Partner visa checklist – De Facto

Partner visa checklist – De Facto

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Partner visa checklist – De Facto


A signed written statement detailing the history of your relationship, either individually or jointly. if you or your sponsor have been previously married provide a copy of the official divorce certificate or the death certificate of the deceased spouse, full birth certificates of any children of the relationship, evidence that you and your spouse have been in a de facto relationship for 12 months prior to lodging your application.

The new changes to Sponsored family visa’s, will be implemented for Partner visas by the end of 2021. The changes mean that Sponsorships must be lodged first and approved before Partner visas can be lodged. This change will adversely impact onshore Partner visa applicants wanting to lodge a visa application prior to their substantive visa expiring. The sponsorship application will be assessed separately and will need to be approved before a valid Partner visa application can be lodged.

Evidence to show us you’re in a genuine and stable relationship can include:

  • Marriage or civil union certificates
  • Birth certificates for any children you share
  • Cards, letters, emails and social media conversations photos together- showing you and your sponsor together at various occasions
  • Evidence that others recognise your relationship
  • Evidence you make decisions and plans together
  • Evidence you parent together
  • Evidence you spend leisure time together
  • A joint rental agreement or home loan
  • Mail addressed to you together at the same place and time
  • Joint bank accounts
  • Evidence you own assets together
  • Joint credit cards or hire purchase agreements
  • Joint utilities accounts, like power or phone bills.
  • Joint lease agreements, joint local authority registration under the same address, mortgage documents, council rate notices, utility bills)
  • Evidence that your relationship has been declared to any relevant government bodies
  • Evidence of contact during times of separation
  • Any other evidence which you consider demonstrates a genuine and continuing relationship.