Question: I just started a new relationship? Can I sponsor my partner?
So you're in a de facto relationship and you've learned from friends, family, government officers, and even the immigration website that you "must" be in a relationship for at least 12 months before you can lodge a partner visa. In fact, the common belief is that you must be "living together" for 12 months and not a day less.
True or false?
Yes this is true.
BUT... The 12 month period can be waived under certain circumstances. For example if you already have a child of the relationship then you can waive the 12 month requirement.
You can also waive the 12 month period if your relationship has been legally registered through any of the Australian State or Territory government registrars. Specifically the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
By waiving the 12 month period, you can sponsor your partner to apply for their partner visa even if you have only recently started your relationship. The length of time is no longer a "must", however you must still demonstrate that your relationship is genuine, continuing & ongoing, and to the exclusion of all others (in other words monogamous).
If you are having trouble proving your relationship is genuine to Immigration, call 1300 619 977.
From the desk of Yuri Marshall | Changing Lives Everyday