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  1. Hi everyone, Apologies if this is duplicated but I can't find this elsewhere after doing a couple of searches. I have just had my 309 partner visa granted from the Aussie embassy in London (Granted 11/11/11). I'm British and my wife is from New Zealand but lived in Australia and qualifies for sponsorship because they moved to Australia before 26th Feb 2001. Just thought it may be helpful to other people applying to include a list of what I sent with my application - not to say this is all required of course, whatever they don't need they will send back. I put it all in a folder (because I couldn't cope with the thought of putting them all in a big pile of paper) and they left the pages in the plastic wallets but made me take it out of the folder and slide it under their glass screen (like you do in a bank / at the post office). I also put on every plastic wallet a number to match to the contents page, what was in it and whether it was certified or not. e.g. "8. Applicant birth certificate copy. Certified". I also wrote on what they were evidence of e.g. links with Australia, evidence of relationship etc and I used a dynamo label maker to make sure it was neat. Things that need to be certified don't need to be notarised copies just certified copies of the originals which are significantly cheaper and easier to get. I'd suggest to do all the photocopying yourself then just take it all together to be certified. I used a notarised solicitor just because I'd used them before but am sure you would be able to get it done cheaper elsewhere. However the embassy provides a list of who can certify documents. I'd also suggest get extra copies of your passports, driving licences, utility bills etc as you need these multiple times not just for the application but also for the police checks etc so you end up needing quite a few copies. Right here is what I sent: First page - Page of contents with page numbers. SECTION 1 1) Payment mandate London office (although I handed it in at the London desk in person and they took payment there and then) 2) Application form 47SP Applicant 3) Application form 40SP sponsor 4) Sponsor ability to support applicant letter - original 5) Sponsor length of Australia residence and visa category 444 held before 26th Feb 2001 evidence - copy of passport page - Certified 6) Certificate of status for New Zealand citizens in Australia - certified 7) Sponsor birth certificate copy - Certified 8) Applicant birth certificate copy - certified 9) Applicant passport copy - certified 10) Passport photos - in a seperate envelope 4x applicant and 2x sponsor. Got my boss who is a Dentist to certify them on the back as a true likeness. I also provided a piece of A4 paper with his address and mobile on in case of any problems. I'd suggest doing this for the police checks also - ours was delayed because his signature was so bad! 11) Marriage certificate copy - certified 12) Applicant police check - original 13) Applicant medical exam with date booked - copy of email confirming date and location 14) Applicant statement of history of relationship 15) Sponsor statement of history of relationship 16) Statuatory declaration of relationship - first declaration - original 17) Statuatory declaration of relationship - second declaration - original NB some people include friends, families, employers etc but we only used the two people who were friends of us both. 18) Sponsor passport copy- certified 19) Letter of support (from her parents assuring us financial support to prove we don't need benefits) 20) Sponsor payslips last 2 years copies - certified 21) Sponsor accountant letter and tax file number copy from Australia - certified. (Proves continued links with Aus) 22) Sponsor death nomination - superannuation benificiary copy - certified 23) Sponsor superannuation (pension) statement copy - certified 24) Sponsor university transcript copy - certified 25) Sponsor tax file number copy - certified 26) Sponsor Australian savings copy - certified Section 2 (These were either originals or copies. None were certified) 27) Photo - engagement ceremony / registry office wedding NB dates and locations were put on all the photos themselves 28) Sponsor - anniversary and birthday card to applicant 29) Photo - night out in April 30) Photo - nights out in August and September 31) Photo - Applicants 30th birthday party 32) Joint invitations to social events from friends - birthdays, christenings, weddings etc (we sent the actual original cards) 33) Flights & hotel trip for joint travel - applicants 30th birthday Dublin (Copies of hotel and flight receipts etc) 34) Flights & hotel trip for joint travel - sponsors 30th birthday New York 35) Hotel receipt for 1 year anniversary trip away 36) 1 year anniversary cards to each other copies 37) One year anniversary gift receipt from applicant to sponsor 38) Christmas card from Sponsors family 39) Wedding card from applicants staff at work 40) Selected joint bank statements - NB important information blanked out e.g. bank account number etc 41) Mobile phone bills showing contact between couple over selected months highlighted 42) Facebook page printouts of sponsor and application - highlighted part showing who married to 43) Multiple receipts of joint household items - e.g. 2x shopping receipts for grocery shop, blender, tv etc etc 44) Joint rental agreement for apartment copy 45) Joint council tax bill for apartment 46) 3 months joint bank statements - i.e. has both of our names on 47) Emails showing our relationship first developing 48) Joint insurance policy for our wedding rings 49) Credit card bill showing sponsor as additional card holder 50) Joint mobile phone and travel insurance statements with both our names on 51) Joint tickets for events coming up in future - e.g. comedy shows, concerts etc 52) Breakdown of household responsibilities - (an A4 page outlining who drives, who cooks, who irons, who does the dishwasher etc) SECTION 3 - Extra evidence 53) Applicant degree and registration certificate - certified 54) Applicant CV 55) Sponsor CV They sent half of section 2 and 3 back after receipt however since I went down there and handed the application in person I didn't want to make the trip twice. As an FYI for those of you planning on going down early - it opens at 9. I got there at 8.15 and there was a queue of 2 people in front of me already. So I'd suggest getting there early, they are however quite quick and efficient. They make you stand outside - so I'd bring a coat and umbrella too! Also, if I did this again I would have included my Wifes Australian and UK police checks with the application above and booked in her medical at the same time as mine (and included evidence that hers had been booked too). They asked for these after I submitted my application. Good luck!! -Kal
  2. Guest

