Evidence that your relationship is genuine?
When your eligibility for a Partner visa for Australia is being actively assessed, your case officer will be reviewing the evidence you have previously provided and if required, request additional evidence that supports your claims of a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.
You are not required to provide further evidence of your relationship until specifically requested by your case officer.
However, you should ensure that you gather and retain as much evidence as you can that you believe will support your claims.
For de-facto relationships, you should ensure that you have evidence that confirms that your relationship has been of a de-facto nature for a minimum of 12 months prior to lodgement of your de facto visa application.
The de facto nature for a minimum of 12 months prior to lodgement of your application has been challenged successfully in a recent Full Federal Court decision with the following link provided.
Having said this allow me to provide further commentary in relation to other aspects of a partner visa application for Australia.
As well as evidence demonstrating your relationship history with your sponsor, there are 4 broad categories of evidence that you need to provide to your case officer (if you have not already done so).
• financial aspects;
• the nature of the household;
• social context of the relationship; and
• the nature of your commitment to each other.
The lists below isonly a guide and there may be many other ways of proving information and evidence for those 4 broad categories demonstrating your relationship history.
You may be asked to provide additional information during processing of your application.
Evidence will be required that you and your partner share financial commitments and responsibilities, including:
• evidence of any joint ownership of real estate or other major assets (for example, cars, appliances) and any joint liabilities (for example, loans, insurance);
• sharing of finances;
• legal commitments that you and your partner have undertaken as a couple;
• evidence that you and your partner have operated joint bank accounts for a reasonable period of time; or
• sharing of household bills and expenses.
You will be asked to provide evidence that you and your partner share responsibilities within your household, including:
• your living arrangements;
• a statement outlining the basis on which responsibility for housework is distributed;
• joint ownership or joint rental of the residence in which you live;
• joint utilities accounts (electricity, gas, telephone);
joint responsibility for bills for day-to-day living expenses;
• joint responsibility for children; or
• correspondence addressed to both you and your partner at the same address.
How your relationship with your partner is seen by your friends and family will be considered including:
• evidence that you and your partner are generally accepted as a couple socially (for example, joint invitations, going out together, friends and acquaintances in common);
• the assessment of your friends and acquaintances about the nature of your relationship (see ‘Statutory declarations’ on page 27);
• evidence that you and your partner have declared your relationship to government bodies, commercial/public institutions or authorities;
• statutory declarations made by your or your partner’s parents, family members, relatives and other friends; • joint membership of organisations or groups;
• evidence of joint participation in sporting, cultural or social activities; or
• joint travel.
Note: Providing only statutory declarations from your and your partner’s parents, family members, relatives and other friends is not normally sufficient to evidence your relationship.
Factors that could assist in evidencing mutual commitment between you and your partner include:
• knowledge of each other’s personal circumstances (for example, background and family situation, which could be established at interview);
• intention that your relationship will be long-term (for example, the extent to which you have combined your affairs);
• the terms of your wills; or
• correspondence and itemised phone accounts to show that contact was maintained during any period of separation.
Here is a classic question you may get from the department when you lodge a partner visa application in Australia and the application has progressed to nearly its final stage namely:-
So, how would you reply to this type of question from the department and what would you include?
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