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Old 05-08-2011, 02:20 AM
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Hi, I am Australian and have been living with my Argentinean boyfriend in Argentina for more than a year now. I would really like to move back to Australia at the end of the year as I have very young siblings who I haven't got to spend time with but going without him is not an option. Anyone who is in a committed and loving relationship will know what I'm talking about.

We decided to apply for the de facto visa and have started looking into it. Now after reading about all the documentation that is required I am really worried! We have been together for a year and a half and share everything - including paying for groceries and bills and a social life! We have tonnes of photos and emails and phone communication etc over that year and a half. But we don't have any proof in terms of shared finances, joint bank accounts or anything that Immigration seems to want. All the bills here are in the name of the landlord.

In terms of statutory declarations we could easily get 10 or more in terms of friends/family/landlords etc. But it seems to be that they don't really hold up on their own? What's more is while we have been living together, we only got our own place together 2 months ago, in which we have a lease in both of our names. Before that we lived together in share houses or at his parents' house.

What are our chances of success? I've called Immigration a number of times but they are no help! We just want to be together and will wait as long as it takes but can't really afford to pay the visa fee more than once - $1700! We're earning pesos!

Please help! Thank you!!

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Hi there,

The list of evidence DIAC gives is only an example of what couples can use. Of course they know that not all applicants can gather such things, so you will have to look at your bank statements, and try to dig up any other proof of things you have paid for together, such as joint travel. A statment from his parents and from past landlords is also valuable to explain that you were together as a couple though living with other people. If you paid his parents rent or contributed to expenses this is also very useful information for DIAC and should be in thier statements.

Take a look at elkittens de facto visa tips:

She managed to get a de facto visa even without having a lot of the evidence DIAC suggests.

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