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Requirement to live together for 12 months prior to lodging Partner Visa application

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Hi, I'm looking for any pearls of wisdom!



My boyfriend (Australian) and I have been long distance now for approximately 16 months. We have never been together for longer than 1 month. I would now like to move to Australia to be with him. For various reasons (mainly work) we would like to move straight on to a partner visa. On the Australian government website, I read that 12 months of cohabitation isn't requirement if you are married, or if the relationship is registered. I have just spoken to a friend who said that although the website states that it is possible, that an application should never be lodged if you haven't cohabited for 12 months, regardless of if you're married or your relationship is registered. Does anyone else know if this is true? Thank you very much - Christina

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Don’t listen to ‘friends’ - but also don’t DIY in these circumstances... get some professional assistance. 

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Paul Hand

Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. 

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18 minutes ago, ChrisL90 said:

Any advice on who to use?

You could try Paul who responded to your post.  The agents who post regularly on the forum all seem to have good reputations

I just want PIO to be a happy place where people are nice to each other and unicorns poop rainbows

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