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Partner Visa confusion, any help?


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Old 02-15-2011, 07:37 AM
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Partner Visa confusion, any help?

Here is the situation. I am a US citizen, my girlfriend is an Australian citizen with a US green card, she has lived here for the past 10 years since her mother relocated the family. We are looking to move to the Brisbane area some time around June-August. We have been dating for since January 2010. She moved in with me November 2010, prior to that she lived with her family while attending high school. She came from Mt. Isa, QLD. The only information I was able to find on Queensland's relationship registration policy was an article from 2009 stating they did not enact such a policy. Does Queensland allow couples to register now? If so, would we be eligible considering I am not an Australian citizen? I was confused by "they live together, or do not live separately and apart, on a permanent basis." (Australian Immigration Fact Sheet 35. One-Year Relationship Requirement) what does it mean when they say "on a permanent basis"? Thank you for your time.

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Old 02-15-2011, 02:26 PM
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The RR is not in place for Queensland as yet.
Living together on a permanent basis means exactly what it says and not often would a variance be approved, the CAQ having one example.
You'll usually need to be together for 12+ months unless married and so without either you'll not be successful with a partner visa application until lodged after November this year and then you can add 6+ months on for processing so planning on June - August next year might be about right.
There could be some alternatives you may wish to contemplate, such as making a visit on an ETA and if you feel Oz is to your liking and want to go for an onshore partner visa, that is possible though you'll still need the 12+ months without marriage.
If you are eligible for the W&HV, that is another option.
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