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Old 01-23-2013, 12:56 AM
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We put the forms in the local courthouse to register our relationship last week so will hopefully be able to pick up the certificate next week.. We're still deciding whether to use an agent or not as the application forms look daunting! How did you find doing it yourselves? I clearly still have loads of questions thanks for being so helpful


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Hi Laynag -

Depending on the state you're in, there may be a waiting time for the registered relationship certificate (in NSW, it's 30 days for example) - so you may want to check that. While the registered relationship will satisfy the de facto 12-month living together rule, it does not decrease DIAC's focus on your relationship, especially the 12 months prior to application, in their assessment of whether your relationship fits their definition of a genuine defacto relationship.

Re: evidence, the most important thing is that it demonstrates a shared life together - a wide variety of evidence can often be better than a great amount of one particular type of evidence and not enough of other types. DIAC uses "evidence based" decision making, which is a kind way of saying they place a great deal of importance in the evidence (of the relationship) vs what the applicants say about themselves and their relationship. Statements of friends/family are also very important, and can play a crucial role when evidence in one of the 4 relationship areas is weak.

While I'm not here to "sell" people on using agents, I can tell you that most of our clients find that the most beneficial part of using an agent is the experience and knowledge of current regulations and immigration law/policies that the agent brings to the table. That being said, if your application is straightforward and there aren't unusual circumstances involved, many people do application packages themselves and are quite successful. And forums like this are a great place to come for general information and to learn from the experiences of others.

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Hi mark. We're in Queensland. Appreciate the advise and will take it on board. Thanks


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Hi Laynag -

QLD is very straightforward process - 6 months residency requirement for at least one of the 2 people in the relationship, but only 10 day waiting period for the registration to finalise after application.

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Thank you for the advise. Can you give me an idea of what the statements from your friends said and how long they were? How long did the process take for you? Thank again this is really helpful
Check the immigration site and download the form 888:
Application Forms – Numerical List – Forms 100 to 999

This is a Statutory declaration by a supporting witness relating to a partner visa application; your friends and family can either use this form or write their own, but in general these are the questions the immigration would like to know the answers to.

Regarding other evidence, you can also include:
- car insurance policy (policies), where you and your partner are named as nominated drivers
- superannuation statements, where you name each other as beneficiaries
- wills


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Great thanks for your help


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