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How I presented my application for Partner Visa (Subclass 820)


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How I presented my application for Partner Visa (Subclass 820)

As promised, here's my sharing.

Note to readers: I'm just an ordinary person, not a migration agent or lawyer. I'm sharing this based on my own experience and you should take note that everyone's circumstances are unique, so this post is just for your reference and shouldn't be seen as the ultimate guide. At the time when I submitted my application, online application wasn't available for this type of visa. As such, this presentation refers only to my paper application.

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Background:
Visa: Partner Visa (Subclass 820) - on marriage ground
Visa used to apply for 820: ETA (Subclass 976) - *note: this subclass no longer exists
Nationality: Malaysia
Applied: Onshore, through Sydney office; paper application
Application Date: 3 October 2013
Police Checks: Submitted with application
Medicals: Submitted with application
Visa Granted: 10 April 2014

Below is how I presented my application (in the exact order).

1. Two passport-sized photographs each for the applicant and sponsor, placed inside two separate little transparent plastic bags that are stapled against the top of Form 47SP

2. Form 47SP

3. Attachment to Form 47SP containing additional information (optional)

4. Form 40SP

5. Form 80 - *note: I'm not sure if you need this form now as I didn't see it on the current document checklist

6. Photocopy of biographical pages of applicant's current passport - certified

7. Photocopy of biographical pages of applicant's previous passport - certified

8. Photocopy of applicant's birth certificate (in original language) - certified

9. Photocopy of applicant's birth certificate (translated to English by professional translator) - certified

10. Photocopy of biographical pages of sponsor's current passport - certified

11. Photocopy of biographical pages of sponsor's previous passport - certified

12. Photocopy of sponsor's Australian permanent residence visa - certified

13. Photocopy of sponsor's birth certificate (in original language) - certified

14. Photocopy of sponsor's birth certificate (translated to English by professional translator) - certified

15. Photocopies of sponsor's Australian tax assessment notices (from year 2011 to year 2013) - certified

16. Photocopy of marriage certificate (official extract from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages issued a few days after marriage) - certified

17. Photocopy of marriage certificate (commemorative certificate signed on day of marriage) - certified - *note: this is optional - we submitted it just in case

18. Original Certificate of Good Conduct for the applicant issued by Malaysia's government

19. Original Police Certificate and accompanying letter for the applicant issued by UK's Association of Chief Police Officers

20. Scanned copy of the printout of e-Medical 'Information Sheet' (containing HAP ID) for the applicant (I obtained this information sheet from Medibank on the day I had the medical examinations done)

21. Statutory declaration by applicant - witnessed and certified by a Justice of the Peace (I wrote 8 pages in total, answering all questions/points and added extra relevant information that helped prove that our relationship is genuine and continuing)

22. Statutory declaration by sponsor - witnessed and certified by a Justice of the Peace (written separately by my husband, containing all points to support what I wrote in my declaration)

23. Original Form 888 (first statutory declaration by a witness, who is my friend of more than 10 years), followed by photocopies of his current and previous passports, as well as Australian PR visa - all certified

24. Original Form 888 (second statutory declaration by a witness, who is my husband's friend of more than 3 years), followed by photocopies of her current passport and Australian PR visa - all certified

25. Original Form 888 (third statutory declaration by a witness, who is our close relative), followed by photocopies of his current Australian passport - all certified

26. Original statutory declaration by my sister based on Malaysia's statutory declarations act, which was certified by a Commissioner for Oaths in Malaysia (since she isn't an Australian citizen or PR, Form 888 shouldn't be used here), followed by photocopy of her current passport that was also certified

27. A white sheet of A4 paper with the title in huge font "EVIDENCE OF A GENUINE AND CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP - Part I & II: - Financial aspects; - Nature of the household" (I inserted this to tell my CO 'this is where my supporting documents started')

28. A long table explaining each and every piece of evidence in this section (I provided 40 pieces of evidence, including but not limited to bank statements, tax invoices, receipts, tenancy agreements, mobile phone agreements, emails and official letters). The top columns of my table contained these titles: Number (I numbered each piece of evidence) - Date of Evidence - Type of Evidence - Explanation of Evidence

For example, one of the items in the table looks like this:

#4 - [Date of tax invoice] - Tax Invoice - This shows that we bought a pair of wedding rings priced at XXX for our marriage

Apart from explaining what the evidence is, I also used the 'Explanation of Evidence' column to explain our circumstances. For example, we have joint bank accounts but we didn't have joint lease agreement and joint utility bills so we explained why.

29. A white sheet of A4 paper with the title in huge font "EVIDENCE OF A GENUINE AND CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP - Part III & IV: - Social context of the relationship; - Nature of our commitment to each other"

30. A total of 22 photos printed in colour with detailed captions (maximum 2 photos on a sheet of A4 paper). The photos were not just about the two of us. Most of the photos were us with our friends or family members and they showed the most significant events in our relationship (which were also mentioned in our statutory declarations).

