de facto visa help!!!
ok guys so heres my situation
I have applied for a partner visa with my Australian partner
we met in 2011 started an official relationship in June 2011 and moved in together in august 2012 under my parents roofs - then moved to Australia in march 2013 and applied for the partner visa in march 2014
so in Ireland we lived with my parents as my partner was injured and unable to work, I worked full time and provided for him financially physically and emotionally. Although the lease wasn't in our names we have a letter from the landlord stating the dad he moved in with me. we also have separate bank statements but both with my address on them.
when we moved to Australia we moved into his parents house as we obviously didn't have jobs
in feb 2014 our names were put on the lease along with his brothers name. His parents and brother are doing state decs declaring we have lived here since we have moved over. We also have bank statements high lighting rent payments going out as well as food bills, phone bills health insurance bills.
on top of this I have
3 non Australian resident declarations
letter from landlord in Ireland
lease for house over here
separate Irish bank statements
personal aussie bank accounts (not in sure expect for present buying and a car loan)
joint account opened in august 2013 when I started working (our every day account)
high interest savings account for a future house
personal cards addressed to us
christening invitation from his sister + a family photo
invitation and a thank you card from my grandparents wedding anniversary plus a photo from the night that was taken from a newspaper
various tickets from traveling overseas
credit card statements
health insurance (not joint as bupa wouldn't allow it)
tax return letters
superfunds in both our names
2 form 888 declarations but planning on submitting a few more
is this enough?
Also I have been told to complete my medical
I dont smoke and i dont have any health problems that I know of. The only issue I have is im over weight but it doesn't effect me working or anything (had to have a medical to get my job)
will this be an issue?
any help is greatly appreciated!!! :) :):):):):):):):):)
I would say you definitely have enough there :)
We are currently rushing around trying to get evidence together to get our application in before the fee goes up on Jan 1st. Could I ask, how did you get the declarations from non Australian residents? I really want to include a couple from friends and family in the UK (we already have 4 Australian residents who are doing one for us) but thought these would be good as more evidence. I'm just not sure how to go about doing that.
But I think what you have is fine :)
Heya, my parents and friends just wrote a declaration claiming how they know me and the relationship etc, they got their id certified by the police and it was accepted. If you need I can always check and see the lay out on how my family did there's.
I hope this helps
If you wouldn't mind that'd be great. I really want to ask my mum to do one because we lived with her for four months whilst in the UK, and I also want to ask a friend or two. But can't find necessary forms or anything.
What I did for my partners UK family was write a list of things I wanted them to mention specific to them, and they just wrote a few pages in chronological order.
E.g stated how my partner and I met, when we met the family, when we moved in together, how they saw us as a couple (e.g that they had seen us cook meals together and share household responsibilities). Specific dates -forexmaple we went on a weekend away together as a family when I was in the UK, we had Christmas and birthdays together so they mentioned those and at the end the gave some details on how they saw our relationship from the outside looking in :)
Also - you got your application approved that quickly?! how! :D and how much did police and medicals cost? We're having to hold off on those for now because we just found out about the increase and are rushing just to get the application in.
Thanks again! :)
We were just so lucky to get our application approved so quickly! We applied and then shortly after applied for a BVB for my partner to visit his family and the case officer called us the day after we applied for the BVB and said i'll just grant you visa now as I can see you have everything required - and it will save you the BVB fee. I think we got him on a good day!!
I'm not sure if you are onshore or offshore?
If you are applying onshore I wouldn't worry about including the medicals and police checks until your case officer asks - saves you having to get them all done again given the increased processing time.
Once they contact you to ask for them they will give you 28 days to obtain them. You will have no problems getting a UK police check and Australian police check in that time (if you need them).
The UK police check cost £45.00. You can get it done here:
If you are in Australia at the time of application and/or have spent 12 months or more living in Australia you will need an Australian police check. The Australian police check we did online and it was sent out the following day. For some reason it's not allowing me on the website but if you go through the IMMI site you can get on. I can't remember how much it was, but for memory it was cheaper than the UK police check.
Character and police certificate requirements
Because we applied onshore we did our health check through Bupa, for memory it was about $280 something dollars, it might have changed by now. You book those on the BUPA site:
Welcome to Bupa Medical Services
If you are applying offshore you can use any of the pane doctors - do ring around because they charge different amounts:
Sorry for the hge post - I just wasn't sure where you were applying :)
Thank you so much! I've just actually sent you a PM hehe, hope that's okay! :)
It looks like you've got great evidence! I would suggest lodging your application online because the online forms give you a handy checklist to submit evidence.
AND REMEMBER - the fees go up from $3085 to $4700 in January!!!! So get online NOW, open your Immi account, fill in your form and PAY!! The way the online process works is that once you register your Immi Account, have have filled in your form and paid, you get into the processing queue, then you have several weeks to actually submit your evidence online. Most people don't realise that!
Creating an Immi account and filling in the online form (I think it was the 40SP or 47SP?) doesn't take long at all - I'm guessing it will only take you about two hours as it looks like you've done a lot of work already. So do it now and save $1600!!!!
Two things to note:
Don't stress about getting your evidence ready for the January increase - what most people don't realise is that once you have registered your Immi Account online (takes 3 mins), submitted your online form (probably yours is the 40SP? - takes about 2 hours), then the system asks you to pay!! Once you've paid, you are in the processing queue and you then have weeks to actually submit all your evidence, stat decs and medicals online! So just go and do it today and worry about the rest after Xmas.
Also, Engaus wasn't quite correct about the Stat Decs - there is an official form. You can download it - Form 888 - from the Immi site. Our application was tricky as we didn't meet in Australia and have lived in Johannesburg for 5 years so have limited Australian friends who can verify our relationship - in fact technically only my brother and his wife have ever met us as a couple. So we got 5 Stat Decs from non-Australians. Used the official form and got them to have them notarised as per the requirements for Australians. Seems to have worked!
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