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Old 07-19-2011, 04:18 AM
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What I submitted for my partner visa

OK Iíve finally got around to making a list of what I submitted in my onshore partner visa application. I lodged it in person at the Sydney office on 4th July and it was approved on 12th July so only 8 days!

My Situation:

My situation is that I live with my partner and his family and Iíve been living there since Dec 10. We opened a joint bank account and also registered our relationship in Dec 10. Weíve been together since Dec 09 and spent 1 month apart when I went to NZ in Sep 10 and also 6 weeks apart in Jan 11 when I went back home to England for Xmas and new year. Anyway I hope this helps some of you!

How I lodged the application:

I didnít do anything fancy with my application, I just laid the documents one on top of the other in the order on the checklist. It was sectioned nicely because I wrote stat decs for each of the headings ĎNature of commitment, Financial Aspects etcí and then all the docs underneath. Also in my stat decs I did a colour key so they knew which colours were highlighted on my bank statements referred to which piece of evidence and I also did a contents on there of what supporting evidence was included in that particular section.

I did use some plastic folders but not many to hold bank statements and phone bills together as well as paperclips. I didnít use any staples. I put the whole thing in a large folder with a clasp and stuck a label on the front with my name, phone number and what visa I was applying for.

Police/Medicals/Certifications:

I did my UK and Australian police check up front and also my medicals upfront which were all submitted in the application. I had all of my documents certified and witnessed at the local police station for free. I called in when I knew the JP was going to be there and I went in two lots as there was so much to get done. I also used a family doctor for some docs and they did a house call which was nice of them!

Some problems I ran into:

- My birth certificate was only the short version rather than the long version with my parents names on it (UK birth certificate) I submitted the short one and they said it was ok because I already had a copy of my passport too

- Chasing stat decs from family and friends took ages. Make this the first thing you do and write points for them to include as most people find it hard to know what to say. If on form 888 they run out of room ask them to carry on stat dec paper and get all of it witnessed and certified.

- Having documents certified and witnessed in the UK is a real pain and very expensive. In the end 2 of my friends (one is Aussie) went to a solicitor that they knew or went to the Aussie embassy where they were doing them for 10 pounds one week! Another friend had hers done by a policeman and another by the doctor. Whether or not these are legal I didnít really care Ė I just wanted as much social evidence as possible and I wanted my loved ones to make a contribution to our application and they were happy to do so. In the end Iím glad I went to the additional effort of chasing these from my UK friends and family.

- My partnerís mum wrote us an amazing stat dec about us living with her and also a form 888. She has been married twice and also had no birth certificate or passport! She went to births, deaths and marriages to get all of these docs and she gave me copies of all these docs, birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate and new marriage certificate to show a timeline of how her name has changed. This also took time and money.

- My partnerís phone bills until recently have been in his dadís name for work purposes. So this had to be explained. Also getting hold of these bills from 3 mobile was a real pain!

- The UK police check had spelt my address incorrectly so I had to have a new one sent, timing is of the essence people!

- They changed the forms and price of the visa and I only found out a day before I was due to submit. I had filled in my forms dated April 2011 and they said this was ok as changes were minor. But if you Google the forms now updated one appear so no dramas for all of you hopefully!

- Going from a student visa to a partner visa seemed to cause a lot of confusion with everyone involved including immigration! Because I applied once my course had ended I was able to work full time during my bridging visa A. If anyone would like any further info on this let me know!

- Form 80. This was a nightmare for me as Iíve travelled and moved a lot. It took me about 7 hours to fill in! I also have lots of half brothers and sisters so getting all of the info for them took ages as well. Allow lots of time to fill in this form!

