I’m in a relationship with an Australian but we aren’t married, can I get a Partner Visa?

If you’re in a relationship with an Australian and you are considering your future as a couple, one of the things you will be thinking about is where you might want to live together. If Australia is part of this dream, then this next series of blog posts is for you. Throughout February, KU Legal will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and World Pride with our series of posts on Partner Visas.

Do I need to be married to get a Partner Visa?

To qualify for a Partner Visa for Australia you need to be able to demonstrate that your relationship is genuine and continuing.  

For couples who are married, a marriage certificate will usually be recognised by the Department of Home Affairs as valid and assist in proving your relationship.  

If you are not married to your partner, you will need to prove that you are in a de facto relationship. To be considered a de facto for the purpose of a partner visa, you need to show evidence of a shared life together for at least 12 months before making your application.  

If you are unable to provide 12 months of evidence, some states in Australia will allow you to register your relationship, which provides legal recognition for a couple. Consideration should be given regarding any implications of registration before doing so. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming post on the Four Pillars of Relationship Evidence for more information about how to prove your relationship is genuine and continuing. 

If you want to discuss your eligibility for a Partner Visa, speak with the immigration experts at KU Legal:

+61 (0) 429 133 911


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