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A personal statement is a requirement from both the applicant and the sponsor. The online boxes in the forms count as the personal statements OR you can choose to just type one up and upload it separately. It doesn't need to be witnessed or anything if you do it that way, just signed and dated. But you have to do one or the other.

As for the other part, just call the immi help desk and question it. Even if you don't do that, I wouldn't stress about it. The CO isn't stupid and will know you're the sponsor, and likely will have encountered the issue before.
 

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Hi there, thanks for that :)

We have a son together who is 1 in May :) and we also have a long list of evidence of contact while apart, photos, itineraries, phone logs txts calls etc.
Joint bank statement
stat dec form 888 x2
Invitations to birthdays
My sisters wedding
Bbq at friends place etc.
2 cars together
Hes signed on our sons birth cert (might not mean much, but its there)

I believe we have a lot of evidence - i hope so anyway!

Also, I have the option to upload documents twice. One on the sponsors application and also one on my partners application - is that normal?

So i have been uploading under both applications under my name (applicant has his own separate place to upload his)
I hope it is being received by immigration as my 60 uploads is full on my sponsor visa application so I have added more attachments under my name on my partners application

I hope that makes sense - and i hope its fine for me to do so!
No need to upload twice under each and yes it's normal to have the ability to upload under each of you.

For our two applications (both of which were granted), I put all of the application requirements from the immigration checklist under my name and my partner uploaded all of his identity information under his name (sponsor). We ended up only using around 30 upload slots in total between the two of us by combining like evidences but uploading required items individually.

Try not to use all of the upload slots. You may need them if a CO requests something further from you.
 

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I wouldn't use more than 60 in case that's a glitch in the system. And like I said, leave plenty of space for requested items. It is not rare to have a CO re-request something and you'll want that upload space to be able to supply it. And of course you'll need space to upload police checks for both of you when requested if you haven't done it already.

Upload all the required stuff first (identity docs, form 888s, form 80, etc) before you use up all your space with evidence. It's easy to go overboard on evidence but you need to make sure the required items have been uploaded.

Things like pictures should only take one upload slot as you can put them all into one pdf and you don't need to go overboard, 20-30 is a good number. Quality over quantity. Phone logs and messages can be in one pdf. Joint bills can go into one pdf, and so on.

Think about organizing things by combining like evidences into one pdf.
 

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Yeah, they've done some upgrades to the online system and this could just be an issue. You can contact the immi help desk and ask about it.

I mean, personally I wouldn't worry too much as the CO is going to know which is the sponsor and which is the applicant regardless.

Let us know when you figure it out though!
 
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