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How did you submit your visa appplication?


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Old 05-03-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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How did you submit your visa appplication?

Hey guys. This may sound like a silly question, but I'm wondering how did people submit their spouse visa applications?

It's a hell of a lot of forms and documents that are being submitted. Did people bind them, put them in plastic sleeves in a binder?, and ruddy big bulldog clip?, manila folder?

We're debating at the moment on the most appropriate way to submit it all.

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We had 3 folders in the end. 2 (secured) manila folders (the kind that have the elastic to hold it shut) and a display folder with plastic sleeves.

Manila folder 1 had the applicants (my boyfriends) information including the application form, birth certificate, police check, bank statement, photocopy of passport etc
Manila folder 2 had my documents (sponsor) including the sponsor form, birth certificate, stat. declerations from 2 australian citizens, tax refund statement, photocopy of passport, etc.

and the display folder included a tonne of photos, copies of emails, receipts, letters sent to our address - all the proof that we live together and pay for things together, etc.

Everything was clearly labelled with stickers so it was very easy for them to see.

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Old 05-04-2009, 12:02 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Secured manilla folders sounds like a good idea.

We've been debating ourselves on just how many photos and emails to submit. We have hundreds of both. We're thinking we'll print and submit one photo from each "occasion" and a cple of emails from each month. We might then copy the rest of it on a disc and submit the disc with the application. It would be a hell of a lot of photos and emails to print out otherwise.

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Darren


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Old 05-04-2009, 06:16 AM
 
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Yeah, I don't think you want to go overboard with the photos and emails. Having emails from all different time periods sounds like a good idea.

Photos with you as a couple with family and friends I think are good if you have them, as it shows everyone accepts you as a couple.

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Yeah we put in about 20 photos including just the 2 of us, special events and occassions and with family and friends to show we are accepted socially.

I included a few emails but also took a copy of my screen showing the amount of emails I have from my partner with their title (so they could see we had 600+ emails without having to read them all!)

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Mike, we're thinking along the same lines. A lot of the photos we submit will be ones that include my family and our friends as well to show social commitment. Because we knew for a year or so that we would get married, before we actually did, we started to collect evidence well in advance. Every time we had photos taken of us we'd call it our evidence gathering.

Belle, that is a great tip about doing screen prints of the email headers. Great way to show the volume of correspondence with far less pages to print.

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Darren


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Old 05-04-2009, 07:36 AM
 
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darreno, sounds like you planned ahead well. Most people stay together and it is not until they realize their visa is expiring, that they decide to apply for a defacto visa and haven't bothered getting joint bank accounts etc.

Most people (including myself) don't like having their picture taken and I am sure most couples would be surprised how few photos they have together.

Anyway I am sure your application should go through smoothly.


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Old 05-04-2009, 01:20 PM
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Under the "applying for this visa" section the immi site has had in past a checklist and either that or the application itself had reference to not using a folder - they may have changed wording and in any case with forms, stat declarations and evidence you need something to collate it all and something like a manila or soft plastic folder would seem acceptable whereas they probably do not want to see bulky lever arch folders - takes up more filing space.

But if checklist is there and it used to say that should be on front of application [serves as a guide to officers I imagine that they can expect to find all there that should be] , then I'd be following the guidelines given and certainly not bother going past what they have asked for.
You can always keep your own folder of duplicate 'dummie" applications and additional supportive data to have available in case anything additional is asked for.





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I might be a bit late to answer but I submitted all my forms online. I found it was the best way to keep organized, retain originals, check my online status and get updates on my application. The online method allows you to log in and see which forms, information required by immi.


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I might be a bit late to answer but I submitted all my forms online. I found it was the best way to keep organized, retain originals, check my online status and get updates on my application. The online method allows you to log in and see which forms, information required by immi.
I imagine that will be the way to go from now on. I imagine immigration have a way of automatically seeing who has submitted all of their documentation and they could well get priority. Also, avoids a lot of paper shuffling.


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