New changes to Partner visa requirements have been introduced, which may significantly impact those that wish to lodge their Australian Partner Visa, whilst residing in Australia. So, if you or your partner have health issues or a criminal history, if the sponsor has sponsored someone previously, or if the applicant has ever had issues with existing visas (like non-compliance that resulted in them having to leave Australia), then you may want to hand this over to the professionals.
Due to our long distance relationship we still had not lived together for one year at the time of applying for my visa but we had known each other by then for almost 1,5 year and were certain to have enough documentation to prove that our relationship is loving and genuine.
Such sham marriages not only prevent the foreign spouse from obtaining immigration benefits, but in cases where a United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident files an immigrant petition based on a sham marriage, the United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident may face criminal sanctions including imprisonment and fines.
Please note that the De Facto 1 2017 Application Form (below) must only be used when applying for permission to reside in the State as the de facto partner of an Irish national or a legal resident on a Stamp 1, 4 or 5. It must not be used for the EU Treaty Rights immigration purposes.
This legal ignorance of same sex relationships would mitigate in favor of a same sex couples applying for a US tourist visa as compared to a different-sex couple since the adjudicating officer can take notice of the fact that such a couple could not use a tourist visa as a circumvention to obtain an adjustment of status in the United States since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) cannot grant adjustments of status to same sex couples notwithstanding a lawful marriage in a US State which recognizes such unions pursuant to the provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act.
If you have health issues, have a background that New Zealand or Australian authorities may consider unacceptable (you will not know this until you try to enter the country and your name is picked up on the immigration computer systems) or been previously excluded from entry to any country, you may need help.
This means you will not be eligible for a Bridging visa A, B, or C and will generally only be considered for a Bridging visa E. You will not automatically be granted a bridging visa in this situation, and will need to lodge an application for a Bridging visa E.