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Do I need to disclose my previous online relationship when applying for a partner visa?

Category: Partner Visa

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My wife and I are about to apply for our partner visa (her being the applicant) and I just wanted to get some clarification on the past relationships question for the sponsor. I called the department of immigration and they told me that if your previous relationship wasn’t defacto then it shouldn’t matter.

I just have a question and I’m seeking peace of mind from a professional.

I had an online relationship that lasted 8 years. We had met each other a total of 5 times in person for a few weeks each (she came to Australia 3 times on a tourist visa) until she eventually gave up and broke up with me. We were only 16 when we started the relationship. I understand legally that because we never lived together, and she was in a different country 99% of the time, it should be safe to say no to this question of if I’ve had any previous relationships?

I just want to make sure I understand the question properly as I don’t want to hide anything from our case officer. I’m really scared of this process because my wife means the world to me. If someone who understands could answer id greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Dear M.,

The Department requires you to disclose previous relationships with respect to previous marriages, defacto relationships or if you were previously engaged. Based on the information you have provided, your previous online relationship does not require disclosure.

If the subject matter arises during the assessment which is a cause for concern, the case officer will generally invite you to comment before making a decision to finalise the matter.

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