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Old 12-03-2014, 05:33 PM
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Received an email from case officer ML this morning for further documentation. She needed my US Naturalization certificate (I'm the sponsor). Hopefully that will be all. Looking forward to a decision soon (I hope).

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I wouldn't expect them to waive it, but we spelt our circumstances out very clearly and gave as much evidence of our relationship as we could in all areas, including plans for the future. We hit the 60 doc limit and have had to email more (don't know CO but Randy has been in contact with the DC office a fair bit over other issues such as his non immigrating children), of course we are 'collecting' evidence as we are in a relationship that will grow and we'll need this for the next stage or if asked for more by CO, but besides opening a joint savings account in Dec when he's visiting, we don't intend on creating more for the sake of it. To be honest, we have found the entire process and lack of info and transparency by the Immigration dept. completely frustrating. We read the partner visa booklet and all info very carefully and spoke to the info line numerous times with questions but I'm blown away by some of the extra insights that are posted here. If you don't use an agent or didn't know of sites such as this before applying, it's not really an equal playing field is it? One of my best friends went through same process 13 years ago (almost exactly the same as our case only they met online - she's from Maine, her husband from my town), and they said it was a completely different experience back then...cheaper, less complicated and quicker. Sign of the times unfortunately. I guess it's a good thing we don't need that stamp/paper till July 2015...
AUWife, I totally feel you on this one. The process isn't clear, making for an unequal playing field. And I have definitely experienced moments of frustration at looking for things that weren't natural to create or do, just to prove our relationship is real. From what you've shared it seems to me like you and your husband are doing the best per your situation, being transparent with immigration and sharing only new information that is generated naturally. In the coming months perhaps you'll be able to share your tax designation of Married filing separately or jointly, as well. All cases are different and anecdotes serve limited purpose, but I have an Australian friend in her late 40s who married a childhood sweetheart that she hadn't seen since their teen years - they reconnected on Facebook, then married one week after he visited her in Oz (meaning after one week being physically in each other's presence after a separation of decades). The evidence collection was a nightmare for them, but her husband's partner visa application was granted about a year after lodgement (this happened in the last 6 months). This tells me DIBP may scrutinize your application longer, but with some diligence in sharing real information it is definitely still possible.

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Our 100 was just granted! Shocked does not even begin to describe our feelings. Thanks to everyone for all of their advice!

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Our 100 was just granted! Shocked does not even begin to describe our feelings. Thanks to everyone for all of their advice!
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BIG congrats, kanga!!! I have goosebumps. So happy for you!

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Visa #1: PMV (300) through Washington, D.C
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Visa Granted: January 2014.
Visa #2: Subclass 820 (From PMV).
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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
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Our 100 was just granted! Shocked does not even begin to describe our feelings. Thanks to everyone for all of their advice!
Wow! Awesome! That was super quick! Congrats! I wish it was this quick for us too!


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AUWife, I totally feel you on this one. The process isn't clear, making for an unequal playing field. And I have definitely experienced moments of frustration at looking for things that weren't natural to create or do, just to prove our relationship is real. From what you've shared it seems to me like you and your husband are doing the best per your situation, being transparent with immigration and sharing only new information that is generated naturally. In the coming months perhaps you'll be able to share your tax designation of Married filing separately or jointly, as well. All cases are different and anecdotes serve limited purpose, but I have an Australian friend in her late 40s who married a childhood sweetheart that she hadn't seen since their teen years - they reconnected on Facebook, then married one week after he visited her in Oz (meaning after one week being physically in each other's presence after a separation of decades). The evidence collection was a nightmare for them, but her husband's partner visa application was granted about a year after lodgement (this happened in the last 6 months). This tells me DIBP may scrutinize your application longer, but with some diligence in sharing real information it is definitely still possible.
Look, I empathize as well. I agree that the process could be a lot more straightforward and clear. However, they do pretty clearly say you NEED to provide evidence in all four categories. In cultures where arranged marriages are common and bride and groom often can't live together either before or immediately after marriage until there's a partner visa approved, they often provide SOME leeway in terms of the evidence provided. HOWEVER, we have not seen them cut the same slack to people who are from cultures where arranged marriages are not typical (like the US and Australia). We HAVE seen people on this forum rejected for EXACTLY this type of situation. I'm not saying all this to be a fearmonger - I'm saying it because I genuinely want the best outcome for every couple and I'm concerned. Of course, obviously it's up to AUWife, once I've given all the advice I have, what she does with it - whether she takes that into account or sets it aside and decides not to act on it. It could very well be that her visa will go through just fine. But just because hers does (and I hope it does!) doesn't necessarily mean that someone else's in the exact same situation will, so I will continue to give this kind of advice to try to save another heartbroken couple from having to post "our visa was rejected - what do we do now?" on this forum. Unfortunately COs can interpret regulations very literally or exercise a little leeway, so what is not a dealbreaker for one couple's visa may be for another. I will always advise erring on the side of caution when it comes to these things. I feel like I wouldn't be doing my "job" if I didn't.

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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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Congratulations BigAppleKanga. Best wishes to you both.

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Our 100 was just granted! Shocked does not even begin to describe our feelings. Thanks to everyone for all of their advice!
Whoop whoop! Congratulations! Wasn't expecting your good news so soon after your post this morning :-)

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Yay bigapplekanga!!! So happy for you!!!

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