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Old 06-29-2009, 02:25 PM
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Hi everyone,

This is my first posting! :-) I am currently preparing my partner's visa and have read most of the postings here and had a lot of guides and hints, thanks heaps!

To list what we have managed to gather so far -

-joint lease contract for the last 2 years
-joint bank account
-gas, electricity and telephone bills - plane tickets & hotel reservation
-tickets-pics together & with other people
-2 stat decs from friends

We are planning to lodge the application by mid July - As above documents are pretty much all we have now, I'm not sure how much chance we have at the looks very thin for me :-/

Also, among 4 categories of 'evidence of your relationship', how can I prove 'the nature of your commitment to each other' on paper? I'm just at a loss at this part...Because we always have lived together, we really don't phone/email eatch other. Any suggestion?

Finally, is there any proper way to present the documents when you submit them? ? i.e. labels explaining which category the document belong to, captions to the pics etc? is it necessary?

Thank you ifor reading all of these, I am getting really nervous as the deadline approaches... Any advice will be deeply appreciated!!

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Old 06-29-2009, 03:11 PM
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the case officer may be concerned like many overseas students that share accomodation that your relationship may have developed into defacto over time, ie you decided to live together and then the relationship developed. I guess your benefit is that you are PR. The other issue DIAC has and is aware of is housemates nominating housemates as defacto partners simply as a way to let them stay in aust.

Im not suggesting that you are in any of these categories, just sharing what the case officer may be thinking. The dates of joint assets, liabilities will be significant. Try to think laterally as to show how your relationship as a defacto couple was formed from an early stage. photographs and statutory declarations - form 888 will assist. If not joint accounts at the start, did you pay each others bills at an early stage, eg mobile phone etc, maybe a stat dec from your parents saying when you introduced him as your partner, etc. Also consider tax returns or other formal documents which you nominated your partner as your partner. these are just some ideas.

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Old 06-29-2009, 04:12 PM
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I do not think that you ought to go fabricating a description of your relationship to try and provide what you think an immigration officer may want to see.

You've got a lease contract in your names of two years standing and provide copies of the latest utility bills just as they are whether they show that joint bills started from a particular date or not - quite likely you'll not get asked about them and if you do, well whatever the reason, give it.

Having other people living in the house is no big deal and if there's nowhere on the application/sponsor forms to put it, don't but if there is, just list them but the lease in your name is the key document.

As to how to prepare all your information, [and you do not need to go overboard with photos ] have a look at the "applying for this visa" section and you'll find a checklist [or there used to be one] and that's as good a guide as you need, also a comment there about not putting info in folders so reading between the lines, just what is pertinent and little more would seem to be the way.
The checklist btw was intended to be used as a face sheet/defacto index.

You mention statutory declaration by friends but what of parents?

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