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I submitted my 820 de facto partner visa in September 2017. Yes I'm a bit slow in putting this together (sorry!) but despite the lateness, I wanted to document our application in a simple way in the hope that it may help alleviate some of the stress for those of you who are going through the same process.

I'm from the UK and my partner is from Australia and we met whilst living in London. It is important for me to mention that we were together for 2 years before we made the decision to move to Australia but we did not live together. We lived 10 minutes apart from each other and were planning on moving in but due to his employment situation we decided to hold off moving in together until we knew whether we'd be moving to Australia.

Relationship timeline
In this section I'll briefly layout our relationship timeline from when we met up until when we submitted the application:
March 2015 - first met my partner
June 2015 - committed to a relationship together
June 2015-Feb 2017 - we went on numerous holidays together and met each others friends & family.
Feb 2017 - my partner had to move back to Australia for work. He registered our relationship in NSW
March 2017 - relationship certificate received
June 2017 - I emigrated to Australia as a British tourist and moved in with partner
June-September 2017 - collated all visa information (actually started this process before I moved out to Australia to ensure I had everything I needed from the UK)
September 2017 - submitted 820 visa application & was then immediately placed on a bridging visa
Feb 2018 - request for further information (health check & police checks only)
March 2018 - temporary visa grant notification

Application form
Before I started my online application, I printed off the paper application as a guide for what I would need to provide (I don't believe the paper app is available anymore). There is a checklist available from the immigration site however this does not go into detail therefore I wanted to be prepared for the questions.

The application form is pretty lengthy and repetitive. You, as the applicant, complete your application then your partner as the sponsor completes a separate application. One thing I wasn't aware of was the level of detail that was required in respect of family information. You have to know the dates your & your partners parents & siblings were married including length of relationship information of those in defacto relationships. You also have to provide information on previous relationships for you and your partner and provide reasoning as to why the relationships ended (bit personal!). You also have to provide the dates of when parents & siblings were married/in a defacto relationship.

To keep organised, I set up separate folders for each of the sections of the application form and saved the relevant documentation as I uploaded them. Note that none of the information has to be certified if you provide a scanned colour copy.

Financial aspects -
Lease of apartment
Bank transfers I made to partners account
Joint expenses spreadsheet
Joint bank account statement
Internet & electricity bills
Joint bookings
Separate statement explaining our financial situation - this was a very short paragraph stating we had a joint bank account

Nature of household
Who does what in the household - we wrote a short paragraph about who cooks/washes up etc

Social aspects
Ticket stubs from various events we've been to
Joint invitations, cards etc
Selection of Facebook check-ins
Photos (no more than 15. Photos take up a lot of space so I copied 2-4 pictures onto a word document and I put a short explanation of each underneath).
Evidence of how we kept in touch when we were apart - emails, whats app screen shots
Separate short statement about how we socialise together
Development of relationship
Separate short statements about how our relationship developed
Relationship certificate
Cards to each other
Evidence of being each others emergency contact for various things i.e work, passport

Documents I uploaded
Birth certificate
Form 80 - Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (this form is a bit repetitive)
Health certificate (as the waiting time for the applications would exceed the validity of the health certificate, I held off doing this until I was requested. I knew it may hold up the application but it was too much money to risk. I registered on e-medical for a HAP ID number and printed this out and included it with my initial application advising I would schedule a health assessment in 6 months time unless it was requested sooner).
Statutory declarations - I sumbitted 3. One from a friend who knew my partner and I and two more from my partners cousin and father. These had to be certified.
Development of relationship statement - I wrote a 2 page document describing our relationship. This went into how we met each other, how the relationship developed, how we rely on each other for support and our intentions for the future. This statement overarched the other smaller statements we wrote in the sections of the application. It can be as personal as you want it to be - my statement was definitely more emotional than my partner's!
Passport pictures
Passport and driving licence
Proof of my national insurance number (I don't have a card so used a P45 from a previous employer)

Partners documents uploaded
Passport
Payslip
Medicare card
Passport pics
Driving licence
Birth certificate
Police check
Development of relationship statement

All applications must now be submitted online. The cost was $7,000 when we applied but it is now $7,160. There are further costs for health checks (around $400), police checks etc. We considered employing an immigration agent but decided against this due to the additional cost and the fact I had everything I needed to apply. Whether you use one obviously depends on your situation.

It was a HUGE relief when we received confirmation that my temporary visa had been approved. I read lots of forums and people talked about how stressful the process was - I didn't think I'd be stressed but it's hard not to feel a little stressed as it affects your life! I'm now waiting to submit further evidence for my 801 permanent visa and will do this in August 2019. You are NOT reminded to do this and have to do it yourself.

I hope this helps - please PM me if you have any other questions! Good luck :)
 

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I submitted my 820 de facto partner visa in September 2017. Yes I'm a bit slow in putting this together (sorry!) but despite the lateness, I wanted to document our application in a simple way in the hope that it may help alleviate some of the stress for those of you who are going through the same process.

