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Newbie...completely confused and frustrated. Please help! Partner Visa vs PMV?

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Old 02-21-2011, 03:45 PM
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Newbie...completely confused and frustrated. Please help! Partner Visa vs PMV?

Hi all,

I apologise in advance for the lengthy message!

Situation is: My boyfriend is Dutch and I'm Aussie. We are mid twenties. We met and fell in love while he was backpacking through Australia. We have been together since May 2009, making it almost 2 years now, however only in the physical sense for 10 months total. This includes time spent travelling around Europe together as well as living together in Australia, however we have no joint bank accounts, lease agreements, etc. The lease and bills were all in my name in Australia and I pretty much supported Jesper during this time.

The evidence we have is:
- Heaps of photos, which have dates on them (screenshots from facebook with uploaded date) of us in all different places over a long period of time and also with friends and family
- Skype history from our time spent apart (which was almost 1 year!)
- Flight tickets from Dec 2010 and Jan 2011 from throughout Euro with joint names
- Bank statement showing money transferred from Jesper's account to my own to assist with the plane ticket to visit him
- Emails between us for almost 2 years
- Drawings he has done of me (he is an artist)
- Stat Dec's from my mother and step father
- Statements from our previous housemates confirming that we lived together with them in Aus for 7 months
- Statement from Jesper's parents confirming our relationship
- Matching tattoos!

We were intending on applying for the partner visa and have even filled out the forms, however since reading more about it on forums and also calling the embassy for advice, we have discovered that the 12 month living together evidence is pretty much vital? Firstly, we only meet 10 months and secondly, we don't even have proof of that! I know that there is an option to have our relationship registered in Australia and that this will sometimes waive the 12 month requirement, however I don't know too much about how to do this??? Advice? We're also aware that getting married would waive it.

We are wondering what our best option is at this point? We do not want to be apart again for any length of time. We are thinking:
- Jesper comes to Oz on a tourist visa and we marry and then apply for the partner visa.. Hopefully a bridging visa would then be supplied? With this option, hopefully a bridging visa would then be supplied? We did call for advice on this and were informed that this can be risky, though I've read of others doing it
- He comes to Australia on the tourist visa and we get the relationship registered and then apply for the partner visa (and get a bridging visa) or;
- We apply for the PMV from Netherlands and he then comes to Oz on a tourist visa while we await the outcome?

We figure that these are our only options so that we do not need to provide the 12 month living together proof?

I'm sorry for the long message, we're so confused and anxious about all of this and just want to be together! Please reply with ANY advice you may have, or a better idea?

Thanks so much

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:45 PM
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I have expalained some of the issues re risk of applying offshore and coming on an eVisa/ETA or coming and then applying @

You do need at least the 12 + months residing relationship and having travel as part of that will possibly make it more difficult to have evidence approved.
The alternative is to get married and that will reduce expectations and so think six months but you still do need evidence, stuff like skype messages a bit meaningless other than background as it more gives evidence of being apart and likewise photographs and such have limited weight.
Have a read of the sticky thread by el kitten and also the Booklet #1 if you have not already.
The relationship registration is available via ACT, NSW, Tasmania and Victoria but you do that via the relevant state/territory Births Deaths and Marriages office and there are eligibility requirements for that too.

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Old 08-25-2011, 11:45 AM
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Kymlee - I know this is a pretty old post but I'm curious how you guys are doing now! I am Dutch and my boyfriend is Australian so we're in the same boat and I'd love to hear how it's going for you guys.

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