    Got my 309!

    Hey everyone, thought I'd let you all know I'm in Brisbane now on my partner visa. I had to depart for grant so went to visit some ex-pat friends in NZ for a week and got back Wednesday morning. I've a job interview tomorrow morning too so wish me luck!
  3. lindajyyu

    spouse visa 309 evidence

    Hi there, It is me again for more questions, and hope everyone can help me with my questions. My husband is applying for spouse visa submitted outside of Australia about 3 months ago. The CO has emailed us and wanted us to provide more evidence to prove that our relationship is genuine and continuing. We already gave CO the photo from our travel, daily life, meeting with friends, and wedding. We also gave CO our Marriage certificate, household registration, and our insurance policy with our name listed. Also a couple of cards when we were dating, movice tickets. Obviously, those are not enough and now the CO wants more. So I am wondering what else should we provide now? What is CO looking for in terms of more evidence (that our relationship is genuine and continuing) please? thanks Linda
  4. Hi folks, I'm currently waiting for an offshore spousal temporary visa. I have the oppurtunity to work in the mining industry. However, my wife is worried that the Immigration Dept may not grant us the Subclass 100 permanent visa after 2yrs as I would be working in rural Australia for 2 weeks on and flying back for one week. Are her concerns unfounded or would there be an issue here? I would love to work for 2yrs just to get a head start on our mortgage. All replies greatly appreciated.
  5. Hello, Finally received confirmation of my subclass 309 provisional spouse visa. The visa was approved on August 3rd and have to enter by January 4th. Flights booked for December 31st at 10pm. Woohoo! Bookedwormuk
  6. Hi there, was hoping someone could help - Im going to be travelling to Australia with Singapore airlines who I know offer extra baggage allowance for people who are travelling to live in Australia permanently. I currently have a 309 visa ... which strictly speaking is a temporary visa for 2 years, so will this make a difference? ... I dont want to be stuck with a £800 bill for an extra bag at the airport. Cheers!
  7. Guest

