Early next year I plan to apply for a defacto visa so that I can head out to Australia with my Aussie other half. We have been living together for about 18 months here in the UK but my girlfriend misses her family and wants to head back - which is fine by me :)
We have loads of evidence over the past 18 months which should help with the application - joint travel, insurance policies, joint bills, rent etc etc. Plus should have no problems with various stat decs etc.
My only worry is regarding proving joint finances - we have had a joint bank account for a year or so but my girlfriend is paid weekly in cash and very little of her money actually goes through the account. When it does (i.e. for bills etc) it just shows on the statement as a cash deposit with no evidence that it was deposited by my girlfriend.
I earn a fair amount more than my other half and the reality is that I do pay for the rent and most of the bills out of my wages. My girlfriend contributes what she can, when she can - but when she does it is usually in cash.
We will be supporting the application with a letter from my girlfriend's employer (a local homeware store) that she is paid weekly in cash but do you think this relatively one-sided financial situation is likely to cause any problems with the application?
At the end of the day, this is a far more financially dependent situation than a couple who earn similar amounts and split everything straight down the middle - but would it be seen like this in a visa application scenario?
Many thanks for any light you can throw on this one.