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De Facto Visa application

Hi all,

I'm Ami. I've been looking at your posts for few months. Me and my boyfriend are going to apply for a de facto visa in March. I would like some advice before we loge the application.

I've become a citizen since September 2009. My boyfriend is studying full time in a university which he intended to graduate in June 2011. However, his visa will expire on the 28th March 2011. Thus, he has to apply for another student visa which will last for few months since he has only a semester left to study. So, we are thinking to apply for a de facto visa instead (as we will have to apply for de facto visa after he graduate in June anyway). Would that still be ok for him to continue his study as I know he will be on a bridging visa after his student visa expire in March?

We have been together since September 2007. He moved in to my house where I live with my parents in December 2008. During the one year that we were not living together, I have my phone bills to proof that we are in contact (even though I see him everyday as his house is just a walking distance away from my house). Also, 99% of all the phone numbers on the bills are his. We've lived together in the same house for 2 years. However, we do not pay anything together except the internet bills that were under his name but I paid them out of my bank accounts for almost 12 months up until around March 2010 when the contract expired. Since then, we got another contract with another company and we put both of our names in the account. The payments are made on my credit cards as required by the internet provider.

My boyfriend pays rent $300 to my mum each month but in cash (so there is no evidence) the rent includes everything. My step-father is going to write us a letter saying that he pays for all other bills.

We recently opened a joint account on the 1st November 2010.

I graduated in December 2010 and got a job waiting to start on 17 January 2011. The job is permanent full time as an accountant in a top company which is steady and I've got the letter of offer that they made to me since June 2010.

I worked since I was in college but stopped at the beginning of 2010 so I could concentrate on my study as I knew I had a great job waiting at the end of my degree. Thus, I was not working in 2010. So I am going to provide them with my past tax returns and pay slips after I start working as an accountant plus the letter of offer which shows how much will I get paid. I will also save most the amount i get pay in our joint account as I do not have to pay for rent or power at home.

My boyfriend has an investment account in Hong Kong which I will also attach to the application to show that he also has his own money.

We traveled together few times in the past 3 years and I keep itineraries and credit cards details for our bookings. I've visited his family in Hong Kong in 2009 which I keep the itinerary and photos. We have photos from 3 years ago up until now. We also have cards that we gave to each other on some occasions, facebook mails to each other and text messages which I can print them out from my phone.

We have done all the police checks and medical check up.

I have made a list of things that I include in the application in the front.

Questions I would like to ask
1. Since I am going to lodge my application in March, I will have 5-6 payslips to attach with the application. Will it be enough to show them that I am able to support my partner (since I was not working last year)?

2.Our joint account is recently opened. Does it matter?

3.The internet bills in both of our names (with the new provider) is less then 12 months. Is it ok? (The previous contract was under his name and I paid for it from my bank account for 12.made)

4.I never keep receipts of when we went shopping or movies together. I started to keep them in December 2010 which I think it's too late to start keeping them. Is it important and what should I do?

5.form 888 declarations have to be witnessed by an authorised person but what if the person who write the declaration for us does not know any authorised person, what should I do? and do they have to get the authorised person to sign the copy of their passport as well?


Please advice on anything I have missed out or anything. I really want him to stay with me and really want to get the application as perfect as possible. I am so stressed every time I think of the visa. I will be very appreciate all your answers and I am looking forward to see your comments.

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Ami


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1 Cover Letter
2 2 Passport Size Photographs of Applicant
3 2 Passport Size Photographs of Sponsor
4 Form 47SP
5 Form 40SP
6 Form 80
7 Movement records
8 Certified Copy of Applicant’s Passport
9 Certified Copy of Applicant’s National Identity Card
10 Copy of Applicant’s Birth certificate
11 Partner’s translated Birth certificate
12 Certified Copy of sponsor’s certificate of citizenship
13 Certified Copy of sponsor’s Australian Passport
14 Receipts for applicant’s Visa Medicals
15 Australian Federal Police Clearance Check for Applicant
16 Relationship timeline
Statements and Statutory Declarations
17 Statutory Declaration from sponsor
18 Statutory Declaration from applicant
19 Statutory Declaration from applicant’s employer
20 Certified copy of applicant’s employer Australian passport
21 Statutory Declaration from applicant and sponsor’s college teacher
22 Certified copy of applicant and sponsor’s teacher Australian passport
23 Statutory Declaration from sponsor’s step-father
24 Certified copy of sponsor’s step-father Australian passport
25 Statutory Declaration from sponsor’s sister
26 Certified copy of sponsor’s sister Australian passport and birth certificate
27 Statement from sponsor’s nature father
28 Statement from applicant’s best friend
29 Statement from sponsor’s best friend
Financial Aspects of Relationship
30 Written statement about our finances
31 Statement by Applicant on Employment & Financial Support
32 Statement by Partner on Employment & Financial Support
33 Letter of offer of employment to Partner
34 Partner’s current pay slips
35 Current contract of employment for Partner
36 Partner’s Tax Returns from last 2 years
37 Itemised Applicant’s Bank Statement for the past 2 years
38 Applicant’s Investment Account Bank Statement
39 Itemised Partner’s Bank Statements for the past 2 years
40 Partner’s credit card statement
41 Joint Bank statement
42 Receipts
43 Statement from Partner’s Step Father
44 Joint Utilities Bill
Nature of Household
45 Written statement regarding household work
46 Correspondence to Applicant and Partner at the same current address
Evidence pertaining to the Social Context of the Relationship
47 Written Statement about our social life
48 Photographic Evidence, Cards, Joint Wedding Invitation, CD made by Partner for Applicant spanning from September 2007-February 2011
49 Texts to each other, Facebook mails to each other, emails between partner’s and applicant’s parents
50 Evidence of our trips to Hong Kong, Macau and Melbourne
51 Receipts of presents and cards from Partner to Applicant’s family on their Birthday
Evidence pertaining to Nature of Commitment despite Separation
52 Written Statement despite separation
53 Original phone bills
54 E-mail conversation
55 Evidence on same date arrival to Australia in 2009


