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Partner visa finally done - here's what we included

Hi all,

When I was organising the evidence for the partner visa the thing that helped me the most was reading what people had put in theirs. So tomorrow I am putting in our application after working on it for the whole year, and this is everything we included. I hope it will give you some ideas about the different types of evidence you can include.

Our concern was we got married on July 8th 2011, and we don't have the marriage certificate from BDM yet, but I can confirm (immigration informed me) that this can wait and you are able to make a VALID application without it - you must however provide it ASAP.

Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801)
Myself, Sarah: Australian sponsor
Partner, Vincent: French
MARRIED
- We live with my mum
- My partner is unemployed
- I am employed part-time, full-time student, receiving youth allowance
Applying in Melbourne
Partner arrived in Melbourne 13th July 2010, on a WHV


OFFICIAL DOCS:
Form 40SP / 47SP
Form 80 (we wanted to get it out of the way)
S&V's birth certificates (with translation)
Photocopies of both passports (certified)
Vincent's French and Australian police check (translation)
Medical results
Certified copy of Commemorative marriage certificate
Statutory declarations stating history of relationship (2) [these were quite detailed, mine was 3 pages, partner's was 2, we also mentioned our plans for the next 2 years (we're going back to France)]
(We also made a little timeline of our relationship)


Financial aspect
- Receipt for a computer we bought together
- Documents showing joint bank account and online banking accounts
- Bank statements showing transfers between accounts
- Receipts from Australia Post, money spent on sending letters and packages to Vincent’s family
- Receipt for registering domestic relationship (Both paid)
- Receipt for Vincent’s English classes (Sarah paid)
- Receipt for translation of Vincent’s documents (Sarah paid)
- Receipt for Vincent’s working holiday visa (I paid for it)
- Selection of our Metcards, I paid for mine and Vincent's metcards (we included lots showing dates we travelled together, all stuck onto A4 paper)

The nature of the household
- Statutory declaration made by Sarah
- Statutory declaration made by Sarah’s mother
- Selection of letters received by us both and individually from Vincent’s family
- Letters Vincent received at our address: Police check from France, bank statements, letters from Vic Roads, birth certificate (which Vincent’s mother sent got sent to our address), Myki letter, Tax File Number, letter from French consulate, National Police Check letter

Social context of the relationship
- Statutory declaration from Sarah’s best friend Marcelle El Hage
- Statutory declarations from family: Sarah’s mother, father, sister
- Joint activities together in Australia: ACMI Disney exhibition, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Eureka Tower, Melbourne Zoo
- Joint travel in France: Fencing world cup in Orleans, movies, site- seeing, time spent with family
- Photos from France and Australia, us together and with family
- Vincent’s learner driver logbook, showing my mother as supervising driver
- Christmas card from Vincent’s grand parents written to both of us
- Card from Vincent’s family sent to Sarah for her birthday
- Cards written to us for our marriage from Vincent’s and Sarah’s family, gifts sent to us from Vincent’s family
- Receipt for hotel room at Bell City on wedding night
- Acceptance of intent to marry from the French consulate [if your partner's country provides this service, it's a good idea to get it done - we basically had to notify the French authorities that we inteded to get married and they sent a certificate saying that there was no legal impediment and we can now register the marriage in France]

The nature of our commitment to each other
- Sarah’s superannuation beneficiary details
- Skype history with dates of calls made from December 2008 till the 10th July 2010
- Package and letter Vincent sent to Sarah 15th December 2009
- Calls made from Sarah’s mobile to Vincent’s mobile during 26th February to 20th May 2010, after being together in France and before Vincent coming to Australia
- Letter Vincent sent to Sarah 9th April 2010
- Copy of Sarah’s will

I wish everyone applying for the partner visa the best of luck, make sure you use your imagination for the evidence!

If you are on a centrelink payment DON'T FORGET to tell them about your relationship because it would not look good if immigration goes enquiring and centrelink reports they never knew about your partner!

We did not staple anything, everything was glued to A4 paper, neat, heavy, thick pile, some paper clips, all stacked in a cardboard folder to hold it easier.

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Very helpful, I will be using your list for reference..GOOD LUCK tommorrow!!!


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Very helpful, I will be using your list for reference..GOOD LUCK tommorrow!!!
You're welcome, thanks and you too - good luck with your application


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goodluck and thanks for sharing. my application is about complete now too and i wish i had some of the evidence that you have... :'( ← jealous


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goodluck and thanks for sharing. my application is about complete now too and i wish i had some of the evidence that you have... :'( ← jealous
I think that each application has it's weak and strong points, but I'm sure all of your evidence would tie together to create a picture of your relationship. I'm sure you have great evidence, also - a long list of evidence is not in itself what makes the application a good one. Think about the quality of each stat dec you have, I'm sure your family or friends wrote lovely supporting things about you and your partner. I've seen your older posts and you seem organised, I wouldn't worry at all

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good luck sarah (and vinny!)

did you take any photos?? i want to see how big your wad is!!

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good luck sarah (and vinny!)

did you take any photos?? i want to see how big your wad is!!
I forgot to take a photo, but I can still take a photo of the document holder I put it in - I handed it in in person today and they didn't take the folder I'll post it today


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I forgot to take a photo, but I can still take a photo of the document holder I put it in - I handed it in in person today and they didn't take the folder I'll post it today
They took my folder when I presented my application (it was 2 inches high)... I "borrowed" the snazzy folder from work anyway so no loss!

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I forgot to take a photo, but I can still take a photo of the document holder I put it in - I handed it in in person today and they didn't take the folder I'll post it today
Was there any dramas handing it in day before other visa expires??:


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I forgot to take a photo, but I can still take a photo of the document holder I put it in - I handed it in in person today and they didn't take the folder I'll post it today
aww! i'll find a photo of my application to post up.. it covered a whole table!!

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