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Done, sent! Finally got everything together to send of for the De-Facto Partner Visa. 1.2ks of paperwork, evidence, declarations. All worth every bit. I'm British and my partner has dual nationality as her Mum was born in Britain and her Dad in Australia. She was made Australian Citizen by grant back in 1998 and retains both her passports. We met when she was travelling to the UK two years ago and she stayed here ever since. Hopefully it'll be a speedy process as I know she's keen to move back home to be nearer her family and I'm excited to go there too! Happy to answer any questions anyone's got.
 
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I'd also like to say a huge thank you to all the various posts people have put on here that I've looked at, they have helped so much in putting together the pack in terms of was has been relevant, how much to provided, what has worked etc. Great help!
 

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Hey Congrats on getting it all submitted! I hope you can both get out to Australia and start your new adventure :)
My partner and I are just starting our application process...and its a little overhwelming to start with!! My partner is an Australian citizen and I met him in the UK whilst he was on the 2year visa.
I just wanted to ask you a few things about your application....it just seems so much when you first look at it and I'm not sure where to start!! If its ok I just wanted to ask....
• The evidence you submitted - can this just be copies of statements, invitations, photos etc or do you need to do a 'write up' and then only reference the evidence?
• 1.2kg is one hell of a lot of paper!! Can you give me a rough estimate of how many bits of evidence you submitted for each section...?? I don't want to go crazy and put too much or not enough so its good to hear other peoples take on it :)
• How long did the process take from reading the info to sending it off?
• Did you find anything espcially helpful (like this website!) whilst putting your application together?

Sorry to ask so many questions (I'm sure I have a lot but I'm sure they will be answered along the way). Would be great if you could let me know, its always scary seeing so much paperwork, hearing peoples feedback helps break it all down a bit :)

Hope you're having a good day!

Thanks,
 

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Done, sent! Finally got everything together to send of for the De-Facto Partner Visa. 1.2ks of paperwork, evidence, declarations. All worth every bit. I'm British and my partner has dual nationality as her Mum was born in Britain and her Dad in Australia. She was made Australian Citizen by grant back in 1998 and retains both her passports. We met when she was travelling to the UK two years ago and she stayed here ever since. Hopefully it'll be a speedy process as I know she's keen to move back home to be nearer her family and I'm excited to go there too! Happy to answer any questions anyone's got.
Congratulations on getting it out there!
We submitted to London (we both live here) a day before you (21/10) and are in a very similar situation (de-facto, my partner has dual citizenship British/Australian).
So fingers crossed for us both! Let's hope we get there soon :)

P.S.: Did your visa fee come out of your account a day later as well? I got crazy checking the account balance and did a little dance when it came through. Doesn't happen often that I celebrate spending this much money ;)
 

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@JemaKate:

See my previous post for our situation, which is very similar to the original poster's.

• The evidence you submitted - can this just be copies of statements, invitations, photos etc or do you need to do a 'write up' and then only reference the evidence?

We submitted original statements (888s for the Australian witnesses, statutory declarations from us and UK witnesses), original certified copies of official documents (passports, degree certificates, birth certificates, grant of citizenship) and then copies for the rest of the evidence.
We supplied table of contents and a statement at the beginning of each section to explain a bit about what we were providing and why. e.g. that we were providing mortgage statements to proof ownership of a property and how this proofs that we will have accommodation when moving to Australia.

• 1.2kg is one hell of a lot of paper!! Can you give me a rough estimate of how many bits of evidence you submitted for each section...?? I don't want to go crazy and put too much or not enough so its good to hear other peoples take on it :)

We actually managed to gather a whopping 2.3kg of evidence...
So in addition to the standard forms and documents you need to provide some notes on what we submitted:
The biggest sections were definitely the joint travel and joint social activities sections where we provided boarding passes, accommodation booking confirmations, cinema tickets, concert tickets etc. We basically picked roughly 1-2 events per month, more for important events (e.g. 1st joint travel to Australia) and copied the originals onto A4 sheets of paper that we marked with the relevant section numbers.
History of relationship is relative brief as you only provide your statements and anything else you deem relevant (we included a screenshot of our first meeting and a relationship timeline).
The financial section ended up being quite big as well, mainly due to the fact the bank account statements were quite a few pages long (we provided mine, my partners and our joint account statements for the last 12 months).
We also provided about 1-2 photos for each month of our relationship, printed onto A4 paper (2-3 per page with explanations of location, date and persons pictured).
To proof our joint household we had lease agreements (2), correspondence addressed to the both of us (about 5-6, spread out over last year), joint expenses (long spreadsheet we have kept since starting to live together), council tax statements, etc.
We also very much focused on showing that my partner will be able to sponsor me upon arrival in Australia. Therefore we included a statement explaining our situation, proof of income, proof of the job that is waiting for him (incl statement from employer), bank account balance and forecast, the above mentioned mortgage statement and further proof of property ownership, professional qualifications etc.

