Evidencing Your Relationship – Spouse or De-facto Partner Visa

 

Applying for an Australian spouse or de-facto visa, through either the onshore 820/801 visa or offshore 309/100 visa? One common question that we receive is in relation to the evidence that you need to provide.

There is quite a bit of information available on the internet in relation to what type of evidence that you should be submitting with your application. The Department’s website and booklet provide good some guidance.

Not all forms of evidence are born equal. Your case officer will place more weight on some forms of evidence relative to others. In this post, we will outline relative strength of different forms of evidence. Now please note that this information doesn’t come from any official source. The below advice is very much my own opinion and is based on my own experience.

Strong evidence

Documents that show joint assets, liabilities, undertakings, bequests etc. Examples include:

  1. Joint bank accounts
  2. Jointly owned assets such as real estate
  3. Joint liabilities such as mortgages
  4. Any joint undertakings such as a joint lease
  5. Naming each other as beneficiaries under your respective wills or insurance policies

This type of evidence is strong because it can be relevant to multiple factors which your case officer needs to consider. These documents usually state both your name and your sponsoring partner’s name, your address and a date. Consequently, these documents can evidence your co-habitation as well as the duration of your relationship.

More importantly, it also evidences a particular form of commitment that you and your partner have made together, such as jointly incurring a loan or mortgage, or ensuring that your assets are left to each other under your wills.

Your case officer is required to consider the nature of your commitment to each other. And you will see from Regulation 1.09A that to properly address and evidence this consideration, you are expected to provide documents that demonstrate various forms of joint commitments that you have made.

Furthermore, the very definition of a de-facto relationship confirms that you and your partner need to have a ‘mutual commitment to a shared life (to the exclusion of all others)’. This definition clearly implies that de-facto partners are expected to share various aspects of their lives with each other, including finances, liabilities, assets and contractual obligations.

Child or children from the relationship

Demonstrating that you and your partner are jointly responsibility for the care and support of your child or children will likely be seen as strong evidence of your relationship. Ideally, your child or children should be under the legal custody of yourself and your partner. However, even if the child or children is under the legal custody of just your or your partner, joint care and responsibility for the child or children can still used as evidence of your relationship.

Relevant evidence can include (although you may need to submit this evidence as part of the application anyway, particularly if the child or children are actually included as dependent applicants):

  • Full unabridged birth certificates
  • Evidence of school attendance such as bills, report cards etc.
  • Evidence of the child’s or children’s cost of living, such as receipt for clothing, membership with sporting club etc.

Good evidence

Documents generated by third parties that are addressed to you and your partner (these documents can be addressed to one of you only, although documents that are addressed to both you and your partner are stronger in terms of evidencing your relationship). Examples include:

  1. Bank statements
  2. Bills, invoices, receipts etc.
  3. Letters, invitations
  4. Flight tickets or receipts evidencing your joint holidays or travels

These documents show that you and your partner live together,and also evidence how long you have been living together. In my view, there is a difference between documents that are addressed to you both, and documents that are only addressed to one of you. Again, the relevant consideration is whether your documents demonstrate that you are committed to each other, and that you have a shared life.

I have seen case officers take the view that just providing documents that are addressed to you or your partner only is not sufficient. Their reasoning is that there isn’t enough evidence of your ‘shared life’. So you should really look at everything that you ‘share’ and determine whether you can evidence this (and preferably at the same time, also evidence your co-habitation).

Do you have your membership at the same gym? Do you attend the same church? Do you share any other hobbies, classes or activities? If these bodies or companies send you correspondence, ask whether they can send you documents in your joint names. Of course, some of these bodies and companies will be a lot more accommodating then others, but it never hurts to ask.

I have also included third party evidence of your travel under this category. Showing consistent travel, vacations and activities together is good evidence of your shared life.

