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Good morning everyone :)

I'll be applying for the 820 partner visa at the end of the month without a migration agent. Does anyone know all of the documents I need to provide for the application? Will the bridging visa automatically be granted after the application is lodged? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated as well.

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Good morning everyone :)

I'll be applying for the 820 partner visa at the end of the month without a migration agent. Does anyone know all of the documents I need to provide for the application? Will the bridging visa automatically be granted after the application is lodged? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you! :)
The Bridging Visa will be issued after lodgement, but will only come into effect after your current visa expiry date.

What is your current visa?
 

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Hi again,

I would also like to add to my previous reply…I have just submitted (3 weeks ago) the second stage (801) of the partner visa and I am awaiting the outcome. I also did not use a migration agent. Before submitting the first stage (820) I also did heaps of research of this forum as well as the Home Affairs website, however, I also came across a website called Brookearoundtown which I will provide a link for. This wonderful young lady (a PhD student) put together an outstanding blog, for free, related to her own application for a partner visa, which she gained in 2020 and which was thoroughly deserved. She deserves a “shout out” on this forum as I believe she has helped some many with the generosity of her information.
My one other tip, at this stage, is to make sure you have everything ready to upload before you submit your initial application - be prepared.

Now, here is the link Uploading evidence to our 820/801 Australian Partner Visa application ⋆ brooke around town
 

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With regard to the documents you need to provide it is probably better to list what you have prepared already and then let others to comment on what other documents you might need to consider?
I pretty much only have our defacto cert, photos, wedding invitations, other event invites, rental agreement and bills, joint bank account.
 

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Hi again,

I would also like to add to my previous reply…I have just submitted (3 weeks ago) the second stage (801) of the partner visa and I am awaiting the outcome. I also did not use a migration agent. Before submitting the first stage (820) I also did heaps of research of this forum as well as the Home Affairs website, however, I also came across a website called Brookearoundtown which I will provide a link for. This wonderful young lady (a PhD student) put together an outstanding blog, for free, related to her own application for a partner visa, which she gained in 2020 and which was thoroughly deserved. She deserves a “shout out” on this forum as I believe she has helped some many with the generosity of her information.
My one other tip, at this stage, is to make sure you have everything ready to upload before you submit your initial application - be prepared.

Now, here is the link Uploading evidence to our 820/801 Australian Partner Visa application ⋆ brooke around town
Thank you so much!!🙏
 

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Thank you so much!!🙏
No worries…hope you get lots of good ideas from her blog to help you identify additional evidence you can supply, but, if not, get back to me and I will give you some suggestions to consider. Also, make sure you and your partner do a thorough job of your statements and then link your evidence to your statements.
All the best,
cheers

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I pretty much only have our defacto cert, photos, wedding invitations, other event invites, rental agreement and bills, joint bank account.
Phone logs/text messages, 888 forms, statement about how your relationship progressed, there are a couple of forms we did that I forget the names of (we had a RMA), medical examination (after department requests it). My husband and I didn’t even finish submitting all our evidence, the department approved his visa super fast.
 

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Phone logs/text messages, 888 forms, statement about how your relationship progressed, there are a couple of forms we did that I forget the names of (we had a RMA), medical examination (after department requests it). My husband and I didn’t even finish submitting all our evidence, the department approved his visa super fast.
Hello ZoeKaur,
I am glad you granted that quick.
How did you upload your phone logs and text messages ? Did you just take screenshots and add it? How many photos did u upload from each months ?
I am in a relationship with my boyfriend for more than 2 years and i don't know how to prepare our phone logs and text messages ? How many screenshots do they want to see?
I would appreciate if you reply this.
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Hello ZoeKaur,
I am glad you granted that quick.
How did you upload your phone logs and text messages ? Did you just take screenshots and add it? How many photos did u upload from each months ?
I am in a relationship with my boyfriend for more than 2 years and i don't know how to prepare our phone logs and text messages ? How many screenshots do they want to see?
I would appreciate if you reply this.
THanks
 

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For me, my relationship with my husband is not long at all so I really wasn’t expect it to be granted so easily. My husband and I had known each three months at the time of the application and only married for one month at that time. According to our religion, we get married fast instead of dating first. So for us it wasn’t very strange but definitely could’ve raised some eyebrows .

I submitted screenshots of texts almost everyday since we started talking which was not hard because it was only three months. Because your relationship is long, I would try to get key moments like when you first met etc (if possible). It’s also good if you can get screen shots of when you are meeting places, plans for the week, expressions of affection, talking about the house duties and finances etc. Then for phone logs we had to request them from our phone network provider because we have prepaid. The best we is going to the phone network store for this I think.

