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De facto visa questions

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My girlfriend and I will be applying for the de facto visa next month and just wanted to find out some things.

1) Is it strange that they wanted to do the interview/application on the exact day her visa expires. We "officially" started the relationship the day she arrived in Australia for her working holiday, although we were "together" before she got here, I believe it doesn't count until you live together. I'm just worried that if something goes wrong on the application day, her visa will expire and she'll have to leave. I thought it would be best to do the interview at least a week before it expired but they wouldn't hear of it.

2) I know everyones experiences are different, but I'd like to hear from a few people about just how long their applications took to be granted and get some sort of average from it.

3) After the temporary visa is granted, do you still have to collect evidence for the next 2 years before the permanent visa is granted, or can you relax a bit? As everyone who has applied would know, it can be annoying collecting every receipt from a dinner out, letters to the house, emails etc....

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Hi

My girlfriend and I will be applying for the de facto visa next month and just wanted to find out some things.

1) Is it strange that they wanted to do the interview/application on the exact day her visa expires. We "officially" started the relationship the day she arrived in Australia for her working holiday, although we were "together" before she got here, I believe it doesn't count until you live together. I'm just worried that if something goes wrong on the application day, her visa will expire and she'll have to leave. I thought it would be best to do the interview at least a week before it expired but they wouldn't hear of it.

2) I know everyones experiences are different, but I'd like to hear from a few people about just how long their applications took to be granted and get some sort of average from it.

3) After the temporary visa is granted, do you still have to collect evidence for the next 2 years before the permanent visa is granted, or can you relax a bit? As everyone who has applied would know, it can be annoying collecting every receipt from a dinner out, letters to the house, emails etc....

Thanks
The reason they will take the application on the day the WHV expires is because even that is really stretching the 12 months scenario and some people do arrange to get more than 12 months so as not to be borderline.
You're also fortunate that they're taking the application in conjunction with an interview for that practice is supposed to have ceased.
You just ought to make sure you have reviewed all the Immi detail thoroughly and made good use of the Checklist in the applying section on the site.

There is a timeline sticky thread in top area of this page and that will be your best way of checking times but as you say, they can vary enormously as per reasons on Client Service Charter

I haven't actually seen what is sent out for a two year check but I'd be very surprised if you have to be collecting dinner receipts and all that stuff and would expect it to be a bit more straightforward in showing that you were just still together, just some evidence of a common address, perhaps a statutory declaration etc.





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[QUOTE=Mike383;169233) After the temporary visa is granted, do you still have to collect evidence for the next 2 years before the permanent visa is granted, or can you relax a bit? As everyone who has applied would know, it can be annoying collecting every receipt from a dinner out, letters to the house, emails etc....

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Pretty much yes, but not to the same extent. We have just been through it and its not as extensive as the first time. I just kept a box that I put joint bills and letters and bank statements in and made sure someone took photos of us at major family events. Then when we had to do the permanent spouse visa application last month it was all there. However, I did not send nearly as much as we had the first time.


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