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Old 01-01-2014, 10:54 PM
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I am moving to Australia to be with my girlfriend. I have already been to Australia on a working visa and student visa, so I am going back on a tourist visa.

My girlfriend has been living with me in Canada for 6 months now. We have supporting evidence but we wonder if it is enough.

We have opened a joint bank account, had mail sent to our address together, tickets, receipts, statutory decs which state that we have shared expenses, etc.

We are going back together in February and we plan on registering our relationship the day we get there, as well as opening a joint account in Australia. We have heard that registering your relationship together can take 6 months off of the application process. Is this true?

If so, do we have enough evidence of our relationship in order to apply for a defacto relationship visa?

What should I be doing/preparing before and after I arrive in Australia. I am bringing down a binder with all of our evidence and hoping to add on to it within my 6 month tourist visa there. The plan would be to apply from within Australia for a partner visa.


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1)Consider the "genuine visitor" requirements of the tourist visa.
2)Can't comment on your evidence without seeing it. The evidence should confirm that you have been in a de-facto relationship for at least 12 months (or less, if you register the relationship).
3)You can find checklists on the Immigration web-site, outlining what documentation you need to provide.

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What state in Australia were you planning to register your relationship in? Just be aware not all states allow you to register the relationship.

If you can register the relationship all it means is that it waves the 12 month living together criteria but you still need to have enough evidence to show your relationship.


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What state in Australia were you planning to register your relationship in? Just be aware not all states allow you to register the relationship.

If you can register the relationship all it means is that it waves the 12 month living together criteria but you still need to have enough evidence to show your relationship.
Queensland - I'm pretty certain we are allowed to register there.


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Yes, you can register the relationship in QLD.

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Awesome - thanks for the clarification


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I guess the only thing that makes me nervous is once we apply for the partner visa - don't I have to leave the country and then re-enter? Or is that only if you are lodging outside of Australia?

And what if my visa is not processed quick enough when I am outside of the country? Will I have to get another tourist visa? Is that possible to obtain 2 tourist visas in the same year?


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If you make a valid partner visa application in Australia, you will be granted a bridging visa which will come into effect when your current visa expires. You can then stay in Australia until a decision on your application has been made.

If you make a valid partner visa application outside Australia, you will have to be outside Australia for grant of the visa. You will usually be able to enter Australia multiple times on tourist visa for 3 month periods, while the application is being processed.

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Excellent - thanks for getting back to us so fast


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