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Old 02-09-2011, 06:19 AM
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Just lodged partner visa application...

This morning, my wife and I finally lodged her application for an offshore spousal visa at the Australian Embassy, in Seoul Korea.
Surprisingly, we were assigned a case officer immediately.
She conducted an extensive interview with my wife and I, in which we were asked a number of questions about when we met, the names of each others family members, how we handle our finances, the nature of our relationship and our plans upon moving to Australia.
The case officer was friendly and the interview was quite painless, although we were surprised to find ourselves undergoing such an extensive interview so soon.
As we have been in a de-facto relationship for more than 3 years and married for two, our CO seemed confident that we would be granted a permanent visa, rather than an initial temporary visa.
At the moment we feel very positive about the outcome and the CO seemed to indicate that she believed our application would go smoothly.
Now we wait for the CO to contact us and request a medical check.

Just thought other people applying in Seoul might be interested in our experience.

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Old 02-09-2011, 12:39 PM
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Some people are fortunate with getting a smooth ride and what you have experienced is indicative of what can happen if there are not too many applications in process at a time of application in a particular location.

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Hi again,

Great to hear that the application is going so well straight off the bat Hopefully it won't be too long before you can get the medicals done and have the visa granted.

I have a couple of questions:

How long did the interview take?
How did you handle the question of the names of your wife's family? (I only know a few names of my husband's extended family because it's rude to say their names in Korea. So I use "oldest uncle", "youngest uncle" etc).
What evidence did you include in your application?
How did you present the application?
If you had any documents certified in Seoul, how much did it cost?
Which documents did you get translated and how much did it cost?
Is there any other advice you can give to those about to go through the same process?

Well, I had more than a couple questions, but I'm very interested to hear how the rest of your application goes, so be sure to keep us updated

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:40 PM
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I'm really glad to hear it went so well! I just wanted to second Aussiegurl's questions - I'd love to hear your responses to those.

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Old 02-10-2011, 10:46 AM
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We were contacted by the CO last night to request a medical check! We continue to be surprised at how fast things seem to be going. A good sign I hope.
In answer to the questions...

My Partner (Applicant):
-Identification certificate
-Family Relation Certificate
-Marraige Relation Certificate
-Criminal History Information Record
-Statutory Declaration about the history and nature of the relationship
- Letter from employer, showing earnings and employment history.
- Proof of address for the past three years from the city office

- Birth Certificate
- Passport copy
- Payslips from the past 2 years and a letter from my employer.
- Statutory Declaration about the history and nature of the relationship.
- Proof of address for the past 3 years from the city office (alien residence record)

- Rental contracts from the past three years, showing both our names
- Our proof of marraige stamped by the Australian Embassy

We used Gana Total Service Inc (::: ???????(?)? ???? ????? :::) for translation and notarisation.
Translation cost 10,000 - 15, 000 won (depending on number/complexity of words) per page.
Notarisation cost 25,000 won per document.
*However, my wife found a place that will notarise for 10,000 (a place called Banyeok in the YMCA building at Jongak) for anyone that is lodging an Australian Visa application. We didn't use this place, so I'm sorry I dont have any more details... I think details are on the missyhoju naver cafe if you or your partner are a member. My wife found MissyHoju to be quite helpful.
Anyway, when we told Gana that we found a cheaper place, they offered to match the price. So notarisation was only 10,000 per document.

A few copies of cards and emails to each other.
A phonecall history list from our cellphone provider showing frequency of calls between each other for the past 6 months.
Receipts from payment of bills.
My wife's bank account statement from the past two years showing that she has been using her account to pay for rent, my cellphone and my health insurance. (this was in Korean, but we didn't get it translated as it was pretty clear, we just highlighted the relevant entries).
copies of about 80 photos from the last 4 years.

