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Old 12-01-2017, 10:17 PM
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General Question for Partner Visa

Hi there everyone,
I'm just after some general information/guidance/suggestions here.
I'm a NZ citizen, been here for 10 years almost, I met a lovely Filipino lady online back in May. She has been working and living in Dubai the past 11 years.
We skyped daily pretty much since we met and I've just come back from a 10 day trip to see her, we get along famously and want to be together. I'd love to bring her to Australia to live with me.
She is currently still married although separated for many years (divorce is notoriously difficult/expensive if married in the Phillipines) we are happy to live in a de facto relationship.
I'd really like to know how we can satisfy immigrations 12 month living together policy to prove it's a de facto relatonship, is there some sort of temporary visa that she can come to Australia on and work here too?
She is aged 35.
I could gain PR through the new NZ stream visa as I meet all the criteria.
Just wondering how people satisfy immigrations policy of living together when we both currently live & work in different countries?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Many thanks

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Old 12-03-2017, 09:05 AM
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The regulation is that you have to be in a Defacto Relationship for 12 months. You don't have to live together for 12 months. It is easy if you do, but it can be been done otherwise.

I have a case at the moment where the couple didn't meet physically for 2 years after meeting online. But they were in constant communication on social media, including going to church together, going to the beach together, eating together, even sleeping at the same time. I have another case where the couple has lived together for 7 months in 5 years but have been in constant communication on social media.

So it can be done, but needs to be planned carefully.

The Philippine problem (a person can't get divorced because there is no divorce in the Philippines. You can annul a marriage but is very expensive and time-consuming. It is not uncommon for married Filipinos or Filipinas to be in defacto relationships with people outside the Philippines.

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Old 12-03-2017, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for the in formation Jeremy, Yes we've been in constant contact via messenger and skype since we met, it's hard to pin point an exact date we decided our future would be together, as I understand it the eveidence required could consist of joint bank accts, joint utilities, leases, financially supporting each other etc. Like I mentioned, it's a little hard to meet these requirements whilst in different countries.
I may look at the 461 visa, family member of a NZ citizen. Although only a temp visa, it's for 5 years (renewable) and she can work on it. Then look at permanent options at a later date.

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