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Should we use an agent or not?


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Old 08-05-2010, 08:51 PM
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Should we use an agent or not?

Hi everyone,

I'm really happy to have found this forum! I was just wondering if it's worth using a MARA agent in my situation or just doing it myself?


Here is some info about our situation:

1) We've known each other for about 5 years
2) In a relationship for the last 4 and a bit years.
3) Married for the last 3 years & 3 months.
4) Living together for 3 years.
5) No kids, yet!
6) I'm 25, he is 27.


He is a German/EU citizen.
I'm an Australian citizen.
We both live together in Germany.
I have a permanent residency visa for Germany.

The only things I'm worried about are these:

1) We don't pay rent, because we live in a family owned house. We do have a lot of letters addressed to both and each of us to this address, though. However, the bills are addressed to each of us separately, though at the same address. We do have a joint bank account, but we only use it 3 or 4 times each month.

2) Statutory declarations. Do they all have to be from Aus citizen friends? Can it also be from family? And must all of these be made by Aus citizens? We (obviously) have more of a social life in Germany than Australia.

3) I don't make a lot of money, and I'm worried that I won't be a good sponsor because of this! However, my Mum has offered that if we need it she will be our Assurance of Sponsor. My parents are also happy to let us stay with them until we find our own place when we get to Australia.

So, should I consider using an agent for our situation? What happens if you make a mistake or forget something in your application? Will it be automatically declined?

And, if your visa is declined in the end, how long do you have to wait to reapply? Is it really a 7 year wait (this is what is scaring me into thinking of using an agent!)?


Thank you so much in advance for your help. I really appreciate it!

Kiki


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Old 08-06-2010, 01:22 AM
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Hi everyone,

I'm really happy to have found this forum! I was just wondering if it's worth using a MARA agent in my situation or just doing it myself?


Here is some info about our situation:

1) We've known each other for about 5 years
2) In a relationship for the last 4 and a bit years.
3) Married for the last 3 years & 3 months.
4) Living together for 3 years.
5) No kids, yet!
6) I'm 25, he is 27.


He is a German/EU citizen.
I'm an Australian citizen.
We both live together in Germany.
I have a permanent residency visa for Germany.

The only things I'm worried about are these:

1) We don't pay rent, because we live in a family owned house. We do have a lot of letters addressed to both and each of us to this address, though. However, the bills are addressed to each of us separately, though at the same address. We do have a joint bank account, but we only use it 3 or 4 times each month.

2) Statutory declarations. Do they all have to be from Aus citizen friends? Can it also be from family? And must all of these be made by Aus citizens? We (obviously) have more of a social life in Germany than Australia.

3) I don't make a lot of money, and I'm worried that I won't be a good sponsor because of this! However, my Mum has offered that if we need it she will be our Assurance of Sponsor. My parents are also happy to let us stay with them until we find our own place when we get to Australia.

So, should I consider using an agent for our situation? What happens if you make a mistake or forget something in your application? Will it be automatically declined?

And, if your visa is declined in the end, how long do you have to wait to reapply? Is it really a 7 year wait (this is what is scaring me into thinking of using an agent!)?


Thank you so much in advance for your help. I really appreciate it!

Kiki
Hi Kiki,
An agent cannot change any facts for you and even though a good one should make sure there are no errors in an application, you still need to collect all the data as it seems you're already thinking of.
You appear to have all requirements fulfilled and a lot more so than some who would sek to apply and so if you have checked out the applying for this visa section on Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100) you'll se that there is a great Checklist and if you use that in conjuction with doing a dummy run application form and make reference to Booklet #1 if you get hung up on something or ask again here, I'd not expect it ought to be a problem for you with DIY.
Where you have an adequate reason for no lease/rent, that's OK and just mention it in your covering statement and on the application form if room but if you've got documentation for both of you at the address, it shouldn't be an issue.
If there are minor mistakes in filling out a form, a question missed or whatever or a co has a query about something in particular, they will ask and it is only where someone is applying for a visa that they are obviously invalid for or where fraudulent information has been provided that a visa will be rejected.
I think however that you may be overly concerned and I've not heard of any 7 year rule.
As for statutory declarations, the references in Booklet #1 P27 are more just there if a statement is being provided by someone eligible to make a stat. decl. and on P29 you'll see advice re people abroad.
Certainly having your mum do a SD and mention how you will initially stay with the family and anyone else in Australia who has met/knows you both will do no harm but it is not essential.
Once you do a dummy run, I'm sure you'll feel much more comfortable about the process.





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Old 08-10-2010, 04:46 PM
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Hi Wanderer,

thanks so much for your reply and the helpful links! I do have a tendency to worry too much, I guess I just have to chill out. Do you mean by making a dummy run, to run down the checklist and see if we have everything? I think I'm going to give it a go and do it on my own.

Thanks again,
Kiki


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I's even go to the extent of having yourself a spare form and filling it in, highlighting with a red X where you have additional info or documents to be organised and making your own To Do List from the exercise.
As you get the various things organised, blot out the X and when you have no red left tou ought to be able to check the application against the Checklist and all will be fine or not.
When happy with what you have, you're ready to do your actual application and your dummy is for your own record.





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Old 08-11-2010, 07:39 PM
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Thanks again, Wanderer, I will have to try that! I think the booklet even suggested making a second copy for your own records. I've now read Booklet 1, Form 40SP (and filled in most of it) and the Application Document Checklist. Just have to read through 47SP. I'm making a big To Do List as I go through the stuff, and also a list of questions to ask the department. I'm feeling much better about the process, though it still seems a little daunting!


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Thanks again, Wanderer, I will have to try that! I think the booklet even suggested making a second copy for your own records. I've now read Booklet 1, Form 40SP (and filled in most of it) and the Application Document Checklist. Just have to read through 47SP. I'm making a big To Do List as I go through the stuff, and also a list of questions to ask the department. I'm feeling much better about the process, though it still seems a little daunting!
Most people go through the stages of being overwhelmed, daunted, confused etc. for there is a lot of information and to some extent it could be considered over the top as to what is asked for a lot of people and I suppose it's what happens when you've got people from anywhere on the planet making applications.
But best to take it a step at a time and you'll often find there's a reference on a link somewhere that'll answer most questions.
Depending on what you ask Immi, you could get back very little but if you have any difficulties you can still try the forum.
Also have a look at the sticky thread by elkitten in top of section - search by names of poster.





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I've spoken to a few now, and I think the only was is to ask, but maybe someone else has more info? All the ones I spoke to said that they do not take on cases that are not likely to get approved.


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