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Old 12-03-2010, 04:36 AM
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Enough evidence to lodge a partner visa?

Hi guys, just a quick question about applying for a partner visa.

My girlfriend and I have been in a relationship for over 2 years now (Dec 2008-Dec 2010) and have been living together for the last 15 months. Unfortunately she only just came onto the new lease starting November 2010. Because we were students and lived in share houses one street apart, there wasn't much reason to physically move in together.

Here's the evidence I have managed to accumilate.

Photos and Tickets of our travel to
1. Sydney in, December 2008
2. Her home town in New South Wales in, December 2009
3. Melbourne, November 2010
4. Our tickets for planned travel to Amsterdam and the Middle East in 2011.

Furthermore these photos are dated because they were uploaded on facebook and I have taken screen prints. Do you suggest that I need to maybe certify these pages as true copies?

Secondly, we have gathered 4 stat declarations from our friends and coworkers (but we can get more if need be). We've also got invites that have our names together as well as email correspondence from family asking about our partners.

Thirdly, our billing address for bank statements are the same. However her's has only been changed since November of this year. Furthermore, our bank statements reflect living expenses and those travel transactions as well as funds transfers to and from our accounts throughout these years.

Fourthly, our relationship was registered at the state registration in Tasmania earlier this month.

Finally, our detailed statutory declarations.

Will that be enough or should I try to find some more?

Thanks for all your help.


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Old 12-04-2010, 07:33 AM
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I'd suggest opening a joint bank account, credit cards and draw up wills for each other. As it stands, you appear to have little evidence of a financial commitment.

P.S. The advice on photos is to only send a represantative sample (photocopied, don't send originals) - as they don't prove any aspect of your relationship - just that you posed together for the camera. Anything from facebook/digital copies can have the dates changed, so I wouldn't bother with them either.

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Old 12-05-2010, 01:49 PM
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Your tasmanian registration will no doubt help but you will still be expected to have had a relationship as in residing together and I would have expected the Tasmanian registration would have required that.
Tickets, photos and all that kind of stuff is just really the trimmings and it is the more solid evidence of residing together that is expected.
Have a read of the Booklet #1 and the sticky thread post by elkitten.





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Old 12-05-2010, 08:52 PM
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Hi Wanderer,

Yes it did, and my partner is on the lease. Effective last month. Although we can get stat declarations from my other housemates to prove that she has been living with us because she has contributed for power and utilities (if that helps that is).

Thanks again!

Also, thanks Zultan, I'm going to create a joint account today for everyday expenses. As for the will, what should I include in it? Is there a standard formula?


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Statutory Declarations can help but when you say she only came on to the lease in November because you lived in share houses one street apart that is definitely not considered as residing together.
In revealing that to Immi you could have some problems, even with the relationship registration and if an application is not made accurately and ommissions are discovered, then that can be an even bigger problem.





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Old 12-06-2010, 01:04 AM
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Statutory Declarations can help but when you say she only came on to the lease in November because you lived in share houses one street apart that is definitely not considered as residing together.
In revealing that to Immi you could have some problems, even with the relationship registration and if an application is not made accurately and ommissions are discovered, then that can be an even bigger problem.
In that case, because my Student Visa expires in September of 2011, I was thinking of maybe applying for a Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa and then once we're past Nov 2011 (officially a year on the lease), I can lodge my partner visa application? Is that acceptable? I really want to be honest and forthcoming with the application.

So my question now is, can I apply for a partner visa from the Graduate Skilled Temporary Visa?


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Hi there,

If you can get the graduate skilled visa, it would allow you to stay onshore, live with your partner and find a job, so I would get cracking on it right away. You want to be with your partner, and this seems like the best option, so if you look at it that way, there's nothing wrong with it in terms of immigration law. There is no need to tell them at this point about the relationship side of things because your first priority is staying onshore.

DIAC will not care after that whether you apply for a partner visa while on the skilled visa. If you did find a job it would actually be in your favour, showing that you have ties to Australia and are able to support yourself without relying on social welfare.


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With the relationship registration you'll not need the full 12 months together but just a reasonable time of say six months ought to be sufficient.





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With the relationship registration you'll not need the full 12 months together but just a reasonable time of say six months ought to be sufficient.
So Wanderer, you're saying that theoretically, if I were to apply June 1st 2011, and my partner has been on the lease since Nov 2010, together with all the other evidence like:
a. Travel itineraries + photos
b. Financial statements form our bank accounts individually (to show transactions made to and from each other between the time periods (2008-2011)
c. Financial statements form joint accounts used for utilities and groceries.
d. FOUR Statutory declarations from friends we have known ever since we've been together.
e. Our statutory declarations.
f. Relationship registration certificate.
g.And the lease with her name on it since the last 6 months.

Would that be sufficient?


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I'd reckon so and all that has gone before can still be used as indicative/support.





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