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Defacto - Living together with a housemate

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Old 04-29-2011, 03:36 AM
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Defacto - Living together with a housemate


I have a few questions in regards the partner visa. This is my situation, my partner and me have been living together for 10 months BUT we had a housemate. When I moved with my partner he had a lease agreement with a housemate already and after consulting the landlord he decided I couldnīt be included on the lease but he allowed me to live with my boyfriend and pay him the rent directly, which we did during this time. The landlord is willing to give a stat dec as well as our housemate to confirm this.

We visited a migration agent recently and although we thought we got a strong case he said that those 10 months will not be evidence of living together since we had a housemate. We were planning to apply in 2 months but this news really discouraged us and my partner visa will finish in january 2012. He also told us that because we didnt have a joint bank account for more than 12 months we cannot apply. We have a joint account for the last 6 months.

So my question is, is it true we canīt include the 10 months of living together because we had a housemate? Is it true as well what he said about the joint account? Has anyone been in a similar situation like me? Any advice would be more than welcome.


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Old 04-29-2011, 07:01 AM
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Hi There,

I have never heard such rubbish before. it does not matter if you have a house mate or if you have 3. as long as you are living together.

Also my partner and I have only been living together for 8 months and I dont have my name on a lease with her either as she owns the property. We also only opened our joint bank account in September 2010.. so ages short of 12 months.

If you want to use the lawyer I used to speak to him send me a private message. I applied for my partner visa on the 2nd of April and was approved 14 days later.


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Old 04-29-2011, 07:14 AM
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Hi there,

I agree with winikd that this agent you saw is talking nonsense, and I think if you paid for this advice you should report them for misinforming you.

You can both write in your relationship statements exactly the reasons you just exlpained, and can also get your sharemate to write a statement in support of this. And, if your landlord is nice, you could it straight from the horse's mouth too.

So, there's no need to worry about it

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:18 AM
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Hey GloQui!

I got my visa even though I lived with my partners parents, without lease and without official rent. We did move and my name came onto the lease, but that was 2 months before we applied for the visa.

We got her mum to write a separate stat dec and included drawings of the house to make clear that we had our own space and privacy.

And about the joint bank account that is rubbish too. It doesn't matter for how long you have it as long as you use it for your daily payments. I used to get bank statements with 4 pages because we used it nearly every day.

Good luck to you!

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Old 05-01-2011, 10:22 AM
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Hi winikd!

I am trying to find out how to send a PM here but I don't see any option available. Perhaps you can post here the details of the lawyer you used or send me a PM if you find out how to do it? Thanks

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:43 PM
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Hi GloQui,

Here they are:

Andrew Heathcote CA MMIA

Registered Migration Agent MARN 0850840
Migrate2oz Pty Ltd (ABN 68121717502)
Tel: +61 2 9037 4201 | Mobile: +61 434 907 664 | Skype ID: aheathcote
Email: [email protected] | Web: Australian Immigration, Registered Migration Agents, Australian Visas

Please let Andrew know that Dylan referred you to him

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