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Old 12-13-2010, 12:04 PM
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Spousal Visa Preparation Advice

My American boyfriend and I are planning to get married in his home state in the US in early 2012. Currently he is in the US Army and his contract is due to expire mid-2012 so he will be able to leave the US after that.

We are wanting to make sure his visa (309/100) application runs as smoothly as possible so are wondering what kind of things we can do to prepare while we wait for his service contract to time out.

As we won't have ever lived together I am particularly interested in how to provide evidence of our relationship.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-14-2010, 06:33 AM
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Hi there,

The first step in the long application process is to thoroughly read the information provided by DIAC on their website:

Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)

Read every section, parcticularly the applying for the visa section, which contains a link to the downloadable partner booklet, which contains more detailed information than that given on the website.

It's quite complicated and may make you feel overwhelmed, but just approach it like an essay or assignment and you should be able to get through it without too many troubles.

In your case, you would be in a good position, as you can find out what evidence you need well in advance of applying, which will improve your chances of getting the visa. People are often caught by surprise by the amount of evidence and documents they need, and many don't have much to show as a result of not doing enough research before they apply.

So, the list of evidence is important. You can find a great list in the partner booklet:


Get joint accounts, get both names on the lease/ car loan, keep evidence of joint travel, invitations made to you as a couple, envelopes addressed to you and your partner at the same address etc. You should also look at the sticky by elkitten called 'unofficial de facto visa advice'. She managed to get her visa by basically using bank statements to show joint finances and explaining lack of certain evidence in stat.decs.

Good luck and let us know if you have any other troubles.

from another Aussiegirl

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