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Old 09-11-2010, 08:43 PM
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Applying for a Defacto Visa.


l am Australian and my partner is Canadian. We have been together 1 year and are wanting to move to Australia next year. l am aware that you have to have been together at least 1 year before you apply for a defacto visa.

We have a bank account together but we only set it up 7 months ago. We do however have rental record saying that we were living together for 10 months. We are living together now, however the lease doesn't have his name on it. Will they accept this, or will l have to wait until the bank account hits 12 months. We have been working together for the past year, does letters from these employers help us? We have a business that we are in the process of starting up in Australia as well, do you think this will help our process? What other things help us in order to prove that we have been together.

l have looked on a few websites but can't seem to find the answer to my questions.

Any help or advise from someone who has been through this or is currently going through it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance =)

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Old 09-12-2010, 01:29 AM
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Starting a business up in Australia or planning to will not really verify the relationship though it'll not hurt to mention it in statements for a sign of commitment, though business stresses can also lead to problems!
You need to use whatever evidence you may have and have a read of the sticky by elkitten as that may help too.

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Old 09-12-2010, 11:31 AM
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Hi there, I am also in the process of applying for a defacto visa for my partner (he's American, I'm Australian) so I can tell you what I've learned so far! Basically the more evidence that you can provide, the better your case is. My advice would be to get started straight away on collecting as much evidence as you can, contact your utility companies, phone company, cable company, cellphone company etc and request copies of all of your past bills. We even contacted our doctor and dentist offices and had them print out a patient record with our address on. Not sure if it will help but I would rather give them every piece of evidence we have straight up.

I would have your employers write stat decs for you as well to state that they can verify your relationship and also have the two Australian citizens you choose start writing your stat decs for you now! It takes people a while to get these together and have them certified etc, even though friends/family understand that you want to get the application off quickly it never happens as quickly as you would like. If you get the ball rolling on those early it should help speed things up.

Check out the police checks and medicals next, as these can take quite some time. My BF and I decided to go ahead and arrange ours already before we've even sent our application in because the FBI one for US citizens can take up to 3 months. I was told that the London office is processing applications in 5-6 months and police checks/medicals are only valid for a year which means my BF will have to enter Australia within a year of the date of the medical/police check. We decided it was better to be prepared than waiting around for things but check out the same for Canadian citizens as processing times may be quicker. Remember you will need a clearance from each area you have lived in for 12 months or more since the age of 16.

I'm definitely no expert so do your own research too but this is what I've found out so far!

Good luck!

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I have the same problem with my partner and our lease. The property manager at the real estate office has completed a Stat dec stating how long we have been living together and got it signed by a jp. maybe give that ago.

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