Thanks for that. I think I will need all the luck I can get my hands on!
My apologies, but I was a little confused by your last statement. Do you mean my Australian citizenship will be helpful, because I'm from a non-visa restricted nation?
Ah, yes, only the photographic records are from day dot. I am lucky enough to have a group of friends who are constantly snapping away at every gathering possible (I think it's because of Facebook these days). At least this will now prove useful in some way, I hope!
: Good luck.
: I think it was unusually perspicacious of
: the two of you to keep records from day one.
: I'm just wondering if this will be the next
: red tape demand - go on a blind date and
: have the non-Irish person sign an affidavit
: attesting to the date.
: I guess photos are a better way to go.
: You sound like you're going about it the
: correct way - get those bank statements and
: paperwork together to support your case.
: Your Australian citizenship stands to you
: since you're from a non-Visa resticted
: Anyone out there have advice?
: --Previous Message--
: Hi all,
: 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
: 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?