Blog by Helen Duncan, Registered Migration Agent (MARN) 0003187 and Partner at AMVL Migrations.
A famous American poet once said "love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness," and while all of the romantics out there may believe this to be true, love is certainly not the master key to a partner visa for Australia.
In fact there is not any mention of the word in migration legislation. So while it is certainly important to most relationships, contrary to what many people believe, love is not enough when applying for a visa based on a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
This misconception is not surprising, as for some countries in the world, this is what happens. However applying for a partner visa for Australia requires a person to provide evidence of a genuine relationship - evidence that goes beyond a marriage certificate and a joint rental agreement. So let's start at the beginning of the process...
Click here to read Helen's full article on partner visas in Australia, recently published in Australia & New Zealand magazine.