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Old 09-23-2011, 10:11 PM
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Hi There,

This is my first thread here. The time has come to start piecing my kit together for a de facto visa.. here is a timeline of events:

I am an Australian Citizen and my girlfriend is born in Canada. We met whilst holidaying in QLD in Jan 2010.. did a long distance between melb/syd for 3-4mths before she finally moved down to melb to live with me.. she had to complete her 2nd year working visa requirements being the regional victoria work to extend her current working visa in the anticipation of a long term relationship. We have lived together since June 2010 and since then recently moved to Vancouver in July 2011 to meet family and experience life outside of Australia together. We plan to apply for de facto visa so that my girlfriend can come back with me to Australia around June 2012 next year to live for good..

- I believe we clear the 12month requirement no worries
- We began collecting evidence of our relationship as early as April 2010 as we knew we needed all of this going forward.

We are now living in Canada and want to kick start this whole process.. I did a lot of research back home before coming here and was told I need to apply via the Australian Embassy in Ottawa.. can someone please help in kick starting this all and if anyone has done something similar, give me tips of how to assure this is a smooth process.

I have a huge folder which I have brought over including all our personal evidence and so forth.. however I'm just a little unsure as how to present this all...

Also realised it is around $700 cheaper to apply offshore and takes less time.. Would've thought it'd be the opposite!

Look forward to getting as much feedback as possible.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:31 AM
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Hi there,

Lovely to see someone so organised Well done!

A really good thing you should do is to read the partner migration booklet, specifically page 41:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1127.pdf

You'll see they break the evidence into four categories, and that's how you should organise your evidence. If you read this thread, you can get an idea how people chose to present their application:
http://www.australiaforum.com/visas-...plication.html

Start thinking about the date you're going to apply, so that you know by when you need to get important things such as statutory declarations from family and friends.

Good luck!


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Old 09-27-2011, 08:36 PM
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Hi ! So nice to see you!

So my partner and I have applied for the defacto visa, and we are waiting to hear back. We think we should hear back in the next month or so. (already done the medical, police etc...)

I'lll tell you a bit of my story, kinda similar to yours! I'm an Australian citizen, my fiance (we just got engaged! yahoo!) is Canadian. We met in Bali ! He was just finishing up in a working holiday visa in Australia. He ended up staying in Australia on a tourist visa, going back and forth every 3 months ... (we met Jan 2010) Anyways, in September 2010 he had to come back home, I followed him in October 2010. Also in Vancouver!

We submitted our application in July.

You'll see on this forum that alot of people do the application themselves... but we found what really helped us, and took away SOOO MUCH STRESS, was that we hired a migration agent! We did our research... it says on the immi site to make sure you use a registered migration agent, and there is only one in the Vancouver area. If you like, I can give you his details He is very professional and efficient ! And took away so much headache. He was the one that put all our evidence together, made it look all neat and professional, and also told us what else we needed to gather. ie... even after reading the booklet etc, we didn't realise we needed to do a form 80 ! He was GREAT. And he notarised everything etc.

I highly recommend him


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Old 09-27-2011, 10:19 PM
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Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your recommendations, one of those links you sent me to has helped me a lot in terms of evidence and presentation. I was a bit lost for a bit but thats guiding me slowly! Definitely need to decide on a return date as that is vital. Do you know how long it takes for a visa to be granted? I know thats a very variable question, but by the looks of your time line and applying in melbourne it took like 5 weeks?!

I had a friend apply for the De Facto visa in Melbourne and he applied Oct 10 and received confirmation in May 11. I was told it's a shorter waiting period overseas so thats a good thing. Looking more likely for us to be here until May-June next year so it may be worth holding off applying until next year.

THANK YOU!!


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Old 09-27-2011, 10:26 PM
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Hi Koala!

Congrats on the engagement! That's great news

Sounds like we have very similar circumstances aside from the back and forth every 3 months! We have been pretty detailed with our record keeping and would like not to spend too much more money than we have to so we'd be very keen to give this guy a shot if he wasn't too expensive! Please do pass on his details so we can have a chat to him! I mean I have a feeling we may not be applying until early next year as we are not planning to head back to Australia until maybe June?!?! I just got a call for a job today so that's great to hear - maybe we may be able to afford a little help then hey!?

Sounds like you guys are one step away from this Visa! GOOD LUCK!!!

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Old 09-28-2011, 01:26 AM
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No worries I'll see if I can private message you, not quite sure how.

Also, I recommend you should just start applying now... When you have your visa approved you have 12 months to enter Australia we are just finding that the wait for our approved visa is such a painful process! Would be nice for you guys to not have to stress about timelines etc


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Old 09-28-2011, 02:01 AM
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Hi Koala,

You're welcome. As far as processing times go, DIAC posts the standard processing times on their site here:
Client Service Charter
(looks like 5 months offshore from a low risk country)

I guess we can only use it as a guide, and applications shouldn't take longer than those times. Most of us think that applying with a "decision ready" application helps - that means including the police checks and medical check with the initial application.

Usually for offshore applications, they suggest that you wait until your CO asks for the police/medical checks, as they only last for 1 year.

I'm not sure if for offshore applications it makes a difference doing the police/medical before it's asked for, but I can't see the harm in it coming from a low risk country. However, you might have to find out whether in Canada they use e-health (which send results electronically) because in that case I think you need to wait for the CO's prompt. Sorry if I made it sound confusing, I'm sure it will go smoothly whatever you decide to do.


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Old 09-28-2011, 02:19 AM
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Hey Sarah, I think you were suppose to address that to pancetta

And pancetta, following on from what Sarah said... I contacted Ottawa and asked about the Medicals before we applied, and they said to wait until your case officer prompts you to do this

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Old 09-28-2011, 03:30 AM
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Both Sarah & Koala are absolute superstars!

Thank you so much for your responses. Definitely have helped us in our decisions to be made and when to apply for this visa. Doesn't seem like we have too much to do aside from assemble, statutory declarations and then the final checklist!

If I have any further questions going forward, I'll be sure to repost to you guys who have been so helpful.

Thanks again! Good luck for the application also Koala! I'm sure you'll be fine

Cheers!


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Old 10-05-2011, 07:06 PM
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Hi guys,

Just had another quick question with regards to my girlfriends current visa situation in Australia.. she had a 2nd year accepted last year and that ends Nov 6th 2011 so my simple question was... do we have to apply for this de facto visa before that visa ends so that we can bridge her current visa? Or can we apply after that has ended in say December and when we want/need to come back to Australia for any reason, she can get a tourist visa and bridge that?

Just a little unsure on this! Thanks


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