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Old 02-04-2011, 04:17 AM
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I've applied for a de facto visa, and am waiting for the department to make their decision (so far all I know is that they've got my paperwork). My partner and I have talked about getting married, and I'm sure we will at some stage, I'm just wondering if this would help the application? I can't imagine that it wouldn't make a difference, but I don't know. What I was wondering though, was if my de facto visa is refused, would I then have a chance to go back to the UK (where I'm from originally), and come back on a prospectivce marriage visa? Obviously this is only an option if we're not married already. But then, if they refuse a de facto visa, why would they then grant a prospective marriage visa? I may be overthinking this in my desperation as I haven't heard anything from the department, and I'm just bricking it that it could get refused, even though my partner keeps telling me that it's all legitimate, so there's no reason for them not to approve it. Sorry, I'm rambling here, I guess what I want is advice - should we get married, or hang on and keep that as a possible back up plan later if the de facto visa gets refused? I'm certainly not saying we'd only be getting married for the sake of the visa - it's part of the life-plan, just thinking would we do better to get a move on and do it sooner rather than later or not.


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Old 02-04-2011, 06:44 AM
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They will only refuse a defacto visa if you have not provided sufficient evidence of the relationship existing for 12+ months and that is essentially 12+ months residing together, some exceptions possible.
Getting married removes the 12 months but they'll nominally look for six and still require evidence of a relationship.

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