So you’re in a committed de facto relationship and want to apply for a partner visa to Australia? But you’ve only been in the de facto relationship for 6 months… can you still apply?
The short answer is yes with a but. You will need to take some additional steps first.
The Department of Home Affairs defines a de facto relationship as one that has been ongoing for at least 12 months. If your relationship is under 12 months and you aren’t married, the Department won’t grant you a partner visa.
If you want to know what a De Facto Relationship is, read this related article: https://partnervisaco.com.au/partner-visas-what-is-a-de-facto-relationship/
However, there is a BUT! If you have registered your relationship in one of the Australian states or territories that allows relationship register, then you can avoid the 12-month rule.
This means, even if you have only been in a de facto relationship for 6 months, you could still apply for a partner visa.
To find out how to register your relationship and in what situations, continue reading here: https://partnervisaco.com.au/register-relationship/
Remember that registering your relationship is no guarantee that you will get the visa. You still need to meet all the other requirements and present lots of relationship evidence.
The Australian Partner Visa experts.
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