Interdependency is a bureaucratic invention with which I became very familiar in the years 1990-1995, during which time M attained first his permanent residence and then his Australian citizenship. It was a long and sometimes frustrating saga, but in the end M achieved what he wanted and, I would assert with no qualification whatsoever, Australia was also a winner — first because Australia gained a good citizen, and second because at least two Australians, M and I, had reason to be proud of what this country can be like.
The Interdependency Visa Class still exists.
This visa is generally for same-sex partners. An Interdependency visa allows you to enter or remain in Australia on the basis of your interdependent relationship with your partner:
- on a temporary visa (usually for a waiting period of approximately two (2) years from the date you applied for the visa)
- on a permanent visa if, after the waiting period (if applicable), your partner relationship still exists and you are still eligible for a Spouse visa.
Your partner must be one of the following:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen.
The point is it doesn’t officially recognise same-sex relationships, not in any way that impinges on the Marriage Act, despite everyone knowing, and as you see the Immigration Department explicitly saying, what comes under the heading of “interdependency”. It is also true that there would be other kinds of relationship which may be classed as interdependent.
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