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Old 04-01-2014, 07:02 AM
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*another* partner visa question!!

Hi guys,

Me and my Aussie girlfriend are getting our application together
And I just have a few questions that I hope you can help with:

1) I've been trying to get phone history for my optus pre-paid but they say
They can only go back 4 months...anyone else found a solution to this?

2) my girlfriend can get hold of her bill from the last year, but we were wondering if we can just use sample months (eg. Bills from every 3rd month) as we got the first month printed and it was 14 pages alone!

3) my visa runs out fairly soon and I was wondering if you get a bridging visa as soon as the department lodge you're application?

Any help and other tips would be great

Thanks guys

Ben


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Old 04-01-2014, 07:07 AM
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Yes you can use samples just to show continuous contact, don't need to provide every single Page.

Yes she will get Bridging Visa A which will allow her to stay in Australia while the visa is processed and she can work and get Medicare.

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Old 04-01-2014, 09:28 AM
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Thanks for the great tips kangaroogirl! Good to know I will (should!) get a bridging visa! Anyone managed/know about getting phone history from optus on a pre-paid?!!


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Bstex,I couldn't help but notice your post in "as Mark" ...what is the history of your last 12 months with your partner? Unless you are married or have registered your relationship,6 months co-habitation isn't gonna cut it with immigration...even if you explain why you don't have the 12 months they ask for.

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Hi valentine, just to clarify we have been together since September 2012 so over 18 months now, it's just that over that period we have only lived at the same address together for 6 months. We have lived near each other and have proof that we haven't been apart as a couple, and for the past 3 months we have been travelling together so lots of stuff to show our relationship. Just wondered if the fact we haven't lived in the same house for a year was going to damage out application even with the evidence we have to support our relationship.... Phew!


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Hi valentine, just to clarify we have been together since September 2012 so over 18 months now, it's just that over that period we have only lived at the same address together for 6 months. We have lived near each other and have proof that we haven't been apart as a couple, and for the past 3 months we have been travelling together so lots of stuff to show our relationship. Just wondered if the fact we haven't lived in the same house for a year was going to damage out application even with the evidence we have to support our relationship.... Phew!
See, this is a problem. If you aren't married or if you can't register your relationship in your partner's residential state, you need to have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for the previous 12 months before you apply. Any time spent together but not living together is normally classed as 'dating' and won't count towards the 12 month requirement. I've also read somewhere that travel together is specifically not counted as part of the 12 month requirement.

People have had their visa refused by falling even one week short of that 12 month living together requirement, so I wouldn't risk it by saying 'well, we can prove that we have been together for 12 months, so that should be fine', because there is a high likelihood it won't be fine.

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This is what I'm worried about! We actually met in May 2012 but we're are counting from September as our 'de facto' date...the other issue is that I was doing my regional work for 3 months, which was kind of an enforced time apart. Like I say we have evidence to back it all up, just didn't want to get refused simply because we haven't physically lived together for the 12 months...however we are living together now in darwin and so can include all of this in our applciation...


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This is what I'm worried about! We actually met in May 2012 but we're are counting from September as our 'de facto' date...the other issue is that I was doing my regional work for 3 months, which was kind of an enforced time apart. Like I say we have evidence to back it all up, just didn't want to get refused simply because we haven't physically lived together for the 12 months...however we are living together now in darwin and so can include all of this in our applciation...
That's all fine - but in the time since September 2012, have you lived together for 12 months in total? It can include non consecutive periods. But if your answer is no, I would be very concerned about the prospects of your application.

The requirement is 12 months de facto relationship (in other words, you need to live together for 12 months) before you apply, not just a 12 month relationship, no matter how awesome your evidence from that 12 months. You might call yourself de facto, but the fact remains that for DIBP, de facto means having lived together for at least 12 months.

DIBP don't take separations lightly - I'm not sure that regional work on a WHV would be a compelling enough reason to be apart, but to still count towards that crucial 12 month requirement.

Please understand that I want this to work for you so much, I'm not telling you all of this to drag you down. But I want you to know all of the information, before you lodge your application, so you have the best chances of a positive outcome.

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Thank you and I appreciate all the info very much! This is really the only part of our application we are worried about. I reckon in total we will have lived together for 10 months, and continue to do so. I know it all depends on C.O's and such, but we feel we can show that we have been in a genuine de facto relationship for the required time. We are both fairly young (well 24!) and feel its a bit old fashioned for relationships to be based on whether you lived together. I know these are the rules of the visa, and this is why it concerns us! We have stuff to show that even when I was on the farm we visited each other, and feel we can explain why we haven't lived together, backed up with evidence....but don't want to be refused point blank just because of this one fact.


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You aren't the only young'ens on this board - I myself am 22 and my partner has just turned 23

I would run your plan past a registered migration agent first to get some expert advice, but other than that all I can say is good luck!

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