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Old 02-20-2011, 02:22 PM
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Help with De Facto Visa

Hi all,

My partner and I are trying to begin the necessary steps to apply for a defacto visa. The details of our situation are as follows:
She is a Japanese national and we met in mid 2009 and began a relationship whilst she was on a student visa. She lived separately to me until June 2010 where we both moved into my parents house (as they were on an extended holiday and needed someone to house sit). Her student visa ran out in October and we both traveled to Japan for two weeks, in which time we stayed together, before we returned to Australia and she re-entered under a working holiday visa. We continued to live at my parents even after their arrival back due to our respective financial positions. We have remained together and are planning to move out in the next month or two.

The central problem I have before applying for a defacto visa is that there is very little evidence of financial co-existence. We shared the costs for groceries, accommodation and flights whilst we were overseas. We have a joint savings account together however we have not accumulated much more than one thousand dollars. We have not paying bills in either of our names throughout the period we have been living together.

We are not due to complete our application until June however I would really appreciate any advice as to what evidence will be required. Is it a significant problem that there is little financial evidence above the grocery and shared travel expenditure? What would people recommend to remedy the issue?

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Simche


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Well you had better scratch the old nut a bit and see what you can come up with that shows continued residing together, be it coorespondence or whatever.
Your tripping to Japan and back will help but I'd suggest you might want to sit down while you have the time and draft out what the entire relationship timeline was and then corroborate that with evidence, stuff like:
. Did Gf notify anyone of change of address, even have a notice of ceasing her earlier accommodation, get correspondence from where she was studying or anybody else and then is there plane ticket evidence on when your parents flew the coop.
. Were you a member of any clubs or whatever etc.
And then have a read of the sticky thread by el kitten re going through any individual bank accounts to highlight relevant expenses.
But it is up to you to have a clear account of your relationship and be able to support that for an application will not be helped without that.





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Well you had better scratch the old nut a bit and see what you can come up with that shows continued residing together, be it coorespondence or whatever.
Your tripping to Japan and back will help but I'd suggest you might want to sit down while you have the time and draft out what the entire relationship timeline was and then corroborate that with evidence, stuff like:
. Did Gf notify anyone of change of address, even have a notice of ceasing her earlier accommodation, get correspondence from where she was studying or anybody else and then is there plane ticket evidence on when your parents flew the coop.
. Were you a member of any clubs or whatever etc.
And then have a read of the sticky thread by el kitten re going through any individual bank accounts to highlight relevant expenses.
But it is up to you to have a clear account of your relationship and be able to support that for an application will not be helped without that.
As I mentioned we've been living together now for close to a year. She notified numerous friends and family the only real issue is that we haven't been on a lease together of paid council rates etc. I doubt we will have a problem establishing the relationship or the length of period we've stayed together. The only problem I foresee is making a case for a 'marriage like' relationship. We are both very financially independent of each other. We can account for normal household expenditure by highlighting old bank statements but without being jointly listed for utility bills, rates, lease etc. Is it enough evidence?

I really appreciate the time you've taken to respond.

Kind Regards,
Simche


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