For photos we only had about 15 photos since the start of the relationship since I don’t like taking photos much. Still, clearly it was enough. For photos, I hear it’s good to have photos with other people, particularly those you have 888 forms with.

My last point, we had 4-5 888 forms which I think helped a lot. With the 888 forms, I got the people writing to comment on aspects of the relationship (financial, social, common interests, future goals) also comment on observations about our character (e.g. hardworking, honest, etc)
 

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Hello ZoeKaur,
I am glad you granted that quick.
How did you upload your phone logs and text messages ? Did you just take screenshots and add it? How many photos did u upload from each months ?
I am in a relationship with my boyfriend for more than 2 years and i don't know how to prepare our phone logs and text messages ? How many screenshots do they want to see?
I would appreciate if you reply this.
THanks
You can just take screenshots of text messages, emails, phone logs etc unless you have a program that can export a whole text conversation for example. Convert your screen shots into PDFs and go from there. Don’t only consider conversations between each other but also from friends and relatives who refer to both of you and your relationship. If you have been together for a couple of years then you should provide enough information to show how your relationship is genuine & continuing. Once you have the screenshots in pdf form you can then highlight sections of any conversations that refer to how your relationship has developed, has continued, has consolidated and also how it is viewed by friends and family.

With regard to photos, you should provide enough to again span the breadth of your relationship. Again, turn them into pdfs & then you can insert text to describe what the photo is depicting. The photos can be about the two of you or socialising with friends and families, depict milestones like Christmas and Birthdays, travel together and/or with friends/families.
I also think it is important to refer to all the aforementioned in your statements so you can put some context around them (in other words use them to describe your story together) and refer to them as appendices as evidence to what you are writing about in your statement. Other communication aspects you could consider are cards (if you have kept them) from each other or from friends at birthdays or Christmas or photos of birthday/Christmas gifts you have received together or given to each other etc. I am sure other people could suggest other things as well.

Good luck!
 

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For me, my relationship with my husband is not long at all so I really wasn’t expect it to be granted so easily. My husband and I had known each three months at the time of the application and only married for one month at that time. According to our religion, we get married fast instead of dating first. So for us it wasn’t very strange but definitely could’ve raised some eyebrows .

I submitted screenshots of texts almost everyday since we started talking which was not hard because it was only three months. Because your relationship is long, I would try to get key moments like when you first met etc (if possible). It’s also good if you can get screen shots of when you are meeting places, plans for the week, expressions of affection, talking about the house duties and finances etc. Then for phone logs we had to request them from our phone network provider because we have prepaid. The best we is going to the phone network store for this I think.

For photos we only had about 15 photos since the start of the relationship since I don’t like taking photos much. Still, clearly it was enough. For photos, I hear it’s good to have photos with other people, particularly those you have 888 forms with.

My last point, we had 4-5 888 forms which I think helped a lot. With the 888 forms, I got the people writing to comment on aspects of the relationship (financial, social, common interests, future goals) also comment on observations about our character (e.g. hardworking, honest, etc)
Great advice…especially about the Form 888s…we included 7 in our 820 application
 

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I pretty much only have our defacto cert, photos, wedding invitations, other event invites, rental agreement and bills, joint bank account.
Sounds like you have the most important evidence. If you need any other ideas:
you can nominate each other as super beneficiaries, make joint wills. Maybe joint car insurance or proof of any trips you took together?

As for messages or chats, you only need to provide evidence of communication while apart (for example, if you temporarily stayed apart from each other).
 

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Hi again,

I would also like to add to my previous reply…I have just submitted (3 weeks ago) the second stage (801) of the partner visa and I am awaiting the outcome. I also did not use a migration agent. Before submitting the first stage (820) I also did heaps of research of this forum as well as the Home Affairs website, however, I also came across a website called Brookearoundtown which I will provide a link for. This wonderful young lady (a PhD student) put together an outstanding blog, for free, related to her own application for a partner visa, which she gained in 2020 and which was thoroughly deserved. She deserves a “shout out” on this forum as I believe she has helped some many with the generosity of her information.
My one other tip, at this stage, is to make sure you have everything ready to upload before you submit your initial application - be prepared.

Now, here is the link Uploading evidence to our 820/801 Australian Partner Visa application ⋆ brooke around town
Yes, I agree 100% this is a really good resource to use. I did the exact same thing and Brooke's blog was so helpful! Super clear in everything that she uploaded and how much evidence she gave.
Personally my partner and I didn't have quite as much of some of the evidence that she did (mainly Facebook stuff and not having heaps of pictures together) but our application got approved and I believe that is largely thanks to that Blog!

I've also just become eligible to apply for the 801. Did you use any other resources to make sure you uploaded the right stuff or is it fairly similar to the 820?
 

