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Partner Visa 820 - Granted within 13 days!

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:40 AM
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Hello everyone!

I just thought I'd let let everyone know that my Partner Visa Subclass 820 got granted on the 28th May, I submitted it on the 15th.

Background information:
I'm German, my partner is an Australian Citizen and works for the Royal Australian Navy. I came to Australia in July 2011 on a WHV and met my partner in Feb. 2012. We decided to stay together on the 25th March 2012 and have been together ever since. When my WHV ran out in July 2012, I went on a Tourist Visa which allowed me to stay for 6 consecutive months instead of 3. On May 14th I sent out my visa application via Express Post from Cairns to Brisbane and I lodged and paid the visa on the 15th. On May 28th I received the email with my visa grant notice and today (30th May) I got everything in the mail, as well as my original German and Australian Police Checks that I had sent in.

First of all I would like to say thank you to all of the amazing people on here who provided so much helpful information, I surely couldn't have done it without you!

I'd like to share some information on how I presented the application and my cover letter and itinerary (with some information in braces), so here it is :-)

Cover letter

Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Cairns Office
Level 2, GHD Building
85 Spence Street
Cairns QLD 4870

Applicant: Annika XXXXXX, German Passport No. XXXXXXXXX, Subclass 820: Partner Visa

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to apply for a Subclass 820: Partner Visa to be able to live in Australia with my partner Jake XXXXXX.

My name is Annika XXXXXXXXX, I was born XX August 1991 in Dueren, Germany and entered Australia for the first time in July 2011 on a Working Holiday Visa. Having met my partner, who is an Australian citizen, in February 2012, I entered and left Australia several times over the past year and am now staying with my partner in Cairns on a Subclass 676: Tourist Visa, studying Psychology at Fernuniversität Hagen via distance education in Germany and volunteering at YAPS (Young Animal Protection Society), the local animal refuge.

All medical requirements have been met, the results of which have been sent to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship by the panel physician I saw, the receipts have been included in the attached documentation under section “2.4) Medical”.

On the next page you will find attached a list of contents of supporting documentation.

Kind Regards,





1)Partner Visa Application Checklist
2)The Applicant
2.1) Form 47 SP: Application for migration to Australia by a partner
2.2) Proof of identity
2.2.1) 2 recent passport size photographs (in a transparent pouch)
2.2.2) Certified copy of passport
2.2.3) Certified copy of birth certificate; including NAATI accredited translation (I didn't have the original with me in Australia, so my Mum in Germany copied and certified it over there. I had it translated over here, the translation inclded the German certification)
2.3) Character
2.3.1) Form 80: Personal particulars of character assessment
2.3.2) Original AFP Police Report
2.3.3) Original German Police Report; including NAATI accredited translation
2.4) Medical (receipts only)
3)The Sponsor
3.1) Form 40 SP: Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia
3.2) Evidence of sponsor's identity and status
3.2.1) 2 recent passport size photographs
3.2.2) Certified copy of passport
3.2.3) Certified copy of full birth certificate
3.2.4) Proof of sponsor's eligibility Tax assessment notice Payslip
4)Evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship
4.1) History of the relationship
4.1.1) Applicant's statement
4.1.2) Sponsor's statement
4.2) Photographs (3 pages, 13 pictures of us in Germany and on other holidays, while socialising and with our puppy. We didn't have any pictures with his or my family)
4.3) Financial aspects of the relationship
4.3.1) Statement explaining the following supporting documents (a very short explanation of what I highlighted in the Bank statements)
4.3.2) Bank statements
4.3.3) Joint insurances (print out of the insight into our home and contents and car insurance)
4.4) The nature of our household
4.4.1) Statement explaining the following supporting documents and outlining of how the housework is distributed (literally 'Annika: house work, walking dog, cooking. Jake: repairs, car wash, garden work' all witnessed)
4.4.2) Correspondence addresses to us (only one envelope with both of our names on it and one with both of our names on it from the mail redirection when we moved)
4.5) The social context of our relationship
4.5.1) Statement explaining the following supporting documents
4.5.2) 4 statutory declarations Form 888 from family and friends (one from Jake's dad, one from a friend of mine who recently became an Australian citizen and two from Jake's work mates)
4.5.3) Evidence of joint travel (reference to things I highlighted in bank statements (money withdrawals in Germany and Sydney), as well as a couple of pages of tickets from Germany and Sydney)
4.6) The nature of commitment to each other
4.6.1) Registered Relationship Certificate (because our relationship was a bit all over the shop in the start, we decided to register the relationship. Although I'm now very sure that we didn't need it, it surely helped)
4.6.2) Navy Recognition of Interdependent Partnership (One of our strongest evidence. It made us eligible for navy housing and benefits)
4.6.3) Evidence of contact in time of separation (10 pages of skype conversations and emailing history from when Jake was at sea)
4.6.4) Presents to each other (simple receipts, certified)

I put the whole application into one flat file, divided the different sections with tab dividers and put a post-it on every page.
Example: Tab divider for "4.6) The nature of commitment to each other", 4.6.1-4.6.4 all had a post-it each in the top right corner stating which section it is.
I put the police checks into transparent covers.
I didn't staple anything and had EVERYTHING witnessed (for statements) or certified (any kind of copy)

I hope that this will help the one or the other person on here and I wish everyone the best of luck :-)

Thanks again,

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Last edited by CollegeGirl; 05-31-2013 at 01:40 AM. Reason: Editing out last name that was left in and birthdate

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:23 AM
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Congratulations Annika, and thank you for sharing the information.


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Old 05-31-2013, 01:39 AM
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Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

Just wanted to point out that your last name is still visible after "applicant:", so you probably want to edit that out

Once again, congrats!

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:42 AM
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Don't worry, Abby - I was editing that out as you posted that, lol.

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Original Nationality: US
Visa #1: PMV (300) through Washington, D.C
Applied: April 2013.
Visa Granted: January 2014.
Visa #2: Subclass 820 (From PMV).
Applied: End of April 2014.
Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
PR Granted: Early April 2017.

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:53 AM
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Hey everyone,
thank you! And thanks for editing that out, I must've missed it.

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Just had a read over this and it is very helpful, I have cop and pasted so many of these examples onto my computer so when it comes time for me to put together our application I can reference back to them. so thank you in advance

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