    Subclass 309 Partner Visa

    Hello, I've applied for partner visa subclass 309 to AUS, from India. My case has been forwarded to a senior case officer for the final decision now. How much time should it take now? It's been 3 months already. Please help me with your answers. Thanks.
  8. Hi all! Newbie poster here: I have already found this website such an amazing resource of great information over the last few months, but now its getting to the time where I need to think about gathering my evidence for the visa, and would appreciate some of you guys thoughts!! My partner Scott is from Perth and I am from Glasgow. We are applying as de facto's as we are a same-sex couple. I am planning to apply off-shore. We first met in 2005, and I stayed with him in Perth on a tourist and then student visa for over a year, although we have no documents from that period apart from my documents from TAFE. We decided to end the relationship late in 06 after I returned to the UK, but got back in touch in Spring 09, when we decided we did actually want to be with each other. Scott saved for a year and came to the UK on a Youth Mobility Visa in April 2010. He has been working in hospitality and I in the public sector, and he has a good number of friends as well as joint friends who have known the both of us since he got here. Also all his family and friends from back in Perth remember me when I was there in 05/06. His parents are also visiting and staying with us for a few weeks later this yr. When he got here, I was just about to graduate from Uni, and we stayed with my family from April till October, and have letters from banks etc addressed to each of us to that one address. We then set up a joint bank account in October 2010 and got our first joint lease, and also have joint phone bills, gas, electric and council tax in both our names. We have a joint lease up to April 2012, at which point his Youth Mobility Visa runs out and he is going back to Perth. I want to send off my application by Jan 2012, with a view to moving over there around October 2012, so I can move back with family and save for a good 6 months when Scott is back in Perth. I am most worried about the one year relationship requirement, and also if me needing to prove I have support when I get there will be a factor? What we do have: - Joint leases from Oct 2010 - Joint bank account from Oct 2010, with all our joint expenses coming out of it and us paying in half of the total each month. - Joint names on phone bills, gas, electric, council tax from Oct 2010 - About 30 Christmas cards and invitations - Joint email account with receipts for purchases, tickets, special offers etc - So far a dozen good photos of us with friends, with my family, from when his parents visit, so plan to take plenty then and also when our two families meet up. - There is about 30 possible family and friends in Perth and about same here who can do stat declarations for us, and will remember me from when I lived with him there in 05/06. - Payslips and P60s for the pair of us since mid 2010. - Almost daily email correspondence between both of us from November 2009 untill he arrived in April 2010, which references the time we were together previously too. - Official letters from banks etc addressed to us individually, but which show we stayed at the same address from when he first arrived in April 2010 till we got our own place in October. - I graduated from Uni in 2010, and thankfully found a good job in Jan this yr. Im saving everything for the visa, so wont have a very big bank balance when I apply, but should have £5-6k when I plan to go late in 2012. Similar with Scott, he has little savings, altho his mum & dad own their own home etc. (we're only 23 & 24, no property to speak of yet!) What I am concerned about: Will we be able to satisfy that our relationship intends to continue based on the fact we had such a large gap between when we first met and now? We plan to have some sort of partnership or ceremony perhaps later into 2013 once I am settled into Perth and can afford it! We should mention this in our own statements? Scott has been working in the UK since 2010, not in Oz, although was working in Oz up untill he left, will we need to prove anything about him being able to support me? When I first arrive late in 2012, the plan is to stay with his family and look for our own place once I find work. My Dad and his wife are both Australian permanent residents, and both live in Perth, would evidence of this help? Also would this help in terms of evidence to support me when I first arrive? My Dad also applied for the partner visa when he moved over with his Australian wife a few years ago. He warned me that I need to overwhelm them with info, and that they can be quite suspicious of same-sex couples. Sorry for the info overload there! Be so good to hear your guys suggestions (or reassurances!) for what kind of evidence is needed or that we should have! Thanks guys!
  9. Hello, I've applied for partner visa subclass 309 to AUS. While waiting for the same, I'd visited AUS to spend time with my husband who is an AUS PR. I'd searched for jobs while my visit to AUS and have also received an offer from one of the companies. But, I can not start working until I receive my partner visa, which is under process. The company has given me the offer letter with the joining date as pending. Is it fine if I tell my case officer that I've been offered a job in AUS, which can start only after I receive my partner visa. Will this help in speeding up my case? My case is now pending for the final decision only. All documents' assessment, medical checkup, police check, etc. has been completed and the case is now with a higher case officer for the final decision. How much time should it take now? It's been 3 months already. Please help me with your answers. Thanks.
  10. Hi My wife is about to apply for the spouse 309 subclass visa in India.In The passport of my wife has her name in the given name field as her first and the surname together and her surname field is blank.this was done by the person who made her passport at the passport office in India. Please help me as what shall i put her name as on the forms which i will be filling the name as its on the passport or her first name and the surname separate or the same way as its in the passport and leave the surname blank on all the forms? Will DIAC pose any issues with the name on the forms if i put her first name and the surname separate ? Please Help me out......
  11. Guest

    help with 309 partner visa?

    hi guys, i am hoping someone can give me some answers on lodging my application for a partner visa :wacko: 1. Do the statutory declarations have to be bu Australian citizens as myself and my partner do not know any? 2. We both still live with our parents as we have been saving to move, will this affect my application although we have been together 5 years? 3. Does it matter that my sponsors employment history is in the UK and therefore his letter/payslips etc are from the UK? Really hope you can help me out before I lose the will to live! Thanks :wubclub: Rachel
  12. Hi All, We have just submitted 47sp and 40sp for OH's 309 visa. Thanks to the advise of the forum we have now got citizenship certificates for our 2 children and are awaiting their passports. Question - We have received quotes for one way flights to Perth, but are worried that my OH might not have his 309 visa issued by the time we arrive in Perth (end of November so might be tight)! Could anyone advise us what we should do? Our concern being that immigration might not let him through without return ticket. Many Thanks Megan:biggrin:
  13. Hi, We are about to lodge my partners spouse visa 309/100 and wondered if anyone knew what the current time frame we should expect to wait is. I've spent the morning googling but are coming up with answers from 4 weeks to 12 months! I know it's going to be a rough idea but any would be good! Thanks Cara
  14. Guest

