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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. I have looked and looked but I just can't see an answer to this on the immi.gov.au site so any help would be great. My friend is also applying for a 309/100 visa and she was told by Australia House that her 2.5yr old child could just be put on her application and there is no separate fee. I was under the impression that it was a separate visa so my 5 nrly 6yr old child would need his own visa/own medicals etc and incur a separate fee. He is my child not biologically my husbands but my husband does have parental responsibility for him. Who is right? Would really like it to be her! Ta
  3. I'm a UK citizen and am about to kick off the process of applying for an employer-sponsored 121 visa. I'm clear on what's required of me and am getting started on the paperwork asap. However, I'm wondering what to do about my partner. She's a New Zealand citizen and therefore can automatically get a SCV, which entitles her to live and work in Australia indefinitely. Under agreements between Australia and NZ she's entitled to many social security benefits, including medicare, but would need to have permanent residency to be entitled to certain social security benefits (after a 2 year period). If I include her on my visa application, she'll need to get a medical and police checks done, which pushes costs up even more (the application fee alone is £1335...), but would then have PR upon arrival. Alternatively, she could apply for PR once in country - as far as I can tell, the benefits that are excluded aren't ones that she'd need/be eligible for in any case. Has anyone got any experience with visa applications with NZ partners/spouses? I've emailed an enquiry to the AHC Contact Centre using the form on the website, but am looking to gain as much information as possible about how best to proceed. All responses greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi everyone, so we have decided to move back to the UK and give it a real go over there! Just in the process of getting my Australian partners visa sorted and am a bit confused as to how I include the children, have sent an e-mail to immigration but am yet to hear from them. Our daughter was born in Australia so do I just include her on my partners visa as a dependant and is there any extra cost?? Now for the tricky one, we are expecting baby number 2 on the 6th Feb 2012 and want to fly back to england and make the move shortly after that providing the pregnancy is smooth and we get the all clearfrom our doctor. Preferably, we'd like to fly before the 17th March as then our daughter turns 2 and it will save us a couple of thousand dollars not having to pay adult fare for her. So, my question is, how do I include an unborn child on my partners visa application? I've heard it can take up to 3 months to process so we cannot afford to wait until baby is born and then apply for the visa. I want to get the application sent off now but don't know what to do as we will have another child when we make the trip back home....as you can see, sticky situation!! if anyone's been in a similar situation or has any idea how it all works your advice would be much appreciated!! Thanks so much xx
  5. Please help, I'm nominating the ff occupation for ACT State sponsorship but it does not belong in TRA's list of occupations to be assessed. 1st option - Hardware technician 2nd option - ICT Customer Support Officer How can my skills be assessed?
  6. Hi everybody, when I receive my visa and move to Australia, my partner (who lives in another country and who is no included in my application), wants to go there on a student visa. What are my options to include him in my visa after I am in Australia, and how long does it take? Thanks for any advice, Cazhoney
  7. Hi all, I'm in the process of applying for my SS 176 e visa and I'm not sure how many relatives to include on the application. I'm in a defacto relationship. Do I need to include all of thier family too ? Do I have to go as far back as Grandparents ? can anyone who's already applied give me some advice. Many thanks in advance Chris :confused:
  8. I am unsure if it's wise to declare my illegitimate child (non-migrating)as a dependent if my child is living w/ her mother, though I provide regular support . As per DIAC ealth form 1071i - all dependents wether migrating or not are required to have health examination. I am having a hard time communicating w/ her mother and I don't want to have a problem w/ my visa application. What would be the best thing to do? Experts pls I need your advice. Thanks in advance. other facts: I am now married w/ my own family. I intend to bring my illegitimate child to OZ in the future. My Illegitimate child is w/ her mother abroad.
  9. Hi all- So I finally sent my de facto application in yesterday, and as I left the post office I realised I forgot to include a photocopy of photographs that my boyfriend took to get verified- and I included a mention of the photographs on a piece of paper inside the application which I wrote a summary of all the evidence inclosed. Can anyone suggest the best thing for me to do? Should I call migration and ask if I should send them in or will I hear from a CO when they get my application and then ask them if they want the photographs? I don't know whether to send them in now or wait to hear. After all they are just photographs but I did say that I have included them. Oops :wacko: I'm so frustrated after putting the application together for months! Thanks in advance for any help!
