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Old 02-19-2014, 02:54 PM
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820 Partner visa application

Hi,

Im looking to submit my 820 visa application soon after my and my partner get married at the end of next month, im worried that we have little evidence to show our relationship, what supporting evidence can I include in my application? I will explain my situation:-

We met almost 2 years ago in Cyprus when I was on holiday, im from the UK, she is an aussie living there. From that date we met each other once month in the UK, Cyprus or somewhere in between. We then made the decision that we would come to Australia to start our new life together. I obtained a WHV to get me into the country to see if we liked it and untill we get married (next month). Since we arrived almost 3 months ago we have been living with her grandperents untill we find jobs and get money coming in. Due to my proffession I am struggling to find someone to take me on short term (6 month as requiered by my WHV). Because of our living arrangements we dont have any rental agreements, joint policies, phone billd etc. to prove we jointly support each other.

What can we submit as evidence?

The only thing I can think to do is print both our bank statements for the past 2 years and highlight the flights / hotel rooms / travel expences etc. for when me met up, will this be enough?

We also have 1000s of photos and a Facebook message feed with about 50,000 messages between us. Along with the Facebook check-ins. Would this help?

If anybody has been in a similar situation or can offer any advice, your input would be appreciated!!!

thanks in advance!!
Dan


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Old 02-19-2014, 07:21 PM
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What can we submit as evidence?
Dan
Here are a few tips:

1) Print UK phone bill and her AU phone bill. Highlight all the calls made to each other over the years,
2) Open a joint bank account ASAP!
3) As you mentioned use pictures from different months (together obviously) in different countries. This shows you travelled together,
4) Get the grandparents to write a letter stating you are both living together in the same house,
5) Get lots of friends to complete stat declaration,
6) I even printed out a pic I had posted on FB with my wife and I which showed all the comments and likes,
7) is your partner working? if so, get her to change her Super to make you a beneficiary
8) Check who your partners grandparents use for there home phone. Why I was this is I called Telstra and said I was going to be paying the phone bill and I wanted it transferred into my name.. Now you have a monthly bill from that address

Thats my 2c's worth

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DylanW's advice is awesome.

You might be surprised at just what you can dig up or establish once your put your mind to it. My husband and I ended up with easily three times as much evidence as I initially thought we would manage to scrape together - I despaired just as you did.

Photos: these need to be carefully chosen and it's probably not a good idea to send in too many (certainly not 1000s!!!). Go through them and choose ones that represent significant events in your relationship - a 21st birthday party, a wedding, your engagement party, visits with each other's parents, one for each holiday etc. Try and get a few with other people to show that you are accepted socially and also try and get ones where your appearances have changed - longer/shorter hair, gained or lost weight etc to show the longevity of your relationship.

Get lots of statements from family and friends - Australian and non-Australian citizens since you might be relying quite heavily on those things. Make sure they use the correct wording in their statements - a great sticky on the form 888s and the correct wording to be used can be found with the other stickies at the top of this page and I really suggest you read and consider it.

Dylan suggested having the phone bill transferred into your name and that's really a great idea. If you can try and have it put into both yours and your partners names, but if the phone company won't do that, could you maybe put the phone bill in one name and then say put the electricity bill in your partners name? At least then you can prove that you both reside at the same address and are sharing the burden of the bills.

Joint bank account is great evidence.

You can get out health and life insurance listing each other as beneficiaries as this is incredibly easy to do. I added my husband to my life and health insurance plans before he even applied for the visa and I also opened up a funeral plan purely for visa purposes. So easy and took 20 minutes over the phone and I got a copy of the policy in the mail a week later (I just printed out statements for life and health insurance online). Do you have your spouse listed as a next of kin at work? Can you get a copy of your personal particulars form showing that she is listed? Same with medical records.

You and your partner can write a statement discussing how chores are divided and how you two live together on a day to say basis to prove that you have a relationship that is different from a housemate arrangement.

Have you ordered anything online for your partner - valentines day has just gone so maybe your ordered flowers or something and have an online invoice or a credit card transaction to submit as evidence?

Has any family or friends sent cards or letters addressed to the both of you at the same address, or even separately to each of you but at the same address? Good evidence of cohabitation and if the letters are addressed to both of you that's evidence of social acceptance. You should send envelopes with postmarks to prove they are genuine if it's personal correspondence.

Can your partner get roadside service membership listing you as an approved driver, same with car insurance. Joint membership to a video store or Myer one or Flybuys? All these things can be signed up for very quickly.

Even open up a joint email address is something. I'll try and think of some more ideas for you

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First of all thanks guys for your input, its a huge help. Some of your suggestions I had already thought of, but it was a good confidence booster that im kind on the right track. But some of your suggestions where amazing that I would have never thought of, thanks again for that.

How should I go about presenting Facebook messages / check-ins / photos???

I just want to stress again that we are living with my partners grandperents, we basically pay for nothing no bills or food shopping, so we dont have any bills etc. to show we are supporting each other finantially. Im hoping this wont be a problem. I was going to realy emphersise the times we have been meeting up over the past year n a half to conpencate.

I will be putting some time into progressing my application this weekend, and will post the structure of my application and what I intend to do for each section. Your comments on that would be appreciated.

Thanks again
Dan :-)

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Hi Daniel,

An easy way to use Facebook page(s) as evidence is to go to www.facebook.com/us in your browser and if you and your partner are listed as being in a relationship, then that link will take you to your joint Facebook couples page

It shows all your mutual friends, joint check ins, mutual likes and posts that you have tagged each other in so photos you have each other tagged in will be displayed as well as Facebook wall messages etc.

For Facebook private messages or the messenger app we just took screenshots of our Facebook conversations spanning our relationship - not all of them, but we took approximately 3 screenshots for each month we communicated plus a few extra ones that showed particularly pertinent conversations about our future plans or our feelings for one another etc. Beginning, end and middle of the month is a good rule of thumb to use

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Hi Daniel,

I literally opened up a picture of us which was from our wedding that had like 100 likes and comments directed both to me and some to my wife and printed it in colour and wrote on the top..

First photo as a married couple with 120 likes and multiple comments.

Something else to do -

print both your mobile bills and highlight all the calls to each other


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