    309/100 medicals

    Hihi, I am new here and a close friend recommended this forum as one of the very informative and updated migration forum. Indeed this is a great forum filled with lots of information and help. I am currently applying for 309/100 and would like to do medical check now. My medical centre asked me this 2 questions. 1. Are you a temporary or permanent applicant? (309 is temp while 100 is permanent; so should I consider myself temp or permanent?) 2. Please provide the address for the clinic to send the medical report to. (3 choices given: Online or send to SYDNEY or send to the LOCAL AHC where my paper application is submitted) I have inform the medical centre that I am doing spouse visa 309/100, but they are not sure about the 2 matter above. I have made a call to DIAC and DIAC said that the clinic should know all these. So now I am stuck and I am not sure where to get these answers from. I have already tried glancing through a few pages and topics of the 'migration issue' and couldn't find answers to these questions I have. If there is already a same topic, please link me to it, I might unintentionally missed it. I hope this can updates evereyone who are having the same issue lately. I hope the kind souls and migration agents in this forum can advice me. Thanks in advance. ^^
  15. Hiya, I am currently getting all my bits and bobs together ready to apply for my partner visa and wondered if anyone had any advise on the declarations required from friends/ family. I have read lots of leaflets and threads and pages, but am still a bit confused! 1. Can these statements be made by family, or do they have to be from a non-related person? 2. Do these people have to be in/from Australia? 3. What sort of things should these declarations say? Are they just one liners saying “yes these 2 people are in a genuine relationship” or should they be similar to my husband and my personal statements and more describe how these people know us and include details about our relationship? 4. Also, do these need to be certified? 5. For any documents/copies that do need to be certified, who can do this in the UK? Thanks so much for your help! So exciting and so nerve racking, I'm a bag of good and bas nerves all the time at the mo, just at the thought of it all J Thanks, Em
  16. Hi There, We applied for a subclass 309 visa back in July 2009. At this time we have been married for 4 years and 7 months. Now it has been more than 5 years since we got married and the visa is still being proccessed. our question is: When the visa is hopefully granted, will it be a permemnant visa (Subclass 100) or a temp 2 years years vis (Subclass 309)? Thanks in advance.
  17. Hey guys so i've started to get the ball rolling with my 309 partner visa. Decided to do it ourself's and have a quick question. Just in regards to the documents needed in the Part I document checklist i am wondering what everyone included with their application. What is a "Certified copy"? We are currently in England and I "Being the Australian" need to send a certified copy of my birth certificate. The original is in Australia with my parents. Also just what people included for evidence of relationship? do i need to send in photo's, email's, things like that. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  18. Hi All, We are about to send off Application form 47SP and 40SP but before doing so were hoping you might be able to advise whether we have enough and all of the information required to achieve a smooth application process. Below is a list of the information we have provided. If anyone can think of anything that we may have missed we would appreciate your feedback.:wink: 1/ Marriage certificate 2/ Certification of Citizenship 3/ Partner Passport 4/ My Passport 5/ My Drivers License 6/ My Birth certificate 7/ Partner Birth certificate 8/ Will 9/ Wedding invoices/ Wedding dress receipts/ Honeymoon receipts 10/ Council Tax bill both names 2009/ 2010 11/ Utility bills partners name 2008/09/10/11 12/ Contents insurance both names. 13/ Flight itinerary for Australia 14/ Mortgage info for residence. 15/ Sports centre information. Joint activities 16/ Bank of America Statements 17/ Joint Invitation to a Wedding. 18/ 4 x Partner 2 x me Photos 19/ Proof of savings 20/ Supporting photos 21/ A history of our relationship written by both of us separately 22/ Declaration by friends and family of our relationship 23/ Joint Bank Statements Your opinions on the following would be appreciated also - 1/ Does the paperwork/ supporting documents / photo's sent to the Australian high commission get returned to us? 2/ We haven't received Statutory declarations from Australia yet although they are being done? Can we forwarded them at a later date. 3/ Address where to send application? We want to send it special/recorded delivery, but i read they will not except it this way as there's know one to sign for the packages? Have I got my lines crossed? 4/ Should we start organizing our health checks and police checks now? We're based just outside London and was wondering, are there list of who to call to book the checks? Do we go to the local police station for police checks? Really appreciate any help on the above as my heads starting to hurt..hehe Kind Regards Megan:err:
  19. Guest

