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Old 06-24-2013, 04:06 AM
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I'm glad I found this forum and have been reading a lot of threads in relation to the prospective marriage visa but have a few questions that I havn't been able to find answers for.

I met my Fiance who is from Colombia in 2012 while she was on a student visa. Her visa expired in April 2013 and she had to go back home. We decided we wanted to get married before she left. We have decided to apply for this Visa without the help of an Agent because of the cost involved and wanting to save all the money we can for our future. Also because we think that our case is fairly straight forward because we havn't been married before nor do we have children.

We may involve an Agent for the Partner visa as it seems it will require a lot more information.

In regards to the sponsorship form 40SP, she is under the impression that I can scan all forms and send them to her for her application electronically. Is this at all possible? It is my understanding that I will need to post these to her because immigration will need to see original copies of photo's and documents (Stat Decs) that are required in the 40SP forms.

Another question I have for now is in regards to my passport, or lack thereof. I have never travelled over seas and do not have a passport. I have my birth certificate of course, is this all I need to prove my identity? And if so do I leave the passport section of the 40SP blank or do I fill all fields in 'N/A' ?

My final question at this time is the forms state that we need a minimum of 2x stat decs from people we know. We have two people who have agreed to do this already. Do you think for this visa that will be enough? I really don't want to bother too many people to have to do this for us at this stage. Providing 2 would 'tick all the boxes' but do you think this is unwise? I believe we have enough of all the other kinds of evidence needed.

Any help with these questions would be so helpful to us and we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for reading


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Hi bdavis, and welcome to the forum!

You are right on the first count - there are forms and documents with signatures they'll need the originals of - and others will need to be certified copies. They'll also need the hard copies of those.

On your second question - I'm not sure. This is the first time I've seen someone ask this. DIAC could probably answer this one for you.

For your third question - you could just do the minimum, of course, but is it wise to give this process anything but your best when the possibility of a visa denial and losing all the money and time you put into it is out there? Know what I mean? That said, if you don't have any other people who could make a strong case for you - don't start adding them in just to have extra statements. But if people have met both of you and/or know of your plans to marry, etc., and can speak to that well, why not include them?

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Thank you so much for your advice CollegeGirl, I see your point for question 3. I can not imagine how much it would destroy me if this application is unsuccessful, I love this girl with all my heart and can't bear to be away from her. I think I will try to add some more stat decs to this

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Old 06-24-2013, 05:33 AM
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Its a 50 - 50 chance: Grant or refusal
So its better to have all the documents as required:

I Agree with Collegegirl's comments. You need to send the originals.

They take to many things into consideration before they can make a decision so it would be wise also for you to get a passport so they can see that you are able to go overseas if anything happens.

But every case is unique,so was just speaking from my experience.
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No time like the present to get a passport!! You'll need one to visit your new columbian in laws eventually.

On the Stat Decs - my husband was the same - he didn't want to hassle people and take their time, but think about the money, time, effort and emotion you and your partner are going to put into this - this is a life changing decision and the outcome could be lifechanging in a really negative way or a really positive way so if I were you I would be happy to ask a few more people to vouch for you two as a couple.

I think you'll find Columbia is considered "High Risk" so you want to make sure you go above and beyond for this application and do everything 110% correct. Send the original certificates, get a passport and get plenty of evidence to support your application.

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Thank you Zamaussie and kmarees1986 for your contribution

I think what you have both said is good advice, I think i'm getting too keen to send off these forms as soon as possible, given the extremely long wait time for processing. This is obviously something that we can not rush

I presumed that Colombia would be classed as a high risk country. What concerns me is that there is no embassy in the country and my partner needs to send the forms off to the embassy in Chille.

Thanks again for your insight


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Thank you Zamaussie and kmarees1986 for your contribution

I think what you have both said is good advice, I think i'm getting too keen to send off these forms as soon as possible, given the extremely long wait time for processing. This is obviously something that we can not rush

I presumed that Colombia would be classed as a high risk country. What concerns me is that there is no embassy in the country and my partner needs to send the forms off to the embassy in Chille.

Thanks again for your insight
You're not alone - I think everybody feels that way when they first start the process. It can be so tempting to cut corners. But once you start off and make peace with the fact that it is a long process to put the application together and cutting corners will only cause you more time apart (and a potential waste of the application fee) - you can get on with the giant task at hand.

Good communication between you and your partner and willingness to pay for express courier services is a good place to start. I recently used an online broker called Interparcel to send important documents abroad. It cost me $35 for collection from QLD to London. It took 3business days from memory and was using the UPS document service. Super fast and reliable and a touch on the $170 quote I received from DHL for the same sort of service.

Parcel Delivery from Interparcel Australia

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