Just wondering if there were any Australians that had made the move to Ireland via a Defacto Relationship visa and if there were any tips that could be offered.
My Irish partner (whom I met whilst he was here on a working visa) has recently gone back home and I'm still in Australia organising my belongings, finishing up work etc.
I have read on the Irish immigration web site that to be considered for this visa a 'durable' relationship of two years must be proven. Because we will only have been together 17 months by the time we apply, I am concerned that I will be refused.
I have searched through quite a few forums and have read that some couples in similar situations have been approved as the department deemed them to be genuine. None of them seem to involve Australians though.
We are both financially sound and I have a degree in Environmental Science, so I am hoping that this will work in my favour (ie. I won't be a burden on the state etc.) We have done the right thing and have photographic and other records of our relationship since day dot.
Are there any ex pat Aussies who read this who've had similar experiences and can offer any advice?