Decent (but absolutely necessary) forms of evidence

This category is evidence that you or your partner can directly generate. Examples include:

  1. Photos
  2. Emails/letters to each other
  3. Social media interaction with each other
  4. Records of telephone conversations

Yes – this evidence is absolutely necessary. However, most couples will be able to provide ample amounts of this type of evidence. It is critical that you provide this type of evidence as it adds context, colour and life to your application. These documents also demonstrate several factors which your case officer is required to take into consideration such as the ‘social aspect of your relationship’. But since this type of evidence is self generated, if you submit nothing but documents in this category, it is difficult for your case officer to confidently conclude that your relationship satisfies the the legal definition of a de-facto relationship.

The real problem cases are those where only this type of evidence is provided. If you can only provide this type of evidence to demonstrate your relationship, then there is certainly a higher risk that your application may be refused. The risk of refusal is particularly high if you cannot provide any evidence in relation to the shared aspects of your lives, such as the financial commitments and obligations that you have together.

Planning your evidence

Now that you have an idea of what type of evidence that you are expected to provide, and the relative strength of the different types of evidence, I hope that this will assist you and your partner with planning out your application before you prepare and lodge it. It is a lot easier to prepare a properly evidenced application if you start to plan your application from the moment that you decide that you want to apply for a partner or spouse visa (i.e. give yourself as much time as possible to gather relevant and quality evidence).

If you are lacking strong forms of evidence, then you may want to consider the option of opening a joint bank account. You can also contact your household utility providers and see if you can change your accounts to joint accounts. You can apply the same principle to your insurance policy, gym membership etc. Sure, this may be a hassle, but showing this level of commitment and the sharing of various aspects of your life will really make it easier for your case officer to conclude that you are in fact in a de-facto relationship.

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424 thoughts on “Evidencing Your Relationship – Spouse or De-facto Partner Visa

  1. Raika

    Hi!

    I’m currently a 820 partner visa that is eligible for permanent partner visa but missed the time lodgement for sending further documents to become a permanent visa, It Should be in July but I missed it because of missinformation and was currently over seas but right now I’m already in Australia. I’m still married with my sponsored and have an australian citizen kid. What do you recommend that I should do? Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raika,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  2. AH

    Hi Peng!
    My partner and I have a joint bank account which we utilise for savings only. We do not utilise these accounts for any expenses as we dedicated the accounts for our future, such as our plan to get married, pay for the de facto/partner visa, savings for when the time comes that we are able to purchase a house..those kinds of future expenses. We utilise our personal bank accounts for our current household expenses like..groceries..rent..etc. Do you think this will still be a strong evidence in terms of the financial aspect?
    Thank you for your kind assistance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi AH,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Allan

    Hello Everyone,

    Can anyone help me, I am confused with visas.
    I am a international student here in melbourne for 6 months now and my bachelor’s degree will end next year of october. I am planning to invite my de facto partner to visit me here in melbourne even just for 3 to 6 months. I am confused if I will apply her for visitor visa or defacto dependent visa (is it visa 820?). She will be leaving our 8 yo daughter in our country once she had a visa but she will return in our home country. I dont want to include my daughter at the moment because I want to finish her study first next year and mine too. His brother who is permanent resident here will also help with the financial matter. I am not quite sure what visa is suitable. She didn’t have any job in our country that’s why I am thinking of the visitor visa will be a risk. I hope you can help me.
    Thank you very much for your help!

    Allan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Allan,
      The 820 visa isn’t appropriate – this is for Australian permanent residents or citizens sponsoring their partner.
      Perhaps consider a dependent student visa if your partner satisfies the requirements, or a visitor visa.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Jack

    Hi There,

    My girlfriend and I are hoping to apply for a 461 visa in the near future (I’m a Kiwi citizen, she’s Swedish/ American). I’m just wondering if it helps at all to register a relationship with the state, or would it not affect the application that much?

    Cheers

    Jack

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jack,
      I don’t think that this is very important if you can clearly demonstrate 12 months for your relationship.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Kade

    Hi Peng,

    Me and my boyfriend are in Australia on a working holiday visa(462 for me and 417 for him). Recently, he has been offered a sponsoship and we would like to apply defacto visa aka adding me into his visa as we have been together, and living together for two years.

