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Spouse visa questions (PR & use of Agents)


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Old 05-28-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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Question Spouse visa questions (PR & use of Agents)

Hi Everyone!
Glad I found this web site, I'm new here and looks like a lot of useful info is about.

I wanted some advice regarding my application for a spouse visa, I hope someone can help.

My first question is regarding a migration agent, I have already filled in the forms and got all the supporting documents, but now I'm having seconds thoughts - should I pay an agent to review and file my application? It's a lot of money, and I'm not too sure if it's needed but I don't want to hurt my chances of getting the visa. Are there any trick questions I missed? Looks straight forward to me.

I should explain my situation for the next question, I am married to my Australian husband for 3 years, but we lived together for the last 5 years, although we did have some time apart where we had to work in different countries. Does anyone know how possible it is to get the PR upon the first application without waiting the extra two years? Do you know anyone with a similar situation that got the PR straight away?

Also I wanted to see what people think about the personal statement of relationship you need to write, should I write it very factual just dates and so on, or should it be more personal? Not too sure what to do, I went somewhere in between.

Last question..
I saw some people said they got the medical and police statement even though they weren't asked for it, is that a better way of applying? I thought I should wait for them to ask for it? We live in London, and that's where we plan to apply, don't know if it makes any difference?

If you have thoughts/advice for any of my questions, please write back!

Thank you!
Hadas


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I think a spouse visa application is pretty straight forward and not sure that a migration agent is required unless you are to busy to organize the application.

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Does anyone know how possible it is to get the PR upon the first application without waiting the extra two years? Do you know anyone with a similar situation that got the PR straight away?
I am not sure, but I don't think there is any difference in entitlements between the spouse visa and PR. Either way you need to wait a period before you can get any kind of welfare.

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Also I wanted to see what people think about the personal statement of relationship you need to write, should I write it very factual just dates and so on, or should it be more personal? Not too sure what to do, I went somewhere in between.
I also did mine somewhere in between and I think it is the way to go.

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I saw some people said they got the medical and police statement even though they weren't asked for it, is that a better way of applying? I thought I should wait for them to ask for it?
My suggestion is to follow the documentation in the application.

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If you have thoughts/advice for any of my questions, please write back!
Just complete the application exactly as requested. Go through the application checklist and make sure you have provided everything as requested. Be 100% honest in your application and I am sure everything will go through smoothly.


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We couldn't afford to have someone check over our application (though we thought about it!) so we just did the best we could and crossed our fingers! We did pay a website for advice and stuff but it turns out that the new booklet that immi put out has pretty much all that stuff in it! The thing about the website though is they organised all the info and weeded out the stuff that didn't apply to us. They were also available to answer questions. They did an OK job at that but there was one question in particular that they didn't answer properly at all (it seemed like they just copied and pasted stuff from a website or something).
Because we were alone in doing this we liked the security that the website provided and we became very well informed through the whole process.

Everything is pretty straight forward and there aren't any trick questions --- as long as you read through everything and make sure all your dates correspond you should be OK.

As for your letter about your relationship, start at the beginning and go from there, highlight all the major events in your relationship (use dates as much as possible), talk about your spouse's family, talk about trips you've made together, what your plans for the future are, how you support each other emotionally/physically/financially, talk about how you support your spouse's hobbies and passions in life.
Your letter is going to be as long as it needs to be to get the point across. My letter was 4 pages and my spouse's was 2 pages. Even though his letter was short, it was good and did the job (he also had to write a letter about how he would support me financially since I'm not able to access social security benefits for the first two years).

I've heard that in some instances, PR is granted right away - especially if the couple is married and has children. I haven't seen this actually happen on any of the forums though.

I waited for my medical until I was asked for it but I had my criminal records check done because I thought that I would need to send away for it.
The thing with waiting until your asked is twofold. One, with the medical, you might not need both an x-ray and blood tests so you could be saving money (instead of getting both done -- my medical was $327 and over $100 of that was the blood tests). Secondly, your "enter by" date is linked to the expiry of your criminal records check & medical. For me, I have one year from the date of my criminal records check to enter Australia. If your CRC is already almost a year old you may have a very short "enter by" date or you may have to re-do your CRC.


Best of luck!


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Nice post Megera - thanks for sharing.


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Mike and Megera,

Thank you so much for all the details, I think that makes me more confident now to continue without an agent.

I really appricieate the help guys!
Hadas


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Nice post Megera - thanks for sharing.

lol thanks - I'm getting a bit long winded these days


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