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Old 11-20-2010, 05:57 AM
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Hi there, I have a few questions regarding my situation with the De facto Visa...im pretty new to all this as I have just started researching today and it confusing me badly!

Ok...here's the situation: I am English, my partner is an Australian citizen. We have been together since March 2010. We have pretty much been living together since we met, have been on holidays together and have moved States together to work for harvest. I was warned early on that we would need to collect proof...so we have a joint bank account, my post is delivered to his family home, we have letters/pictures etc etc. I am on my first year holiday visa...which runs out in Feb 2011. At this time we will both be in the UK visiting, untill April. So we would have been together for a year in March 2011 (whilst in the UK).

So when I come back to Australia, I will no longer have my years working visa. Which is why we want to apply for the De facto visa.

1. Can I apply for the De facto visa from the UK? Or will I have to go back on a 3 month visiting visa? How will this work if this is the case?

2. How long does is take (approx) for the visa to be granted?

3.. I have the correct form from the Australian Government website...do we print this off and send it off?

Please help us as were scared we won't be able to be together, and were desperatly in love


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Old 11-20-2010, 09:08 AM
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A joint bank account is one thing and the more you have as evidence, the better chance of success you may have.
There's some indication of Immi expectations in the CAQ @ Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 35. One-Year Relationship Requirement and you should read all the information available in eligibility and application sections as well as Booklet #1 to see how your application will measure up for thousands of visa applications do get rejected annually because of incomplete or inaccurate applications.
Pretty much living together can pretty much have a few meanings and your relationship and evidence needs to be more solid than that conveys and do note it needs to be for " at least " 12 months, many people thinking or hoping that will mean putting in an application on the last day of a 12 months visa.
You mention your moves interstate for harvest work and that your visa does not end until February, so if you already have a number of weeks regional work up and it is not impossible to extend that to the three months, I would do that or WWOOF Australia Official Website so as you can apply for a second WHV to be in a better situation for an application even if it means not going back to the UK until later.

You can apply from abroad or in Australia for a partner visa as long as when in Australia your visa does not have a No Further Stay condition which some tourist visas can have, so if your 12 months together is looking rocky and you do decide to still head home, you will want to get a travel agent to secure an ETA for you so as in getting some additional time you will not have a No Further Stay condition as that would then prevent you from applying.
The partner visas generally that 4-6 months for processing though a few posters have posted re recent advice of more like nine months and yet there have been some freakishly short processing times still occurring but could be considered more the exception.
There's nothing on Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (subclasses 309 and 100) re using a printed off form but my gut feel is that they would rather the government printed form and you should be able to get a few from the nearest office, using extra ones for a dummy run.





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