Partner Visa - Four Important Factors
To Prove Relationship
When lodging the application for the partner visa, it is very important to prove that the relationship is genuine. The four factors are simply those that Department of Immigration considers to be key elements in establishing whether a relationship meets requirements to be a spouse relationship.
4 FACTORS :
Factor 1 - Financial aspects of the relationship
joint loan agreements for real estate, cars, major household appliances or any other agreements relating to finances or purchases (for example, property purchased by the parties as tenants in common)
operation of joint bank accounts - evidence that the accounts have been operated with reasonable frequency and for a reasonable period of time would be given more weight than just opening such accounts
pooling of financial resources, especially in relation to major financial commitments
legally binding financial obligations that one party owes to the other, for example, as guarantor for a loan, existing power of attorney (these can be specified to cover various things, such as financial and medical)
the basis of sharing day to day household expenses, for example, whether each party is responsible financially for their own expenses only and expenses are not pooled.
Factor 2 - The nature of the household
joint ownership of residential property
joint residential leases
joint rental receipts
joint utilities accounts (electricity, gas, telephone)correspondence addressed to either or both parties at the same address
shared responsibility for care and support of children
shared responsibility for housework
Factor 3 - Social aspects of the relationship
evidence that the relationship has been declared to other government bodies and commercial/public institutions or authorities and acceptance of these declarations by these bodies
statements of parents, family members, relatives, friends and other interested parties. Statements in the form of statutory declarations should be encouraged on the basis that, as a legal document, they carry more weight.
joint membership of organisations or groups, documentary evidence of joint participation in sporting, cultural, social or other activities
joint travel and plans for the future
whether the parties present themselves as a couple socially.
Factor 4 - The nature of the commitment
the duration of the relationship
the length of time the parties have lived together
the degree of companionship and emotional support that the parties draw from each other
whether the parties see the relationship as for the long term