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Hi all,


I had a couple of questions regarding necessary evidence to support a defacto relationship for the 457 visa. First, a brief summary of my situation:


I am currently working for an Engineering consultancy in Perth, WA, on a temporary residency visa (skilled graduate 476). This expires in Jan 2014, so my employer has agreed to sponsor me. This is great news, as I have been in a committed relationship with an American, whom I met here in Perth in Dec 2012. The 457 visa allows you to include a defacto partner, only needing to prove 6 months co-habitation. It would otherwise be very hard for us to stay together, both coming from different countries and working in Australia.


We have been living together for more than 6 months, but have been subleasing, so as a result do not have much evidence to support 6 months co-habitation. What we do have is as follows:


Joint tennancy agreement from April - August 2013 (4 months)

Signed statement from roomates we were subleasing from, from Aug - Nov 2013 (3 months)

Joint bank account statement dating back only til 29/8/13 (4 months)

Her as a named driver on my car insurance policy dating back to 12/8/13 (5 months ish)

Flight itineraries of holidays together in Asia in June/July 2013

Bank statements with one off transfers to each other for camping trips/holidays dating back to June 2013

Timeline of photos from holidays, camping trips, afl games, photos with her family, skiing trip etc.

Summary of my superannuation account showing her as the sole beneficiary in case of my death


I think this is enough to prove our relationship, but not enough to prove 6 months co-habitation? Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Does anyone think it necessary to include statements from friends/housemates/relatives? I heard it is useful to hold back on some stuff in case they ask for more evidence.



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That's very similar to the evidence we had & we got our 457 without a hitch in sept. That was the one thing I was worried about especially but they never questioned the relationship status . Good luck xx

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There's actually no specific relationship time period for a de facto partner in regards to the 457 visa. In the Procedures Advice Manual it does mention 6 months as being a reasonable period of time, but essentially it's just up to the case officer to decide whether or not your relationship is genuine and meets the regulatory description of a de facto relationship. Co-habitation is just one aspect of this.


In my experience what you have listed above looks like it will be enough.

Client Service Manager - QuickVisas / Carman & Associates.


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