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Old 05-01-2013, 06:48 AM
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Hi. I applied for a defacto partner visa from the United States at the end of April, and reading the information everyone submitted with their applications, I am nkw terrified that i did not provide enough information with my application - especially in terms of evidence of the relationship.

I am applying for the partner visa based on having a de facto relationship with my partner. I lived in australia with my partner for just under 12 months, but we registered our relationship with the NSW Registry of Births and Deaths and submitted that certification with our visa application - so that we may have the 1-year relationship requirement waived.

The thing is - because I was there on a work and holiday visa (meaning I had work restrictions and couldn't make a lot of money) and my partner is in University and not working, we lived out of one bedroom in his parents' house rather than having our own place together and used his mum's old car rather than buying a car of our own together. So we don't have a lease with our name on it or car insurance taken out together or anything.

With our application, we both wrote our stat dec's - and mine was about 8 pages long. We provided our 2 supporting dec's - one from a mutual friend, who was there when we met for the first time, and one from my partner's mum. And I provided about 20 cards total - some from him to me, some from me to him, some from our families to the other partner, and a few addressed to both of us at the same address. I also provided a small flat photo book that I made for each of us as an anniversary gift. We also opened a joint account together about halfway into my trip to Australia and started using it to pay for groceries, dinners, trips to the movies, and a few activities we participated in together on trips. So I provided a few bank statements showing those transactions.

I didn't know that I was meant to supply dinner receipts, movie ticket stubs, and stuff like that, though. I am really worried we don't have enough physical evidence to prove the validity of our relationship.

Is there any chance that this would be considered sufficient evidence to have the visa granted? Does anyone have any advice or suggestions as to what I should do now - if anything? Should I be worried?

Thanks! :/
I wouldn't worry too much about whether you have provided them with enough details or not. If they require any more info from you they will let you know.

I met my now husband while I was on a working holiday and we did not have a lease in our name either because no estate agent would let me sign a year's lease on a working holiday visa.
I never supplied receipts for restaurants or movies or whatever else other people may have provided immigration with. Immigration never asked us for more info than we had supplied them with.

I tend to think the more you put in there, the more suspicious it sounds especially considering the situation you were in.

As long as your application sounds honest and genuine I don't see why they wouldn't approve it!

Don't think about it too much. Some people have gotten lucky but it's always down to the CO. You cannot predict how long you'll have to wait. The first few days after sending the application are always stressful but it'll ease down in the next couple of weeks. Just relax. As long as you believe in your relationship and mutual commitment everything is going to be ok

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Thanks so much, KrystHell. I am a naturally anxious person - so I will definitely be worried throughout the process, but your response has really calmed my nerves. I am glad to know that there have been some people who have had their visas granted without a mile long list of pieces of evidence.

My application was lodged on the 19th, and I received my CO on the 25th. Review of my app is currently halted, though, because I have been asked to provide an AFP. I would loved to be approved by July, but I am realistically anticipating October.

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Hey all,

Just got approval for my 820 visa in less than a month, and I'm sure that all the advice on how to present and prepare my application I've gotten from here was a MASSIVE advantage to the timely processing of my visa.

I haven't seen too many sample tables of contents in too many threads, and the ones I did find I made sure to print off, as they ended up being a huge help in outlining what I should include and how I should include it.

Because mine was so successful, I thought it'd be nice to include what my table of contents looked like for anyone interested.

Table of Contents:

Application Document Checklist – 2 passport photos of applicant and sponsor attached

1 Forms and Identification Documents
1.1 Completed Form 47SP
1.2 Completed Form 40SP
1.3 Certified copy of American passport- applicant
1.4 Certified copy of Australian passport- sponsor
1.5 Certified copy of American birth certificate- applicant
1.6 Certified copy of VIC birth certificate- sponsor
1.7 Certified copy of current ANZ VISA Debit card – applicant
1.8 Copy of Letter from employer confirming employment – sponsor

2 Medicals and Character Documents
2.1 Medical assessment results
2.2 United States FBI Police check
2.3 Statutory declaration explaining WI circuit court access
2.4 Wisconsin, USA circuit court background check
2.5 Australian Federal Police Check
2.6 Completed Form 80

3 History of the relationship
3.1 Statutory Declaration- applicant
3.2 Statutory Declaration- sponsor
3.3 Copy of VIC Defacto Relationship Certificate

4 Evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship
4.1 Financial Aspects
4.1.1 Statement explaining the following evidence
4.1.2 Copy of bank records for previous 12 months - applicant
4.1.3 Copy of bank records for previous 12 months - sponsor
4.1.4 Copy of shared Flybuys Account information

