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Discussion in 'Visas / Migration' started by Sarah77, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Sarah77

    Sarah77 New Member


    Just wondered if anyone has recently gone through the partner migration application and been accepted?

    We're in the VERY beginning stages of getting ready for our application..have literally just printed off and read booklet 1: Partner Migration and application forms 40SP & 47SP.

    I'm eager to find out about initial entry dates, once Visa is granted.
    I couldn't see anywhere on the forms giving the timings nor anywhere asking when you'd like to enter the country once your visas granted.
    Are you given a choice, or is it a standard 6 to 12 months (just guessing here) from date visa's granted or date visa's applied for??

    My partner's UK visa runs out mid April and we want to do some travelling enroute back to Australia.. so not exactly sure of timings. Obviously don't want to send our application too soon and find that we don't leave ourselves enough time to get there!

    Other quick question, re gathering evidence.. with joint accounts/bills etc.. how far back do you go? Obviously for defacto you need to prove your relationships lasted at least 12 months prior to application. My partner and I have been together for coming up to 4 years. Do we send them bank statements right back? Or is that too much information?

    Thanks very much,

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Hi Sarah
    Sorry i dont know the answer to your questions, i would advise you to post your message in the migration section of it is our sister site and a tad busy than here, we also have agents regually contributing ad im sure would know the answer to your questions.
    Lots of luck
    Cal x
  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Guest

    Partner Migration

    Im an Australian Citizen and have just moved back to Oz. My husband is on a permanent residency visa thru partner migration.
    Once the visa is granted you have 12 months from the date of your medicals to enter Australia. I know this for definate cos we had to come out for a holiday first to activate my husbands visa cos we hadn't sold our house. With regards to how long you've been together. They ask for bank statements and letters from you both stating how long you've been together, when you met, where you met, how the relationship progressed, how often you go to the toilet (just kidding)!!!!! Basically its just a letter off each of you witnessed by someone but they will email you telling you what they want to know.
    Hope this helps
  4. Sarah77

    Sarah77 New Member

    Thanks Cal and Cheryl for the tips.

    There's a lot to take in with the visas and then also trying to work out the right timings.

    I'd like to get it all approved (fingers crossed) by the beginning of next year - so can start getting ready for the big move, and before my partner's UK visa runs out next April.. but not too soon as we want to have a 6 month (roughly) open space, when we leave here mid April, to see some more of the world on the way back to oz.

    I think it will all be about timing the medical and character checks as late as possible, so that we have plenty of time to get in to the country after we leave the UK and finish our backpacking!

    Thanks again.
  5. poolguy

    poolguy New Member

    Hi Sarah,
    My parter came on a defacto visa 2.5 yrs ago.
    I would suggest some evidence from way back when you met and split the rest throughout the duration of your relationship right up to date.
    This would include joint bank account statements, letters, cinema/ theatre tickets, party invites, birthday/christmas cards, bills/ invoices, that kind of thing.
    To much would be better than to little


  6. Sarah77

    Sarah77 New Member

    Thanks Colin,

    Starting to gather lots of different evidence now.. photos, email letters, cards, flight confirmations, bills etc.
    Re our joint account.. in order to be 'green' we use internet banking so will have to download copies of statements. I hope that will be sufficient! Did you have to send in your individual bank account statements as well? I don't think it's a requirement or payslips? When my partner did his visa for England he had to provide all of his, as income was part of the qualifier.

    Got LOTS more reading to do, to make sure we've got everything we need. Still plenty of time before we need to send the application off, just don't want to miss anything!

    This application when it's all ready is going to way a ton in paper weight!!!

    Thanks again.

  7. poolguy

    poolguy New Member

    Payslips are not really needed.
    Just remember the criteria is for proof and evidence of your long term relationship, so anything that relates to that is what they are looking for. Holiday tickets, joint accounts, bills with both names on but same address, letters, