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Old 03-03-2014, 05:46 AM
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Defacto Visa Advice

Hello. I am currently living in Australia on my second whv, expiring Feb 2015. I originally came to Australia with the intention of travelling and doing the usual backpacking route then returning to the UK, but I went to Asia prior to arriving here. In Asia I met my partner (Australian) who was also backpacking at the time. We have been serious ever since (November 2012) and have been in a committed relationship since then.

The only problem we have with our defacto application is that she lives in Tassie and I live in Sydney. This is solely for work and one of us catches a flight every weekend, me to her or her to me so we still see each other every week. I lived in Tas for about 6 months last year as I completed the regional work there, the only problem with that being I lived in a hostel. My partner came and stayed at the hostel 3 nights a week and I would stay at hers over the weekend. We make time for each other but we both realise it isn't ideal for the visa, or indeed the relationship as a whole as long distance is very difficult.

I have tried on countless occasions to get work in Tasmania in the field I am trained in but there really isn't a great deal of work down there, and the whv makes things even more complex. As such she is intending on moving to Sydney once she can find work (hopefully in the next 6 weeks) and we can get on with living together. My question really is, would this be sufficient to meet the requirements of the defacto visa? We have spoken about going back to the UK for 6 months or a year until we do meet the requirements but hopefully it wont come to that as by decision time, (fingers crossed) we will be living together and have financial assets/commitments together.

Regarding evidence we have heaps of photos, phone records, Skype, flights and friends and family witnesses that our relationship is genuine, on-going and we are committed to each other. We travelled back to the UK over Christmas and stayed with my parents for a month and saw bits and pieces of Europe and the UK and have done plenty of trips in Tasmania with her family and friends all of which we have evidence for. Do you think this will be enough if we can finally start living together in the next 6 weeks?

Thank you for reading and any responses will be greatly appreciated. Any questions please feel free to ask. Thanks again.

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