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Old 03-30-2012, 06:45 AM
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Applying partner visa offshore eligibility

Hi there,

My wife and I are going to apply for a partner visa offshore from Japan and I have some concern about the eligibility criteria.

Our situation is...
- We got married recently
- My wife's visa has expired soon after our marriage and she returned to Japan
- She will apply for the visa little later in the future whilst offshore and I will be in Australia at the time she applies

Has anyone done this before?
Is it possible to apply living apart but from an offshore position?

I would really appreciate any replies!


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Old 03-30-2012, 10:19 AM
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I don't think this will be a problem. The main thing will be to prove that you are in a committed relationship and not apart on permanent basis. Obviously your wife had to return because of the visa. Do you have enough evidence you have shared a life together before? Did you share finances, are you socially recognised as a couple, have you been together for ages? All these things matter more as you are married and the living together requirement is not as harsh as defacto.


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Old 04-01-2012, 08:04 AM
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I don't think this will be a problem. The main thing will be to prove that you are in a committed relationship and not apart on permanent basis. Obviously your wife had to return because of the visa. Do you have enough evidence you have shared a life together before? Did you share finances, are you socially recognised as a couple, have you been together for ages? All these things matter more as you are married and the living together requirement is not as harsh as defacto.
Thank you GermanInBrissie for your reply! We were worried a bit as the booklet said that generally we should be living together at the time of an application. I think we have got enough evidence by the time we apply.

If anyone has done anything similar, give me some information please.
We'd appreciate your replies. Thank you!


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Old 04-01-2012, 10:06 AM
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I'm in the same situation, you'll find it's not uncommon

Just be sure to explain in your personal statements the reason why you can not live together at the moment - for example, in our situation, my husband is from a high risk country so he is unable to stay in Australia any longer than 3 months. Your reason may be different - financial, you'd exhausted all visa options, etc. Be sure to include details of how you keep in touch while apart - emails, phone records, etc. Immi understand that due to the very restrictions they have in place it is not always possible to reside in the same country with your husband / wife and you really shouldn't have any problem due to this factor alone. The rest is up to you and you need to read and re-read the Partner Migration Booklet, read these forums, and provide as much information as possible to demonstrate to then that you are in a genuine and committed relationship notwithstanding that you currently have no choice but to live in separate countries.

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Old 04-02-2012, 01:32 PM
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My wife and I met on the Internet. We subsequently married in Singapore. I returned to Australia shortly after My wife applied for Spouse visa 309/100. On one of the forms is a question relating to why we are not living together. Her answer is that she is waiting for Visa to be approved so she can join me in Australia. You still need to prove the relationship is genuine. Facebook messages, emails, wedding photos, telephone accounts and anything that shows how you are in touch with each other. Also anything that proves time spent together. Restaurant receipts, gift receipts hotel receipts etc. it's also a good idea to show that you support your wife by sending her money on a regular basis. Hope that helps. We are still waiting for her visa. Hopefully in the next month or two.

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:12 AM
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[QUOTE=Singoman;52795]Also anything that proves time spent together. Restaurant receipts, gift receipts hotel receipts etc. /QUOTE]

Bit of background on me, I'm a Singapore citizen in a long distance relationship for the past 4.5 years with an Aussie. We're engaged and looking to be married in 1-2 month's time and I'm planning to submit the 309.

I've read somewhere on other forums that receipts and ticket stubs will not be taken seriously as they don't have names on it. I've got quite a number of movie ticket stubs as my partner and I love watching movies, and we've got some museum and circus tickets. But I've had other forum members telling me these evidence hold little weight as they could have belonged to anybody.

Another worry of mine is about bank transfers. We did send sums of money but those have been very sporadic. My partner absolutely would not allow me to send him money on a regular basis even if it was to help in paying for bills - male pride And same goes for me, I wouldn't want my partner sending me money when I am self sufficient.

We don't co-lease or co-own anything because the house and car is under his mum's name and everything has been fully paid up.

Besides the usual photos, emails, chat records, what else can I send?

I'm been fretting the past week because I've read on other forums how couples were asked to provide further evidence on their relationship and if I got that, I would be stuck because I've given everything I could provide!


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Old 05-28-2012, 06:44 AM
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I've read somewhere on other forums that receipts and ticket stubs will not be taken seriously as they don't have names on it. I've got quite a number of movie ticket stubs as my partner and I love watching movies, and we've got some museum and circus tickets. But I've had other forum members telling me these evidence hold little weight as they could have belonged to anybody.
I had the same thoughts...
We submitted a ferry-ticket for example and we also had a picture from that day on the ferry...so I put the picture and the tickets on one page and copied it
Of course you can't have a picture for everything but where possible I tried to link tickets and other things without names on it with either a picture or other bills or our bank statement...for example we went to the Sydney Wildlife after that we had a coffee and I put the entrance ticket of the Wildlife, the bank statement with the coffee on it (it said something like coffee "name" Darlingharbour, where the Wildlife is!) and a picture of me in the park...also I put a detailed explanation for every evidence...I wrote pages and pages of explanations!

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:50 AM
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Thanks dingo! Unfortunately I only have photo evidence for the Singapore Zoo. The rest of the social outings, we didn't take photos! For example I can't be snapping shots in the cinema. It's also very hard to take photos of ourselves while in a circus...


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Old 05-28-2012, 09:42 AM
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Me and my parthner got all paper works,we got hotel,restuarant, package, money transfer reciepts,plane ticket together,photos where ever place we go together,photos with friends and family,photos from our engagement,the ring,the cake and everything..i have some chat conversation,skype and other proof of evidence that our relationship is geniune..we were about to lodge our application but my lawyer advice me to invite first my fiance here in australia before lodge the application in that way she could have photos with me here in australia and with my family also in that way maybe it could help to proof that we our in geniune relationship..
I hope when we put for the fiance visa it easier already to prove the relationship..
Now she is in australia now for 3 months but soon on june she will be going back to the philipppines..

We are deciding now that we will use an agent to process for us the fiance visa,because we want to make sure that everything is right,and in that way its not a presured for me and to my fiance..
Do you think its best to use an agent to process the papers for us?
I will appreciate your reply forum mate..

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:52 AM
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hi allansarh I chose not to use an agent after all, despite consulting a few, because reading this forum and others has helped me to organise my documentation and the money really could be saved. If your case is straightforward without much complications like criminal records, then you should save the money and lodge the application on your own.

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