Partner Visa: How to Prove you’ve Lived Together and Shared Finances
Couples wishing to lodge an Australian Partner visa application need to prove that they’re in a genuine relationship and, in the case of de facto partnerships, have lived together for at least 12 months. This isn’t always a straightforward task, particularly if property leases and bank accounts are only in one partner’s name.
Part of the Partner visa application process requires submitting evidence to cover these 4 areas of your relationship:
Nature of the household
Nature of the persons' commitment to each other
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how to prove you’ve lived together and shared ‘financial aspects’ and discuss ways to prove this commitment if you don’t have joint bank accounts, property leases or other major joint assets.
Showing you’ve lived together at the same address
The clearest way to show that you’ve lived together for 12 months is to provide a co-signed lease, mail and utility bills that show both names and addresses at the same location. If you don’t have a co-signed lease and utility bills, don’t panic – it isn’t mandatory to show this and you can still provide other forms of evidence to prove the nature of your relationship. So, what else can you do?
Gather together any official looking mail you’ve received that clearly shows your name and address matching your partners and include this with your Partner visa applicationThen, ask your landlord and/or your housemate (if you have one) to write a statutory declaration saying that you and your partner have lived together at the same address for at least 12 monthsIf it isn’t possible to do this, you’ll need to ensure that you explain the situation in detail in your statutory declarations and describe the circumstances that gave rise to the lack of evidence.
Proving the financial aspects
To show the financial aspects of your relationship, you need to prove that you’re sharing expenses and financial responsibility as a couple and not as individuals.
Providing details of a joint bank account is the easiest and most straightforward way to prove the financial side of your relationship. But, if you don’t have a joint bank account, it isn’t the end of the world, and there are many other ways to show your financial commitment.
You need to outline where your contributions to household expenses and/or rent have come from. Your bank statements will detail transactions between your account and your partner’s account. Include a copy of your bank statements and highlight any transactions relating to you both as a couple.
Do you have any other joint expenses such as cars, household appliances, bank loans or insurances? Anything you can think of to show shared finances can also be included as evidence.
If you have joint legal commitments with a financial aspect, such as the terms of your wills, then these can be submitted as evidence too.
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We hope this has helped to put your mind at rest if you’re worrying about providing relationship evidence for a Partner visa application.
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