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Old 02-06-2011, 07:43 AM
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My fiancee and I have known each other for over a year and been together in a relationship for around a year; we are both currently in Australia (I am australian and she is french on working holiday visa)

Our main question is if we are getting married within the next 6 months do we need to go for the prospective marriage visa or can we apply for a partner visa straight up

Problem is we have a severe lack of evidence. we have lived together for around a year but both places have been shared houses and neither of us have been on the lease. We have a lack of financial and bank statements. Since she has been in Australia her work payments are getting put into my bank account so we think that should be a good thing but besides that we would be relying on declerations from our friends and employers (we worked together for 8 months) and the marriage certificate as evidence. Will this lack of evidence be enough (marriage certificate and her payments)?

So pretty much for those who can help please do!!!!!

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Hi there,

First of all, if she is already in Australia you can't apply for a PMV. I suggest you try for a spouse visa. You could try for a de facto visa now or wait until you get married and apply as a de jure couple.

What state are you in? If you are in NSW or VIC for example, you can register the marriage and use that to get a waiver of the 12 month living together requirement for the de facto application. There is a sticky about it at the top of this forum.

Also, even if you shared a house with other people, you were still in the same house as a couple, so you can ask some of the share mates to write stat.decs to prove that as well as include it in your own statements about the relationship. I also suggest you use your bank statements to show important payments made by each of you. It may also be a good idea to declare the relationships to more authorities, such as making eachother benificiaries of your super, or showing records of tax returns where you have indicated you have a spouse.

Do you have cards that you gave to eachother? Did you get invited to something as a couple? Have you travelled together and kept the tickets stubs? These things can also show a commitment as a couple, so don't think that a lease and joint accounts are the only evidence DIAC will look at.

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For the defacto visa you'll need 12+ months together and good evidence of that, the sticky thread by el kitten may have some ideas for you.
Alternately, there is the RR for some states as mentioned by aussiegirl that you can apply for, not nrcessarily a given but if Frenchy has enough time left and is doing a
second WHV and you're considering marriage, you would not need a RR.
Hard evidence in the form of documents or whatever that'll tie you to the one address is ideal and without any, statements may only have so much value and will make an application risky.

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