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Old 02-04-2014, 04:59 AM
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Question on 12 month living arrangement between 2 countries

Hi Everyone,

New to the forum so forgive me if this has been asked previously. Tried searching forums for an answer but could not find any.

Anyways, my girlfriend (who is Australian) and I have been living together in Melbourne since August 2013. I have to go back to Ireland at the end of Feb as my visa is up then.

We have a lease together for my time spend here which adds up to 6 months so far.
My girlfriend is coming over to me in May and we were going to live in London for a year.

My question is: Can we combine the lease we have from Melbourne with the one we will have in London and use that for the 12 month living requirement? Or does it have to be 12 month continuous living together under the Melbourne lease?
Does that time apart affect us also?

We were hoping to apply for a Defacto visa in August (as that would show we are living together at least a year).

This forum has been such great help so far.

Thanks for any help! :-)


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Old 02-04-2014, 05:53 AM
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Yes you can use both, but you will need to show evidence that you were in contact for the entire time you were apart. Im not sure if there are also other requirements for times of separation, if there is hopefully someone will answer you shortly
Why is she unable to go over earlier or go with you in feb? I ask as immigration will also wonder that.

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Okay, so let me see if I've got this straight -

Living together August 2013 through February 2014
Living apart February 2014 to May 2014
Living together May 2014-August 2014 (with plans/a lease to show you're going to stay there living together until May 2015)

Is that correct?

If there's ANY way you can register your relationship in the state you live in I'd highly recommend that. That waives the 12 month requirement.

Otherwise, it's at the case officer's discretion whether that four months you spend apart doesn't mean you're living "separately and apart on a permanent basis." I think since you will have lived together before and after, if you can provide evidence you're staying in touch during those four months AND continuing to support each other financially during those four months, AND you can give immigration a very good reason your partner can't join you during those four months (school?) your chances are probably good. Still, as I'd said - consider registering to be on the safe side. We've had several posts about partner visa rejections here on the forum lately. Better safe than sorry, IMO.

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Hi guys. Thanks for the replies.

@CollegeGirl - you are correct with the timeline.
@ Engaus - The reason she can not come in Feb is because she is Maid-of-Honor for her cousins wedding in April and it's just not financially possible to go back and forth between now and then.

Thanks for the advice. I think we will look into registering the relationship just to cover any doubts.

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