I'm from the UK and my partner is from Australia and we met whilst living in London. It is important for me to mention that we were together for 2 years before we made the decision to move to Australia but we did not live together. We lived 10 minutes apart from each other and were planning on moving in but due to his employment situation we decided to hold off moving in together until we knew whether we'd be moving to Australia.

Relationship timeline
In this section I'll briefly layout our relationship timeline from when we met up until when we submitted the application:
March 2015 - first met my partner
June 2015 - committed to a relationship together
June 2015-Feb 2017 - we went on numerous holidays together and met each others friends & family.
Feb 2017 - my partner had to move back to Australia for work. He registered our relationship in NSW
March 2017 - relationship certificate received
June 2017 - I emigrated to Australia as a British tourist and moved in with partner
June-September 2017 - collated all visa information (actually started this process before I moved out to Australia to ensure I had everything I needed from the UK)
September 2017 - submitted 820 visa application & was then immediately placed on a bridging visa
Feb 2018 - request for further information (health check & police checks only)
March 2018 - temporary visa grant notification

Application form
Before I started my online application, I printed off the paper application as a guide for what I would need to provide (I don't believe the paper app is available anymore). There is a checklist available from the immigration site however this does not go into detail therefore I wanted to be prepared for the questions.

The application form is pretty lengthy and repetitive. You, as the applicant, complete your application then your partner as the sponsor completes a separate application. One thing I wasn't aware of was the level of detail that was required in respect of family information. You have to know the dates your & your partners parents & siblings were married including length of relationship information of those in defacto relationships. You also have to provide information on previous relationships for you and your partner and provide reasoning as to why the relationships ended (bit personal!). You also have to provide the dates of when parents & siblings were married/in a defacto relationship.

To keep organised, I set up separate folders for each of the sections of the application form and saved the relevant documentation as I uploaded them. Note that none of the information has to be certified if you provide a scanned colour copy.

Financial aspects -
Lease of apartment
Bank transfers I made to partners account
Joint expenses spreadsheet
Joint bank account statement
Internet & electricity bills
Joint bookings
Separate statement explaining our financial situation - this was a very short paragraph stating we had a joint bank account

Nature of household
Who does what in the household - we wrote a short paragraph about who cooks/washes up etc

Social aspects
Ticket stubs from various events we've been to
Joint invitations, cards etc
Selection of Facebook check-ins
Photos (no more than 15. Photos take up a lot of space so I copied 2-4 pictures onto a word document and I put a short explanation of each underneath).
Evidence of how we kept in touch when we were apart - emails, whats app screen shots
Separate short statement about how we socialise together
Development of relationship
Separate short statements about how our relationship developed
Relationship certificate
Cards to each other
Evidence of being each others emergency contact for various things i.e work, passport

Documents I uploaded
Birth certificate
Form 80 - Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (this form is a bit repetitive)
Health certificate (as the waiting time for the applications would exceed the validity of the health certificate, I held off doing this until I was requested. I knew it may hold up the application but it was too much money to risk. I registered on e-medical for a HAP ID number and printed this out and included it with my initial application advising I would schedule a health assessment in 6 months time unless it was requested sooner).
Statutory declarations - I sumbitted 3. One from a friend who knew my partner and I and two more from my partners cousin and father. These had to be certified.
Development of relationship statement - I wrote a 2 page document describing our relationship. This went into how we met each other, how the relationship developed, how we rely on each other for support and our intentions for the future. This statement overarched the other smaller statements we wrote in the sections of the application. It can be as personal as you want it to be - my statement was definitely more emotional than my partner's!
Passport pictures
Passport and driving licence
Proof of my national insurance number (I don't have a card so used a P45 from a previous employer)

Partners documents uploaded
Passport
Payslip
Medicare card
Passport pics
Driving licence
Birth certificate
Police check
Development of relationship statement

All applications must now be submitted online. The cost was $7,000 when we applied but it is now $7,160. There are further costs for health checks (around $400), police checks etc. We considered employing an immigration agent but decided against this due to the additional cost and the fact I had everything I needed to apply. Whether you use one obviously depends on your situation.

It was a HUGE relief when we received confirmation that my temporary visa had been approved. I read lots of forums and people talked about how stressful the process was - I didn't think I'd be stressed but it's hard not to feel a little stressed as it affects your life! I'm now waiting to submit further evidence for my 801 permanent visa and will do this in August 2019. You are NOT reminded to do this and have to do it yourself.

I hope this helps - please PM me if you have any other questions! Good luck :)
Hello

That is a very well structured informative post.

I am new here so I don't know how to send a PM.

I do have a question regarding your post:

"Feb 2017 - my partner had to move back to Australia for work. He registered our relationship in NSW
March 2017 - relationship certificate received
June 2017 - I emigrated to Australia as a British tourist and moved in with partner"

The address that you have registered when you had your civil partnership, is it a different address?

My partner and I have been living together for 7 months and our civil partnership cert is almost 11 months now but registered on a different address.

You reckon I am still eligible to apply for Partner Visa 820?

Thank You!
 
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