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Old 05-13-2009, 11:33 AM
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Visa interview questions - what did you get asked by immigration?

I am sure everyone gets nervous about the interview. I know I did when I went for a defacto visa. To help people prepare, I thought I would start this thread for people to post what questions what the immigration officer asked you or your partner in the interview.

If you have any questions about visas or the interview, please don't post them here - start a new thread.

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Old 05-13-2009, 11:38 AM
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I am an australian citizen and my partner is French. We are currently living together in France and applied for an offshore de facto visa.
A few weeks ago he had his phone interview, here are some of the questions they asked him in a 20 minute interview:

Where did you meet?
What do you do now?
What are your plans for when you are in Australia?
When are you intending on moving to Australia?
Does your sponsor live with you now?
What will you do for work once in Australia?
What are the daily duties within your household?
Who contributes to the daily spendings?
etc.

The questions basically covered everything in the initial forms (40sp and 47sp)

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I am croatian citizen,my husband is australian.I applied for spouse visa.
Last week I had an interview.

These are some questions that I was asked by my CO:

My name,date of birth?
Husbands name,date of birth?
Does he has any brothers or sisters?
What he is doing for living,what kind of job?
When and were we met?
How our relationship begin?
Why we decided to get married?
What will I do when I come to Australia?
Who is supporting me now? (I am waiting visa here in Croatia, he is in Australia)
How many times were I in Australia?
Have I met my husbands relatives?
How we are in contact,now when we are apart from each other?

Interview lasted for about 30 minutes.

The questions basically covered everything in the initial forms (40sp and 47sp)

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I met my husband in a train in Australia.

The first question the CO asked in the interview was: Do you usually give your number out to strangers?
And i was like WTF? How can she ask that? Is she implying i'm cheap? It's Australia for god's sake. The CO was from Bangladesh (the country which my husband is from and where we are now awaiting for the visa to be granted so we could come back to Australia), so she might've thought that was only something a cheap girl would do. Just because her marriage was arranged and she saw her husband for the first time on the wedding night.

The rest were stupid questions - Another one, why didn't your mother let you guys stay at her house after marriage? Pfffft well maybe cos she wants her privacy, and when people get married they move out of home! I don't know ASK HER! Just because in the CO's culture generations upon generations live together in one house - can't believe people get paid to do this stuff.

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As my application was personally lodged in Berlin, I was ask to tell the CO about my relationship and how i got to meet my partner. Cant remember any specific questions it was more like going through my application and giving explanations to bills, photos and letters.

Hope that helps Sonny

PS: @Amandy: hope you learn a little more patience with partners cultural background in the future...

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Defacto Visa, Offshore
Nationality: Canadian (australian defacto)
Phone interview conducted in the U.S.A

I was asked:

Basic identifying questions (my name, my defacto's name, date of birth, about his family, where he is emplyed, etc)
Where we met
How long we had been living together (this was a case specific question for me since my Defacto and I have a rather complicated history)
When did our defacto relationship start
What i intend to do for work once i get to australia
If we had any major purchases together
Why do i think this is a "spouse like" reltionship (its a lot harder to answer than you would think, especially when your on the spot like that!)
What did i think would happen if my visa got refused (yikes!)


I think that's it.... best advice i can give anyone--just say calm and dont worry about it. I wrote down some fates for myself too to have handy since my Defacto and I's history is complicated and has a whole bunch of dates in it. Ther is no harm in doing that for yourself if it will make you feel better. If you forget something (i did, i forgot one of my dates...) just say that your not sure and give an estimate. Immi people are people and they know that sometimes people forget exctly when stuff happens.

Good luck to everybody waiting for an interview!

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Only questions we were asked were:

Why I came into the country initially?
When did we first meet?
When did we first move in together?

Other questions were about my bfs name change, it really confused them! lol

Thats it, interview took 45mins, she briefly looked through our evidence and she was happy to grant our visas if it wasn't for us waiting on my police checks.

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Hey, you guys helped me out big time so I thought I'd post my experience.

I won't bore you with the usuals, because everyone gets asked the typical personal stuff I presume-- dates, photos, etc... We were asked to explain to our CO the history and nature of our relationship, which we were quite familiar with after having pored over it, inch by inch for the months leading up to this interview.

