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  1. Hi all! After years of lurking in the forums and getting tips and years of complex delays (family reasons), I finally lodged my De facto Partner (100/309) application on 19/02/2013 (having completed 5 versions of the 40SP/47SP over the years on various false starts!). Following the excellent advice on this forum, I submitted a comprehensive application proving 9 years de facto relationship with my Aussie partner, showing adequate funding, including owning an apartment in Melbourne. I more than qualify for progressing straight to the 100 visa and PR. I also already have family that have emigrated to Australia (2 sisters and husbands, their grown up families etc) so we both have extensive family support networks. But the processing time for partner migration is 8-9 months at least! We sold up and moved into rented nearly a year ago, so everything is in storage ready to go. Obviously, we can wait if we have to but I wonder what other options I have? Travel on a 3m visitors visa and try to get a bridging visa? Sponsored by one of my sisters, perhaps? Any advice on options to explore would be gratefully received! After years of waiting, I just want to get cracking!
  2. Hi guys, In May 2012 I applied for the 309 spousal visa, which was granted in November 2012. In December we went to Australia for Christmas so I activated the visa at that time. My question is, what happens if we don't now move to Australia for, let's say, the foreseeable future? My wife, the Aussie, is pregnant and we are expecting an arrival in August. We are currently earmarking a February move, but I'm curious what would happen at the two year stage, when they come to review the 309 for upgrading to the full visa, 100 if memory serves, and we have not moved. I don't recall seeing anything specific about this when we did the application. Any thoughts, suggestions or links to information would be appreciated. Thanks
  3. Hi all, This is my first post! My partner and I have found this site extremely useful for other things, so first of all a big thank you and congratulations to anyone who's recently received their visa! My questions is regarding getting documents certified. I have photocopies of both our passports certified, and we both have certified copies of our birth certificates. Do other documents, such as tenancy agreements, utility bills, invitations, cards and any other supporting evidence have to be certified copies as well? Or can they just be colour photocopies? If anyone could please share with me their experience with this part of the application, I would really appreciate it. We are applying for a 309 de facto visa, and have lived together for approximately 22 months. We are submitting the application without an agent and are almost ready to send it off. Thanks very much! :biggrin: Chris
  4. dodgydarji

    Defacto Relationship Requirements

    Hi All, This is my first post and have spent a fait bit of time trying to find someone in a similar situation but had no success. I guess everyone is in a unique situation. I (pom) want to go over on the 309 Visa with my Aussie girlfriend who I have been with for two years now. However we didn't move in together until 6 months ago. She bought a place and I moved in 10/2012. I am just a little confused to whether or not this disqualifies me from being able to get the 309 partner visa? I up until that point of moving in with her had been technically living with my parents, however spent nearly all my time at my partners rented accommodation. The evidence I can provide is we have been away together on holidays through the two year stat decs from 5 people in Australia (her mum, dad, sister and two friends) A joint bank account with savings going in from both of us for the last 13months Photos, letters and emails of us being together Last 6 months of bills being delivered to the same address. We both pay different house bills so no joint names. (i took car insurance, internet, tv) She took (gas, electric) I have proof in my own bank statements I sent money towards mortgage for the last 6 or 7 months So I have all form and proofs printed and ready to go, however just wanted to make this last minute plea in case anyoen had been rejected? I am under 26 so I could apply for the WHV and then apply for the defacto when I am in Australia. My only concern for this is a) employment restrictions or disadvantages with WHV visa. b) We are planning to move permanently so I would effective be lying by saying I am just taking the WHV visa then going defacto (has anybody else done this?) .. Any help and replies would be greatly appreciated Thanks you so much, Jay
  5. Guest

    An odd partner visa question!

    Hi guys, This is our first post! Hopefully one of you super helpful and intelligent people can lend a hand! We want to apply for a Partner Visa (309) in February next year once we have enough evidence. However we really want to get married in June after we have lodged the application i.e. get married during the application process (or just after if the visa comes through quick!). Can we do this? We know we really should apply for a prospective marriage visa (300) but for cost reasons we want to avoid this as it works out a lot more. Any help you guys can give would be great! Thanks in advance! :notworthy:
  6. Hi everyone, As the giant thread can be a bit hard to keep up with, I thought it might be best to set up our own one...? I also thought it might be nice to keep up to date with everyone that's submitted in March 2012 so we can share our visa woes/timelines/queries etc? With that in mind, my info is below... Submitted 16/03/2012 Rec'd 19/03/2012 Money debited 19/03/2012 Co Assigned: 20/03/2012 Email rec'd saying no further docs required: 21/03/2012 Temp Visa due to be granted : Mid August Good luck to all of us Marchers! :wink:
  7. Hello all, I know this is a bit of an essay, but hoping someone can perhaps help! :biggrin: Thought I had everything planned out but have just read a doc on the immi.gov.au website that's made us a bit worried :unsure: The scenario is this; * I have been with my girlfriend (in a genuine, continuing relationship) since February 2010 * We left for Australia on a 1 year working holiday visa in April 2011 * In May 2011 (having received a positive skills assessment), I applied for PR (my partner was included) * In December 2011 (after all medicals etc had been completed), the DIAC advised that we had not satisfied the relationship requirement (as we'd only actually lived together for 10 months at the time of application), therefore my partner provided written withdrawal). * My residency was granted in March 2012 (following a trip to New Zealand, returning to Australia as a resident a few days later). * In April 2012 we both came back to UK (as my girlfriend's WHV was up and we didn't want to be apart) * The plan was then to live together here in the UK to get the extra evidence we need (which we've got now having been living together in Oz/UK for a further 14 months on top of the existing 10). My partner is English, has a degree, no kids, no criminal record and is 25 so I don't think there's any issues on that side, the question surrounds my eligibility as a sponsor... After the permanent residency visa was granted, I stayed in Australia for about 4 weeks before departing back to UK (due to partner's WHV being about to expire). We're now wanting to apply for the Partner (Temporary and Permanent) (subclass 309 and 100) visas and everything looks fine, apart from a line on P16 of the 'Partner Migration booklet'; "If you are an Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, you are required to be usually resident in Australia." ...nothing of this kind appears to be mentioned anywhere else. As it stands though, I am NOT usually resident in Australia (as I don't want to be without my partner!). Will I need to go to Australia alone and live there for awhile before I can sponsor her? Is there a set amount of time you have to be a resident for before you are allowed to sponsor? If anyone has any experience/advice of a similar scenario I'd be very much appreciative if you could share! Thanks in advance fellow Poms in Oz Ged (A Pom not yet in Oz!)
  8. Hi everyone, We are due to be granted the 309 spouse visa, hopefully very soon but it's got me thinking, I know the oz govt site state that the 100 perm visa will be granted after a two year waiting period from when the visa application was submitted but is there any evidence that we should be gathering as our relationship continues? Just wondered if anyone could shed any light on how the process works? Many thanks L
  9. Hi there, currently wading through all the material needed for an offshore defacto partner visa - it's quite stressful! :arghh: (I am applying offshore) We've had lots of friends who have offered to write statutory declarations for us but I am a bit confused as to what I should ask them to write! 1) Can they use this form or is this out of date http://www.ag.gov.au/Statutorydeclarations/Pages/Witnessingastatutorydeclaration.aspx The link to the 888 form on the partner migration booklet doesn't seem to work - does anyone have a working link? 2) What should they write? Are details of how they know us, social activities we've done together etc appropriate or are they just meant to write that they confirm that we are a real couple? Thanks for any help you can give!!!
  10. lhigman

