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Old 11-17-2010, 03:38 PM
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De Facto - living with others

Hi there

First off, amazing forum this is. I randomly found it while searching information regarding visas. This is the only website I have been using since I came across it and I come here regularly to read up on visa information and people's progress.

To the point...

I met my girlfriend while backpacking in Australia in January 2010. We lived together for approx. 2 months from April till June (with her family). I guess our de facto relationship started here?
I unfortunately had to go back to Denmark (where I am from) because of compulsory military service (which I luckily do not have to do). The only way we can prove this is by declarations from her family and by my paychecks, but that is beside the point though.

We are aware of the majority of the requirements which are needed for eligibility for a de facto visa but are unsure of one thing.
In order to achieve 1 year of cohabitation I have chosen to enrol into a 1-year TAFE course in Hospitality (since I have always worked in Hospitality) in which I hope to start in February 2011.
We are though confused about one thing about the de facto requirements: will we still be eligible even though we are living with others (her family)? We are planning on paying a bit of rent, contributing with groceries and the like and sharing financials in general. We have agreed to keep receipts and other statement as evidence and note on them what they were for and so forth.

Any tips?

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Old 11-17-2010, 11:05 PM
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Living with the family does of course make the situation more grey and less B&W and it would be better if they had a separate living quarters like a bungalow or even a caravan in the backyard [ and you might even want to think as a couple of buying an older one as a reno project you could use yourself for some touring or selling on ] but if neither can be the case, good documentation for going as you propose is the way and it'll not be the first time a young couple have shacked up with parents.
If you are in the ACT, NSW, Tassie or Vic. you may want to consider the relationship registration to give you extra coverage and especially if the student visa for the TAFE course does not give you a full 12 months.
The time in April - June and knowing oneanother beforehand is all fine for background but it will not be counted for the 12 months relationship.

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