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Old 10-23-2013, 05:23 AM
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Hey Everyone, im in the middle of my Partner Visa and I need opinons on what I have written... so far this is what I have for my information about how we met, when, where, living together etc... (I have removed my last name and my partners just for here)

I, Meaghan, am in a genuine, committed and on-going relationship with Gede.

Gede and I have been in a genuine and continuing relationship from the 20th of September 2010. I met Gede whilst on holiday in Bali with my family. Gede worked (and still works) at his shop next door to my hotel on Poppies One. We met by talking one day on the street. Gede wanted my attention but had no idea of my name so called me ‘Jessica’. I would spend my days with Gede at his work talking about his life at school, my life at school, my family, his family and practised my Indonesian with him. From here, our feelings began to grow strong. We shared and first kiss and declared our relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Upon leaving Bali, I gave Gede my mobile number and Facebook. Gede would borrow a friends phone every night to text me and use his friends Facebook account (until he made his own) to contact me. Now, Gede has his own phone and Facebook and that is our main contact when we aren’t together in person as well as Skype.

Since day one, we have always been thinking of ways to see each other again and as long/as much as possible. I tried to travel to Bali as much as possible. I travel to Bali at least 3 times a year and Gede comes to Australia at least twice a year (staying up to 3 months). Separation between us has always been temporary.

When I come to Bali, Gede and I share accommodation. Gede doesn’t have his own house, he shares with his Brother and Sister-in-law because he travels to Australia so often that having his own rental proves to be a waste of money. We usually stay in the hotel on Poppies One near Gede’s work called Masa inn. Since June 2011, every time I travel to Bali, I now go to Tianyar Barat, Karangasem for a few days to see Gede’s family.


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Hi Meaghan,

what kind of partner visa are you applying for? For my de-facto Partner visa Statement i used the following table of contents

1. How, when and where we first met - a short Background Story incl. exact date and place

2. How our relationship developed - similar to what you wrote but including how long we have been separated and when. and how often we stay in contact and how. i used as many exact dates and places as I could remember.

3. Domestic Arrangements - how we pay bills, do our chores etc. both for when travelling and when staying at one place (we travel a lot)

4. Emotional Support - how we supported each other through tough times and how our personalities match

5. Social aspect of our relationship - common hobbies and interests. how we spend time with each others families and friends. our travels

6. Future plans - what our plans as a couple are, where we want to settle down, what we want to work as including why we think we are qualfied for these Jobs (we both lived offshore at the point of application)


In what you have written so far I'm missing some of those points. I also don't understand the relevancy of writing that he called you Jessica? Does he still call you buy a that name?

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Yes, I am following something similar to the dot points you have pointed out. I got it off the Immigration website. I am unsure what to write in relation to the bills and all that because ive just turned 18, I live with my parents and the only thing I have to pay for is my car. I don't pay rent and when my partner is in Australia the only thing I pay is food and activities. The only thing we have together is 2 joint bank accounts that I use for saving. His job is paid cash and isn't put into the bank because it doesn't last long enough...

So frustrating and hard!! I just want him here already..


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I am still not clear on what type of visa you are applying for. For a PMV I would focus more on your future together. For a de-facto it does not look like you have been living continiously together for the past 12 months.

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Offshore De facto subclass 309 and 100.

How does it not look like we have been living together long enough? I haven't written any dates or time down yet..

I opened asked for advise on what I had written as in, is it a good start or not?


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It is a good start but you should be more clear that you are not just "dating" but in a serious de-facto relationship.

I would definitly put in your joint bank accounts, your future plans, that you pay food and activities for each other and that he has met your family and friends too.

If you have been living together continiously for the past 12 months before handing in the application I would make this more clear. Right now you could have been separated for only a couple of days (no problem) or for months (problem!).

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I would put more in about feelings and also say when you left Bali. Also would say something like (but expand on it more) that upon returning home to Australia you missed him so much (and then mention when he visited you or you went to him whichever it was and when it was). Dates are important as they paint a timeline.

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I think for a de facto partner visa, you need to show that you are living together as husband and wife, which include day-to-day life. I think just collecting months (e.g. two months in Bali, 3 months in Aus, 2 months in Bali again and so on) is not very convincing. It might be viewed as just dating. Anyway, just my two cents.

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As some of the other posters have suggested it really doesn't sound like (from what you have written so far) you are eligible to apply for the partner visa 309 unless you guys have lived together for 12 months or are eligible to have the 12month living together requirement waived.

Sorry I realise you are only asking for people's thoughts on your statement but we are just trying to save you the heartache and cost of a possible refusal...have you thought about the PMV visa if you guys are planning to be married?


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I agree with GBP. I'm not experienced with partner visas, but to me it looks like you're dating long-distance and spending as much time as possible together. This isn't the same as living together where you jointly contribute to household expenses, etc. If you're residence is in Australia and his is Bali, that doesn't say "living together" to me and you may have difficulty convincing DIBP of the same.

Is he able to come to Australia on a longer visa, such as Working Holiday so you can live together more formally and then apply after that? I think that would create a more compelling case for a Case Officer to review.

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