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Lodging de facto in a few weeks: any final words?

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:25 AM
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Lodging de facto in a few weeks: any final words?

If anyone could suggest anything to add to our application and give us an idea of our chances, it would be much appreciated.

We have been together since the end of Dec '09, but can only prove living together since Feb '10. However we have registered our relationship in VIC, waiving the 12 month requirement.

Aside from the obvious forms and ID, we have:

1. Joint bank account (since July '10)
2. Itemized bank statements showing evidence of:
- joint household purchases such as groceries etc
- Evidence of hotel bookings from weekends away together
- Evidence of dinners out
- Rent paid (to my parents as we live with them)
- Parents bank statements showing rent received
(however, rent has not been consistent as it often has been given in cash)
3. Joint car insurance policy
4. My partner as beneficiary on my superannuation
5. Invoice from our joint monthly donations to UNICEF
6. Invoice in both names from purchase of video camera
7. Coles online invoices in joint names showing same address
8. Booking confirmation for hotels in both names
9.Ticket stubs from movies, concerts etc
10. A letter from our real estate agent saying she is aware my partner is living with us (we couldn't put her on the lease as she moved in part way through current lease. We didn't want to renew at the current address due to parents building a new house - will include a stat dec from myself and my parents explaining this. However, I am on the lease. Should I include a copy of it??)
11. Evidence that we give blood at the Red Cross together
12. Membership at Costco
13. Mail from when we had separate bank accounts at same address
14. Joint mail and joint invitations from friends and family. Also other mail in separate names at same address
15. Stat decs from 3 friends and 6 family members from Aus, and 2 from partners Mum and friend in the States
16. Specific stat decs from parents confirming that we live with them and contribute financially as a couple (should we get affidavits instead? Would they hold anymore weight?)
17. Selection of photos with family and friends
18. Pay slips from my work (may also get a letter from them to say my job is secure)
19. Invoice for flowers and message on card we sent jointly to my partner's grandmother in the US
20. We also want to show evidence of our online relationship prior to my partner arriving in OZ. We have:
- email/myspace communication from Dec '08 (pretty much daily until Dec '09 - have screen shots of both of our account inboxes and a few examples of messages)
- My partners mobile phone records showing itemized texts to me on a daily basis for Oct/Nov 09 period
- My phone bills (though could not get itemized copy...only shows amount of international texts)
-Invoice from birthday present I sent to her in Oct '09
21. Will also have stat decs explaining why joint bank accounts were not opened earlier (Partner needed a bank affiliated with Bank of America as she was waiting for payment from last job...opening account with Westpac made transfers cheaper and easier whereas all my banking/car loans were with another bank)
22. Obviously our personal statements

I'm concerned that we don't have any joint utility bills or joint lease. Do you think what we have will be enough? I'm also concerned that I'm a student and only work part-time, earning about $30,000pa. My partner is on a work holiday visa but hasn't worked since she's been here. Is it a problem that I'm supporting her and she has not contributed financially since her savings ran out (in May)? She was initially planning on doing rural work/WWOOFing and put a lot of energy into finding a job on that front. She finally got a place in June but we found out the night before she left to take the job that US citizens are not eligible for a second year WHV. Since then, it's been difficult to find temp work that would be easily accessible, and we are surviving just fine on my income so she has been taking the opportunity to have an extended holiday.

Anyway, sorry for such a long post but just wanna make sure we have the application in the best shape possible before submitting.

Thanks in advance for any help, and good luck to others!

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Old 11-23-2010, 02:23 PM
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The joint lease and bills are not an absolute must and it seems you have an enormous ammount of alternative information, the relationship registration being ideal and hopefully it will blow them away.

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