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309/100 - Married 12 years - how much evidence do we need?

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Old 04-06-2016, 04:56 PM
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309/100 - Married 12 years - how much evidence do we need?

Hi! I'm new to this forum, so please be gentle. I am so grateful that I stumbled across this site - the information I've gathered trawling through these threads has been invaluable!

Some background - I am Australian, my husband is American, and we are currently living in Istanbul, Turkey. Originally we were thinking of moving to Australia in 2017, and applying for the 820/801, but after reading about the processing times out of Ankara, we're thinking it may be better to file offshore.

We have been married for 12 years, and lived together for one year before that.

I think that most of our evidence is pretty strong. We have a house with both our names on the deed, opened our joint bank account in 2002, are the beneficiaries of each other's life insurance policies, and we have plenty of photographs with friends and family, of joint travel etc.

But what we don't have is a lease in both our names or joint utilities accounts. We have spent our entire relationship living overseas, and I have never been put on a lease. Generally the partner with the work permit gets that privilege.

I do not have a work permit here in Turkey, so I can't show any financial contribution for the past 3 years, and most of the work I have had for the 3 years prior to that was cash in hand. The last job I held that paid me into our joint account was back in 2009 - and our online statements only go back as far as 2010. Is this likely to be a problem? Do I need to show proof of our joint tax returns for that period (IRS)? It makes it hard to show the "sharing of household bills and expenses."

Another question - do people black out their bank account numbers, or are we supposed to hand all that information over? (Sorry if that's a stupid question, but it feels weird handing over all our account info!)

Any advice from people in a similar situation who have been through this would be much appreciated!


~ Kirsty

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Old 04-06-2016, 05:59 PM
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You should provide what you have. After 12 years you might have more evidence in one section and less in another. We've been married 23 years and I hadn't kept older documents. I just provided as many examples from as wide a range as I could within reason. For example I didn't provide mortgage statements from every year but 1 from early in our marriage 1 from 10 years ago and then a recent one.

Last post I saw from someone granted their partner visa from Turkey was that they got it in 42 days. Crazy!

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If you have a house with both names on the deed, i dont think they will worry too much about no joint lease.

A joint bank from 2002 and married for 12 years should show you are a genuine couple...

Joint travel together over the years would also be good evidence.

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Old 04-07-2016, 04:59 AM
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Thank you both for your replies! That helps to put my mind at rest a bit.

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