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Hi, just wonder if anyone here have a successful partner visa application (preferably onshore) without using an agent.

I went to see an agent to ask some questions about case officer and some other stuffs before and after hearing what they said somehow i found my self making a couple of mistakes ( i didn't submit form 80 and i didn't write our relationship story on statutory declarations) however i got both of them ready now and am ready to go to immigration to submit the certified statement about our relationship and form 80.

At the same time he told me that i should use an agent to review my applications to make sure that i did everything correctly as he saw a lot of applications got rejected.it freaked me out even more but i don't know if its worth it to spend 2000+ to do it. The thing is, if i did make some mistakes and its unfix-able wouldn't it be a waste? It will be a different story if its a matter of adding some more documents or information.
At first i thought it will be the case officer job to let us know if they require more information but then they told me a lot of time case officer won't even bother asking for more information so we have to have the initiative.

I just don't know what to do now whether or not i should use an agent. Deep inside i know that id like to use an agent but 2000+ is a lot of money for us as we just spend 3000+ for visa fee and other stuffs related to this visa especially we both on our mid 20es. we are not really on our best position in terms of money.

so, i don't know if any of you can help me decide by giving your opinion about it based on your experiences.

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Hi foxy,

Australian visa regulations have to be among the toughest, if not THE toughest, in the world, so I understand your concerns. But, I've seen a lot of people on this forum and others get their visas without relying on an agent.

I think if you have a very straight-forward case (i.e. no character or health issues) and can supply all of the required evidence without fuss, you can probably handle the applicaton yourself. It is a lot of money, and services provided does differ greatly, as you pointed out.

If you do your research and have done your best to give DIAC everything they ask, then they will see your relationship is genuine and grant the visa. Giving them extra evidence and forms after applying is not a big problem, and there wouldn't be a huge delay, as they process things in a specific order anyway.

If you need any more advice, just let us know. In the meantime, try to relax and let your CO go through the application. They'll contact you if they need anything more :)
 

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Hi foxy,

Australian visa regulations have to be among the toughest, if not THE toughest, in the world, so I understand your concerns. But, I've seen a lot of people on this forum and others get their visas without relying on an agent.

I think if you have a very straight-forward case (i.e. no character or health issues) and can supply all of the required evidence without fuss, you can probably handle the applicaton yourself. It is a lot of money, and services provided does differ greatly, as you pointed out.

If you do your research and have done your best to give DIAC everything they ask, then they will see your relationship is genuine and grant the visa. Giving them extra evidence and forms after applying is not a big problem, and there wouldn't be a huge delay, as they process things in a specific order anyway.

If you need any more advice, just let us know. In the meantime, try to relax and let your CO go through the application. They'll contact you if they need anything more :)
hey, thanks for the respond. the immigration agent said it usually takes 4 months to get a case officer when you apply onshore so i know i wont get a case officer anytime soon. At the moment, i do think that i gave them pretty much everything needed and i would have no problem at all if they get back to me and ask us to provide more information or documents to support our applications as we can still try to provide those documents. i am just worried about it because the agent said that more than likely they wouldn't be bother asking for more supporting documents and make the decision without requesting additional information.

and about for 80, the agent said i should submit that form now together with all the application especially because i am from a high risk country but at the same time it is clearly written on the check list that a completed form 80 is required only if requested by the department so i don't even know if i should submit that form now.

Thanks once again for your reply, somehow it makes me feel better. thanks heaps for that :)

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The biggest mistake anyone can make whether or not an agent is used is to not understand what is required for an application to be successful.
If you are not prepared to take the time to thoroughly read and understand the information that Immi provide, then you are asking for problems and it may depend on just how good a job has been made of putting together an application just what attitude will be taken by a CO.
For instance if an application is missing a load of information it may well be rejected.
If you have already submitted your application, it might be a good idea for you commit the time urgently to reviewing the Visa Checklist and Booklet # 1 just to be certain you have provided what you should have.
 

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The biggest mistake anyone can make whether or not an agent is used is to not understand what is required for an application to be successful.
If you are not prepared to take the time to thoroughly read and understand the information that Immi provide, then you are asking for problems and it may depend on just how good a job has been made of putting together an application just what attitude will be taken by a CO.
For instance if an application is missing a load of information it may well be rejected.
If you have already submitted your application, it might be a good idea for you commit the time urgently to reviewing the Visa Checklist and Booklet # 1 just to be certain you have provided what you should have.
hi wanderer thanks for your respond. I did the checklist and I submitted everything but form 80 and medical check up. I didn't submit form 80 because its written there that I should submit it once they asked for it.. (But the agent said I should submit it right away) and I attached my medical check up invoice to show them that I am going to do it very soon. I read the booklet 3 times and I think I did everything right. I wasn't sure if I am qualified to get the visa so I called immigration and explained my situation and they said as long as I didn't leave australia in permanent basis that's k ( my first time in aust was on august 2008 but I left the country on and off because my visa required me to leave the country every 3 months and I needed to go to my university but in total I've been staying in australia for about 400 days plus 16 days of my partner trip to my country)but my agent kept on asking me to make sure that I am qualified. So yeah it kind of make me feel in need in using their service but like I said I am not too sure about it as I submitted my application and their fee is not that cheap and until now thou I've done form 80 I'm still unsure about whether or not I should submit it now or later when they asked for it.
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Hi Foxy. Submit Form 80, as it will be asked for later anyway, and it can speed things up to submit it sooner.

You didn't make a mistake with your "History of Relationship" on plain paper. Your Agent told you that you need your "History of Relationship" statements on statutory declaration forms, but it doesn't say you must do so on the checklist. Here is the quote from their website:

"The statements written by you and your partner can be on ordinary writing paper or a statutory declaration form. Each statement or statutory declaration must be signed and dated by the person who wrote it."

Good luck with everything. I would say, go ahead without an agent.
 

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Hi Foxy. Submit Form 80, as it will be asked for later anyway, and it can speed things up to submit it sooner.

You didn't make a mistake with your "History of Relationship" on plain paper. Your Agent told you that you need your "History of Relationship" statements on statutory declaration forms, but it doesn't say you must do so on the checklist. Here is the quote from their website:

"The statements written by you and your partner can be on ordinary writing paper or a statutory declaration form. Each statement or statutory declaration must be signed and dated by the person who wrote it."

Good luck with everything. I would say, go ahead without an agent.
hey skydancer, thanks for the info. I went to get my medical check done today then went to the immigration to submit the rest of the applications. i ended up giving them the same history of relationship but it has been certified by police.. and i was asking them if i should submit form 80 because i heard that its better to submit it now but then the check list said that i should submit it later when they asked for it, then the officer said "i dont know what do you want to do?!".well, that doesn't really help at all but at the end I decided just to submit the form. like you said they will ask for it soon or later anyways. for the time being, i am going to try to relax and stress less as i did my best now. thanks heaps guys!

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