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Offshore How I lodged my De Facto visa in the UK


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Offshore How I lodged my De Facto visa in the UK

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I've been researching on various forum sites about collating, collecting evidence for my de facto relationship with my partner who is Australian.

It's certainly taken me a long time but I definitely could not have done it without this particular site. So I've summarised below what I've done and what I've learnt. The biggest stumbling block or should I say hardest to organise was getting the stat decs from friends/family especially Australian ones. It's friends finding the time to get their passports certified. But if you read the 888 form very carefully you can use people that know you that are not Australian, (I just think your application is stronger if you can use Aussie friends/family). Also in the UK you have to pay to get things certified unlike Oz, so if you're over there get heaps of copies done!

So can I suggest get that done first, (you can date it later) because for the person to find time to certify their passport or birth certificate takes some time. Secondly get your police checks done. I did mine the cheap way and just got a Subject Access form for 10.00/ten pounds UK and knew I had to wait 40 days. I downloaded the forms and sent it off with my birth certificate and phone statement from Australia to arrive at my mum's in the UK, (that's another story).
Also I had to get one from NZ, so I got all the forms I needed, faxed them to Wellington from the UK and got it before the UK police check!!!. BUT before all this I sent off for my certified birth certificate as this is the best form of ID.

By reading this forum, as I'm the UK applicant I collected everything I could about our relationship and my partner got all the phone bills and got copies of his passport certified and letter from work and passport photos. Since I was the applicant to be honest I did most of the work and the research, bless him.

I also researched the Relationship Register for NSW. Got all that done, sent off with all the relevant certified forms and $189 approx early November 2010 and voila got it the day I left for the UK on the 7 December and my partner bought it over for me. It takes ages as they wait for 28 days for either one of us to change our minds, plus I had to chase it. BIG NOTE - Births Deaths Marriages will only deal with/talk to the person named first on the paperwork. So even though I did all the work, they wouldn't talk to me when I was chasing them up as to when I would receive it. Get a couple of these copied and certified to send off with you de facto application. (Also it's cheaper than ordering an extra copy from BDM).

I have spent at least 2 months doing this paperwork and it's time consuming. I had to do extra work in my case because I am apart from my partner as my mum is very ill, so we decided that I would lodge it offshore, cos I won't be going back home for some time. Also if you do internet banking etc change back to paper cos getting a statement from your account WITH your address on, is soooo hard. Well it was for me.

I did my medicals yesterday, (Weds 9/2) with a wonderful lady doctor and another lady doing the x-ray in London. You have to sign an information sheet re HIV and they take copies of your passport. (For the ladies, please do not go when you are menstruating). Then you see the lady for an x ray, give a urine sample. Then you meet with the Dr. My doctor was a lovely lady. You get weighed, measured, blood taken, eyes and ears checked etc. Make sure you are not dehydrated as it's harder to find a vein. Once done, was advised by the receptionist that it would take up to 4 days to get to Aus House. You also have to advise where you are lodging and what visa the meds are for e.g. partner visa. Medicals cost me 228.00and I just booked it on Monday

I have lodged everything today, (10/2), paid my 1130 by credit card. The young guy advised I would hear something within 2 weeks. I'm sure I should have asked more questions but was so happy to get it all done.


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Hi Sonia

Thank you so much for posting this information.

My partner and I are almost ready to submit an offshore application from Ireland (me being the Australian sponsor) in April 2011.

I am interested in your comment about registering your relationship in NSW. I researched this for Victoria, and it seems that unless your normal place of residence is Australia/Victoria, it will not be approved.
My partner, having lived in Australia with me until November last year, does have all the evidence required for us to submit this form to register the relationship i.e drivers license, bank statements, bank cards, etc.

How did you go applying for this since you actually reside in the UK?

I thought that we could just chance the application as it is only $200 to submit, my only concern was that DIMMIA would see it as fraudulent due to the fact my partners permanent residence is Ireland, not Australia.

Also, did you submit your medical and police checks at the same time you submitted your application, or did you wait until the case officer requested it? I really want to have everything ready at once, but I have had conflicting advice from DIMMIA and others about when this should be submitted due to the expiry of 3 months.

Thanks again...its an unbelievably stressful process!!


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How did you go applying for this since you actually reside in the UK?
Sonia actually got hers done while still in Australia.
The Victorian B, D & M is by all accounts a bit more stringent in their assessments.





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Sonia, we have a stickey thread by el kitten up the top area that your experience is a good supplement to.
Please do a copy & paste job and also post it on that if you like.
Meanwhile best wishes with the processing and hope Mum gets well.





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Secondly get your police checks done. I did mine the cheap way and just got a Subject Access form for 10.00/ten pounds UK and knew I had to wait 40 days.
Hi Sonia, I see 40+ days quoted all over the place for this. Just curious as the official form claims 12 days (inc. day of receipt & dispatch).

Did you apply somewhere else that was slower, or is the 12 day claim just pretend and 40+ days the reality?


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Hi Iain
You can apply for a subject access form from via your local police force - just go on their site and download the appropriate form. For Notts it is £10, but other forces may charge a little more. There is the fast track service via ACPO I believe and this is from £35-80 dependant on how quick you want it.

40 days is definitely the reality and it just felt easier to do. Because I'd applied for one before I knew I had to do this first. Whichever you use all the information comes from Fareham.

Try the ACPO site it tells you about costs and how to do the expensive police check - sorry I can't post the link yet as I'm still new to the site.


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Hi Iain
You can apply for a subject access form from via your local police force - just go on their site and download the appropriate form. For Notts it is 10, but other forces may charge a little more. There is the fast track service via ACPO I believe and this is from 35-80 dependant on how quick you want it.

40 days is definitely the reality and it just felt easier to do.
Thanks for your reply. That's interesting, I hadn't even considered trying my local force. I just looked it up or Googled it and got taken to the ACPO site. They quote 35 pounds for 10 day service or 70 for a two day. We'll see!

Good luck - my application went in pretty much the same day as yours, so will be interesting to compare timelines.


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Hi Suzdaley

My partner and I registered our relationship whilst we were living in Sydney. I am still an international student but have deferment due to mum being ill.

I read every legal thing on the RR to be honest and rang the office heaps of times for info, (couldn't believe that something was available in my favour). It was straight forward enough to do, (hardest part was organising my partner to get documents certified!!). My feeling is that some states that are doing the RR make it difficult for those applying when the letter of the law is to make it easier for couples.

The checklist for the partner/de facto clearly states that if you have the RR supply a certified copy.

I submitted my ORIGINAL police checks for the UK and NZ. Did my meds the day before and put a copy of the receipt into the pack. I did a index list of paperwork supplied and the check list followed behind this. I've done it this way as I don't have to be away from mum for too long. The panel list for Doctors has been severely reduced and London is the closest place for me, (as I can stay with friends overnight there).

I'm happy to supply/write out more of what I did if it helps anyone. I can't say how much this site has helped me, its such an invaluable source of information.


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I wouldn't have got this far, it it wasn't for you! I'll have a practice to cut/copy/paste to 'el kitten'
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Hi Sonia

Thanks for all the information! Good luck with your application.

What documents did you supply for the relationship register? On the info provided by the NSW State, they say no documentary evidence is needed to prove the relationship.

Thanks!


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