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Defacto Visa help please!

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Old 06-13-2010, 10:18 PM
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Defacto Visa help please!


My partner and I have been together for over 2 years. As we are living in London atm we have moved about quite a bit and lived in 4 different houses in that time. All of our houses have been room rentals so we do not have utility bills or tenancy agreements. We have only had a joint bank account together for a few months and other than that we have obviously loads of photos, emails from both families discussing where we live us being together etc, we will have many people who will do stat decs for us and other than that I guess we can highlight phone bills and print out tickets of holidays and we recently had a trip back to Oz where we were in my friends wedding. One other thing is that I am still married (have been separated for 3 years) and we are filing for divorce this month. Will this be enough?

I really hope it will otherwise we will be staying in the cold UK for another year and I just cant bear it eekk

Thanks for your help!

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:10 AM
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Hi there,

Have you looked at elkitten's sticky with her de facto visa tips? This lady also had very 'messy' circumstances to explain, but she eventually managed to get the visa. It's just a matter of combing through all your statements and highlighting transactions that relate to the relationship.

Also, you will have to write stat. decs for each section to explain what the evidence you have means. So, for the joint finances part, explain what you gathered and why you only have that evidence. This way, DIAC has a better idea of the background to your relationship circumstances. Don't assume they can read applications like the Matrix!

As for being married, I posted a thread about this in relation to de facto visas, so if you search around the site, you'll find it. Basically though, marriage to another partner is not a huge deal if you can prove that the person is comitted to the current relationship and what steps they are taking to end the previous one. This is where evidence of divroce negotiations, contact with lawyers etc will be useful.

I don't know the situation in the UK, but some states in Australia allow for de factos to register the relationship. If this is done in Australia for example, the 12 month living together requirement is waved. I don't know if you can do it over there, but it may go some way to showing your comittment? Not sure though if registering there will be recognised in Oz, but it could be.

I hope this is helpful. If you need any more advice, let us know.

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Old 09-29-2010, 04:12 AM
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hi, how can view elkitten's sticky thread? thank you.

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Old 09-29-2010, 08:31 AM
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Hi abigail,

You can see elkittens post at the top of the immigration forum. It's called "Very unofficial de facto visa tips". The methods she and her partner used to satisfy the criteria worked for them, so she wanted to share with forum members and visitors.

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