4.2 Nature of the household
4.2.1 Statement explaining the following evidence
4.2.2 Statement outlining the basis on which responsibility for housework was/ is distributed
4.2.3 Copy of Residential Tenancy Agreement for ((address))
4.2.4 Proof of Residential Tenancy at Deakin University - applicant
4.2.5 Proof of Residential Tenancy at Deakin University - sponsor
4.2.6 Copy of Wannon Water Agreement for ((address))
4.2.7 Copy of bank statements addressed to applicant and sponsor at ((address))

4.3 Social Context of the relationship
4.3.1 Statement explaining the following evidence
4.3.2 Copies of photos of applicant and sponsor
4.3.3 Copy of Christmas card 2012
4.3.4 Receipt for purchase of music festival tickets
4.3.5 Copy of music festival tickets – applicant and sponsor
4.3.6 Copy of Facebook friendship
4.3.7 Copies of two Facebook invitations/events (including comments)
4.3.8 Four Statutory Declarations of Australian Citizens
4.3.9 Two Statutory Declarations of non-Australian Citizens – mother of applicant, friend of applicant and sponsor

4.4 Nature of our commitment to each other
4.4.1 Statement explaining following evidence
4.4.2 Copy of birthday letters – given to sponsor from applicant
4.4.3 Copy of pages of book – given to applicant from sponsor
4.4.4 Copy of deferment confirmation for James Cook University - applicant


As per everyone's suggestions.. the only things I had paperclipped were the forms 47SP, 40SP, and 80 - just to make it easier to separate the most important forms from all the rest. Each section (1-4) was tucked into a plain sheet of paper folded in half around them. After that we just popped everything into a nice protective envelope and sent it off. easy as that right??

^kidding. it's lots of work and gathering of evidence, and we had stat decs at the beginning or in the middle of almost every section just to explain the relevance to the application. That way the CO could look at the stat decs, see what we included and why, and decide whether or not they actually needed to go through that part at all or if they could move on. On things like pictures or individual transactions from bank statements, dates on cards, etc. we highlighted what was relevant and put a short blurb next to it with a further explanation if we thought it was necessary.

I thought I may have gone overboard in the organization of it all, but it does pay off!

Good luck all
This has been extremely helpful in putting my application together!! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us all
Our application is complete (deep sigh of relief) and will be sent today!

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Hi there,

I am a Sri Lankan national currently finishing off a PhD in Melbourne and my current visa expires in March 2014. Due to the current state of visa regulations, I am unable to apply for PR until I have a year's worth of work experience. In the event that I do not get offered a job after I finish my PhD, my partner and I have been discussing applying for a partner visa. He is an Australian citizen and we've been in a relationship for a little over 3 years. However, due to cultural reasons, we do not live together, so we don't classify as a de facto relationship. He'd like for us to get married before my visa expires so that I can stay. However, he's also a grad student, without full-time employment and is living with his parents at the moment (yep, we grad students are pretty pov!). If we were to get married, I would be living with him and his family, at least until one of us finds full-time work.
Does anyone have any advice to offer under these circumstances, or has anyone else been in a similar situation? I'm just wondering what our chances are, 'cos we're stressing out a fair bit about being separated from each other!

Thanks so much for your time!


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Obviously this is going to be of limited use to folks, since I've only just applied so there's no saying if it's a good method or not.

I found too many sections were causing too much indecision about the order of the application. Dividing it into sections results in a lot of crossover. For example, a bank statement might show a) the joint account (financial evidence), b) supermarket and house purchases (household evidence), and c) travel costs (social evidence). Of course, I could've printed the same thing 3 times and added it to each section... but...

So, in case anyone else is going through the same thought process, here's how I organised my application:

- Application cover letter
- A list of both of our family members/friends who are mentioned in the application, just for clarity's sake.
- A basic timeline of our relationship

1: Forms, Checks and Documents
1.1 Application Document Checklist
1.2 Document table of Contents
1.3 Completed Form 47SP
1.4 Applicant’s passport photo page (Certified copy)
1.5 Applicant's 2nd passport photo page (I have two valid UK passports) (Certified copy)
1.6 Applicant’s Birth Certificate (Certified copy)
1.7 Applicant’s Victorian Drivers Licence (Certified copy)
1.8 2 passport-sized photographs of Applicant and Sponsor
1.9 Form 40SP – Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia
1.10 Sponsor’s passport photo page (Certified copy)
1.11 Sponsor's Birth Certificate (Certified copy)
1.12 Sponsor's Victorian Drivers Licence (Certified copy)
1.13 Sponsor's two most recent payslips (originals)
1.14 Sponsor's tax assessment notices (two; certified copies)
1.15 Sponsor's permission letter for Long Service Leave, showing how long Sponsor has worked (certified)
1.16 Form 80 – Personal particulars for character assessment
1.17 Form 1221 – Additional Personal Particulars Information
1.18 Applicant's character Statutory Declaration
1.19 Applicant’s Police Certificate – AFP (Original)
1.20 Applicant’s Police Certificate – UK (Original)

