If you and your partner are claiming ‘de facto’ status and have lived apart for periods during your first twelve months as a couple, you need to have solid evidence that your de facto relationship continued while you were not physically together. Without proof, there is a chance the Department of Home Affairs may decide your relationship does not satisfy the 12 month requirement.
This is where the catch comes in as the Department does not specify what ‘reasonable time apart’ means in its legislation or policy.
This really depends on how you managed your de facto relationship while you were apart. Obviously, the reasons you have had to be apart will be different for each particular couple as every relationship really is unique.
This is an issue that may complicate your application. If this is something you are stressing about, our best suggestion would be for you to seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent. Better still, you can contact our friendly MARA Registered Agents who have had extensive experience with these scenarios and would love to help.
If you have any questions about this relationship issue, please feel free to comment below; we’d love to hear from you and will respond.
IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.
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