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Preparing to apply for a partner visa


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Old 02-14-2016, 03:05 PM
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Preparing to apply for a partner visa

Hi everyone, I have been with my partner for 4 years and am now thinking of applying for a partner visa. In terms of applying, is there a preference for either online/ paperwork, and whether the application is lodged in a certain state, e.g quicker in ACT? In your experience, is it much better and worthwhile to hire an agent to guide you along?

We have been in a de-facto relationship and living together the last 2 years. I know that you can register your relationship, and would like to know if that would aid in our relationship? This is because although we have lived and shared a house for 2 years, my partner does travel and live interstate bit for work too.

In terms of evidence, I have had a good look at the immi website and a few threads on this forum which have proved extremely helpful.

Can anyone kindly give me input on what else I am lacking or what is redundant? Is there a link to upload all evidence one by one, or do you self arrange it into a PDF for upload? In terms of financial evidence, I am not sure if what I have is sufficient, but I do have substantial information on the nature of our household/ relationship/ social aspects.

Financial evidence
- Joint lease (my partner was added to the lease more than 2 years ago, is this sufficient proof that we live together, although rent has been mostly paid by me?)
- Joint bank account (however we only created it last year and I have been the only one putting money in)
- Transfer of money between individual accounts for travel/ big purchases
- Proof of payment for gifts/ travel accommodation/ outings (in terms of presenting this information, do I provide all of my bank history, or screenshot certain relevant lines?)
- Proof of purchase of groceries at local neighbourhood
(However, bills are all in my name and paid by me as I had moved into our place 2 years before him and didn't see the need to change anything)

Others
- Lots of photos over the last 4 years with friends and family at Christmases and other big events
- Wedding invites/ Christmas cards from family and friends
- Lots of travels both international and interstate
- Exchange of emails/ skype/ phone calls/ texts from the beginning of our relationship

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read through my post and I truly appreciate any input you can offer!

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Old 03-11-2016, 05:18 AM
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Dear TeaAddict

I handed in my application in person. So I prepared all the documents and paperwork at home. I have found that the preferred way is applying online but I wanted to actually hold all the documents in my hand and really see what I still needed and what is done. But that is just a personal preference.
If you apply online, however, the application goes in straight away. Plus there is no wait for post and courier (also no postage to be paid).
The application has to be lodged in the state that you live in.
I live in NSW but it's closer to Canberra than to Sydney. So the immigration office had to send my application to Sydney first before anything could be done.

I don't really think that registering your relationship now would change anything. Of course, it wouldn't hurt to do so, but I don't think it's needed.

Your financial evidence looks fine to me.
You don't necessarily need to provide your entire bank history. You could, for example, use an app and put focus on the important lines, if you're uncomfortable showing them your entire history. But single lines should be enough. Just make sure that your name is visible on that page, too.

I hope I could help
If there is anything else, I'd be glad to help.


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Old 03-13-2016, 08:52 AM
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Thanks so much KimPossible for the very nice helpful reply! I'll be sure to ask when I need more help!


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