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Hello to All!
I am Colombian and my boyfriend is Australian and after visiting Australia we have decided to move there. The problem is that this being a decision we recently made, we haven't collected a lot of documents that prove that we have been living together for a year.
We live in a shared house in London and I am not part of the contract, my boyfriend is. As to bank statements, I just recently (last 3-4 months) requested my bank to start sending a paper copy (I was getting my bank statements online before) to our house. The only document that we can provide for the whole year we've been living together is our contents insurance which is in both names. Is this enough prove, or do we need to provide more documents?
Also I've read in other post that people from high risk countries will have more problems with their visas. Is Colombia a high risk country in this regard? Does it matter even if i've lived in London for the last 8 years?
And one last question. On average how long does the whole process take? We'd like to emigrate to Australia in September this year.
Thanks for your help!!!
Laura


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Hello to All!
I am Colombian and my boyfriend is Australian and after visiting Australia we have decided to move there. The problem is that this being a decision we recently made, we haven't collected a lot of documents that prove that we have been living together for a year.
We live in a shared house in London and I am not part of the contract, my boyfriend is. As to bank statements, I just recently (last 3-4 months) requested my bank to start sending a paper copy (I was getting my bank statements online before) to our house. The only document that we can provide for the whole year we've been living together is our contents insurance which is in both names. Is this enough prove, or do we need to provide more documents?
Also I've read in other post that people from high risk countries will have more problems with their visas. Is Colombia a high risk country in this regard? Does it matter even if i've lived in London for the last 8 years?
And one last question. On average how long does the whole process take? We'd like to emigrate to Australia in September this year.
Thanks for your help!!!
Laura
Hi Laura,
I'd expect Immi to see reasonable proof of a 12 months relationship and to be honest, in my view right now you're a bit light on but then I'm not an Immigration officer.

You'll need to do stuff like collecting the London share house contract and getting a statement [ preferably from landlord/agent ] re your living there if that period is part of your 12 months.
You say you have a contents insurance document for the whole year and if that has an address mentioned, do you not also have other documentation re where you're living in Columbia?

You should be able to get earlier bank statements from your bank, or can you not print out history from online access and get your Bf's accounts too for from both you can highlight expenses of a living together nature and any receipts would be great.

It'll obviously take you a while to collate all your evidence, most people 2-3 months or longer and so that alone will give you some more time together, but getting an application approved by September is perhaps optimistic.

I would accept that it could take a while longer rather than rush your application for that's just a good way to get a refusal and lose the application fee.
Have a good read of Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) , the eligibility and applying for this visa sections in particular, use the Checklist in the latter, and read Booklet #1 and also the sticky thread by elkitten.

I'd expect that Columbia will be HR and it goes on passport not where you've been to and living in the UK will mean you'll need a police check from there too.
HR processing time is quoted as being 10 months though that does not mean it'll take that long and hopefully not longer.
I've known of people from HR countries to be be quicker and the more effort you put into an application presentation, the easier it may be processed but as I've stressed, you need the evidence to start with and good supportive statements and statutory declarations from friends and family to back it up.





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Thanks for your help Wanderer...
I've just looked everywhere for documents that can prove that we've been living together for a year but the oldest statement I found is from november 09. We still have two insurance documents in both our names (contents and travel) .
I'd like to know if things such as statements from friends and family as well as pictures proving that he's met my family and i've met his, have any weight, especially when we can't provide other strong evidence that we have lived together for a year. I don't think we can ask the landlord for a statement because i am not part of the contract.
I've read in another post that character checks take about 6 months.. What is it exactly that they are checking? is there anything we can do to speed up the process?
Thank you!!


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Thanks for your help Wanderer...
I've just looked everywhere for documents that can prove that we've been living together for a year but the oldest statement I found is from november 09. We still have two insurance documents in both our names (contents and travel) .
I'd like to know if things such as statements from friends and family as well as pictures proving that he's met my family and i've met his, have any weight, especially when we can't provide other strong evidence that we have lived together for a year. I don't think we can ask the landlord for a statement because i am not part of the contract.
I've read in another post that character checks take about 6 months.. What is it exactly that they are checking? is there anything we can do to speed up the process?
Thank you!!
Statements from friends and family certainly help and re the London residence, your Bf ought to be able to get something from someone and with you there eight years, do you have some friends from that period in your life that can give a statement re your residing with the Bf.
Photos will only do so much and half a dozen is probably ample.

There have been a couple of threads about character checks taking six months and that is something that could be variable, relating to connection Australia may have with different countries and the sociopolitical situation in a country and just how processes of different countries can be but as to what they'll be checking, no idea really other than you aren't a member of some clandestine group etc. [ just joking ].

There's not really anything in particular to do re speeding the process up other than getting your police checks and medicals organised, though other than any overseas PCs I'd leave them until just on being ready to submit an application for it'll likely take a few weeks for initial contact and advice to do them if it is to come and so if you have them just about ready to submit that'd be fine.

But nothing else you can really do other than having a complete and accurate application so you do not unnecessarily cause delay.





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