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Old 04-29-2014, 04:50 AM
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820 Partner Visa - Online application Vs. Paper Application

Hey All,

So I am in the process of collating all the evidence for our defacto visa application. I am thinking about doing the online application however I was just wondering if anyone out there had any comparisons or experience with online vs. paper.

I would like to have all my evidence in paper form (for my own sake of having it all filed and visible in front of me) however I am thinking the online application would be easier (not having to certify documents, quick uploading of documents and quick bridging visa grant).

I would greatly appreciate people opinions on this.

Thank you in advance.

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Hello Harriet,

I highly recommend online lodgement over paper lodgement. Application will ultimately be processed faster and it is easier to provide colour scans of documents than having to certify everything. There is also the ability to check on processing electronically. I would strongly suggest keeping a copy of the electronically lodged form and any documents uploaded.

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I've done both. Online is absolutely easier

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I'm a fan of online as well! Haven't got any experience with paper lodgement but did think carefully about both options and I honestly couldn't find any true benefits to paper lodgement over online (doesn't mean they don't exist, just that I could find nothing that struck me as being particularly beneficial).

I also think that DIBP themselves prefer online lodgement.

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Thank you, I am thinking we will definitely do an online application....

It's just such a daunting process....my future over here rests in the hands of a case officer and how good my evidence is!

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Not sure how the appllication presents itself to the case officer on the DIBP system, but online must be better than a 100 plus page pile of paper landing on their desk which they then have to spread out and figure out what it means.

I imagine that they have a checklist they work to - so must improve their workflow (but apprently not processing times? allows for more coffee breaks maybe ) to be able to just go straight to that item each time


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Lol. Mexiwi, we uploaded over 200 files to our online application....and quite a few of those were multiple pages in the one file! I can only imagine the feeling of resignation that a CO would have felt at seeing that bundle dumped on his/her desk, lol.

Another benefit to the online application is that at least you know files aren't going to get lost and if they do, we have the list of every file uploaded on our immi account anyway. It's great proof that of what we submitted in case any issues ever arise.

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... provide colour scans of documents than having to certify everything...
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I've had some of my documents copied in black and white then certified...does this mean they are wrong? Or do you mean using the online system I can just upload a copy of my documents in colour without getting them certified?

Sorry if I'm confusing things, I've also decided to go the online route (however I have everything on paper so I have a hard copy myself) and I'm almost ready to start filling in the forms.


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Thank you, I am thinking we will definitely do an online application....

It's just such a daunting process....my future over here rests in the hands of a case officer and how good my evidence is!
I know exactly how you feel!! I get way more stressed over this than I need to but it's that huge "what if" that hangs over you until you know for certain.

Good luck and I hope all goes well for you!

Are you applying off shore or on shore? I'm doing it on shore.

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Hi Louella, certified black and white copies are still fine

You can upload your documents without having them certified but they need to be colour scans of the original document. If you use black and white copies then they need to be certified, but either method can be used

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