• How long did the process take from reading the info to sending it off?

Personally, we started to prepare our application in April and sent it off a few days ago. So about 6 months in total.
But I'll be the first to admit that if hadn't been so much of a perfectionist, it would have been much quicker :p

• Did you find anything espcially helpful (like this website!) whilst putting your application together?

Definitely this forum, although it can take a while to plough through all the old posts and extract the relevant information. And the Partner Visa handbook from the Immi website which really tells you how to structure your application and what evidence to provide.

EDIT: I posted our application's table of contents in this forum a couple of days ago. It might be helpful to have a look: http://www.australiaforum.com/visas...st-way-present-application-38.html#post215937
 
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Hey Congrats on getting it all submitted! I hope you can both get out to Australia and start your new adventure :)
My partner and I are just starting our application process...and its a little overhwelming to start with!! My partner is an Australian citizen and I met him in the UK whilst he was on the 2year visa.
I just wanted to ask you a few things about your application....it just seems so much when you first look at it and I'm not sure where to start!! If its ok I just wanted to ask....
• The evidence you submitted - can this just be copies of statements, invitations, photos etc or do you need to do a 'write up' and then only reference the evidence?
• 1.2kg is one hell of a lot of paper!! Can you give me a rough estimate of how many bits of evidence you submitted for each section...?? I don't want to go crazy and put too much or not enough so its good to hear other peoples take on it :)
• How long did the process take from reading the info to sending it off?
• Did you find anything espcially helpful (like this website!) whilst putting your application together?

Sorry to ask so many questions (I'm sure I have a lot but I'm sure they will be answered along the way). Would be great if you could let me know, its always scary seeing so much paperwork, hearing peoples feedback helps break it all down a bit :)

Hope you're having a good day!

Thanks,
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the evidence included varied. I had some original (redeemed) gift certificates I got from my partners parents for my birthday, phone records from when we first met up until living together to show our constant communication (and how she was always the most contacted person in my phone book!) printed copies of bank statements where we have transferred each other money for various reasons, mainly for the shared rent.
We did have original leases for the flats we've stayed in too. Also included emails confirming trips away.

With regards referencing it, in the personal statements, we both made reference to these facts, but didn't necessarily link them up saying "go to evidence B" etc. I did put post-it notes detailing each section though, so "phone records" "bank statements" I know they're pretty obvious but wanted to make sure.
With photos, I think this is one of very few situations where a picture doesn't say a thousand words. We included maybe 8-10 photos, as they don't really say much about our commitment together, just shows us next to each if you get what I mean.

We first looked at the visa application in March, but only started putting it together in September, so maybe 6-8 weeks of actual work but a good 6 months in total. Between March and September, we collected all bits that we thought were relevant, the gift certificates, leases, etc and kept them in a folder as we knew we'd need them when the time came.

Google is your friend!! The amount of hours, probably days spent googling info was invaluable. This forum is without a doubt a fantastic source of info as it's personal accounts from people, but always try and find multiple sources of info for corroboration. Also, the embassy in London was always very helpful, I phoned several times and literally just asked one question sometimes when it cropped up. Always pleasant and helpful. If in doubt, ask. It's too much money, and quite simply life changing, to throw it away just because you may want to chance it. On the money side of it, on the application form, choose to pay in Australian dollars as they work out an exchange rate on the day, mine was £1838, if you opt to pay in £ then it's a set rate of £2200 I think they told me.

Overall, it was a stressful time, and we could have waited another month to send it off to tweak it but, it is what it is, and you just have to take the plunge eventually.

Please feel free to fire over more questions and hopefully I can be of help.

Thanks

Nick
 

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Congratulations on getting it out there!
We submitted to London (we both live here) a day before you (21/10) and are in a very similar situation (de-facto, my partner has dual citizenship British/Australian).
So fingers crossed for us both! Let's hope we get there soon :)

P.S.: Did your visa fee come out of your account a day later as well? I got crazy checking the account balance and did a little dance when it came through. Doesn't happen often that I celebrate spending this much money ;)
haha, yes!! I had the biggest grin on my face when I was in the post office sending it away, then when I checked my credit card the next day it was a heartbeat skipping moment! Delighted.
 

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