    We actually moved from Thailand to Oz together. As he was working in Thailand when we met.

    However, our problem is that we have about 3 months left on our working holiday visa and unfortunately I have a “no further stay” impposed on mine.

    So, I would like to know if I have to leave the country when the defacto is being considered or can I come back as a tourist and wait for the result?

    I am so confused right now and I hope I don’t have to go back home and wait. By the way, how long does it usually take to get the 457 and defacto?

    Thank you,
    Kade

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kade,
      So, I would like to know if I have to leave the country when the defacto is being considered or can I come back as a tourist and wait for the result? You can return if a visitor visa is granted.

      I am so confused right now and I hope I don’t have to go back home and wait. By the way, how long does it usually take to get the 457 and defacto? Around 1-3 months.
      PC

      Reply
  6. KR

    Hi Peng

    I was wondering if someone jumps from 576 to 574 and the 574 does not have any “no further stay condition”, can he/she apply for 820? Or the clauses of 576 will still apply? Thank you so much

    Reply
  7. Parry

    Hi Peng
    I am an Australian and married to an Indian guy since 2012 and applied for his partner visa since 2012but got refusals. Last he was asked by immigration to apply offshore so he went back to India in April and applied offshore. It’s been 16 months now and haven’t heard anything from immigration and they don’t even reply to any enquiries. I don’t know what to do?? Do you have any idea how long it’ll take for visa decisions??

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Parry,
      Sorry but processing time for partner visas is very lengthy at the moment – around 12-18 months or longer.
      Sorry but there isn’t any set processing time – DIBP’s general response is that it will take the time necessary to assess all the legal requirements if you call them.
      Suggest that you contact DIBP if you would like to follow-up.
      PC

      Reply
  8. jasmin estrella

    Hi, Peng. My boyfriend and I have been dating since November 2016. He is just visiting me every year since 2014. We are not living together but we now want to be married as soon as I get in Australia on a Tourist Visa. We dont have phone calls recorded, because we only talk on chat. But we have pictures when we were together and we are legal to oyr family and friends abou our relationship. Is it still acceptable as a strong evidence for our relationship?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jasmin,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  9. dessy

    Hi,

    Me and my partner want to apply for de facto visa. we have lived together more than 2years and have all the documents sorted. however, we still waiting for our certificate from registry relationship. can i still proceed with my application and just provide with the receipt for registering our relationship or better to get the result before we submit our application? please advise. thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dessy,
      You can provide this certificate after lodgement if your relationship is over 12 months already.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Roxy

    Hi Peng,

    My boyfriend and I have been dating since late January 2017, he is however from USA on a working holiday visa which is due to expire early October 2017. What would be our best options in order to allow him to stay in Australia?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Roxy,
      Perhaps have a look at the partner visa: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/801-
      You may need to register your relationship with the relevant state government body if you have one that is less than 12 months.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  11. joe massey

    Hi. Myself and my casual partner discovered she was pregnant in April 2016, we have lived together from August 2016, our daughter was born in October 2016. My question is are we able to apply for our visa now? We have lived together for only 10 months but we have a daughter. I am currently on WHV, and had to leave my job recently due to the 6 month rule. We want to apply early so that I can request to lift my whv work restrictions and return to my old job on the basis of having the bridge visa pending , which a lawyer i spoke to says is doable.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joe,
      You may be able to proceed with a partner visa.
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Flora

    Hi Peng,
    I have a question about the police certificates that are required from any question in which the sponsor/applicant has lived for more than 12 months.
    My husband and I have both been in Greece for over 12 months prior to moving to Australia, does the police certificate we request from Greece need to be accompanied by an apostille in order for it to be valid for purposes of our partner visa application?
    Thanks for your help.
    Flora

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Generally speaking you just need to provide clear scanned copies for police clearances and upload these to your application (and English translations if needed), unless the case officer otherwise gives you specific instructions in his or her request.
      I don’t think that you need an apostille in order
      PC

      Reply
  13. Celina

    Hi Peng,

    I have applied partner visa and am holing Bridging A waiting for partner visa grant.. I am planning to travel back to my country so i need to apply Bridging B visa. I am wondering if it is possible to travel outside of AU for more than one month under Bridging B visa or i am only able to stay for 28-35days ? Would you please give some advices ?