My application:

Read booklet number 1 and refer to it all the time, especially when writing your stat decs. Write down everything they want to know and make sure you include this where you can. Iíve been gathering evidence since Dec 10 and hereís what I handed in in orderÖ

Documents
- x2 passport photos of me with my name written on the back
- x2 passport photos of my partner with his name written on the back
- Form 47SP
- Form 40SP
- A certified copy of my partnerís birth certificate
- A certified copy of my partnerís passport
- A certified copy of a letter from my partnerís employer stating his job, how long he has worked there and what he earns (gross)
- A certified copy of my passport
- A certified copy of my birth certificate
- A certified copy of our relationship registration certificate

Evidence
- A stat dec from me outlining the history of our relationship (4 pages typed)
- A stat dec from my partner outlining the history of our relationship (3 pages typed)
- A stat dec from me titled Financial Aspects with a brief explanation of what Iím submitting for this criteria and a colour key for bank statements
- A copy of our joint car insurance letter
- A copy of a receipt showing joint purchases of furniture that weíd bought together
- Our joint bank account statements (highlighted rent, joint payments, bills, purchases, each in a separate colour according to the criteria and colour key)
- Our separate bank statements since Dec 09 highlighted as above
- Stat dec from me titled ĎNature of the householdí and an explanation
- My phone bills with our address on them
- Copies of letters from my Super fund addressed to me
- Copies of Medicare letters sent to me
- A copy of our joint car insurance letter which is addressed to both of us
- Copies of letters from the bank addressed to both of us
- A stat dec from my partnerís mum explaining that we live with them and pay rent and food costs to her and also help around the house
- A stat dec from me entitled ĎSocial Aspectsí
- A copy of the scrapbook I made for my partner before I went to NZ for 4 weeks
- An assortment of photos with us at home, on holidays listed below and with family and friends. I labelled everyone in them and dated them so they could put a face to the stat decs from each of them
- Copies of Valentines cards sent between us
- Copies of Xmas card sent to both of us from family and friends
- Emails to my partner while weíve been together
- Emails to me while weíve been together
- Copies of our flight and hotel booking for our holiday in Cairns (also highlighted in statements)
- Copies of flight and hotel booking for our holiday to the snow (also highlighted in statements)
- Copies of flight and hotel bookings for our holiday to Melbourne (also highlighted in statements)
- We highlighted in our statements our two trips to the Hunter Valley with friends
- Copies of cards and receipts and day trip passes of our trips together over the last year and a half
- Stat decs from family and friends in the UK x5
- Form 888 from Aussie family and friends x4
- A stat dec from me titled ĎNature of our commitmentí and an explanation
- Copies of super letters stating each other as beneficiary
- Emails between us and my family at home arranging a trip in the future to the UK and to various festivals
- My partnerís phone bills while I was away in New Zealand highlighted and labelled
- My partnerís phone bills while I was away from Xmas highlighted and labelled
- My partnerís phone bills while weíve been together highlighting our constant contact
- A stat dec from my partner explaining why the phone bill isnít in his name
- A stat dec from my partnerís dad explaining why the phone bill is in his name and also stating that I live with them and pay rent
- Copy of our joint credit card opening showing that we intend to increase our credit rating to help with getting a mortgage in the future
- Skype logs from me while we were apart over Xmas
- Emails while weíve been apart
- Tafe letters showing that my partner is currently enrolled in Tafe for the next 2 years and this is why we cannot live in the UK together

Other docs
- My medical results envelope unopened
- My UK police check original
- My Aussie police check original
- Form 80

Phew! Sorry for such a long winded post! I hope this helps all of you Ė any questions give me a shout. It sounds like a lot and it was a lot to do, especially all of the highlighting in different colours. But worth it in the end! Good luck everyone!

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Thanks Furryball for sharing your application - what's more, we know it was a good application because it got granted

It's a coincidence that your's got granted on the 12th July, and my parter's was submitted on the 12th....does that mean we get good luck ?

I understand your pain for form 80 - my partner has 6 full/step, brothers/sister, and they all have 2 middle names each. In fact, everyone in his family has 2 middle names and of course he couldn't remember all of their names let alone all their birth dates! I agree the living and travel sections are a complete pain

Oh well, you'll hear from me if his gets granted soon. All the best

Sarah

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Hi guys!

Wow some fantastic responses here indeed! I have a feeling I shall be using you guys for help over the coming months. That being said I have gone through this process in the UK a couple of times so have a good idea what our Aussie government are expecting!

Couple of more questions.