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It seems you'll have a lot more by way of evidence for your relationship than what a lot of people will have Ami and with references to joint bill paying from your bank account, that's fine and receipts for shopping and movie going are not so essential but any purchases on your bank statements ought to be highlighted.
And your student/working situation for just a couple of months should not be too much of an issue and all that could happen is that they may ask for an Assurer of Support and your family could be used for that if needed.
And wow!, just sighted your 55 item list and you've got ample in way of statements and re witnessing by an authorised person, it can be as simple as someone taking a statement to the local police station and they usually have a senior sargeant on duty who will do that, or alternately a PO manager or Bank Manager, some Chemists and you may even find a JP available in local government offices, so really plenty of people available to do that.
Being from HK, if he has any documents like his BC in other than english, he'll need a translation by an accredited NAATI translator and then a copy of that verified for submission.

Are you in the ACT, NSW, Tassie or Victoria for you can now get a relationship registration and that would be the Icing on the cake but you have plenty of info as it is and you ought to stop stressing.





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Thank you Wanderer.
I am in Tassie and I am going to police station on Monday plus we are going to find out about relationship registration too.
Thanks again for your advice


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Hi Wanderer, could I ask you a question about Amiiiee's post?

It seems common for applicants to write lots of statements focused on particular areas:

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16 Relationship timeline
18 Statutory Declaration from applicant
30 Written statement about our finances
31 Statement by Applicant on Employment & Financial Support
45 Written statement regarding household work
47 Written Statement about our social life
52 Written Statement despite separation
1. Do you think immigration prefer it that way, rather than jamming it all into the main stat dec?

2. And do all those smaller statements need to be stat decs themselves, or just the main one (#18)?

Thanks in advance :-)


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Immi do not get too specific about how someone composes statements and it is always going to be up to a CO how they view what is presented and how it is presented.
Some people may have minimal statements with different aspects of a relationship rolled in but barely getting a line and then it is possible someone may have one longer statement with subheadings.
Ami with her partner has obviously put considerable thought into his application and whatever way you do it, the main thing an Immi CO wants to be able to assess is that there is a substantive relationship.
Having separate statements is not necessary but it will at least have a CO under no illusions as to the relationship claimed.
If you have separate statements and wish each to have statutory declaration standing, it needs to be withessed.





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Thank you Wanderer.
I am in Tassie and I am going to police station on Monday plus we are going to find out about relationship registration too.
Thanks again for your advice
Ami,
Re being off to the police station,
For statements by anybody to be a statutory declaration, the individual making the statement needs to have their signing of it witnessed and the witnesser will need to see some ID.
You cannot just take statements already signed by others along to a PS or wherever and have someone sign it as a witness.

If others have already signed what you want to be staturory declarations, what you could try and have them do is for them to take their statement along to a witness person and say:
" I've already signed this but if I do a sample signing or resign can you witness it ", perhaps even a whiting out of the original signature and that may save them from having to do a new statement if that is the case.





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Re: Wanderer

We have not signed anything and we are going in together to sign in front of the officer.
Thank you for your consideration

We stopped receiving paper bank statement long ago but we do get electronic statements. If we print them out, do they need to be signed my an authorised person too? They are certainly original just that we print them ourselves from the web.

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Things like printed bank statements are just fine as they are.
And re my comment on witnessing of stat decs, I was thinking of those by others than yourself and your partner.





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thank you Wanderer for the help. I feel much better about it.
I sent the relationship registration application in on Monday.


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