Partnership Based Visas
Definition of Partnership
- a legal marriage.
- a civil union.
- a de facto relationship.
- be at least 18 years old. In case the age is 16 or 17 years, consent of parents or guardians is a necessity.
- have met each other before the process of applying for a partnerhip based visa can be initiated.
- not be close relatives.
- spending time in each other’s homes while each of you maintain your own home.
- sharing accommodation while on a vacation.
- having home-sharing or flatmate arrangements.
- how long you’ve been together
- how long you’ve been living together as a couple
- your living arrangements
- whether you support each other financially
- how you share financial responsibilities
- how committed you are to a life together
- whether you own property together and/or share your property
- any children you have together, including your arrangements for their care
- whether you share common household tasks
- whether other people recognise your relationship
Evidence of Partnership
- marriage or civil union certificates
- birth certificates for any children you share
- cards, letters, emails and social media conversations
- photos together
- 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
Time Spent Living Apart
If you and your partner have been living apart for a while, the immigration department would ask for complete details of separation along with evidence. You would need to list down the reasons you were living apart. Other details like the time period during which you were living apart and whether and how you kept in touch while living apart.