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Yes, I agree 100% this is a really good resource to use. I did the exact same thing and Brooke's blog was so helpful! Super clear in everything that she uploaded and how much evidence she gave.
Personally my partner and I didn't have quite as much of some of the evidence that she did (mainly Facebook stuff and not having heaps of pictures together) but our application got approved and I believe that is largely thanks to that Blog!

I've also just become eligible to apply for the 801. Did you use any other resources to make sure you uploaded the right stuff or is it fairly similar to the 820?
Hi,
Yes, Brooke’s blog is amazing…she is so generous, responsive and thorough.
For our 801 we really used the same type of evidence. By the way I am the sponsor (Australian citizen).
When it was time to submit the 801 application we organised and submitted the application and the documents of evidence all at the same time. Together with the online application we uploaded 68 documents as supporting evidence. Only 9 of these documents were used as part of the submission for the first stage ie., the 820, of the partner visa. These 9 documents were my partner’s passport, driver’s licence, identity card; Our Relationship Certificate, My Superannuation Statement and some real estate documents outlining both our real estate ownership. I was really unsure whether to upload these documents again but I did as I thought they were relevant to the process and also we referred to them in our statements.

The 58 new documents were all updated evidence of our continuing relationship, so they were similar to what we had submitted before but they only covered the period from when we submitted the 820 to when we submitted the 801 application, so for example, when we wrote about our financial commitment we only included bank statements that covered the period in between both applications. We did not, for example, go right back to the beginning of our relationship because we had already included that in the 820 stage of the application. I hope this makes sense. The same applied to all other evidence whether it was evidence to support the social aspects of the relationships like holiday bookings, photos etc, messages and photos from friends etc.

When you start the process the applicant is required to make a new application which is the Family- Stage 2 Permanent Partner Visa Assessment (801). In much of this online generic application form the applicant will have to fill in similar info that was included in the 820 online application. You will notice that there is space in the online form for the applicant to do statements on the 5 generic areas ie., Financial, Household, Social Aspects, Nature of Commitment and Development of the Relationship. When it came to writing these statements we just wrote “See attached document” in each individual box and then did the statement as a seperate pdf and then uploaded it, so the 5 statements were part of the 58 document uploads. The Sponsor (me in our case) is required to submit a Stat Dec (provided by Home Affairs - I will supply a link to this later in this reply). You will notice that as part of this Stat Dec that the sponsor must do a statement for 4 out of the aforementioned 5 areas. The Sponsor does not have to do a Statement on the Development of the Relationship? Don’t ask me why but I was happy not to do it!

In my opinion these statements ie., what the applicant and sponsor write about the 5 and 4 areas respectively are the most important documents and all other evidence should relate back to or used to support these statements. We put enormous effort into our respective statements but for the 801 we again only wrote about the period from when we submitted the 820 application until we submitted the 801 application.

I hope the above clarifies the process we used and helps you. I am happy to answer any further questions you may have or share some areas of evidence we submitted, but, it was all used to support our statements. The Stat Dec (including the sponsor statements) that I did, as the sponsor, had to be certified along with a certified copy of my passport. The statements from my partner (the applicant) were not required to be certified. The Stat Dec was one of the 58 new documents uploaded for the 801.

Happy to keep corresponding if it helps you,

Here is a link to the Stat Dec https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/stat_dec_sponsor.pdf

Good luck,

Grant
 

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Yes, Brooke’s blog is amazing…she is so generous, responsive and thorough.
For our 801 we really used the same type of evidence. By the way I am the sponsor (Australian citizen).
When it was time to submit the 801 application we organised and submitted the application and the documents of evidence all at the same time. Together with the online application we uploaded 68 documents as supporting evidence. Only 9 of these documents were used as part of the submission for the first stage ie., the 820, of the partner visa. These 9 documents were my partner’s passport, driver’s licence, identity card; Our Relationship Certificate, My Superannuation Statement and some real estate documents outlining both our real estate ownership. I was really unsure whether to upload these documents again but I did as I thought they were relevant to the process and also we referred to them in our statements.

The 58 new documents were all updated evidence of our continuing relationship, so they were similar to what we had submitted before but they only covered the period from when we submitted the 820 to when we submitted the 801 application, so for example, when we wrote about our financial commitment we only included bank statements that covered the period in between both applications. We did not, for example, go right back to the beginning of our relationship because we had already included that in the 820 stage of the application. I hope this makes sense. The same applied to all other evidence whether it was evidence to support the social aspects of the relationships like holiday bookings, photos etc, messages and photos from friends etc.

