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Old 01-17-2011, 08:33 AM
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Partner Visa - Best way to present application?

Hi, my partner and I are in the final stages of getting all our documents ready to submit. We are applying for an offshore partner visa and after having read all the information multiple times, we are confident that we have compiled all the necessary documents.

I have a few things that are still unclear and was wondering if anyone could help us out:

First, we are unsure of the best way to present our documents to the immigration department. Should we use a folder, include an index, table of contents...? Which method would ensure the application was easy to understand and able to be assessed easily? I have written quite a long statement about the history of our relationship, should I attach some photos to the relevant pages of the statement, or is it best to keep all the photos together?
This may seem like a small detail and I guess it is probably the least important aspect of the application, however I can't seem to decide on the most straightforward method.
If anyone has any tips or experiences they can share, I would appreciate it greatly.

The second question is regarding photos. We have made color copies of more than 100 photos that we had stored on our computer. There are no "originals" of these photos as they are digital files. We have printed them on a4 paper with two on each page. Above the photos we have written the date and place each photo was taken and identified any other people in the photo. Do these short statements on the photos need to be notarised to prove they are true? Also, is this the best way to present photos?

I also have one more quick question regarding evidence. We have some christmas and anniversary cards that have been sent to us over the years by my mum and grandmother. We no longer have the envelopes, and they are not dated, however they are all addressed to both of us and include short letters. Could these be used as further evidence of our relationship?

If anyone can offer any tips we would really appreciate it.
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You should not only use the application Checklist but it needs to be included with your application and kind of is an index in itself.
100 photos are way way way too too many and half a dozen are more than ample for photos may show you together but they are not hard evidence of your relationship and nor is your statement and it is more background stuff.
Too much in it and it can be too much too, so precise dot point stuff is more the way.
You do need the hard evidence to show being together, a lease agreement where available, utility accounts, bills, memberships or any other formal documentation to a common address.

There used to be a statement in some visa application info re not using folders and though that may not be about anymore it still probably applies for someone posted recently on how they were able to attend somewhere to lodge and the very first thing that occurred was all their stuff being pulled out of plastic envelopes in a folder.

That's a good indication of what is required and how much, just enough so you can fit it in a reasonable size paper clip/clamp.


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There used to be a statement in some visa application info re not using folders and though that may not be about anymore it still probably applies for someone posted recently on how they were able to attend somewhere to lodge and the very first thing that occurred was all their stuff being pulled out of plastic envelopes in a folder.
I think this is what you're referring to (it is in regard to partner visas):

How Should I Put My Application Together?
Please do not make complex collations of your application papers. We waste a lot of time (and risk injury to life and limb) deconstructing applications which have been extensively stapled or artfully put together in complex folders with indexes, dividers and tabs. Do not use plastic inserts. Please leave the papers, loosely divided by slide-on paper clips if you feel it is absolutely necessary, in a simple stack. Application form on the top; sponsorship form next; key personal documents next (birth and marriage certificates etc); formal statutory declarations next; and other supporting documents last.

Please do not send us video tapes or photograph albums. If you would like to support your claims with photographs, please choose a representative selection and make a photocopy.

Please do not send us phone cards at all as they can tell us nothing. If you wish to send examples of correspondence, please be very selective and send copies only.

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Thanks again for your help wanderer.
I remember reading somewhere (perhaps somewhere on this or another forum) that about 80 photos was normal, but perhaps I was confused. I have not read any official advice from the immigration department on the number photos needed, only that it should be a 'representative sample'.
I will definitely cut down on the number of photos, as the package I have now does seem excessively bulky.
Thanks for the advice.


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Zultan, thanks for posting that.
Is that statement from the immigration department? Is it current?
Thanks again.


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I'd think that 80 photos was normally still way too much, 10 to a dozen at the outside and even then, the CO may hardly look at them unless there's something like a Rat running across the doorstep of 10 Downing street or an elephant fornicating with a giraffe in the background.


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Thanks as always wanderer. Not only very helpful, but you gave me a chuckle as well. Cheers.


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it comes from this email :: The Joy of Emigration: A Useful Email

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Worth noting too when you read the full context of that particular section in the email that there's lots of Please, please and more pleases! compared to all the other other stuff, a generic extract from Immi info.

Nearly down on their knees! I expect - please just send funny photos to lighten our days!

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Perhaps this should be stickied? There is useful information here I have not seen elsewhere.


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