With Partner Visas and Prospective Marriage Visas, there are certain golden rules which we simply can’t get around. These are some of the issues Down Under Visa face every week.
The “must have met in person” rule.
This is set into law. Set in the regulations. You may say set in concrete, because there is no provision for waivers. If you don’t meet in person, you can’t successfully apply. It will fail. Continue reading
If you have made any enquiries of Down Under Visa about a partner visa or prospective marriage visa, you will have heard the expression “committed relationship”.
What does this mean? How do we prove it? And why do we need to? Is it really any of their business?
OK, you don’t want to marry, or you can’t marry for whatever reason?
But you have a genuine commitment to each other, and you want to live together in a relationship that is permanent and exclusive (ie. to the exclusion of all others)? Continue reading
To apply for an Australian Partner Visa based on a de facto relationship (aka “live in” relationship), you must of course BE in a de facto relationship. It is NOT a visa that allows you to form a de facto relationship. You need to be in one already.
You can apply for an Australian Partner Visa based on one of two scenarios:
- You’re married (or will be married before the application is finalised)
- You’re living in a de facto relationship, and have been living in that relationship for 12 months or more. (Note that this may be reduced to 6 months if your state allows you to register your relationship.)
A partner visa for a couple in a de facto relationship is NOT a visa to allow you to commence a de facto relationship in Australia. Definitely not that simple or flexible! Continue reading