Form 80
I must be blind, where in Booklet 1 does it mention that 'Form 80' must be supplied by the partner? I believe you guys and I will make sure we submit it, however just want to read about it first.

Australia Police Check
My German partner will have been in Australia for approx 360 days when we submit our application. Must she supply an original Australian Police Check with our application? She has already got the original German check which has just come through.

Character Statutory Declaration
Does my partner need to supply the following for as well?

http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...eclaration.pdf


Thank you!!

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Form 80
I must be blind, where in Booklet 1 does it mention that 'Form 80' must be supplied by the partner? I believe you guys and I will make sure we submit it, however just want to read about it first.

Matt
In regards to Form 80
I didn't find it mentioned anywhere on the immi site either, and I just assumed it was for high risk countries. However, I called the DIAC 4 times to ask if my parnter (who is French) had to fill it out, and they said "of course, all applicants must fill it out".

So we completed it. When you hand in the application you get a sort of acceptance letter. On the letter there is lots of information and some instructions, one instruction saying "If you have not already done so, please fill out and return a form 80....". So you definately have to do it and why wait until later, just hand it in with the app.

In regards to the Australian police check
My partner was in the same boat. He was on a working holiday visa and on the day we planned to put in the application, he would have been in Australia for 1 year. I called the DIAC and they said even though on the day we apply he would technically not need a police check, that he would probably be asked for one anyone. So he got it done, cost $43 (National police check) and it arrived in 2/3weeks. If your partner has spent near an a year in Australia, then the DIAC are going to want to see that he didn't get into trouble. It's easy to get and it's better to provide it at the start rather than delaying processing later-on.

Character statutory declaration
Never seen it, partner didn't fill it in. It seems to defeat the purpose of the police check. In the application form (40/47SP - the one for the application), it asks you about crimes you've done anyway. Where did you see that?


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Hi guys!

Wow some fantastic responses here indeed! I have a feeling I shall be using you guys for help over the coming months. That being said I have gone through this process in the UK a couple of times so have a good idea what our Aussie government are expecting!

Couple of more questions.

Form 80
I must be blind, where in Booklet 1 does it mention that 'Form 80' must be supplied by the partner? I believe you guys and I will make sure we submit it, however just want to read about it first.

Australia Police Check
My German partner will have been in Australia for approx 360 days when we submit our application. Must she supply an original Australian Police Check with our application? She has already got the original German check which has just come through.

Character Statutory Declaration
Does my partner need to supply the following for as well?

http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...eclaration.pdf

Thank you!!

Matt

Hi all!!

Thanks Furryball for that list, I've already submitted my application but it is always good to see what others have submitted, gives me a bit more confidence in what I submitted especially as yours has already been granted, congratulations again!!

Llawjm, with regards to form 80, it is listed on the document checklist for on shore applications, at least I think that's where I saw it... As for the Australian Police Check, I got one just because by the time they look at my application it it will be well over a year that i have been here in Australia. With regards to the Character Stat dec, I haven't come across this so not sure as to whether it needs to be submitted. Hope this is of some help!



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the checklist on the immi website said you don't need a form 80
the checklist on the berlin embassy website said you did
if in doubt, fill it in anyway!

the need for an australian police check is based on the aggregate time you have spent in australia over the past 5 or 10 years. so if you partner has been here for 360 days in the past year but has also previously visited australia (say 5yrs ago for a 6 day holiday) then that's 366 days and they need one. for $43 i would probably just give them one anyway.... if in doubt, give it to them!

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We'll get a police check done for her as she has worked in Australia (2.5 years ago) on a sponsored work visa for 3 months.

That was another question I had ... would it help our application if I had a section about my partner working in Australia back in 2008/09 on a sponsored work visa by her company in Germany? I'm sure any further information will help right?


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you need to disclose previous australian visas anyway, it is on the second page of 47sp i think??

but yeah, demonstrating a work history in australia can only be a good thing!

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Yes your right, you do need to disclose the information about working previously in Australia. More evidence spelt out the better I say!


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Once my partner has received her Medical Results for our application, can we open them or must they be included in the application untouched or opened?


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