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Old 05-28-2011, 09:28 AM
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Hi all!!

I'm currently putting together my de facto visa application with the plan of handing it in mid June time. I am a little worried with regards to the 12 month thing as we will be relying heavily on the full 12 months living together here in Australia whilst I have been on a WHV. We did live together in the UK, buttt the only things we will have to support this are statements off family/friends and ourselves. However I am hoping that from the evidence we submit they will see that we are totally genuine and have been living together for the 12 months required in Australia, (not including the time we lived together in the Uk) even if that is to the day we submit our application. I hope that all made sense!!

So here's the list of things we will have and I would appreciate any input on other things that we can include

Immigration Document Checklist
Maybe my own Contents Page, what do people think??
Cover Letter

Form 47SP
Applicants Birth Certificate (certified copy)
Applicants Passport (certified copy)
Applicants Current Visa
2 Passport Photos of Applicant

Form 40SP
Sponsors Birth Certificate (certified copy)
Sponsors UK and Australian Passports (certified copy)
Sponsors Grant of Citizenship (certified copy)
2 Passport Photos of Sponsor
Documents relating to Sponsors last 2 years of employment (still not totally sure what we are going to be able to get hold of)

Form 886 - Settlement Details

Form 80
UK Police Check
Australian Police Check
Medical Documents

Relationship Timeline
Applicants Statement of Relationship
Sponsors Statement of Relationship

Stat Dec from Sponsors parents (with copy of Australian passport)
Stat Dec from Sponsors brother (with copy of Australian passport)
Stat Dec from Sponsors best friend (with copy of Australian passport)
Stat Dec from family friend (with copy of Australian passport)

UK Stat Dec from Applicants mum (with copy of UK passport, I know this isn't necessary but I'm going to put it in anyway)
UK Stat Dec from Applicants sister (with copy of UK passport)
UK Stat Dec from Applicants best friend (with copy of UK passport)
UK Stat Dec from Sponsors sister (with copy of UK passport)

Joint Statement Regarding Finances
Individual Bank Statements
Joint Bank Statement from when we opened the account in March
Copy of Applicants UK Bank Statement highlighting the purchase of our flight tickets from Emirates and a transfer from the Sponsor to the Applicant of money for his ticket
Some bills from when we first moved to Australia, we were living in Sponsors parents house, not paying rent but paying bills so we will match these up to transactions in the bank account.
Copy of Sponsors employment contract which shows for the last three months our accommodation and bills were included as part of his job
Sponsors CV
Applicants CV (showing employability, especially with regards to my qualifications and it shows I have never been out of work since I was 14)

Joint Statement Regarding Social Context
Invitations addressed to us both
Good luck in Australia cards and welcome to Australia Cards addressed to both of us
Postcard from Sponsors parents
Graduation Cards from Sponsors parents to Applicant
Numerous Christmas cards addressed to us both
12 Photos ranging from before we came to Australia and right through our year here
Flight tickets out to Australia
Flights booked for New Zealand, we did in the end have to cancel these and leave the tickets open because we were unable to go when the Sponsor got a new job but will explain this in the joint statement
Flight tickets booked by Sponsors brother as he is flying us up to Brisbane in a few weeks to look after his children
Receipts for Melbourne F1 tickets which were for the Sponsors birthday, we also have Qantas paddock club tickets which Sponsors brother gave us and the receipt for our hotel
Receipts from presents for the Applicant and the Sponsor to each other going back to early on in their relationship
Receipts from the ps3 the Applicants parents bought the sponsor for Christmas
Pictures drawn by Sponsors nieces and nephews for us (for example one is just of a tree but he's wrote t and p at the top which are our first initials; these probably won't have too much weight but I thought they were nice and show acceptance of us as a couple even by the really young family members)
Thank you letter from Sponsors parents to Applicants parents (for a present) letter says about Applicant being a lovely girl and a treasure to have with our family etc etc

Joint Statement Regarding Nature of Household
Both Applicant and Sponsors Australian driving licences showing same addresses
Correspondence addressed to us both at the same address
Sponsors phone bill showing many calls and messages being sent to Applicants friends and family members (Applicant and sponsor share the phone, it's in the Sponsors name but they both pay the bill)

Joint Statement Regarding Nature of Commitments (plans for the future etc)
Applicants Superannuation binding death nomination - nominating the Sponsor
Sponsors Superannuation binding death nomination - nominating the Applicant
Applicants phone bills from the UK (Sponsor was on a pay as you go so no phone bills there) showing 70+ calls and messages to Sponsor a month, also I may use this as evidence of when the sponsor moved in with me as you can see that night time phone calls stop

Phewwww, so there we go, that's everything I have found and thought of so far... Any other ideas of what I may be able to dig out?? We are going to front load everything... Hopefully it will all be okay! Thank you for any feedback, its much appreciated!!

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You have loads of stuff, possibly too much, the general consensus re xmas cards, b'day cards, invitations, pictures that family have drawn for you is that it's not necessary, at least that's what my partner and several friends who were applying were told particularly when you have so much other documentation that shows your commitment to each other, ie loads of financial stuff and superannuation documents, etc. You have all the necessary things they require like plenty of stat decs, relationship time lines, your individual relationship statements, statement about the social context of the relationship, the nature of the household, finances and photos. Also you guys are living in Australia at the moment and as i understand, in certain states you can get your relationship registered (i'm not sure of all of the states that offer it but VIC is definitely one) so that would likely hold more weight in the eyes of the immigration department than loads of letters, cards and postcards of which your CO is probably going to be unhappy about them all taking up space at a desk, as well as what it will cost in postage and if you want them returned to you after some offices aren't too happy about that by all accounts. It might be worth contacting your local office and asking them if they feel that sending all that stuff is necessary given all the other vitally important stuff that they require which you guys clearly have. I included a cover sheet as did friends who have recently submitted applications also, i think it helps set things out neatly and coherently. Hope that all is of some use and Good Luck with your application, it sounds like you've put heaps of time and effort into it and by the sounds of it you're well organised for which i have no doubt you'll be well rewarded at the end of it all!

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Thanks for your reply! I currently have an application in to register our relationship, were in Victoria and from what I have heard they are stricter than the other states so I'm not holding out much hope but I may make a point of mentioning it in my statement. With regards to the cards and things, they are all copied, like about three pages with a couple of cards on each page, so I don't need them returned or anything and they are only like 3 pages or so of the application, I just thought they would be good as additional info?! From what I've read people generally say you can't have too much in the way of evidence so were always looking for kore stuff, if it ends up we have way too much, I will probably hold some stuff back should I be asked for additional information... Thanks again for your reply

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