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Old 10-30-2014, 02:40 AM
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820 Visa granted - for all the people who feel they do not have enough evidence

Hi there,

so happy right now, just received my 820 Visa Grant Notice and wanted to give a bit of info for all the people who are unsure whether they have enough evidence for their application.

Visa was lodged in early Feb 2014, so it took almost 9 months to be granted. Low-risk country.

We had only been together for a year when we lodged the Application, and had also only registered the relationship a week before lodging the visa.

Only did the medical 3 weeks ago.

We gradually added documents up until August 2014 when we had reached the 60 doc limit, and still had many documents missing. By then we thought that Immi would probably contact us as we had not yet provided relationship statements, Form 80 etc.

Also, we had only opened a joint bank account shortly before visa lodgement, did not have a mutual lease agreement or mutual bills. We didnt' have many photos either as we're not really into that, and also had no Facebook info as we are not into that either. I often felt that us being very private people might work against us, as we are rarely out with other people and prefer to stay home and watch a DVD etc.

I am very grateful to this forum, but at times it freaked me out seeing how much evidence most people here have and I felt I did not have nearly enough. So I wanted to give this info to all the people who also feel they don't have enough proof for their visa to be successful.

Wishing you all the best of luck in your visa journey, and thanks again to the wonderful advice I received on this forum

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Congratulations to you and your partner, Serenity! Time to celebrate!


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Congratulations to you both Serenity. Thanks for sharing your story with us all. Best wishes for a long life together in Oz...

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Hi feels like I'm in sort of the same boat as you!

What kind of evidence did you have that you have been together and living for over 1 year?

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Congratulations!!!

Did you live together for that year or have you spent time living apart? Also could you possibly list the evidence you did provide please?

We've been together for just over four years, married since Feb this year, however we spent two years almost in different countries so we're panicking about evidence a little bit. Especially financial and social as we're similar to you guys.

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This is very inspiring. Thank you!


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Congratulations to you. It is really meant to be! Even with less evidence if the relationship is genuine, one can be granted their visa. Maybe we can also give credit to the CO who handled your case. She is very understanding.

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Great to know and thanks for sharing! We have similar experience with evidence and not realising there was a 60 doc limit. My husband and I have only spent 4 weeks in each others company over the last 10 months and virtually have no joint or mutual evidence.

We met in Jan this year ( a chance meeting at a bar while I was on holidays in the USA, which we have put down to fate), developed a friendship then relationship via emails and letters and phone calls and messages. Within a short time we knew we wanted to marry and so when he came to visit me and met the family, my son and my friends in July, we turned our planned engagement party into a surprise wedding. A week later my new husband returned to the US and began our Visa application. In Oct I took my son to visit my husband in the US and we had the chance to meet his kids and family and friends. In Dec he and his daughter will visit Aust for Christmas and NYE. We will then put in the hard yards once more in 2015 until we can meet again. (I'm hoping to take 3 months leave for my son and I to go and stay with him for part of the wait).

We've just discovered this website and think it's great. We can see so many other people are going through the same process as us and it is very comforting to know we aren't alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Congratulations and all the best!

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Thanks everyone

Yes, during the year we were together, we also spent 4 months apart. We copied our skype screenshots into a document, put that's all we submitted to prove contact during time apart.

We didn't have a mutual lease as we lived in a house share at the time, where none of us was on the lease. So we explained that in our application, and also provided screenshots of rent paid from our individual bank accounts as well as from the joint account (which we only had for about 3 weeks before we lodged the application).

We provided lots of mail addressed to our residential address, however only very few of those letters were addressed to us jointly. We also submitted a number of Christmas cards we received from family and friends last year.

We had a letter from our previous landlord stating that we both lived together in the houseshare.

But really, we did not have nearly as much evidence as so many other people on here, we were pretty light in every category and totally unprepared to be honest. We struggled to even get to the 60 docs. We hadn't been planning this whole partner visa thing, and took a rather cruisy approach, which in hindsight was a very naive thing to do.

One thing we DID NOT do was highlight any transactions in our joint bank statements (even after loding the visa I uploaded quarterly joint bank statements to our file) - I was leaving that up to the CO to scroll through

The main thing that I believe contributed to the success of our visa application is that we registered our relationship (in order to avoid the 12 months living together requirement). That's quite a serious thing to do, and I believe it really shows that one's relationship is genuine. That's just my assumption though.

The other thing that may have contributed is that for many years I was on a student visa and tourist visas, and had always adhered to the rules. Also being from a low-risk country helps.

If I can think of any more points I will add them to this post. I just really wanted to put this info out there as reading this forum made me so very anxious at times, that I had to stay away from it quite a bit. As good as all the info is, it can also be extremely overwhelming (people providing over 120 photos when we only had a handful! etc.).

Best wishes to everyone on this forum.

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Thanks everyone

Yes, during the year we were together, we also spent 4 months apart. We copied our skype screenshots into a document, put that's all we submitted to prove contact during time apart.

We didn't have a mutual lease as we lived in a house share at the time, where none of us was on the lease. So we explained that in our application, and also provided screenshots of rent paid from our individual bank accounts as well as from the joint account (which we only had for about 3 weeks before we lodged the application).

We provided lots of mail addressed to our residential address, however only very few of those letters were addressed to us jointly. We also submitted a number of Christmas cards we received from family and friends last year.

We had a letter from our previous landlord stating that we both lived together in the houseshare.

But really, we did not have nearly as much evidence as so many other people on here, we were pretty light in every category and totally unprepared to be honest. We struggled to even get to the 60 docs. We hadn't been planning this whole partner visa thing, and took a rather cruisy approach, which in hindsight was a very naive thing to do.

One thing we DID NOT do was highlight any transactions in our joint bank statements (even after loding the visa I uploaded quarterly joint bank statements to our file) - I was leaving that up to the CO to scroll through

The main thing that I believe contributed to the success of our visa application is that we registered our relationship (in order to avoid the 12 months living together requirement). That's quite a serious thing to do, and I believe it really shows that one's relationship is genuine. That's just my assumption though.

The other thing that may have contributed is that for many years I was on a student visa and tourist visas, and had always adhered to the rules. Also being from a low-risk country helps.

If I can think of any more points I will add them to this post. I just really wanted to put this info out there as reading this forum made me so very anxious at times, that I had to stay away from it quite a bit. As good as all the info is, it can also be extremely overwhelming (people providing over 120 photos when we only had a handful! etc.).

Best wishes to everyone on this forum.
that is so good to hear!! congrats!
if i may i just wanted to ask one thing,
when you came to australia in order to lodge your application, what visa were you on? Were you on a tourist visa/working holiday visa/457 visa etc?

my fiancÚ and i are getting married next year feb, and after a short honeymoon we are gonna apply straight away. But we dont know which visa to go on. Hope to hear from you!


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