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12 month requirement for de facto visa

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Old 09-19-2009, 07:58 AM
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12 month requirement for de facto visa

hi there

I am south african and my partner is an Australian resident.
We were planning to apply for a de facto visa, however we have only been living together for 11 months, this is the reason why: I came to Aus in december last year on a 6 month tourist visa and the plan was to have it extended for another 6 months, so that we would have been living together for 12 months when applying for the de facto visa. However, i applied for the extension 1 month before my initial visa ended and when i was granted the 6 month extension, it started from the date of application and not the date my initial visa would have expired, which i assumed it would have. So because i applied a month early, we are now 1 month short.

Do you think the immigration office would look at this as "compelling and compassionate" circumstances?? thanks so much for help

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Old 09-19-2009, 10:28 AM
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I recall seeing on the web site their 'compelling and compassionate' reasoning being mentioned more for where there could be children or one expected.

You could approach immi to see about another extension or an ETA and mention to them how your 12 months has been cut short based on the six months extension not starting on expiry of your first, probably best to talk to someone there via a ring 131881 initially and also going in to see someone face to face and they may be able to advise on doing it without the full 12 months but it could depend on your relationship history orior to when you first came.

If you came to Australia without having previously met your partner they may not look on it too well.

If you strike out there, you could look at a quick flight to where airfares are cheapest, Malaysia with Welcome to AirAsia.com, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline or Singapore with Welcome To Tiger Airways if you are in Perth just as cheap as New Zealand and apply for an ETA as soon as you land and then fly back.

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