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Husband applying for 309 visa

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Old 06-02-2016, 07:39 AM
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Question Husband applying for 309 visa

Hey folks.

My husband and I got married in Kurdistan Iraq last year and we have since been trying to apply for a partner visa.

I'm under the impression that financial documents and assets and accounts are weighted strongly. Our big problem is that he has never been here to Australia. He can't apply for a tourist visa and since he cannot physically be here, how do we apply for a joint bank account.

This is really starting to stress us out and the big four banks here in Australia have already said no.

Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-02-2016, 07:45 AM
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No need to overly stress, the financial support doesn't mean having a joint account in Australia.
It just means that you do have financial ties together. This can also be the financial support being one way. If you don't really have have those ties as you are both financially independent then you would outline that.

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Old 06-02-2016, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyblue6 View Post
Our big problem is that he has never been here to Australia. He can't apply for a tourist visa and since he cannot physically be here, how do we apply for a joint bank account.
We opened a joint account overseas. I don't think it was important in the end though.
We had it, although didn't use it for anything, but i explained we just used my account for all expenses.

This was for the PMV. Also we did the same for the just applied for 820 visa.

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In Australia some banks will allow you to open an account and deposit money but you can't withdraw the money until POI is done.

Joint bank accounts aren't are must they are just easier evidence wise but for a 309 visa living apart they can't logical.

If either of you transfer money by Western Union can can show that.

Just remember everything little bit of evidence builds the picture it is not one piece of evidence alone that shows you are genuine - if there was everyone would be supplying it.

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Hey guys thanks for the quick response.

Most banks here will let my husband open an account but they can't be a joint one! At the moment we are financially independent. At the moment ISIS in the Middle East. The job market has crashed in Kurdistan and he is barely making enough to pay off his old loans and he still lives at home. During better days before ISIS he used to send money, we'd go overseas or he'd send gifts but at the moment everything has been turned upside down.

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Old 06-02-2016, 11:37 PM
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Hi Skyblue6,

At the end of the day, although finances do carry alot of weight, it is just one of the 4 major categories that you need to satisfy.

Other things such as how you met, how intend to split your duties at home, your emotional dependence on each other and your future plans all carry alot of weight.

A big part of this is how you show immigration the genuineness of your relationship. Each couple, whether married or de facto, has a very different relationship, hence how they answer the 4 major categories will also be different.

So don't feel too stressed that your answer isn't the same as someone else's. If in doubt, please consult a Registered Migration Agent for further advice.

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