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Partner Visa 801/820: Would like some advice please!


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Old 12-29-2010, 05:31 AM
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Partner Visa 801/820: Would like some advice please!

Dear friends,

I would like some advice regarding my chances for successfully obtaining a Partner visa 801/820.

My girlfriend recently obtained PR status. I am considering the possibility of applying for a partner visa through her, but am unsure of whether I have a strong case. I am hoping that some of you might enlighten me!

Some information about us:

- Both of us are Singapore citizens;

- She has been granted PR as of Nov 2010, while I am here on a 573 student visa set to expire in Mar 2011;

- We have been living together in a rented apartment since February 2008. Only her name appears on the tenancy agreement. I believe that our realtor would be able to furnish evidence that I have been living at the same address since 2008. I have emailed him requesting such evidence and am hoping that he will respond soon;

- We do not have a joint bank account;

- We do not have joint bills. Her name appears on the telephone/internet bills, while my name appears on the electricity bill. My mobile phone contract is in her name also (I don't know if this is relevant);

- Either one of us usually makes payment of the rent, and the other person subsequently transfers our portion of the rent to the other person. Because I am currently unemployed (having just finished my Bachelor's degree), she has on occasion covered my portion of the rent and utilities (Apparently this demonstrates a shared financial undertaking that goes beyond that of simply splitting every payment down the middle, at least according to one immigration lawyer I spoke with).

- I have yet to pore over our financial statements for the past two years, but I am relatively certain that we will be able to find evidence of financial transactions made on each other's behalf (gifts bought for each other, hotel rooms paid for, etc).

- We have gone on holiday together within Victoria, but have not holidayed overseas together apart from both returning back to Singapore and spending time together there (whatever leave she has from work she has used to return to Singapore to visit family, and also me when I go back for the holidays).

- We have a good group of friends who are happy to vouch for our relationship.

I realise that we do not have a good compelling financial case. But do I have a case at all? Are there any other things that I may have missed that might strengthen my case for partner visa?

I would greatly appreciate any advice on this matter. Thanks very much!

Sincerely,
Mark


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Old 12-29-2010, 07:05 AM
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Hi there,

People mistakingly think that they need joint everything. This is actually not the norm for many couples. DIAC suggests it as evidence, but they accept shared finances can be shown by bank transfers to eachother's accounts and other payments though made by one person that are for the household.

So, get your bank statements and higlight all of those payments that you think can show you are both contributing to the finances. Also, try to show that you are thinking of the future. Maybe you can nominate eachother as beneficiaries on your super, and possibly get some wills drawn up (though this is a big step, so only if you're comfortable with it).

Just include what you have. If worst comes to worst, DIAC will request more evidence when the application is being assessed.


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Old 12-29-2010, 09:25 AM
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As aussiegirl indicates, you do not need every last thing suggested in the Immi info and they do just list many things that can show a relationship to exist.
A joint electrical bill and getting a statement from the estate agent is a good start and then certainly go through both your individial bank statements to highlight expenditures on behalf of both of you both.
Have a read of the sticky thread by elkitten near top of the section.
Any memberships or association with other organisations that show you having a common address will also help and then supplementing that with statements will help but go for more physical evidence rather than going overboard with statements.





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