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Hi all, stumbled across this forum some months ago when researching the possibilities of an Aus visa for my partner.

I am dual Australian/British citizen in my mid 50's, partner is a British citizen in his mid 30's and we have been in our relationship and lived together for 10 years in the UK.  We want to go to Aus within the next few years and make the next chapter of our life there together.  I've researched the 309/100 visa application and know there is a multitude of information required to submit it but I have a few concerns as to how successful it will be.

Neither of us have family in the UK and we only have a very small circle of friends - we are a quiet couple who enjoy our own company and not crowds.  We have never shared bank accounts, the property we live in is one that I owned before we were together so the title and many of the bills are in my name and in this age of electronic communication we don't have many letters/postcards etc. dating back to the start of our relationship that might be helpful in proving it is legitimate.  We also don't have many photos - I don't like photos together because I am conscious that he looks so much younger than me and we are also of different cultures (he is of Asian decent).  We also don't have children.

My concern is how we find enough of the information required in order to prove our relationship is genuine and will our it be potentially viewed as suspicious because we are so different in age and culture?

We have also been engaged since April 2018 - a proposal and a ring but no official party or announcement.  We were planning to get married in early 2020 but then the world got locked down and in fact marriage is not a huge concern for us.  But, would it be better for us to be married before applying?

A host of concerns - perhaps someone can help with some encouraging information as we are a genuine couple but more unusual than others..

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7 hours ago, Madworld said:

I've researched the 309/100 visa application and know there is a multitude of information required to submit it but I have a few concerns as to how successful it will be.

Neither of us have family in the UK and we only have a very small circle of friends - we are a quiet couple who enjoy our own company and not crowds.  We have never shared bank accounts, the property we live in is one that I owned before we were together so the title and many of the bills are in my name and in this age of electronic communication we don't have many letters/postcards etc. dating back to the start of our relationship that might be helpful in proving it is legitimate.  We also don't have many photos - I don't like photos together because I am conscious that he looks so much younger than me and we are also of different cultures (he is of Asian decent).  We also don't have children.

My concern is how we find enough of the information required in order to prove our relationship is genuine

A marriage certificate alone is not much help.  You might even consider applying for a Prospective Marriage Visa instead.  It doesn't require the same proof of relationship.   It lets you move to Australia on condition that you get married within the first x months.  Once married, you then have to apply for the full partner visa, so it's an extra step and an extra cost.  However if getting married in Australia is appealing, it's an option.

My advice would be, book a consultation with a good agent. It's a cost, but the visa itself is expensive, and you could be throwing that money away if you apply without the right evidence.  Whereas an agent will know whether your evidence is adequate and if not, they'll know how to fix it.   I don't think you have a huge problem to be honest, and any shortfall in  evidence should be easily sorted out by an expert.  Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda. 

Edited by Marisawright

Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband granted UK spouse visa March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

My new novel, A Dance With Danger, due out August 2022

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9 hours ago, Marisawright said:

Whereas an agent will know whether your evidence is adequate and if not, they'll know how to fix it.   I don't think you have a huge problem to be honest, and any shortfall in  evidence should be easily sorted out by an expert

I agree … if a relationship is genuine there is usually enough evidence to back it up. Every relationship is unique and each application reflects that. 


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Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. Any comments relate to legislation and policy at date of post. 

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