If you are in a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident and are considering a move to Australia together, this visa may be an option for you. The de-facto visa is for couples (including same sex relationship) who are living together and one of you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You need to be living together or living apart only temporarily.
Evidence of living together for at least 12 months prior to application will be required as part of your visa application.
The Australian de facto visa application is made up of two parts – the sponsorship and the visa application. The Australian citizen or permanent resident acts as the sponsor. The sponsor must agree to meet certain obligations such as financial support, information and advice to help their partner settle in Australia and accommodation.
The process time is usually 5 – 6 months.
This type of visa is initially valid for a two year period. During this time you will be able to live and work in Australia. After two years, your application will be re-assessed and should your circumstances still be the same, and the relationship still be continuing, your visa will be made permanent. You apply for both the temporary and permanent visa at the same time.