citizenship certified too. Be warned this is by far what took the longest in getting our application together (next to obtaining bloody phone records from the stupid bloody company who REFUSES to post them to me but INSISTS on charging me for it all the time!!!! but thats another story)

One question for you though--how long will she be on a student visa? Why not wait until its a few months from running out to apply that way you have plenty of time to build your case and get things together for it.

BTW my BF is Australian and I'm Canadian and were applying for Defacto at the moment too! Hello fellow similar boat couple! =)

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