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Old 04-29-2013, 09:25 PM
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There are minors coming with us (3 and 5) but they have Australian citizenship and passports so I assume we don't need it unless they ask. So they are listed on the application but not included in it
Right, I think that's different. Those children aren't being sponsored by your partner for this application - they're already citizens. Here's the relevant part of the Partner Migration Booklet, pages 16-17 in bold:

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The Australian Government considers that the safety of children is paramount and this is reflected in policies about the sponsorship of minors for visas to enter Australia. The government wants to ensure that children seeking to enter Australia under partner category and child visas are protected from being sponsored by people with convictions for child sex offences or other serious offences indicating that they may pose a significant risk to a child in their care.

A sponsorship limitation in the Migration Regulations prevents a sponsorship from being approved if one of the proposed applicants is under 18 and the Minister is satisfied that the sponsor has a conviction or outstanding charge for a registrable offence. Sponsors of partner or prospective marriage visa applications which include an applicant aged under 18 years, are required to provide an Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check and/or foreign police certificate(s) as part of the process of assessing the application. The results of the police certificate(s) are used by the department to assess the sponsorship application and whether or not the visa application satisfies public interest criteria relating to the best interests of the children.
Your kids aren't applicants, nor are they being sponsored in this application, so this wouldn't apply to them.

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Thanks CG! Reading these threads sometimes makes me think I forgot a bunch of stuff in my application!

P.S. Loved reading your blog. You are an excellent writer!

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Thanks CG! Reading these threads sometimes makes me think I forgot a bunch of stuff in my application!

P.S. Loved reading your blog. You are an excellent writer!
Thank you SO much! That is SO SWEET.

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I mostly loved your Little Prince reference but I won't stray off topic anymore haha

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Man, if you saw that, you read pretty far back! I was hesitant to post it here because people can be judgmental about appearances, etc., and some of it is pretty personal... but if DIAC found it and figured out who I was, I'd actually be HAPPY, because it's just more evidence that we're genuine! In fact, might have been smart to link to it somewhere in our application... oh well.

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Haha boredom one night plus a love story...it was like reading a book! You guys have a great story! Just know that not everyone judges on appearances. If everyone did, no one would get anywhere in the world!

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You'd need an AFP check from the applicant if he/she has lived in Oz for more than 12 months...
This is where I was caught. The applicant needs an AFP if he/she has *spent* more than 12 months in Australia total in the last 10 years. This time spent in Australia does not have to have all been consecutive and it does include short visits, even if you weren't technically living there (I.e. tourist visits).

They should really make more of a point of that on the immigration website.

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Thanks CG! Reading these threads sometimes makes me think I forgot a bunch of stuff in my application!

P.S. Loved reading your blog. You are an excellent writer!
I Felt the same way, but I think sometimes we are more hard on ourselves application wise, after reading the forums then immigration might be!

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Thanks CG! Reading these threads sometimes makes me think I forgot a bunch of stuff in my application!

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I worry about not having provided enough information with my application too. - especially in terms of evidence of the relationship

I am applying for the partner visa based on having a de facto relationship with my partner. I lived in australia with my partner for just under 12 months, but we registered our relationship with the NSW Registry of Births and Deaths and submitted that certification with our visa application - so that we may have the 1-year relationship requirement waived.

The thing is - because I was there on a work and holiday visa (meaning I had work restrictions and couldn't make a lot of money) and my partner is in University and not working, we lived out of one bedroom in his parents' house rather than having our own place together and used his mum's old car rather than buying a car of our own together. So we don't have a lease with our name on it or car insurance taken out together or anything.

With our application, we both wrote our stat dec's - and mine was about 8 pages long. We provided our 2 supporting dec's - one from a mutual friend, who was there when we met for the first time, and one from my partner's mum. And I provided about 20 cards total - some from him to me, some from me to him, some from our families to the other partner, and a few addressed to both of us at the same address. I also provided a small flat photo book that I made for each of us as an anniversary gift. We also opened a joint account together about halfway into my trip to Australia and started using it to pay for groceries, dinners, trips to the movies, and a few activities we participated in together on trips. So I provided a few bank statements showing those transactions.

I didn't know that I was meant to supply dinner receipts, movie ticket stubs, and stuff like that, though. I am really worried we don't have enough physical evidence to prove the validity of our relationship.

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