Yes, your Australian citizenship will be some help as opposed to, say, Nigerian citizenship. The poor Nigerians are frequently a target for the immigration bureau even when they're obviously totally legit.
However, I do want to warn you that photos of early dates don't really constitute the kind of evidence they'll be looking for. Shared rental receipts with both your names on them, shared utility bills with both names, joint bank accounts over a two year period are the kind of thing they'll be looking for.
THe kind of thing that might induce a little leniency in the two year policy are children that you're raising together. So, I wouldn't want to get your hopes up too high.
Remember, if worse comes to worse, you two can always consider "for better or worse".
It's a very bad idea to get married to get around red tape. But, as someone who was intercontinentally dating an Irish girl, the red tape forced us to make a decision. Continue or go our own ways. That immutable choice forced us to decide. Happily, she said Yes and 30 plus years later we're still happy about it.
: Hi Scott,
: 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
: 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!
: --Previous Message--
: 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?