Applying for a visitor visa before applying for a partner visa is a great idea where the couple have not had the opportunity to spend time together or live together as yet. Quite often, couples will apply for a visitor visa for the non-Australian partner to come into Australia for a holiday and spend time with their Australian partner. It is good time to start gathering evidence of various aspects of your relationship which the Department of Immigration will be interested in knowing when the time comes for you to lodge your Partner Visa application. It's really important you are upfront and honest about why you are applying for the Visitor Visa, to find out more Click here: Why you need to be careful what you say on your Visitor Visa application
For example: One of the aspects of the relationship the Department of Immigration will look at is the social aspects of the relationship that can include whether or not you socialise together, whether your friends and family view you as 'de facto' partners or a 'married” couple and whether you present yourselves in social situations as such. If you have visited each other and spent time together on a visitor visa then you will, in most cases, have had good opportunities to meet friends or family, celebrate birthdays, go the movies, or enjoy other activities together.
Each and every relationship is different, so it is important to get advice from a Registered Migration Agent before making plans to lodge either a visitor visa or a partner visa.
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