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Help with De Facto visa application!!


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Old 05-29-2011, 03:10 PM
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Hi, my partner and I are currently trying to get everything together for our de facto visa. He is Australian and I am english, we currently live in the UK and have been together for 4 years. We have just printed the forms off, and I have seen that I will need police checks and a medical, does anyone know if i have to get the police check and medical done before i hand the visa application in or do i wait to hear from the dept after i've handed it in?? If I do have to do the police check now, do i need to fill out a form or just go into my local police station and ask them to perform a check on me? Also will i need one from Australia as I lived there for 12 months 5 years ago! Confused!!

Also, does anyone know what the medical entails, x-rays, blood tests etc? I'm assuming I need to organise this myself? I have also been looking at the bit about Statutory declarations, it says they need to come from Australian citizens which is not a problem as I can ask his mother and stepfather but it seems a shame as my parents and brothers have had a lot more to do with us as we've been living in the UK, which is where my family live, so their declarations may be more detailed.
Oh and what kinds of things should we be putting in our written statements and what kinds of things should include for evidence of our relationship, we have a few photos but my partner doesnt have a bank account so everything comes in and out of mine, even though his name is on rent agreement, bills etc... and he isn't very sociable so we stay in mostly, i suppose my electric bill will vouch for that!! Any thoughts would be great thanks.


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Old 05-30-2011, 09:56 AM
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Hi and welcome,

First of all, I would check the requirements from the Australian embassy website in the UK. It will give you some information about applying that is specific to the UK.

Secondly, I think all applicants lodging out of Australia have to wait unitl requested to do their medicals by their case officer. Applicants are given a Health Examinations list stating the checks that have to be done (which is usually a HIV test, chest x-ray and basic health examination) when the medical is needed, and if you try to get a medical done before applying, even if it's at a DIAC approved clinic, your application could become invalid. Again, check the Australian embassy site nearest you.

Police checks can be done before hand, and I suggest you apply for them before lodging as they can take a while to be processed. There should be details on the Australian embassy site on what kind of check to get, how and where from.

There are a few sticky threads at the start of the visa forum regarding de facto visa evidence tips and how to present the application. So, take a look at these as they will answer some of your other questions.

You can get statments from your parents on top of your partners' side. Your parents should write a statement and have it witnessed according to UK laws and also include a notorised copy of their passport photo page.

Your statement has to cover the main events in the relationship (brief history of how things developed), how you contribute financially to the household, how household chores are done, any common hobbies you have, how you support each other emmotionally, what plans you both have for the future (like kids, buying a house etc) and what you will do when you are in Australia. About 2 or 3 pages is enough.

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Old 05-30-2011, 11:02 AM
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Hi,

Thankyou so much for your help, I know to wait now for my medical so I can relax for the time being about that, and I'll nip into my local police station tomorrow to enquire about the checks.

I will ask my parents to do a declaration aswell then, anything that will help

It's all a bit daunting at the moment my head is swimming in visa world most of the time trying to make some sort of list in my head of what i need to do! I'll start writing my statement, i'm sure two or three pages will be easy, for me anyway, he's already dreading it!

Will I have to go to London for an interview,been looking at the threads about the timeline and haven't seen much about the interviews, or will they decide that once they see my application?

I will have a good look at all the threads, thanks again for your help.


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Old 05-30-2011, 11:45 PM
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liv; there is a pdf on the DIAC website that explains to you what sort of medical exam you will need and gives you a list of approved doctors in various countries who can do the exam. whilst you don't need to do the exam until they ask you, i believe your application will be processed faster if you have it done before you lodge.

there is also a pdf that states what type police check you will need from each country and how to get it. sounds like you'll need an aussie check too, again look on the website. i just had one done and it took less than a week, but it'll take longer for you just because of the international post.

i don't think you have to go for an interview... but i could be wrong.

if you read the the DIAC website section about the 309 visa you are applying for thoroughly all your questions are answered for you i know it is a lot to get through tho!


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Hi Liv,

I know, it is so daunting and throughout the entire process, visa thoughts are constantly swimming around in the back of your head. The way that I did was to print out the checklist from the Immi website, and just treat it ONE step at a time. It's too much to think about all in one go!

We did the medical and the police checks first though, and included them with our application right up front. I think this had a lot to do with our application being approved in two days. They had nothing else to ask for. I saw someone said above it might be different for you lodging outside of Australia though, so maybe check it out. My thought was I'd rather they had it if they wanted it rather than have to ask us for it if they needed it?

We presented it all in a labelled accordion type file, arranged in order of the checklist.

Here is the website we used to get my partners police check, (He's English)

acpo.police.uk/NationalPolicing/ACROCriminalRecordsOffice/PoliceCertificates.aspx

We are in Australia, so we had to post the application from here and wait to get it back, but it should be quicker for you.

Yeah, I think you will definitely need one for Australia too if you lived there for more than a year, here is the site for that one,

afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

I wasn't allowed to post it with the www bit, so add that in before the links!

It may sound crazy, but we treated our stat decs more as a love story than evidence. I found that as I was writing it, bits and pieces of evidence came out anyway. Started with how we met, how I felt, favourite memories, how I felt about them when I met his family and in what situations I met them, how he treats me, why I love him, where we lived in London, where we live in Australia, holidays we've had, him meeting my friends and family, but I didn't go into too much detail with anything, I didn't write specific dates for everything, but, maybe I was lucky, too much information is better than not enough, so include dates if you can.

For evidence I included photocopies of Birthday, Valentine, Christmas cards we have sent each other, some travel photos, copies of our travel confirmation emails, ticket stubs, camping permits, invites addressed to the both of us, copies of our phone bills for the first 18 months we were together with each others numbers highlighted in each copy (O2 did not like sending me all that paper, but they did it eventually!) Anything and everything addressed to you both at the same address is good.

We don't share a bank account, or any financials really at all. I explained in my stat dec that the sharing happens naturally, that even though our money is separate, we treat it like it's not, but that was barely a paragraph of writing.

You've been together 4 years, I'm sure you won't have any problems as long as you show you have lived together for at least the last 12 months, just remember that checklist is your new best friend!

Good luck!

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