31. A long table explaining each and every piece of evidence in this section. The top columns of this table also contained these titles: Number - Date of Evidence - Type of Evidence - Explanation of Evidence

I provided 149 pieces of evidence, including but not limited to greeting cards; printouts or screenshots of emails, Facebook statuses and messages, Skype chat logs, WeChat and Weibo logs, blog posts and mobile phone statements showing call logs; photocopies of postcards, movie tickets, flight tickets, tax invoices and receipts for joint travels; etc. While you may find the list exhaustive, it actually contained only the more representative items from each category. All items within the categories were arranged chronologically.

In addition, I translated each and every piece of evidence that is not in English so that my CO would understand the key messages true to their original context and meaning. I didn't hire professional translator for translating the evidence.

I got all photocopies certified true by JPs (some people don't think it's necessary - please make your own judgment call). Original printouts and screenshots were not certified.

/end of presentation/

Given that things may have changed during these six months or so, I'm not sure if you found this post of mine helpful. Anyway, I personally believe that the most important element in an application is TRANSPARENCY. Just be transparent with DIBP when filling in all the forms and preparing all the supporting documents. Please read carefully and answer each question honestly. For example, I've travelled to more than 20 countries in many different occasions in the past and lived at many different places. I took the pain in sorting out all the countries visited (and the dates and purpose of visiting) in a long table, as well as all the addresses at which I lived before with the respective date range. Please don't skip some questions just because they are difficult. Your effort in answering them may just indirectly show to your CO how transparent you are with them.

Since not all couples can provide the "perfect" supporting documents, I found it useful to explain your circumstances to DIBP with 100% transparency if you think some of your answers or documents may prompt more questions in your CO's mind.

Lastly, please don't rush things through. It took me and my husband a lot of time to prepare our application. The reward was getting the visa granted in 6 months and 1 week without any hassle or questioning from the department.

Please don't hesitate to point out my mistakes if you see any. If you have more questions with regards to preparing the evidence, please leave a comment and I'll try my best to answer.

Good luck everyone!

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Hi Mrs Z - Thanks for sharing your application in such detail. I am sure it will be a great help to many in this forum. Good luck to you both.

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You're welcome. I learned a lot from this forum when I prepared my application last year.

By the way, in terms of getting a job here, I hope that people don't give up easily and don't be demoralised. After being rejected for several times, eventually I managed to get a full-time permanent job even when I was on a bridging visa. Just make it clear to your prospective employer that you are legally allowed to work in this country and that you do intend to stay for a long period of time (since your partner is here and since you have spent so much money applying for a visa, it goes to tell how determined you are to stay here).

Again, all the best to everyone.

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That's a truly great list and explanation, Mrs. Z! Thanks for posting it and congrats on your visa grant!

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Thanks CollegeGirl! Getting a compliment from you means my post sounds alright!

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Hello Mrs Z your article is so helpful. I see that you did the processing yourself. I came here with a Prospective Marriage Visa which will expire soon. I will be processing my Partner Visa any time now. Do you find it easier to just do it yourself? I hired an agent for the Prospective Visa and I am really anxious now for the Partner Visa.


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Ladyjane, you have even less to worry about now. They've already determined you and your spouse are a genuine couple - they did that with the PMV. Provide them all the evidence you did for your PMV plus updated evidence from between then and now -- pics of the marriage, cards from people who attended your wedding, statements, correspondence sent to both of you at the same address, etc. It's not hard to do yourself and it's basically just ticking boxes when coming from a PMV.

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
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Ladyjane, you have even less to worry about now. They've already determined you and your spouse are a genuine couple - they did that with the PMV. Provide them all the evidence you did for your PMV plus updated evidence from between then and now -- pics of the marriage, cards from people who attended your wedding, statements, correspondence sent to both of you at the same address, etc. It's not hard to do yourself and it's basically just ticking boxes when coming from a PMV.

Thanks heaps CollegeGirl. That is such a relief. I'm a bit of a worry worth. I hired an agent before so it made me nervous since we will be doing it ourself this time. I am just starting to stress about it especially that my PMV will be expiring soon. I'm scared that I will be kicked out of Australia after being here for the duration of PMV. Thanks again for the help. This forum is really helpful.


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As long as you've married and applied for your 820 before the expiration of your PMV, I doubt you have much to worry about. Obviously you'll want to make sure you are collecting evidence you live together (correspondence addressed to both of you at the same address) and that you're sharing finances (a joint bank account, or other evidence of your joint financial commitment).

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
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As long as you've married and applied for your 820 before the expiration of your PMV, I doubt you have much to worry about. Obviously you'll want to make sure you are collecting evidence you live together (correspondence addressed to both of you at the same address) and that you're sharing finances (a joint bank account, or other evidence of your joint financial commitment).
I cannot thank you enough for all these information CollegeGirl. It's amazing how you know so much about this. I truly appreciate it.


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