    309 40SP - 2 questions

    Hi All! On the 40SP form and looking at the booklet it says that the sponsor must be a permanent auatralian citizen and usually resident in Australia. My OH (who is Autralian) and I have been together for nearly 2 years and he has been in the UK for 7.5 years - Evidently we are trying to move to Oz. Can he complete this form even if he is not "normally resident" in Oz now but will be obviously when we get the green light to move over there?? Also one other quick question - I am now at the point of bundling my masterpiece of an application together - how have you all displayed the information? There's lots............... Thanks in advnace - I cannot wait to get this sent!:confused:
  20. Right, about a month after our initial deadline we're nearly read to get our application handed-in. Just waiting on the last couple of stat decs to wind their merry back through the postal system from Oz. I just wanted to make sure I don't miss anything obvious. One thing that I'm unsure about is the document certification requirements. I have previously read the following in a forum post which has been extracted from an email from DIAC: Do I send Originals or Copies of my Documents? We require originals of character clearances only. You should provide certified/notarised copies of key documents such as birth, marriage and divorce certificates. In all other cases provide simple photocopies of supporting documents such as rental agreements, bank statements, insurance documents and the like. However, this was dated 2009. Can anyone confirm that it is still OK to send non-certified copies of documents such as bank statements, bills, etc and just get the important ones certified (passports etc)? Has anyone had any problems with non-certified documents?
  21. Hi, Apologies if this question has been asked numerous times before. Can anyone please let me know the approx waiting / processing times for the 309 Spouse Visa? I need to head back to Oz for work in 3 months and want to know whether my British wife should apply now in the hope of it being approved in 3 months or for her to enter Oz as a tourist and apply in Oz. My next question is whether it is acceptable for her to enter with a one way ticket? We and our 2 (British) sons are wanting to move to Oz permanently. I am an Aussie who has lived in the UK for 10 years. Many thanks
  22. I am an Australian Citizen and the sponsor for my husband's spouse visa. We got his 309 visa granted on Feb 2010. We live in Dubai and its from here that we had applied for his Spouse PR. We had actually planned to move to Aus but we are postponing it for now. I know that around the 2 year mark DIAC will request us to resubmit documents for grant of permanent PR. I just want to confirm a few things so that we can plan our next move 1. Can we apply for Subclass 100 (Permanent Spouse PR) outside australia ? 2. I was employed until recently and now out of work - since I am his sponsor am I expected to to be working and show pr0of of employment ? 3. We used a migration agent for the first stage - so will DIAC contact them around next year ? Your inputs will be highly appreciated as we will need to move to Aus if I need to apply from there. TIA
  23. hi all i need some advice my fiancee is from the uk and im australian we are going to apply for a 309 partner visa. i have a criminal record nothing serious but my fiancee does not she is a primary school teacher she has an excellent background. just wondering do i need to provide a criminal history check even though i was born in oz and im only the partner sponser please can someone help?:Randy-git:
  24. well we literally have all of our documentation now, we have begun trying to put it all in correct order and will go and photocopy everything this afternoon. Just wondering about our supporting documentation for our proof of our relationship... Should we go through with a highlighter and highlight our names on all the documents where we are both on it? And highlight things like, phone calls to each other on our phone bills? Does this help the CO to save time on looking through the documents to try and figure out what they are for...? This is our last question i think, then tomorrow i am going into london to see a registered migrant agent to certify our copies then lodge it on friday.... Also I think i asked the question before, but, can we just walk into Australia House in London and lodge it in person, do we have to book or do we send it off to them....??? Thanks
  25. thanks to all the help we had off here, we were able to complete our defacto visa and lodge it ourselves without the help of an expensive migrant agent! I feel the pressure lifting slowly off the shoulders now that its all paid for and out of our hands... We front loaded the lot, police checks, medical and form 80 and lodged it this morning!, so hopefully we should get the visa approved by the 27th Oct if the DIAC do their job and get it done within the 5 months! Wish us luck and we will let know our progress! :jiggy:
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