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Old 11-13-2012, 09:37 AM
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Partner Visa questions

Hi there, new to the forum and looking to get some questions answered re: my partner visa 820 application. I'm Singaporean and my husband is an Australian citizen, we got married 2 months ago and I am currently on a long-stay tourist visa which expires in April next year. We are looking to submit the application in 2 weeks (after having been preparing for the past 6 months) onshore.

1) For how long is a medical valid? Do I have to do one now or do I wait for my CO to request for me to do one? I have gotten different answers both by staff at the immigration office and from the website so am confused.

2) Do Form 88 stat decs have to be as recent to the application date as possible? We have requested for some to be written from as long as late Sept so I'm wondering if a 2 month-old stat dec will be deemed invalid.

3) I am aware that our individual statements proving the authenticity of our relationship has to be as thorough as possible. Can you be too long-winded? Do we lump both the history and evidence together or compile separate sections for each requirement (e.g. nature of household in one section, etc, or as part of a whole in our statements)? Would I be able to look at an example from someone who's already had their visa approved?

That's all I have for now. We're really stressed out about this and would appreciate getting a clearer idea from people who are/were in the same boat.

If anyone has been in a similar situation (nationality/situation-wise) and can give advice on how their application went/are going it will be fantastic as well.

Thanks for reading, cheers.


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Hi Claire,

1) medicals are valid for 12 months...so as the current waiting times are pretty long you maybe should wait to get them done when requested....if you are confident that your application is "decision ready" you can get them done now and include them in the application which might speed things up but it's not a guarantee

2) the declarations shouldn't be any older then 6 weeks...I personally had one in there that was 8 weeks old though and it didn't matter...so I am not sure how strict they are on this one... (see page 28 of partner booklet)

3) you should write down how your relationship started, where you met and about dating period and all important "milestones" of the relationship...you can even write one together for both of you...we wrote a statement about relationship history together and one for how we share responsibilities.

hope that helps
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Hello from one Singaporean to another!

With regards to medicals, it's best not to do them now. You can wait and do it when your case officer (whenever you get one) asks you to, or you can get it done 6 months into your application and you haven't heard anything from DIAC. I submitted mine a couple weeks after I lodged my application and by the time my file is assessed, which is probably 13 months later, my medicals would have expired..but I doubt a month or two would matter too much to immigration.

I wrote my statements according to the booklet, i.e. one paragraph addressing financial, one paragraph on nature of household. Try not to be too long winded (8 pages or more) cos case officers don't have too much time to read through tons of stories especially when they've got thousands of applications to process Mine was 7 pages long (which is pretty long!).


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Hello from one Singaporean to another!

With regards to medicals, it's best not to do them now. You can wait and do it when your case officer (whenever you get one) asks you to, or you can get it done 6 months into your application and you haven't heard anything from DIAC. I submitted mine a couple weeks after I lodged my application and by the time my file is assessed, which is probably 13 months later, my medicals would have expired..but I doubt a month or two would matter too much to immigration.

I wrote my statements according to the booklet, i.e. one paragraph addressing financial, one paragraph on nature of household. Try not to be too long winded (8 pages or more) cos case officers don't have too much time to read through tons of stories especially when they've got thousands of applications to process Mine was 7 pages long (which is pretty long!).
Cheers Miss Swan. Haven't encountered many Singaporeans who have been through this so just wondering how long it took for your application to be approved?


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Also does my husband have to get an AFP? I know I need police clearance from my home country but am unsure if he does as well.


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In most cases the Aussie sponsor does not need AFP. My application will take 13 months to be approved (onshore application) because that's the standard processing time now. I've crossed the 3 month mark and have 10 more months to go. Likewise you'll be in the queue for 13 months too.


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In most cases the Aussie sponsor does not need AFP. My application will take 13 months to be approved (onshore application) because that's the standard processing time now. I've crossed the 3 month mark and have 10 more months to go. Likewise you'll be in the queue for 13 months too.
Hmm where did you see that it takes 13 months to be approved now? According to Family Visa Processing Times page on the DIAC website Singapore is classified a low-risk country and onshore applications take a maximum of 6 months to be approved. :/


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That website is terribly outdated When you lodge an application, call up Immigration or receive the application acknowledgement letter, they all say it's 13 months. Even my acknowledgement letter states in black & white that it's 13 months. So yes, 13 months is pretty much set in stone.

What's your concern though? You do seem worried about the timelines..?


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That website is terribly outdated When you lodge an application, call up Immigration or receive the application acknowledgement letter, they all say it's 13 months. Even my acknowledgement letter states in black & white that it's 13 months.

What's your concern though? You do seem worried about the timelines..?
My main concern is that I will be unable to find work until visa is approved, and it has been a financial strain on the both of us with my husband mainly supporting me for now. However I understand that this is something we have to go through, and am aware that this is to be expected. We're quite lucky in that we don't have to be apart during this process!


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Ouch..I definitely understand what you're going through. What will happen when you lodge an application is you will be given a bridging visa that comes into effect when your tourist visa ends. Now you mentioned 'long-stay tourist visa' in your first post - is that a visa that allows you to stay for 12 months at one stretch without going back to Singapore, or one that you have to return every 3 months?

You will be able to apply for work rights when your bridging visa is in effect and once you've gotten that, you'll be able to apply for work properly


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