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Old 12-28-2012, 09:49 AM
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Partner Visas - writing your own statements (sponsor & partner)

Hi everyone!

So I have understood that my partner/sponsor and myself also need to write a stat dec to give a timeline of our relationship and/or explain why the relationship is serious/ongoing etc.

I was just wondering if anyone who's already done this has any tips?

My partner is VERY to-the-point and not big on writing, and I myself tend to over-write (maybe it's my having studied history that I name too much detail to give as much context as possible LOL) and so I am afraid we will both "do it wrong" - I know you can't "do a personal statement WRONG" but you know what I mean? Should I make it a fairly dry legal declaration, because I can do that, or should it include sentiments etc? Any tips at all? Advice on length?

Any advice would be VERY welcome!

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Hi Nelly -

You've come to the right place - this forum has many, many posts from partner visa applicants discussing virtually every aspect of partner visa relationship evidence including statements - I would spend some time searching through the posts here - it's a gold mine of info.

The short answer to your question is that the statements should be detailed enough to give an accurate description of the relevant history of the relationship and how you plan to live together as partners. As to length, I've seen them as short as 2 handwritten pages, and as long as 6 typed pages. I would not make it overtly "legal" as DIAC does not expect you to speak legalese or quote migration regulations. Instead, I'd make it detailed and personal, without going over the top. It's fine to talk about love and how much each of you means to each other and how important you are to each other in addition to the more "dry" topics of where you met, how the relationship developed, where you were married, where you live, who does the chores, how finances are shared, etc.

Hope this helps - there's much more to this topic, but I'd be repeating posts that already exist on the forum - best to search.

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Thank you so much for your answer Mark!

I had tried to search the forums but could not really find anything specifically on this, anything with "declaration" or "stat dec" in it mostly seems to concern to the ones from family and friends, not the ones by the partners. I'm going to start writing mine now and will make it personal and relevant! Thank you!


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Hi Nelly -

You might try "partner" and "statement" in your search, etc.

Here is an excerpt from our client info sheet on suggestions for partner visa applicant/sponsor statement content - hope it helps!

Statements Written by the Australian Sponsor and Visa Applicant
Your own statements should detail the history of your relationship and explain how you both have a commitment to a shared life together, that your relationship is genuine and continuing and how you intend to live together.

Below is a list of topics and areas you may wish to use to guide your writing:
• How you met, when you met, and where you met
• The types of things you tended to do together during dating and courtship (including places you went out, things you did together, etc)
• How the relationship progressed and became stronger/closer
• Details of shared financial and other responsibilities.
• Details of how you organise your household finances.
• Details of family and social events with friends and relatives
• Details of holidays taken together or weekends away, etc.
• Details of how one partner is supportive of the other partner’s lifestyle choices, social activities, sporting and recreational activities, friends and family.
• Details of how you intend to live together.
• Details of your commitment to each other. Please also comment upon any intent you may have to marry in the future (if prospective marriage applicant), raise a family (if applicable) and any other specific plans or goals for your life together in the future

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Nelly, I have to say I had so much fun writing mine. I'm a writer, so... poor DIAC. They don't know what lovey-dovey drivel they are about to have to read, haha. Definitely go ahead and include sentimental stuff, but also make sure you hit every point they've asked you to make as well, as Mark said. I think this is the fun part of the application! I enjoy telling people why I'm so crazy about my fiance... I can't wait to have an entire new continent of people to bore with stories about why I'm so crazy about him.


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Hi,

I'd say don't worry too much about it, you are writing your own personal story down after all and of course every story is different.
I wrote 5 pages on a blank Stat Dec form, basically a chronological account of our relationship and in between I tried to emphasize the points mentioned by MarkNortham. Half of them come naturally anyway. At the end I included a section summing up the entire relationship (how I feel I have positively changed since meeting my partner and what wouldn't have been possible without him) and describing our plans for the future.

My partner wrote 1.5 pages in a sort of very straight-forward, not very emotional style because that's just how he writes things.
We then got it signed by a JP and sent it off. Mind you, my visa is not granted yet, but we had a good feeling about the statements.
When you proof-read your statement take the list of things that have to be included from the Migration Booklet and just make sure everything is in there and it should be just fine.

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I too enjoyed writing my statement - which was basically a recount of our relationship. I did mine on a stat dec form and it was 4 typed pages long (probably a bit OTT but there was lots to fit in!). My husband's was 7 typed pages! Both of our statements just went through our history (from different perspectives, interesting to compare each others views on the same event!) and made extra care to include the info highlighted by Mark. It was actually the easiest bit of the application so don't stress too much


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Nelly we did a joint statement as part of our history of relationship section (with relevant dates bolded), and an individual one each. Just typed and printed. Starting with I,.... Of 11 blah blah street, make this statement etc etc (now i cant remember actually) but there is a really good stat dec kind of outline sample on the diac website in a pdf (search for it) also ive commented on a very informative thread about someone elses application (granted in a week) and i think he was the one who put me onto that outline/sample. Which i didnt bother to write in but used as the basis for ours.
Maybe search for posts ive made if you dont already nwo the thread im talking about - he included an amazing contents page.
(hope this makes sense sorry im a bit hungover from NYE!)


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Hi everyone!

So I have understood that my partner/sponsor and myself also need to write a stat dec to give a timeline of our relationship and/or explain why the relationship is serious/ongoing etc.

I was just wondering if anyone who's already done this has any tips?

My partner is VERY to-the-point and not big on writing, and I myself tend to over-write (maybe it's my having studied history that I name too much detail to give as much context as possible LOL) and so I am afraid we will both "do it wrong" - I know you can't "do a personal statement WRONG" but you know what I mean? Should I make it a fairly dry legal declaration, because I can do that, or should it include sentiments etc? Any tips at all? Advice on length?

Any advice would be VERY welcome!

Love,
Nelly
http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/form..._applicant.pdf

I found these after we had done ours. The only other tip I would say is to proof read each other's statements and make sure your dates are all consistent.

My husband had just finished his masters thesis so I had to stop him from writing a dissertation with references

Kttykat




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A bit confused with the declarations, should my partner and I write it on a stat dec or can we just type it up on an a4 piece of paper?


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