    Thank you,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Celina,
      You can ask for a over 1 month BVB in your form – Department should approve such a request.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Lili

    Hi Peng,

    I am holding the 820 visa, but my relationship with my partner has broken down. I had a new boyfriend and we love each other. Now I would like to get married with my new boyfriend.

    Is it possible to apply for another partner visa(820) and then withdraw the previous visa immediately ? If yes, what type of bridging visa will I be granted after withdrawing the previous visa application.

    Look forward to your reply.

    Much Appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lili,
      That may be possible – you may end up with a bridging visa C.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  15. Niki

    Hi there, I’m holding student student visa now, my partner is applying for TR so can I be his defacto and apply TR with him or not? We have regestered de facto relationship certificate on October 2016 so it’s not been a year of registration. But we are living together since January 2016 and we have joint account as well. But we don’t have any assets under our name together. We have pictures with friends at social function. We have regular banking transaction as well. Is there any chance of visa refusal ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Niki,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice about your application just based on your comment information – I suggest that you contact your case officer if you have concerns.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Alice

    Hi Peng!

    My boyfriend and I have been together for two years now, however I am only 20 and he is 21, therefore our parents do not approve of us to live together so young. However, we have joint bank accounts, proof of travelling, over two years of social media interaction, we used to work together and we have people who can sign and prove that we are dating and in a serious relationship. Do you think that it will be a huge problem that we are not living together and therefore cannot apply for the partner visa?
    I am an Australian citizen and he is in his second working holiday visa.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Alice,
      If I could answer your question just based on your comment information I would, but sorry I would need to have a look over circumstances before we can provide advice.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Zoe

        Hey Alice, can I ask how you went with this? My boyfriend and I are in a similar situation, but we are in a genuine, continuing and loving relationship. We have TONNES of social evidence but our circumstances make financial and residential evidence difficult!

        Reply
  17. Marius

    Hi Peng,

    I’m in relationship with my girlfriend for almost 2 years. She is on student visa and me on 457 visa. She wants to join my visa (457) what we need to do first ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Marius,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Aubrey

    Hi there,

    My girlfriend and I have a joint rental agreement for over 12 months in China. That’s the strongest finance proof we can have as non-related Chinese citizens are not allowed to buy houses, cars, have joint bank accounts together.
    Other proofs we have photos, travelling tickets and our messages, possibly some friends’ statements.
    I’m about to apply for 189 Visa and wishes to bring my girlfriend as my de facto partner. May I know is my evidence strong enough?
    And I heard rumors that if the authority find our relationship evidence not strong enough, both of our Visas would be refused. Is that true?
    thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aubrey,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Chenz

    Hi, just wanting to know that if I still have a mortgage loan with my ex-girlfriend and unfortunately it has to be left this way due to financial reasons will it effect my application for visa 820/801 with my new partner?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chenz,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Ashley

        Hi peng
        I am applying for 485 visa with my partner (defacto) with 2 year relqrionship and with adequate documents . Now do i still have to fill form 888 for applting this visa with partner?
        Thanks

        Reply
  20. Ye-Jin Kim

    Hi Peng

    I am in the process of applying for a de facto partner visa subclass 421 (NZ Family Sponsor) with my partner.
    We have gathered several documents such as gym invoices, bank statements, rental agreements, photos, plane tickets for holidays etc. Can you please confirm what kind of documents we need JP Certified?

