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Old 12-10-2010, 03:27 AM
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Hi Everyone,

I have a quick question. My partner and I applied for a defacto visa in March 2010 and was accepted in April 2010. We are now getting married next year July 2011. My question is do we report our change in status to immigration and what documents would he need to produce if we have a civil ceremony?
Also, in regards to citizenship. He has been in Australia since 2007 on a student visa and in 2012 he will get his PR. When can he apply for citizenship? Does he still need to wait 2 years after PR or because he has been in Australia since 2007 and previously from 1998-2003 as a student can he apply a year after he recieves his PR in 2013? I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:36 AM
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Hi Lily,

First of all, congrats on the marriage. Your situation is a little unclear from your description, but I guess he got an onshore de facto visa? If so, it will be ready for review 2 years after lodgement, at which stage permanent residency can ge granted. DIAC must be notified of the change in your relationship, and you need to fill in a 'change of circumstances' form:

As for citizenship, this if more complicated, but in general:

You must:

•have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying, including one year as a permanent resident, and
•not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.

I recommend you and your partner read the information on the DIAC website about it:

Australian Citizenship – Becoming an Australian Citizen

You can use the wizard by choosing the options that apply to your partner's circumstances. If you are still unsure, contact DIAC and ask.

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