  10. Hi all, I'm preparing to lodge my application for a partner visa in the coming weeks. Was just wondering what kinds of events and milestones people included on the relationship timeline they submitted? I have some idea about what to include but would like to hear from others too. Thanks
  11. Hi all, I'm applying for a 457 visa with my wife and two kids but should I include my eldest son (he's 16 in August) as he's staying in the uk with his mother (my ex)to finish his schooling. I'm hoping that once he turns 18 he can come over to Oz with us (assuming I get PR ). If I include him in the application I assume he'd have to come over within 12 months. If he's still at school then obviously he can't so would he have to reapply for a visa on his own and how easy or difficult would that be? Hope this makes sense to someone ! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  12. Hi all, Happy new year. I'm a newbie to this forum and would like to get some advice from the experts or anyone with similar situation, please do share your experience with me We're applying for 121 and intended to include my MIL as dependent relatives. My hubby is the main applicant, only son to his mum, aged 55 (divorced 15 years ago, unmarried) currently staying overseas with her mother (my hubby's grandmother), financially dependent on my hubby as she's taking care of her aged mother (who living on her pension). According to the information provided on the DIAC website, she seems to be fully eligible as dependent relative but I just wonder any cons tagging along her into our application? Ie, will our application be delayed, or more documents need to be provided etc? Since my hubby is the only son, eventually we have to apply CPV for her as she will join us in Oz and CPV is so costly, hence the plus point including her into our 121 application is helping us to save up a lot. On the other hand, we do not have any proof of transferring fund to her as my hubby pass her the fund every year when he travels back. What other documents should we provide to proof that she's financially depends on us? Thanks, Jen
  13. Hi this is 1 of 4 posts regarding a visa for my parents to join me in Australia. There seems to be lots of options but none of which fit very well! Basic info is I've been in Australia on a permanent resident visa for 5 years, but have 2 brothers in the uk so the parent visas aren't possible at the moment. My parents are 55 which makes permanent working visas very difficult. One brother would love to move out here but is short of formal qualifications. Instead of training in the uk to get enough points it would seem sensible to me to train here on a student visa and then you don't need to worry about the converstion of qulifications etc. If he did this does anyone know when he would pass the balance of family test? Also, I thought I read somehwere (but can't find now - too much information!) that the balance of family test is determined at the date of submission and not reevaluated when you finally get to the front of the que. This would seem sensible (which counts for nothing I'm sure!) as things could easliy change in the length of time it takes.... Thanks for any help
  14. Hi All, I am hoping someone can help me with this dilemma... I applied for an Australian Federal Police Check Cert two weeks ago; before it was asked for in order to speed up the process.. My sister lives in Australia so i sent her the completed forms (1101) so that she can get an Australian money order for AUD43.00 and post it to the AFP. I received letter from my C/O asking for the certificate last week and I realised that I was meant to include an international postal reply coupon (IRC) which i did not do... However, on the actual form the current address stated is the same as my postal address... Does anyone know whether there will be a problem when sending it to me from over there?? I am a bit worried... Is there anything I can do now if it is going to be a problem?? Please help!!!
  15. Hi all, just a quick question. When you see a price of a flat advertised at a letting agent does that normally include rates as well or are they normally extra? Many Thanks!
  16. Hi hope someone can help. We are not using an agent and I have nearly finished doing the 175 online visa app but am just unsure whether we are supposed to include my o/h Aus Cert II Bricklaying that he got sent after he did the vetassess in July? The boxes ask which campus it was in Australia and the campus postcode so it sounds like this is just for if you have actually studied there. Samantha:wacko:
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    Who to include????

    Just wondering if any one else will be leaving behind a step child and whether they need to be included in the application. My husband has a daughter from a previous relationship who he sees when she wants something. He has no parental responsibility rights so does she have to be included in the application?? Would she have to have a medical as I know this will cause a big stress with her mother? Also, does any one know how you stand with the CSA when you leave?? Any help would be great!!!! Zoe:cute:
  18. Hi, We're in the process of gathering proof of our relationship so we can apply for the defacto spouse visa (309) and I thought we should include some love notes and things like that in it as proof we are in a genuine relationship however I then thought that that doesn't really prove anything since we could have written them all today and not when they actually were written. What have other people done? Thanks
  19. When sending information with the main visa application do I need to include all the certificates and detailed work sheets that I sent for the TRA or do I just include the information from the TRA, employers letter and copy of TRA application form. Not sure how much stuff to send them. Thanks Woodview.