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Best way to lodge your Spouse Visa Application


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Old 02-20-2010, 06:58 AM
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Hi all,

Just writing to share my experience applying for the Spouse Visa. Though it was a bit of a work, it was relatively hassle free. I reckon that if your situation allows it, this is probably the best way to do it. To make things clearer:

Our situation: I am a high risk country, here on a Student visa. Me and my boyfriend of 2 years got married in August 2009 and been living together since.

First, we couldn't decide if we wanted professional help of not. Eventually decided not to take a chance and got us lawyers ($3000).

Then we started collating the documents and working on our relationship history, which our lawyers told us is one of the most important documents.

Our lawyers advised us to lodge a 'decision ready' application by booking in an appointment with the immigration, rather than the normal way. Again, they claimed this is the best way to do it, which I totally agree with.

So we booked in an appointment for January. The lawyers had sorted all our paper work neatly, which was put in a display folder with the names of the evidences labelled properly. They said that the easier it is for the CO to find the relavent document, the better it is for your case.

We had about 45 mins of interview with our Case Officer, who was a nice lady. We basically just had general chit chat, and she didn't really ask us many questions. I reckon that after 10-15 minutes, she had already made up her mind, and didn't even go through our evidences thoroughly, all the months of collating and she didn't even go through properly! I guess it all depends on what foot you get on with your CO. Ofcourse if you are doing something dodgy, they will get to you. But if you're not, they can certainly make it easy or dificult for you. Then she informed us she is approving our application, then started typing up the letter of approval in front of us, and asked us why we felt necessary to hire a lawyer in our case. Said it's only recommended for people who can't speak english properly or who have a complicated case. Bugger!

So yeah, that's that. Everything took less than an hour. I suppose the COs are looking out for the general vibe between the two partners, their body language and probably are able to tell straightaway if you are not a genuine couple, apart from your paperwork. And if possible, I'd definitely recommend booking an appointment for everyone too.

Hope this helps!

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Old 02-20-2010, 08:55 AM
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Getting documentation together and well presented is certainly a great help if basic eligibility is met.
You will find that has been stressed to applicants who have posted on the forum here and there have been quite a few DIY success stories.

As you found, there is no real necessity to use legal advice and the Immi web site data and Checklists are relatively easy to follow for people prepared to commit to the identified process.





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hi
just wandering if you could help me? my husband is also from a high risk country and I am just about to lodge of spousal visa application. I would greatly appreciate talking to you if possible
cheers Susie


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