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Old 07-03-2011, 06:26 AM
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Wow - big pile up!

Afternoon everyone!

I've happily compiled all of my documents finally and everything is stamped certified and ready to go. The only thing is I have a MASSIVE wad of documents! I've read the 'best way to present application' sticky but I can't even get all of my stuff in one folder!

Should I just put it all in a huge envelope instead? I know less is supposed to be more but I only have what is asked for on the checklist. I do have a lot of phone bills and bank statements that I've included because we haven't been living together for the full 12 months so I have a lot to prove about our joint finances. Also we've been apart twice during our relationship hence the phone logs. I don't want to cut anything out but I also don't want to put anyone off an immigration and be dumped on the ominous 'hard pile' what do you all think?

Also wish I had got it all ready for last Thursday rather than this Monday - the visas gone up by nearly 500 bucks!

For all of you who are struggling with your applications - keep at it - I can't tell you what a weight off it is having it all ready to go - I have such a sense of achievement now and my boyfriend is ecstatic too - actually looking forward to handing it tomorrow hurrah!


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HAHA I have the same problem - my application is more than an inch in thickness I reckon ! I'm not sure what to do either as I think any A4 envelope would not be able to contain it........ I'll think about it and let you know if I find a solution

In my case, I'm getting married on the 8th July but I wish it had been planned sooner because I'm annoying about the extra $400-500 as well

Also, I don't know about you but I'm getting in a really spiteful mood about immigration lately - with all the hoops you have to jump through to stay with your partner - so as I'm preparing my application, adding to its weight and thickness, I'm thinking to myself "So, you want proof, WELL TAKE THAT BIATCH" If they want it, they'll get it - I want to drown them in paper


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I know how you feel but be careful because I've read some threads on this forum that say you can get tossed into the 'too hard' pile if you submit loads and loads. But saying that I have absolutely loads!

A quick trip to Office Works and I've bought a large folder that looks like it belongs to a school child but its the only thing that fits it all in haha!


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Old 07-03-2011, 03:31 PM
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I know how you feel but be careful because I've read some threads on this forum that say you can get tossed into the 'too hard' pile if you submit loads and loads. But saying that I have absolutely loads!

A quick trip to Office Works and I've bought a large folder that looks like it belongs to a school child but its the only thing that fits it all in haha!
Thanks for the heads up I haven't put in anything completely useless, but I'll just run though it all - it's well organised into the 4 factors thing

Oh cool, I'm going to Office Works tomorrow, I hear they do passport photos ? I hear you're putting in your application tomorrow, I'm not far behind you - mine is going in on the 12th of July - GOOD LUCK MAN You wouldn't be at Melbourne would you ?


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Also, I don't know about you but I'm getting in a really spiteful mood about immigration lately - with all the hoops you have to jump through to stay with your partner - so as I'm preparing my application, adding to its weight and thickness, I'm thinking to myself "So, you want proof, WELL TAKE THAT BIATCH" If they want it, they'll get it - I want to drown them in paper
LOL! i'm starting to feel this way too. my application is approaching the 1 1/2 inch mark............................

goodluck to everyone!! i'll be applying a bit after you all on the 27th in Brisbane. gotta make another trip to Officeworks myself soon.......


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LOL! i'm starting to feel this way too. my application is approaching the 1 1/2 inch mark............................

goodluck to everyone!! i'll be applying a bit after you all on the 27th in Brisbane. gotta make another trip to Officeworks myself soon.......
Haha Good luck nighstar!!!! If you're at Officeworks and haven't gotten your photos done yet, they did mine $10 for 8 photos Much better than the post office which was $15 for 4!!! Yay partner visa applicants, July is the month


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hmm, now i am starting to wonder about how i should present our documents!!

i used a paperclip to group each individual form or set of documents (eg. phone bills)

then i put them into six piles (application forms, proof of identity, police/medical searches, stat decs, proof of genuine/continuing relationship, proof of shared financial commitments)

then i put each of those piles into a loose plastic folder.. looks like this, basically exactly the same as a manilla folder but made of plastic. no clip or anything



then put a post-it note on the front of each folder explaining what was in there.

does everyone reckon this is ok?? i have a few days to change it if need be!!


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hmm, now i am starting to wonder about how i should present our documents!!

i used a paperclip to group each individual form or set of documents (eg. phone bills)

then i put them into six piles (application forms, proof of identity, police/medical searches, stat decs, proof of genuine/continuing relationship, proof of shared financial commitments)

then i put each of those piles into a loose plastic folder.. looks like this, basically exactly the same as a manilla folder but made of plastic. no clip or anything

then put a post-it note on the front of each folder explaining what was in there.

does everyone reckon this is ok?? i have a few days to change it if need be!!

Hi!

I used paper clips keeping each section together and I put dividers in front of each section and labelled each... So it was basically one big pile, I put it in an envelope to keep it all together. When I handed it in, the man checked some of the forms I had, then put it all back in the envelope and sealed it up... Hope this is of some help!



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Hi guys,

You really don't need to spend so much energy on pretty folders. We put all our papers in the order of the checklist and then in huge envelope, seperated by paperclips. The CO took everything out, gave the envelope back, then flipped through everything and put it in her own order.

So, in my view you are wasting your time, and the COs time, by putting things in sheets and files and the like. Just keep it logical and neat and it should be fine.

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Old 07-06-2011, 04:47 AM
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The best part of the whole appliaction is finally being able to put it all together and knowing that everything is finished. I held my documents together with paperclips, no staples and put everything on top of each other in the order of the checklist. Then I put the whole lot in a big fabricy folder type thing which opens at the top ($7 office works!) and has a flap and string toggle thing on the top. Then when I lodged in person they took everything out and I thought 'oh no my lovely folder I spent so long choosing!' stamped a few docs and I said rather sheepishly 'do you still need the folder' and he said 'oh yes!' popped all the docs back in and I was overjoyed haha.

My bf couldn't stop laughing because even though I'd just handed over a credit card which was going to be charged $3000 I was more gutted about the fact that my $7 folder may not have been used! Anyway the moral of the story is maybe hold off on lots and lots of different folders and dividers, contents pages and the like. As long as it's in a clear order it doesn't seem to matter. My folder was purple by the way

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