When you start the process the applicant is required to make a new application which is the Family- Stage 2 Permanent Partner Visa Assessment (801). In much of this online generic application form the applicant will have to fill in similar info that was included in the 820 online application. You will notice that there is space in the online form for the applicant to do statements on the 5 generic areas ie., Financial, Household, Social Aspects, Nature of Commitment and Development of the Relationship. When it came to writing these statements we just wrote “See attached document” in each individual box and then did the statement as a seperate pdf and then uploaded it, so the 5 statements were part of the 58 document uploads. The Sponsor (me in our case) is required to submit a Stat Dec (provided by Home Affairs - I will supply a link to this later in this reply). You will notice that as part of this Stat Dec that the sponsor must do a statement for 4 out of the aforementioned 5 areas. The Sponsor does not have to do a Statement on the Development of the Relationship? Don’t ask me why but I was happy not to do it!

In my opinion these statements ie., what the applicant and sponsor write about the 5 and 4 areas respectively are the most important documents and all other evidence should relate back to or used to support these statements. We put enormous effort into our respective statements but for the 801 we again only wrote about the period from when we submitted the 820 application until we submitted the 801 application.

I hope the above clarifies the process we used and helps you. I am happy to answer any further questions you may have or share some areas of evidence we submitted, but, it was all used to support our statements. The Stat Dec (including the sponsor statements) that I did, as the sponsor, had to be certified along with a certified copy of my passport. The statements from my partner (the applicant) were not required to be certified. The Stat Dec was one of the 58 new documents uploaded for the 801.

Happy to keep corresponding if it helps you,

Here is a link to the Stat Dec https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/stat_dec_sponsor.pdf

Good luck,

Grant
Thank you, that info will be very useful :)

Good luck with the 801 outcome, hopefully it is processed quickly for you guys!
Hi,
Yes, Brooke’s blog is amazing…she is so generous, responsive and thorough.
For our 801 we really used the same type of evidence. By the way I am the sponsor (Australian citizen).
When it was time to submit the 801 application we organised and submitted the application and the documents of evidence all at the same time. Together with the online application we uploaded 68 documents as supporting evidence. Only 9 of these documents were used as part of the submission for the first stage ie., the 820, of the partner visa. These 9 documents were my partner’s passport, driver’s licence, identity card; Our Relationship Certificate, My Superannuation Statement and some real estate documents outlining both our real estate ownership. I was really unsure whether to upload these documents again but I did as I thought they were relevant to the process and also we referred to them in our statements.

The 58 new documents were all updated evidence of our continuing relationship, so they were similar to what we had submitted before but they only covered the period from when we submitted the 820 to when we submitted the 801 application, so for example, when we wrote about our financial commitment we only included bank statements that covered the period in between both applications. We did not, for example, go right back to the beginning of our relationship because we had already included that in the 820 stage of the application. I hope this makes sense. The same applied to all other evidence whether it was evidence to support the social aspects of the relationships like holiday bookings, photos etc, messages and photos from friends etc.

When you start the process the applicant is required to make a new application which is the Family- Stage 2 Permanent Partner Visa Assessment (801). In much of this online generic application form the applicant will have to fill in similar info that was included in the 820 online application. You will notice that there is space in the online form for the applicant to do statements on the 5 generic areas ie., Financial, Household, Social Aspects, Nature of Commitment and Development of the Relationship. When it came to writing these statements we just wrote “See attached document” in each individual box and then did the statement as a seperate pdf and then uploaded it, so the 5 statements were part of the 58 document uploads. The Sponsor (me in our case) is required to submit a Stat Dec (provided by Home Affairs - I will supply a link to this later in this reply). You will notice that as part of this Stat Dec that the sponsor must do a statement for 4 out of the aforementioned 5 areas. The Sponsor does not have to do a Statement on the Development of the Relationship? Don’t ask me why but I was happy not to do it!

In my opinion these statements ie., what the applicant and sponsor write about the 5 and 4 areas respectively are the most important documents and all other evidence should relate back to or used to support these statements. We put enormous effort into our respective statements but for the 801 we again only wrote about the period from when we submitted the 820 application until we submitted the 801 application.

I hope the above clarifies the process we used and helps you. I am happy to answer any further questions you may have or share some areas of evidence we submitted, but, it was all used to support our statements. The Stat Dec (including the sponsor statements) that I did, as the sponsor, had to be certified along with a certified copy of my passport. The statements from my partner (the applicant) were not required to be certified. The Stat Dec was one of the 58 new documents uploaded for the 801.

Happy to keep corresponding if it helps you,

Here is a link to the Stat Dec https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/stat_dec_sponsor.pdf

Good luck,

Grant
Thank you, I haven't had time to actually begin my application yet so that info will come in very useful :)

Good luck with the outcome of the 801, hopefully it is a speedy process for you guys!
 
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