vissidarte27 wrote:Did you do anything else besides rent an apartment? Taxes, drivers license, etc? Does it look kind of fishy to start a least on August 1st? Since I travel a lot for work, would I be able to sublet my apartment and still retain residency?
My partner is a Virginia resident, but since same-sex marriage is not legal in Virginia (and wouldn't be recognized if we got married in DC either), I can't get spousal benefits/residency. Which is, ironically, why I'm going to law school. To fight for equal right for the LGBT community. Go figure.
ETA: Can't just move in with my SO and go about it that way -- she lives with her folks when she's not in school and I understand that in order for me to have residency, I need to have my name on some sort of lease/binding legal agreement, yes?
Hey sorry, just saw your post-hadn't been checking this thread for a while.
I started my own lease on August 1 and my residency app was approved hours after Virginia received it, so I don't think they found it all that suspicious. I also changed my drivers license and car title to VA, and set up my employment for VA income tax withholding.
It's worth a call to the University residency office to see if there is an exception for domestic partnerships through the University. I know Berkeley does this. I know, it's Berkeley, but it's still worth a call. If that doesn't work, is it possible for you to move in with your SO after signing a lease to pay rent to your SO or her folks? I'd wager that would work.
Based on my experience, and discussions with UVa admissions staff, I believe the bureaucratic outlook for the residency office is to try and approve folks for residency if possible, not look for ways to deny them. Of course, I do plan on continuing to reside in VA after graduation so I do meet the residency requirements.