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      Document checklist: de facto / interdependent partner

      Hi all

      I have lodged my application for a 175 visa and I have a question regarding my de facto relationship requirements...

      In the document checklist, I can see 2 items regarding relationships:

      - Evidence of de facto relationship
      - Evidence of interdependent relationship

      The first one is correctly marked as received (I have sent them things like "relationship history declarations" of both of us, household bills, receipts of flights/holidays spent together etc).

      However I am puzzled at the second one, which is still marked as required... What should I sent them for that one? What is the difference between them? (I would assume that a de fact relationship is an interdependent one!)

      I would be very grateful if anyone could explain that to me...

      Thanks!
      Luis


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      An interdependant relationship is between a same sex couple. A defacto relationship is between a man and woman, and legally they have to be different in the visa forms.

      You should only be giving evidence for one of the relationship options.

      Hope this helps.

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      Hello Lucky, thanks for the reply!

      We are indeed a same sex couple, however I thought that after the recent changes in the immigration legislation (see Key Changes to Same-Sex Relationships - Legislation & Regulations) the difference between same sex and opposite sex relationships had disappeared.

      Maybe the documentation checklist wasn't updated yet to reflect those changes?

      In any case, I asked them and they replied saying that, once a CO is assigned to our case he will check if any extra documentation is required...

      Luis

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      Hi there, hope you dont mind me messaging but I am about to apply for a visa (same sex) and I just wondered how you got on? Thanks

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      Hi Jennyw,

      In fact, I have lodged my application around 1 month ago, and it still waiting in the queue for a case officer... It seems it can take months for your application to be assigned to one!

      Once it happens, I can update you on the outcome.

      Hopefully it will be fine, especially with the changes in the law that I have mentioned. At least on paper it looks like they are willing to not have any discrimination in that sense and treat everybody as equal.

      I wish you good luck!

      Luis

     

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