Common Law Relationship Visa
De facto partners are people who are not married but in a de facto relationship.
To apply for a Common law relationship visa, you and your partner must show that you have been in a relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging your application. There may be exceptions to this requirements.
To be eligible for a Partner visa as a de facto partner, you must:
- be sponsored by an eligible person (usually by your partner);
- not be related by family;
- together with your de facto partner, be aged at least 18 years at the time your application is made;
- show that you and your partner have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others;
- show that you have a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner;
- show that you and your partner have been in a de facto relationship for the entire 12 months immediately prior to lodging your application;
- show that you and your partner are living together or, if not, that any separation is only temporary; and
- meet health and character requirements.
In assessing a claimed de facto relationship, the department looks at evidence of things such as living together full-time, sharing important financial and social commitments, and setting up a household separately from other people.
For more information, please contact us