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Old 06-03-2020, 12:04 AM
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Hi All, I have looked through past threads to see if this question has been answered already - but had no luck.

I am getting all of my evidence together to lodge the onshore partner visa and while filling out form 47SP, I've had a bit of confusion on the date we would put as the beginning of our de facto relationship.

We met in March 2017 in the US while I lived there and started living together in September 2019, and since my partner is in Aus on a 1 year WHV atm, we will not meet the 12 months living together requirement to be considered de facto. However, we registered our relationship with the state where we live and it is dated May 2020.

Would we put the date we began living together as the start of our de facto relationship, or the date on our relationship certificate?

Thanks for any advice.


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Old 06-03-2020, 12:35 AM
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There is no requirement to 'live together' for 12 monrhs, or for any other period.
The requirement is to have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months immediately preceding a visa application; or be married or register the relationship, or claim an exemption. Any of these would satisfy the relevant schedule 1 (valid application criterion) but none them would satisfy the criteria that the relationship be; mutual, exclusive, genuine nd continuing. You can be living together, but not in a de facto relationship, or in a de facto relationship, but not living together.

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