2: History of the relationship
2.1 Applicant’s Statutory Declaration detailing the history of the relationship
2.2 Sponsor’s Statutory Declaration detailing the history of the relationship
2.3 Form 888 – Statutory declaration by a supporting witness relating to a partner visa application – Sponsor’s Sister
2.4 Form 888 – Statutory declaration by a supporting witness relating to a partner visa application – Applicant’s Aunt (Aus PR)
2.5 UK Statutory Declaration to support application – Applicant’s Father
2.6 to 2.8 3x Form 888 – Statutory declaration by a supporting witness relating to a partner visa application – Sponsor’s Friend (two have known us both from before we started dating)

3: Sealed results of applicant's visa medical

4: Evidence
- Everything. All the financial, travel, work/commitment to stay in Aus, household, social, co-habitation evidence. All in date order, with a clear, numbered table of contents, and a corresponding numbered sticker on each item. The table of contents had a box in which I added explanatory info for each item if it was required (for example, I have a HR licence from the UK and I re-took my test here in Aus to show willingness to obtain work in the same vein as I used to, etc. I explained this in that box.)

5: Photos
15 photos, printed 2 per page, with a short description of the events and people pictured.

I made copies of everything so we have an exact replica of what has been sent. I made sure there were no staples or clips beyond the main two. I clipped the sections 1 and 2 together in a bulldog clip, and 4 and 5 in a second one. I left the medical results envelope un-clipped between the two clipped piles. I put it all (about the size of a ream of paper from officeworks) in a plastic ziplock bag. I wasn't sure how to safely send the passport photos, so I cut a square section from a plastic wallet and sticky taped it to a piece of paper with the top edge of the plastic open.

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I found too many sections were causing too much indecision about the order of the application. Dividing it into sections results in a lot of crossover. For example, a bank statement might show a) the joint account (financial evidence), b) supermarket and house purchases (household evidence), and c) travel costs (social evidence). Of course, I could've printed the same thing 3 times and added it to each section... but...

So, in case anyone else is going through the same thought process, here's how I organised my application:
I had the same thoughts. This is really helpful, thanks!

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Hey guys
Can someone please tell me what is the visa that I apply for after marrying an Australian, I am from Spain. Also what is the full cost of this visa?
I'm very confused. Thanks for helping.


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Can someone please tell me what is the visa that I apply for after marrying an Australian, I am from Spain. Also what is the full cost of this visa?
I'm very confused. Thanks for helping.
Are you applying from Spain or Australia? When will you marry?

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Thanks for the very helpful post goodekl! I am just starting to pull together my information for a subsection 309 visa. We are married 2 years, and together for 7 so hopefully we can do this fairly smoothly. I have a few questions about a few things on your list - hopefully people can help!

Please bear with me as I am just starting this, and I'm sure there are answers around, I'm just struggling with all the paperwork.

1.8 Copy of Letter from employer confirming employment – sponsor
Does the Sponsor have to be employed? I (the sponsor) won't be employed when we go, but we have a lot of capital available instead, and plan to not work for 6 months or so anyway.

2.1 Medical assessment results

Is it just the applicant who needs to do a medical check? Or the sponsor as well? The booklet refers to 'you and all members of your family unit'. As a spouse (but an Australian citizen) does that include me?

2.2 United States FBI Police check
2.5 Australian Federal Police Check
2.6 Completed Form 80
Is this necessary for applicant AND sponsor? How do you go about getting this kind of thing? (In UK)
Update: I've worked this out. And I assume it is only for the applicant


4.3.6 Copy of Facebook friendship
What do you mean by that? Just a screenshot showing your relationship status?

4.3.8 Four Statutory Declarations of Australian Citizens
I thought 2 was enough. Did you just get 4 as further evidence?

4.3.9 Two Statutory Declarations of non-Australian Citizens – mother of applicant, friend of applicant and sponsor
Was this necessary? Did you use form 888 for all the stat decs?

Another slightly confusing question. My partner is known informally by a second name. It's totally different to his name, but is a normal name. eg - his real name is George, but friends call him Andrew. I (his wife) call him Andrew, as does my family and friends, and a number of his friends too. However his family call him George, and in formal documents he is George. (It's a long story, but just a nickname that stuck, and as it is a 'real' name, people assume it is his real name).

This causes a slight problem in that all informal letters, cards, etc from my family refer to Andrew. Do you think I should just exclude them, or explain it all during the application. It may look slightly dodgy... but it is the truth.

Thanks all! Once I have enough posts I will properly update my signature.


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Are you applying from Spain or Australia? When will you marry?
Hi thanks for the response, I'm applying from Australia, I'm here on a tourist e-visa but we are getting married before it expires. Would I have to apply for the subclass 820? How much does it cost in total?


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