Here are some of the things that my CO mentioned that I hadn't really thought of:

- Did or do you and your partner share a house with others? If yes, why not live on your own, together?
- Do you have documented proof of sharing any expenses dating back one year prior to the application?
- When you were apart for long periods, did you maintain contact? Do you have proof of this?
- Did you spend time with each other's families? If so, are there relevant photos to document this? (our CO kept coming back to this one. She seemed very interested in all of my interactions with my partner's family which, lucky for us, were moderately well-documented.)

Other evidence that we learned was good to supply...
- Stat Decs-- Our CO emphasized the usefulness of having a parent, even one from overseas, prepare a statement. I had my father prepare one and he had it notarized in Canada. Alongside what we already had, we provided 5 Stat Decs in total.
- Emergency contact forms from employers-- if you can obtain a copy, there's a good chance your significant other is listed there.
- Bank records -- vacations taken together, flights booked, dinners purchased, anything that was a shared expense.

This might help some of you come up with the materials and evidence you need. Then again, none of this may apply to you. After all, it all depends on your situation. My visa was granted on the spot. We got lucky I guess!

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Reply to-[QUOTE=Amandy;7858]I met my husband in a train in Australia

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I met my husband in a train in Australia.

The first question the CO asked in the interview was: Do you usually give your number out to strangers?
And i was like WTF? How can she ask that? Is she implying i'm cheap? It's Australia for god's sake. The CO was from Bangladesh (the country which my husband is from and where we are now awaiting for the visa to be granted so we could come back to Australia), so she might've thought that was only something a cheap girl would do. Just because her marriage was arranged and she saw her husband for the first time on the wedding night.

The rest were stupid questions - Another one, why didn't your mother let you guys stay at her house after marriage? Pfffft well maybe cos she wants her privacy, and when people get married they move out of home! I don't know ASK HER! Just because in the CO's culture generations upon generations live together in one house - can't believe people get paid to do this stuff.
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When thinking from the applicants side yes those questions sounds stupid. But Australian Government has there own views and concerns. Australian Government is not entitled to allow every tom and harry to Migrate to Australia, they are just doing us a favor so they have the full rights to ask in-detail personal questions. Just because they ask such question they donít refuse entry to Australia. They just wanted to make sure if your marriage is genuine. On the other hand Australian Government is paying so mush money for unemployed migrants and this has become a treat to Australia. They are just Trying to do there best to protect there country.
When talking about cultural issues, Australian government has every right to assume that your culture might clash with Australian culture which might lead to family issues. In reality such cases are common. It might be very true that you are fully adaptable to the Australian culture. Most of all it is your responsibility to accept the Australian culture, Values and living principals if you wish to migrate to Australia. Instead, if you deny Australian Culture and values you shouldnít migrate to a such country. Australian government didnít invite you, or they donít need your service. But you need Australian Governments service as it is your need of migrating to Australia, so Plz have bit more respect than this. [/I][/I]

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When thinking from the applicants side yes those questions sounds stupid. But Australian Government has there own views and concerns. Australian Government is not entitled to allow every tom and harry to Migrate to Australia, they are just doing us a favor so they have the full rights to ask in-detail personal questions. Just because they ask such question they donít refuse entry to Australia. They just wanted to make sure if your marriage is genuine. On the other hand Australian Government is paying so mush money for unemployed migrants and this has become a treat to Australia. They are just Trying to do there best to protect there country.
When talking about cultural issues, Australian government has every right to assume that your culture might clash with Australian culture which might lead to family issues. In reality such cases are common. It might be very true that you are fully adaptable to the Australian culture. Most of all it is your responsibility to accept the Australian culture, Values and living principals if you wish to migrate to Australia. Instead, if you deny Australian Culture and values you shouldnít migrate to a such country. Australian government didnít invite you, or they donít need your service. But you need Australian Governments service as it is your need of migrating to Australia, so Plz have bit more respect than this. [/I][/I]
A DIAC officer is not entitled to ask anything. I know of one in Shanghai who asked the applicant when she first make love with her sponsor. She complained, officer was sacked, a totally improper question. An interview I attended years ago in Sydney with a client who was pregnant was told that the officer could not make a decision until the baby was born as the officer needed to se who the father was.

In 2010, you cant behave like that even if one is a Government Official!.

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