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Old 04-25-2013, 12:07 PM
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Defacto help for everyone :)

Hi everyone,

Just posting this thread in the hope that it may be of some help to even one person on here!

I gained a lot from this Forum so feel that its only right to give something back. Thats how this should work i feel

Quick synopsis of our story....

Im from Northern Ireland, uk, my partner is also from there! She is in Australia on a 457 and i came out 6 months later on a working holiday visa!

We have been together for almost 4 years back home although never lived together due to my work etc and the security implications of it!

We basically started from scratch in Australia living together in september 2012!

We applied to have me placed on her 457 as a defacto partner! Her enployers were happy to do this and offered a letter of sponsorship!

We applied for this online on 25/02/2013 with only a letter from her employers confirming they accepted sponsorship obligations!

They replied within a couple days asking that i get medical ( chest x ray only) proof of a defacto relationship between us which is basically universal requirements on any defacto, so hope this helps people with the defacto bit!

Whet we submitted for the defacto bit!

Certified copies of gas and electricity bills from september 2012 until present in both names! This was only 2 as they're billed quarterly!

Certifies copies of lease for our rented house in both names!

Certified copy of bond for our home in both names which was lodged with department of justice!

Certified copy of national pet register document in both names for registration of our dog!

Certified copies of letters from both out parents back home ( UK ) attesting to our relationship and for how long etc! This was done on simple letter format and certified and stamped by a local solicitor!

Certified copies of 3 xmas cards fo both of us from friends!

2 stat decs ( australian commonwealth stat decs format ) from two australian friends who are australian citizens attesting to out relationship etc!

Copies ( uncertified ) of email correspondance between us from March 2012 until i came to Australia in September!

Selected copy of viber text messages between us from March 2012 until i came here in September! ( uncertified ) i just simply gave a selection from each month as there was over 5000 txt messages from each other we missed each other lol i also explained this!

Copies of photos of us together during our time in Australia! ( uncertified ) i simple used word format! Copied the pic onto a word doc and added a few lines below it to state what we were doing an when! (Eg Leanne and i together on a weekend away in sydney 20th september 2012)

A few uncertified pics of us together back home on nights out etc with the same few lines to show what was going on!

Certified copies of some receipts for trips we had been on together and stayed over at hotels etc!

We did a joint statement from the both of us describing what we meant to each other, our relationship, how we met, how we kept in touch while we were apart, what our plans was for the future, kids etc!

Also included a covering letter explaining a few things as We didnt officially meet the minimum of 6 months living together but were able to show through viber messages and letters from our parents etc that we had been a relationship for much longer!

We just simply did the whole lot in word format, ( scanned everything onto computer, copied and pasted using microsoft word and put a few lines below to explain what it was then printed it off )

Things could then be certified after this etc so was easy for us to do!

Placed everything in separate plastic poly packets in a ring binder and sent it recorded post!

Timeline was as follows!

Online application lodged 25/02/2013

Acknowledged by DIAC 02/03/2013 requesting above details!

Chest xray completed on 21/03/2013 and forwarded!

Folder of defacto relationship forwarded by registered post on 03/04/2013

Visa granted on 23/04/2013. With no issues and no one contacted for further details or to clarify anything etc!

Realise this is long winded, but hope that it is of use to at least 1 person who is doing the defacto thing!

Good luck everyone

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Congrats on such a quick approval!

What processing centre did you post it into?


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Was posted into the Melbourne office.


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Old 12-02-2013, 02:03 AM
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Hi John,

I would just like to thank you for positing such useful information. I am in a similar situation to what you were. My partner is sponsored on a 457 visa and has been in Australia for almost 4 years. I stayed at home to finish university and then came to Australia in May 2013 on a Working Holiday Visa.

We are currently saving up to apply for me to go de facto on his visa and I just wondered if the $4000 costs seems accurate to you? I am beginning to get pretty terrified now that I am half way through my visa.

Our plan is to apply at the end of January so I am hoping to have it accepted well before May when my visa runs out. I am not on the lease for the house we live in but have letters from my bank, employers and super funds that are addressed to it. Do you think this will be acceptable?

You said in your post that you applied online in the first instance. Was that on the immigration website? I presume the $4000 has to be paid at that stage?

We will have proof of correspondence from skype, texts and calls and letters and cards to each other and from family members when I was back in Scotland. We also have photographs from 7 years ago until now, including from a holiday in the Great Barrier Reef we went on in 2011. I am hoping to obtain receipts in both names from hotels etc.

I apologise for all the questions but any help or information would be much appreciated

Thanks,

Jenni


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Hi Jenni

This seems incorrect. Are you sure that you're looking at the right visa? You are a 457 subsequent applicant, not an 820/801 applicant (unless your partner is an Australian resident, in which case, yes, $4575 is correct).

Good luck

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Visa Pricing Table

Please have a look, I don't know which visa you are applying, but you should be able to find the visa application charge.


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I have had a look but I find it all very confusing. My partner and I are both British citizens but he is now on his second 457 visa and has been in Australia for 4 years.

I have been told the price of applying to go de facto is $3995, $1500 and $900. If anyone could clear this up it would be much appreciated.


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Old 12-02-2013, 06:15 AM
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First you need to know exactly which visa are you applying, otherwise it is difficult to find out more info. You are definitely not applying for a de facto partner visa since your partner is not an Aus citizen or PR, thus unable to sponsor you.


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D) none of the above. My read of that table is that it's $1035 as you are an additional applicant on a 457.

This price went up considerably in September, which is why you may have been quoted a cheaper price.

It's de facto partners of Australian citizens that are so expensive. If you'll be posting on this forum further (which I imagine you may as it's a great source of info) the terms 'de facto' and 'partner' get people thinking of 300, 309 and 820 visas, so you may be better off referring to yourself as an additional applicant. The flip side if this unromantic title is that it isn't as hard to prove your relationship as it is for partner visa applicants

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First you need to know exactly which visa are you applying, otherwise it is difficult to find out more info. You are definitely not applying for a de facto partner visa since your partner is not an Aus citizen or PR, thus unable to sponsor you.

I know that my partner has a 457 sponsorship visa and is eligible to apply for PR in a years time.

So, correct me if I am wrong, that means I am applying to join on to the visa on which he is sponsored, as his de facto partner.


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