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Old 07-12-2010, 01:18 PM
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De facto visa questions

Evening.
Ive got a few questions regarding sponsoring my girlfriend of 2 years under a defacto visa. im a aust citizen.

originally we met in the philippines in 2008, we worked together. and in june 08 we got a place together. the problem is we were renting and we did not keep any of the documents as it was under the landlords name. we do have a few pics and a letter on the back of a building notice but that is it. I have a stat dec from my mother saying that we lived there too. Is this sufficient?

we moved to brisbane and have been living in my family home since jan 09. she is currently on a student visa which will expire august 10. so weve been living together in the philippines for 6 months, and in brisbane for 1.5 years.
am i right in saying that we are in the clear? even though we dont have any evidence from living together in the philippines.

other evidence we have is:
phone records of me calling her when she went to the phils in jan10.
joint bank accounts
bank statements
car rego in both names
receipts from me paying for her international student fees.
photos of us together
a few emails
payslips
5 stat declarations (including from both parents)
*is this sufficient?*

another question is, do each photocopy have to be stamped and certified by a JP? we got our passport and visa copies stamped.

thank you for your help we both appreciate it.
any opinions and or advice would help a lot.

regards.
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Hi Markis,

I wouldn't sweat too much about not having evidence of your time living together in the Phillipines since the time in Australia should be enough.

The other evidence you have seems to pretty good too, but it's best to find a little extra just in case you are asked to submit more while the application is being processed. It doesn't always happen, but visas for Phillipinas are scrutinised immensely from what I have read, so it pays to be over prepared in the event that need more proof. Have you travelled together, joined any clubs together, been invited to weddings or other events as a couple?

About certified copies, I believe only official docs like birth certs, passports, marriage certs etc are needed. In all other cases you should aim to give them an original, such as police checks, bank statements, lease contracts, letters etc. They will hand back all of those things once they have been assessed, so any copies you make of these are just for your own records in case they lose something.


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Hi AussieGirl
thanks for the reply.
after taking into account your imput, ive added more pictures and some invitations to parties and weddings. (good idea)
i read somewhere that the sponsor (me) needs to include some passport pics in the application. i just wanna verify that?

apart from that we are set, we've sent for the police clearance check and it should be here sometime in the next week.
my spouse's visa expires 31/08/10 and im questioning whether i should wait for the police check to come back and submit all together or submit what we have now and submit the police check at a later date? the medical for the visa is booked but unfortunately the soonest we could book it for was the 20/08/10.. i know we are frantically trying to get it all together in time.
so should we wait till we have it all, or submit what we have and submit the rest later?

PS. from what i understand as long as its been submitted and her student visa expires she will go on a bridging visa untill its processed correct?

thanks all


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Hi AussieGirl
thanks for the reply.
after taking into account your imput, ive added more pictures and some invitations to parties and weddings. (good idea)
i read somewhere that the sponsor (me) needs to include some passport pics in the application. i just wanna verify that?

apart from that we are set, we've sent for the police clearance check and it should be here sometime in the next week.
my spouse's visa expires 31/08/10 and im questioning whether i should wait for the police check to come back and submit all together or submit what we have now and submit the police check at a later date? the medical for the visa is booked but unfortunately the soonest we could book it for was the 20/08/10.. i know we are frantically trying to get it all together in time.
so should we wait till we have it all, or submit what we have and submit the rest later?

PS. from what i understand as long as its been submitted and her student visa expires she will go on a bridging visa untill its processed correct?

thanks all
You just ought to make sure the application is complete and well done as per http://www.immi.gov.au/migrants/_pdf...-checklist.pdf
Medicals and Police Checks can follow.
And yes, a bridging visa will be granted such that it will kick in when the student visa finishes.





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