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I remember thinking "Oh yeah, we'll totally be ready to lodge our application at the end of September". Then it was October, now here were are, getting ready and going into January. It's safe to say, without this place, we'd be in a world of absolute hurt right now.

So before I show what we plan on submitting, I wanted to say thank you to the wonderful people on these forums. Whether you are an RMA, a forum regular, another Canadian who talked hockey and the snowy Rocky Mountains, or just someone who has come through sharing news of your grant, each and every little bit has been helpful. So, thank you to you all.

Having said all that, this is where we are after months of collection and organization. We would appreciate your insight, honesty and advice into how this all looks.

*Each evidence group includes a brief table of contents outlining what is in each section.

Applicant

Address, Evidence Of: Mail addressed to me, the applicant.

Birth or Age, Evidence Of: Applicant Birth Certificate.

Character, Evidence Of: RCMP Police Check

Citizenship, Evidence Of: Applicant Canadian Passport.

Identity, Evidence of: Applicant Drivers License.

Photo: Two recent passport photos of Applicant.

Relationship, De Facto, Evidence Of: Lease Agreements with both Applicant and Sponsors name.

Travel Documentation: Applicant ETA to enter Australia.

Couple are Living Together: Mail addressed to both applicant and sponsor.

Financial Aspects of the Relationship: Brief statement outlining how we handle our finances. Bank statements from our joint account (opening statement, 6 months onward from original and most recent statement), purchases and invoices from joint account, highlighted and numbered. Rent paid from joint account highlighted with e-transfer receipts from Landlord.

Form 888: Partners Mother, Brother, Oldest childhood friend. *Additional stat dec from Partners Mother stating support of us (place to live) when we land in Australia.

Length of De Facto Relationship, Evidence Of: Original lease form stating date when partner arrived in Canada and we moved in together.

Nature of Couples Household, Evidence Of: Brief statement from Applicant and Sponsor regarding household duties (how house work is divided up, care of the children when they're at our house, significant events with the children while at our house).

Nature of Couples Commitment to Each Other: Applicant showing Sponsor as emergency contact at last two places of employment, as well as the beneficiary to his work life insurance, listed as common law (de facto) spouse in all documents. Applicants health insurance, showing sponsor as common law spouse, authorized to make changes to the account. Applicants last will, showing sponsor as the sole executor of the will. Sponsors super account showing applicant as beneficiary. Sponsors work emergency information showing me Applicant as emergency contact and common law spouse.

Social Aspects of the Relationship: Chronological order of everything we have done as a couple (with pictures and descriptions) including family events and trips, holidays, concerts, hockey games, flights to Australia, Mexico, the US. Joint memberships to the gym, outdoor clubs, etc.

National Identity Document: Applicant social insurance number.

Certificate of Divorce: Applicants first marriage.

I believe that's all. If there's anything you see that is missing or seems out of place, please let me know. Also, we've done our absolute best not to double up on evidence. The only thing we have doubled up on is our lease agreement (in two categories).

Please note, my partner (sponsor) main categories are all done and pretty straight forward.

If anyone has any questions, I will answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. We really appreciate it.
 

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Then there are people that think they will lodge a 820 from a Visitor Visa with a week to go, with little comprehension of requirements and process.

Nothing standing out to me Eh? But then not many of these checklists do after applicants (to be) have spent a few months on research and evidence collection.

Not that I think you would need it, but others might. Are the kids linked to you via the school or sporting clubs as a contact?
 

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Then there are people that think they will lodge a 820 from a Visitor Visa with a week to go, with little comprehension of requirements and process.
Well, to those I say good luck and wish I had that kind of money just laying around.

Nothing standing out to me Eh? But then not many of these checklists do after applicants (to be) have spent a few months on research and evidence collection.

Not that I think you would need it, but others might. Are the kids linked to you via the school or sporting clubs as a contact?
I will take that as a good thing! Thank you for the reply! I feel like we have a solid application. In my time dealing with being audited at work, I learned to present your findings and answer questions (or in this case evidence) in such a way that the person auditing you has no reason to follow up with another question.

The kids aren't linked to those clubs, unfortunately, but we have many, many social and family outings with them and the evidence to accompany it.

The kids are linked to us through their school, but as emergency contacts/trusted people. My oldest has a cell phone and it's in my partners name.
 

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I know the feeling... my partner and I started talking of the possibility of moving to Oz in July and didn't get around to applying until December that year after many months of research.

I think the whole applying without research or preparation falls in line with the "all we need to do is marry and you'll get a visa" thought process. Some unfortunate people find that out too late then get angry at the system for ripping them off. All it takes is a quick Google search to avoid wasting thousands and thousands of dollars but alas! People choose not to.
 

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I know the feeling... my partner and I started talking of the possibility of moving to Oz in July and didn't get around to applying until December that year after many months of research.
Yep! It's crazy how much time and effort goes into this. I think it was actually an easier decision to make the move than gather up all the evidence and put everything together.

I think the whole applying without research or preparation falls in line with the "all we need to do is marry and you'll get a visa" thought process. Some unfortunate people find that out too late then get angry at the system for ripping them off. All it takes is a quick Google search to avoid wasting thousands and thousands of dollars but alas! People choose not to.
Simple Google search can save you thousands. Literally. That and being friendly and asking questions. :D

Honestly, don't know where I would be when it comes to our application without the fine folks here.
 
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Looks good! Only thing I noticed was the police check: what's the date on it? After you collected information for such a long time it might be quite old...
 

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Looks good! Only thing I noticed was the police check: what's the date on it? After you collected information for such a long time it might be quite old...
We did our Canadian police check in September and my partners Australian one in November. Might be cutting it close, but should be ok, I think.
 
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