    Confused again!

    Hi everyone, So we've now got our case officer and I've received an email from her asking for: Joint financial or legal documents (mortgage, bank account, utility bills, wills etc) from March 2010 onwards; Individual financial or legal documents showing the same address from March 2010 onwards; Statutory declarations from friends and family. but this was all sent with our application....? Any ideas....?
  11. lhigman

    Confused 40SP FORM PLEASE HELP!

    Hi There, Can anyone help? If my son already has australian citizenship, do I have to include him under question 19/ Give details of ALL of your partner's dependent family members who are included in this sponsorship....? He is named in the forms but he's not part of the sponsorship as he's already Australian? I think we're getting ourselves in a muddle here!
  12. Hi There I've just applied for subclass 100 (PR) from a Subclass 309 (provisional resident) visa. I've been living onshore for 15 months. I'm told the processing times are 6-8 months. Does anyone have any experience with this process? Did it really take that long? Cheers
  13. Hi everyone, hope all Visa lodgements are going well for you all! I applied for my Partner Subclass 309 visa back in March 2009, which was granted by June 2009 and I moved out here in July 2009, it was all fairly straightforward, we didnt hire a migration officer and I double & triple checked everything before it was sent. All that seemed to go through fine, and like I said I was on my way by July. No one seems to really tell you much information about the second stage of this visa, I was advised to contact Immigration 22months after I lodged the application, so that I could continue with the next stage, I have done that and I am waiting on the paperwork arriving, hopefully any day now. When I asked the lady on the phone what it actually is, she said just more paperwork to show that you are still together (which we are, and getting married in July!) :biggrin: Does anyone know what the paperwork is/what kind of questions? is it basically just the first process all over agian? How long does it take to come back? do you get interviewed? And is there another cost involved? Its quite confusing, as you sort of forget after being here for 2 years that you are STILL only a temporary resident! But it does present a few obstacles with things such as loans, insurance etc. Any help would be very much appreciated, sorry for the long post , thanks :wink:
  14. Hello All! - It's been a while since I last posted! My Australian partner and I have been in a de facto relationship now for over 3 years. Just over a year ago we left our flat in Australia (I was sponsored 457) and came to live in the UK (joint tenancy with another couple for 12 months). We now wish to apply for the 309 visa so that we can return to Aus with my Australian partner being my sponsor. We believe that we meet the standard eligibility criteria (finance, committed relationship etc) however we aren't sure about a few details: - Do we both need to be residing outside of Aus whilst my app is being considered? Will she be required to attend an interview with me at Australia House in London? - If we lodge our application this April and my partner returns to Aus in the interim (April onwards) will this affect our application? - This is likely to happen as my partner has potential work back in Melbourne but we are concerned that it may appear to contradict our claim to be in a de facto relationship if we will be apart for the duration of the app (we plan to meet in Asia, visits etc) Compared to many peoples troubles this may seem a little OTT and silly but we are really worried and cannot seem to get any advice from the official channels, would appreciate the help from you all!
  15. Hi all, Just came across this forum, looks great! I sent our visa application yesterday and it arrived today at 09:09 and my credit card has already been charged the cost of the visa! Is this normal, did this happen to you? I would be greatful of any response, :spinny:
  16. Metoo

    Stage two of 309 Spouse Visa

    Hi All, Quick question, When completing the second stage of your 309 spouse visa has anybody been asked for a 2nd UK police check. Obviously I submitted one when first applying for my visa in 2009, now the 2 year temp PR visa is ready to be converted into PR 100, Diac is asking for a Police Check for any country I have resided in for 12 months or more during the the past 2 years. As I am still in UK does this mean another UK PC. I have nothing to hide but a 2nd PC check for UK seems a little strange. Thanks Metoo
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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