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Member # 2024
|Posted February 12, 2002 07:20 AM |
My British partner is looking to migrate to Australia as my interdependent partner (I am an Australian citizen by birth). We do not exactly fit the criteria because we have not lived together for the past 12 months, the reason being that we cannot live in the same country for longer than six months at a time. We have lived together for 12 months in total, but this is spread over a 4 year period (the longest co-habitation being 6 months).
For the same reason we do not have a joint bank account or joint household bills - it's impossible, given that we can only visit each other's countries. However, we do look after one another's financial affairs and support one another financially when we're together and have evidence of this over a long period of time, along with a great deal of evidence re the genuineness of the relationship, travel together, mail sent to the same address, etc..
Can someone let me know if we're likely to be considered under 'compassionate grounds'? And is there anything special we need to do or provide given our circumstances?
The reason it has taken us so long to apply for him to migrate to Australia is because we had always thought I would migrate to the UK to be with him - however, we feel strongly that we don't want to be forced to marry because of immigration laws and there is no other way for me to migrate to the UK. And so we are now looking at him coming to Australia instead as we are not required to be married.
Any advice or assistance would be just wonderful ... it's all so stressful.
Member # 5
|Posted February 15, 2002 03:38 PM |
I am sure that the fact that you are not allowed to be in each other's countries for more than 6 months in a year will be understood by the visa officer processing your case. It is more likely your partner won't be granted a visa if one or both of you broke immigration laws and were illegally resident in one or the other's countries!! You should highlight this fact in your witness statements.
You should provide as much evidence as possible as to your joint financial, social and emotional committments. Any Affidavits from common friends, both your parents, etc. will all be of help to the visa officer assessing your case.
Elfa Kere, Consultant
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