The interview was conducted right after we lodged the forms. It took about 40 minutes. The case officer was happy to talk to my wife and I together and would often speak in Korean to my wife.
The interview had a very informal feel, the CO asked us about when and how we first met, when we decided to start a serious relationship, the nature of the household (who does what in terms of housework etc.), and how we organize our finances together.
She also asked why we wanted to move to Australia, where we planned to live and our plans for gaining employment.
As for your specific question about Korean names, yes we were asked to name other members of our respective families. My wife has no family, so this was not an issue for me (though I was able to name her birth mother). However, my opinion would be to say the full names, rather than using the Korean honorific terms. We were only asked about immediate families, not uncles etc.

I think that's it, I dont have my copies handy at the moment, but will update if I think of something.
Bear in mind, we have not been granted a visa, so please don't take this as a recommendation for a successful application.

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really?? you sent 80 photos?? did you label these photos?

Hello. I am a female nurse working here in the Philippines.
I have some questions about applying for a Partner visa specifically Spouse visa.

I married my husband last month Jan. 4,2011 and he went back to Australia on Jan. 27, 2011 because he had to work.. he spent 6 weeks here in the Philippines for christmas break and for our wedding. Would it be an issue if we file for a partner visa and yet we spent barely a month together as husband and wife?

Prior to getting married, we were in a long distance relationship for almost a year but we always chat, call each other and send letters to each other in that year of being apart and all of these communication evidence are carefully taken into account.

Is this enough evidence for us to prove that we have a genuine relationship even though we spent short time together after our marriage?

Can you help me on what other documents or what proof should I present aside from wedding photos, bank certificate, joint account, passport copy of our honeymoon trips, letters, phone bills and emails while we were apart?

Is is true that they make the processing time quicker for applicants who also belong to the Skilled Workers list such as myself who is also a nurse???

Help me!!!


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really?? you sent 80 photos?? did you label these photos?
Yes we did. They were all labelled with date, place, event and any other person in the photo's name.
Other's have suggested that 80 is way too many photos and I tend to agree, however my wife had read that most other people applying in South Korea had lodged about 80-100, so was reluctant to cut it down too much. Initially we had planned to lodge about 130... but we were able to cut it down a bit.

As for your other questions, I'm not really sure of the answer... you might want to start a separate thread, if you haven't already, as this thread is specifically about applying in South Korea. I'm sure somone else will be able to help you. This forum is full of helpful people.

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Hi there,

How is the application coming along? Was it difficult to get an appointment for the medicals? How much did they cost? I've been following your progress closely and your last post was really useful.

I have a couple of further questions for you. First, I know that you used Ganada to notorise the statements of the relationship according to Korean standards. But did you use an Australian stat.dec form, or did you simply type or write them on normal paper and get that witnessed?

My second question is about your wife's bank statements. You said they weren't translated and that you just highlighted relevant entries. If all the other documents had to be translated into English, wouldn't it be hard for the CO to verify that the payments are for what you say they are i.e. how can the CO read Korean. Was the woman who interviewed you both Korean, and did she say anything about the bank statements not being translated?

I hope things are coming along well

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Old 03-06-2011, 10:41 PM
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Hi Aussiegirl,
The medical for my wife was reasonably cheap, if I remember correctly.
It wasn't hard to get an appointment, as the medical can be conducted at most hospitals.
We wrote our stat decs on regular paper and got them witnessed.
The bank statement had the names of all of the companies that we paid our bils to, in English (ie KTF, LG etc.), so we didn't think translation was necessary. We may be wrong.
The CO was Korean, and spent most of the interview talking to my wife in Korean.

Hope this helps, I will try to answer your questions more fully when my wife is here, as she can give more details on the medical.

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:06 AM
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Hi there,

you'd mentioned that you would be granted a permanent visa.

Did you stated in your covering letter that you want a permanent visa or the CO, after going though your application and decided that you wife is qualify for a PR visa?

Where I am coming from is that I am also qualify for PR (married 6 yrs and we have a son together). we'd sent in our application but didnt' specifically stated that we are apply for PR visa. It was probably best that we should have mentioned that with our covering letter. Anyway what's done is done. but I am interested to know what others are doing.

Thanks in advance for your reponse.

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