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De facto Visa Question - Living Together

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Old 04-01-2010, 01:14 PM
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Question De facto Visa Question - Living Together

Hi everyone,

I'm Australian and my boyfriend is Mexican and we are thinking about applying for the de facto visa shortly, the problem is our living arrangements haven't been exactly clear, so if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated

Basically we've been a couple since October 2008 (we met at university in New York as international students). December 2008 we travelled/lived together but can't really prove it, other than some bank statements for hotels and stuff.

We moved to Los Angeles together in January 2009 and rented an apartment together. We were both planning on doing internships but in the end his fell through so he had to go back to Mexico after a month. April 2009 I left LA and lived with him (and his family) in Mexico for 1 month but then I had to leave as I already had an onward ticket purchased from the year before to Europe then back to Australia.

In August 2009 I go back to Mexico and live for the next 7 months with him (and his family). About 2 weeks ago I had to come back to Australia because my grandmother became ill.

So basically, do we have any chance at getting a de facto visa when we were separated for 3 months then another 4?? (Plus our whole "living together" length is only about 9 months ... although our "relationship" length is 1.5 years) I thought maybe if we can show how we kept in contact for all that time and how we lived together for 7 months after that it proves our relationship is strong?

Sorry if this was a bit long, I just wanted to cover it all

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:48 AM
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Hey there

I think you should talk to someone in immigration about this. As they state in the defacto visa you MUST live together in a defacto relationship for 12 months. This doesnt include dating!. In special circumstances they can allow less time together. But yeah, give the partner visa booklet a good read through to help you. Its on the immigration website!

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Hi Bridey,

I'm from Mexico and I am married to an Aussie. I would really like to advice you that you must be very careful when it comes to all the visa apps. If you do not have enough evidence then theres a 95% chance you are going to get rejected. And that would be a total waste of money, time and feelings. Seeing how your boyfriend is from a High Risk country (the same as me, of course) everything is even more hard.

If you are willing to take the risk, go ahead and find as much evidence of your relationship. Bank statements, flights together, pictures, letters, anything you can think of that will support your claim.

Just make sure to give the immigrations department in Australia a call, they are very helpful and they always answered all the questions my husband and I had when we were going to first submit our app.

Buena Suerte!

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Old 04-24-2010, 03:15 AM
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Much as Sally and Pinky indicate, unfortunately Bridey, I'd reckon you'll be light on re having the required evidence for a relationship even though it would seem the longevity is there.

Perhaps your best bet will be to return to Mexico yourself as soon as that is possible and then the break if not too long for you to have returned here may be included in getting the 12 months together to show a 12 months relationship.

You might even want to use the time here to get yourself into an Immi office to have a chat about it with someone there, though you'll not get anything too concrete from them.

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