If you’re looking to apply for a Partner Visa, you may be wondering if you need to be living with your partner before you apply. The good news is that you don’t have to be living together to be eligible for this visa. However, you do have to prove that you have a genuine marriage or de facto relationship that you’re committed to and that you do not live permanently apart. Read on to understand more about the requirements for a Partner Visa in Australia.
There’s a common misconception among visa applicants that in order to apply for a Partner Visa, you need to have been living with your partner for at least 12 months. The Australian Government does not require you to have been living with your partner at all in order to apply for a Partner Visa. This misconception arises from the fact that in order to be eligible for a Partner Visa you need to either be married or have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months before applying. However, the definition of a de facto relationship does not require that you have lived together for the duration of that time. If you have lived together for 12 months, this is a great way to prove you are in a de facto relationship, but if you haven’t there are other forms of proof available. For example, you may be required to provide evidence that the de facto relationship has been officially registered with the Australian Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages,
In order to qualify for a Partner Visa, you must prove that you and your partner are in either a spousal or de facto relationship. This means you are either legally married or have had a relationship that meets the legal definition of a de facto relationship for 12 months. However, this is not all that is required. The government also requires proof that this relationship is genuine and continuing. Again, living together is not a requirement, but if you have been living together for 12 months this is an easy way for the government to recognise the legitimacy of the relationship without requiring as much additional proof.
In addition to proving you are in a genuine and continuing spousal or de facto relationship, you will also have to meet the following conditions:
The most important factor in having your Partner Visa approved is ensuring you meet the Evidence of Relationship requirements. You will need to provide supporting documentation with your application that demonstrates evidence of your relationship based on these four factors:
You can apply for a Partner Visa if you have never lived together. However, if you’re not married you’ll need to provide proof that your de facto relationship has been continuing for at least 12 months. In addition, you’ll need to provide evidence of your relationship. If you require assistance with your Partner Visa application, contact AustraliaMigrate today.
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