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Hi All,

I am hoping to put my application in for an onshore defacto visa next month, and was hoping to get some opinions on the information that I've collected so far (particularly from those who have had their application approved!) and what else I should include.

So far I have:

History of Relationship:
- One statutory declaration from myself and one from my partner, outlining the history of our relationship.

Financial Aspects:
- Bank statements showing we pay money into each other's accounts to pay for rent, bills, household goods, petrol, and food. - I also have the receipts for some of these.
- 2 x bond receipts.

Nature of the household:
- Gas and electricity account are in both of our names.
- 3 x 12 month joint rental agreements.
- Correspondence from estate agent addressed to both of us.
- Statement outlining how housework is distributed.

Social context of the relationship:
- Should hopefully be getting:
1 x statutory declaration from a friend of ours.
1 x statutory declaration from sponsor's father.
1 x statutory declaration from sponsor's sister.
1 x statutory declaration from applicant's mother.
1 x statutory declaration from applicant's father.
- 20 x photos of us on holidays together and with family and friends.
- Certificate of registration of domestic relationship.
- Birthday cards, christmas cards from each other's families, as well as postcards addressed to both of us.

Nature of our commitment to each other:
- Printscreen shot of my email inbox showing emails dated from 2004 (as we have been together since we were 16, so about 7 years).
- Phone records showing contact is maintained when we have not been together (i.e. when I go back home to see family).
- Letters we have written to each other.
- High school yearbook blurbs and photos in which we mention each other.
- Short statutory declaration explaining future plans together, etc.

Also, I have some questions about some of the questions on the application forms (I am not sure what they are asking).
Who is best to call to get help? I have heard from some people on this forum that when they call the Immigration hotline they have had different answers each time, so any help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks for the help!
 

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Hi there,

I think your evidence is more than ample. If you want to include more, there's no harm in that though. My husband and I submitted very similar things and the CO said we had a lot of stuff! Some of it was given back during the interview without even being looked at, so I guess too much is better than not enough :)

What particular questions on the forms are you confused about?
 

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Hi AussieGirl,

Thanks for your help!

In terms of the application form 47SP, these are the questions that I am having trouble with:

Question 9: "Have you previously been to Australia, held or currently hold a visa for travel to Australia?"
At the moment I am currently in Australia on a student visa studying an undergraduate degree. However, I arrived in Australia on a working holiday visa and then was switched over to the student visa, therefore meaning that I don't have a date of departure for the working holiday visa (because I moved over to the student visa while in Australia) and I don't have a date of arrival or departure for the student visa (again, because I was in Australia when it was issued, and am still studying so have no date of departure). So I am wondering what I am meant to write here?
Also, I have had a few visitor visas, which I don't have the grant numbers for. What should I do about this?

Question 21: "Country of current residence"
I am just wondering if I should put Australia as my current residence, seeing as this is where I am living at the moment, or do they mean my country of residence as in where I have residency?

Question 22: "Current relationship status"
I think this may have been asked before, but when they ask for the "date the relationship began", do they mean the date we moved in together (therefore beginning the defacto relationship) or the date we started the relationship?

Question 51: "Details of partner's passport"
My partner's passport has just recently expired. Do you think that it would still be accepted if we put this one down, or should I get him to apply for a new one and then wait for that to be processed?

Question 83: "Have you ever been given written permission by the department to work in Australia?"
As a student, I have permission to work up to 20 hours a week on my visa, so do I tick 'yes' to this question or do they mean when you have been explicitly been given permision individually?

One more thing, is it best to get the medicals done before I submit the application, or should I hand it in and wait to be asked?

Thank you very much for your help! I hope the questions aren't too confusing!
 

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Hi again,

Here are my answers to your questions:

Q9: Just put approximate dates, like the month and year, that you changed visas. As for your tourist visas, put the dates in and leave the visa label part blank. DIAC can access the details of your movement in and out of the country via their database anyway.

Q21: Current residence means where are right now, so put your Australian address.

Q22: If you're talking about when your de facto relationship began, this is when you moved in together and started living as a de facto couple.

Q51: You could wait until he got a new one, or you could put the old details in the form and use a change of details form to notify immigration after lodgement of the application that the passport has been renewed.

Q83: I would tick yes, and then write at the end of the application in the section for further information that you had permission via your student visa.

As for medicals, onshore applicants have handed in medicals with the application. But, this is no longer an option for offshore applicants.
 

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Hi AussieGirl,

Thank you for your help! You have cleared up a lot for me! Although I am sure I will have more questions as I start putting my application together!

Thanks again!
 

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Hi All,

I have some more questions regarding the application form 47SP!

Question 81. List all countries you have visited (for a period of less than 12 months) during the last 10 years:
I was wondering if they want the dates for every single time you have visited one particularly country. My family currently lives in Hong Kong so while I was living there and when I go over to visit we often take day trips over to China to shop! So I have LOTS of just one day trips to China (I think nearly 30!) from the last 10 years and was wondering if they want me to put each one down separately.
Also, when it asks for members of your family unit who are included in the application do they just mean those who would also be included in the visa if it is granted?
And lastly, should I include my trips to Australia in this section?

Thank you all for your help! I knew I would have more questions!

Thanks again!
 

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I would put the time period within which you made the trips to and from China, then explain in the notes sections at the back of the application how frequently you travelled in and out.

And yes, you also should write down the times you went to Australia. You only need to indicate family members who are included in the visa application.
 

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Hi All,

I have some more questions regarding the application form 47SP!

Question 81. List all countries you have visited (for a period of less than 12 months) during the last 10 years:
I was wondering if they want the dates for every single time you have visited one particularly country. My family currently lives in Hong Kong so while I was living there and when I go over to visit we often take day trips over to China to shop! So I have LOTS of just one day trips to China (I think nearly 30!) from the last 10 years and was wondering if they want me to put each one down separately.
I feel your pain! My partner and I have both spent the last 5-7 years working on cruise ships, it's where we met. Sometimes we were in 4-5 countries a week so I can't even begin to list them all. We're planning to give approximate dates and then write a clarifying statement because trying to list >100 entries is just not possible!
 
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