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Old 06-29-2014, 06:14 AM
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I'm American and she's Australian. She lives in Adelaide and I am currently working and studying in Melbourne for another year and half. She's working and studying as well in Adelaide. We've been seeing each other at least once a month for the past three months. We are considering marriage sometime this year-all things considered-to qualify me for a partner visa. However, we don't intend to live together until we've both graduated in December 2015. Could our work and study situations be considered genuine reasons for not living together permanently?

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I mean - they're a good reason for you being separated. But it's not going to waive your need for evidence of combining your households, sharing finances, etc. You really need to live together for a few months post-marriage before applying for your partner visa. You may find it tough to collect the evidence you need otherwise.

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There isn't a 'yes/no' answer to this, it's at the discretion of the case officer. The policy states that couple living in separate locations should not automatically be considered as living 'apart' and that there are a number of genuine reasons for such separation.

My concern in your case would be the length of time you're spending apart and that it sounds like you haven't been together for too long. I would ask what kind of steps you've taken to limit the time apart, whether either of you could move your studies to the other state, what support you give each other while apart, how strong are all the other aspects of the relationship.

Further down the line, being married will obviously add a lot of weight to an application and will likely see you through, but the other aspects of the relationship still need to be there. It's not my place to throw moral lectures around, but obviously get married because you want to get married, any visa issue should be inconsequential to that decision.

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My concern is and the co could think the same thing is. Why can't one of you transfer universities to one in the same city? We don't have a shortage of universities in oz so there would need to be a good reason to why either of you can't make the move.

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