Sometime in May or June, I became eligible to apply for permanent residency.
If you’re just joining me at this part of my story, I came to Australia in 2012 to be with my partner. I applied for a de facto partner visa subclass 820. It grants temporary residency. It lets me travel, study, work, and access Medicare. Although it doesn’t have an expiration date, it is temporary. Two years from the date I applied for temporary residency, I can apply to become a permanent resident. That time has come.
My migrant agent contacted me and emailed me all the forms I’d need to lodge:
- the visa application
- details of any international travel
- details of any formal study undertaken
- employment details
- evidence that my relationship is ongoing and genuine (e.g. photos, bills, invitations)
- statutory declaration from my partner and I
- statutory declarations from two witnesses in support of our relationship
- colour scans of updated passports
- a police check
These document were required previously when I first applied. It’s easier this time. The documentation is around what we’ve been up to for the last two years. Although I procrastinated, it was easy to pull together.
How long does it take? A long time. I applied for the temporary residency visa in April 2014. So, two years is April 2016. And then it’s 12-18 more months for processing the application. I should receive permanent residency between April and October 2017.