    Reply
  21. rix

    Hi Peng,I emailed the Australian embassy 1 month ago asking them if i can add some latest documents to support my application,after that I received a reply saying *no further documents required from you at this stage hence no need to update submissions*,what does mean?is that mean i my application is ok or ready for finalization?bit confusing…Thanks

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    1. Ashley

      Hi peng
      I have got EOI invitation today. I want to add my defacto partner in the application. Now he is already on a student visa. Can i still apply for him as a secondry applicant ?

      Reply
      1. Peng Cheng Post author

        Hi Ashley,
        Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
        Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
        PC

        Reply
    2. Ashley

      Hi peng
      I have applied for 189 visa and meanwhile i have applied for online car fianance . Does that affect my visa application?
      Thanks
      Ashleigh

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    3. Sienna

      Hi peng
      For 189 defacto visa application. I have included the following:-
      Our relationship has been from last years with 2 yr as seperation and 2 years living together

      pictures, same address proof , travel tickets, travel accomodatio , joint electricoty account , joint internet acc, joint bank account, emails -phone records- social media interaction for 2 years which was the time of seperation in defacto relation, staturatory decleration from common friend, staturatory decleration from both of us, Joint house lease, joint car ownership and joint car insurance.

      Do you think its enough documentation for support 189 visa?
      Or they require more

      Thanks
      Sienna

      Reply
      1. Peng Cheng Post author

        Hi Sienna,
        If I could answer your question just based on your comment information I would, but sorry I would need to have a look over circumstances before we can provide advice.
        Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
        PC

        Reply
  22. Rosa

    Hie,

    Im considering applying for a spouse visa 309, we have opened a bank account together but we ar not living in the same country, would this evidence be valid? I have a bank statement.

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  23. rix

    hi peng, I Lodge my application of spouse visa last August 22,2016,im done with medical and police check…my question is can i add some latest documents like Facebook chats and calls,remitance slip,letters etc to support my application even if my case officer didn’t aks me to provide it???thanks😊

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rix,
      Yes you can upload further evidence via your Immiaccount before you receive a request from your CO.
      PC

      Reply
  24. Tara

    Hi peng!
    Me and my partner have been together over a year, I’m Irish she’s Aussie. We met in Australia, and we recently moved to the uk as she’s studying here for a year. We registered our relationship in May in Australia. We’ve lived together in the uk since September, in Australia we lived with my family then her family. We aren’t able to open up a joint bank account because she’s an international student. We are hoping to get married early next year as a same sex couple. Will we still need to provide evidence of a joint bank account and all the things needed for a defacto relationship if we getting married? It’s hard to find information on same sex couples visas. Thank you!

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  25. Ben

    Hi,
    Im an Australian citizen and have previously applied for a defacto relationship visa. It was approved but we broke up a year later and she moved home.
    Can I apply for the same defacto visa again with a different partner?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ben,
      Extract from the Department’s website:
      Limitations on sponsorship
      Your sponsorship might not be approved if you:

      were sponsored for a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa within the past five years
      have successfully sponsored two people for migration to Australia on a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa
      have successfully sponsored another person for migration to Australia on a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa within the past five years.
      Your sponsorship could still be approved in compelling circumstances, such as:
      your previous partner has died or abandoned the relationship, leaving you with young children
      your relationship with your current partner has been longer than two years
      you and your partner have dependent children from your relationship.

      PC

      Reply
  26. Anne

    Hello PC
    I just wanted to ask if where can I attach the form 1193 inn my immi account as there is no indicated form in the list. I applied subclass 801 and it showed that my bridging visa was granted but I need to attach that form for me to view or to communicate via email. Thank you and Godbless.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anne,
      Yes I don’t think that there is a specific category for that form – you can use no document, other.
      PC

      Reply
  27. H.A

    Hi peng
    My partner lives overseas and I am permanent resident off australia. I am planning to apply partner visa to bring my partner here Australia.
    My ex-husband sponsored me to come to Australia. He applied the visa on second of february 2012 and the visa was granted on 01/03/2014.
    My queshion is to apply partner visa for my partner or to sponser him, do I have to wait 5 years starting from my last visa logged date (application date) or visa granted date?
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      HA
      The 5 year period is calculated from the date the sponsor’s own visa application was made to the date of approval/refusal of the current sponsorship.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Thu

    Hi Peng,

    I have applied for a 820 defacto visa and uploaded all documents required. However I can see that some people have filled in form 80. Is this mandatory?or do I fill it in when requested by Immi.

