Now I’ve talked a little about how P and I met and why we decided to take the plunge and apply for a Partner visa, I thought it might be useful for all the prospective applicants out there if I told you about what we actually included in our application. We made the decision to do this in January 2012, roughly six weeks after we moved in together. However, we were only able to submit our application nearly a year after this, as in order to be eligible for the visa, we needed to have been in afor the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging our application. Periods of dating don’t count towards this “one-year relationship requirement” so it didn’t matter that we had been together over a year before moving in together.
Before doing this I’d never really heard of the term “de facto relationship”. So what does that actually mean? According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC):
De facto relationship: Both parties have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others, their relationship is genuine and continuing. They live together, or do not live separately or apart on a permanent basis.
Keep this definition in mind when you are putting your application together. This is what your application form and all the supporting evidence you include is trying to demonstrate.