    Thanks

    Reply
  29. Rona

    Hello PC,

    I am married to Australian last June. We are planning to lodge the visa on the 2nd week of august.
    My husband has been with working with his dad for quite a while and only gets cash. No payslips.
    Basically we can’t provide ang evidence of employment.
    Does the employment status of my sponsor affects the decision of my visa?

    Thank you!

    Rona

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rona,
      There isn’t a legal requirement for the sponsor to have a job.
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Kit

    Hi Peng,

    Does it make a huge difference when declaring someone as a friend instead of partner in listing someone as contact in a previous visa application (visitor visa)?

    What are the possible implications of not declaring someone as a partner during an application for a visitor visa when applying for a new visa (partner visa)?

    Thanks so much.

    Regards.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kit,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  31. Ella

    Hi Peng,

    Just want to know on de dacto evidences, I am just worried I wont be approved under his student visa 576.
    We never had the chance to open a joint account but we’ve been constantly transferring funds to wach other for bills, allowance, etc.
    1.Is it okay if we show bank transaction history instead?
    2. Is it okay if i provide bank certificate that I’ve been a supplementary credit card holder under him for three years now?
    3. We dont have investments because for 10 years now, we splurge weekly on watching in the cinema, eating out and at the spa. I dont know how to provide evidence for financial aspect since we dont have joint account and assets.
    Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ella,
      You can provide financial evidence other than joint bank accounts. You can provide a supporting statement explaining the relevant of your evidence.
      We are sorry but we can’t provide advice just based on the information that you have provided. Please see information in relation to our consultation service if you would like to book a time to discuss your visa options: http://myaccessaustralia.com/professional-services/
      PC

      Reply
  32. Maei

    Hi Peng,

    I am currently a Ph.D. student in Australia, and my husband is a permanent resident who is working as an engineer. I have applied for Partner visa Feb 2016. We are married on April 2014 and started our relationship in April 2013.
    I have not received any news about my application; I have uploaded all the required documents, health check, character check. My husband is now eligible for citizenship.
    Can you please advise me what should I do and when do you think my visa application would be granted?

    Thanks for any guidance in advance,
    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Maei,
      Department’s website: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/801-
      Average processing time for this visa is 12 to 15 months.​
      Your case officer will contact you if anything is needed.
      We are sorry but we can’t provide advice just based on the information that you have provided. Please see information in relation to our consultation service if you would like to book a time to discuss your visa options: http://myaccessaustralia.com/professional-services/
      PC

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  33. Vignesh

    Hello there,

    I have secured admission into one of the Australian universities to do my PhD and I’m applying for a Postgraduate Research Sector visa (subclass 574) for the same.

    I’m planning to add in my partner along with my visa application and try for de-facto partner visa for him. Does this weigh down my student visa in anyways? Or will it increase my student visa processing?

    Glad if you can comment on this.
    Thanks much.

    Regards,
    Vicky

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vicky,
      You can include family that satisfy the relevant visa requirements. I don’t think that this affects processing time.
      PC

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  34. Alex

    Hi Peng. I am an Australian citizen and my partner is currently in Australia on a work and holiday visa 462 (without the “no further stay” condition). Although we have been a couple for about 2 years we only started living together about 2 months ago. We would like to get married later in the year then submit an application for partner visa early next year. Since the relationship will be registered would there be any problem having lived together less than 12 months?

    Also how important is it to submit photos from the wedding with the application? We are not traditional and really don’t care about ceremony at all. So would prefer just to do the paperwork at registry office or whatever. But we are concerned whether wedding photos not being included is a lack of evidence for the relationship. Can you advise? Thanks.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Alex,
      You don’t have to live together for 12 months if you are married.
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

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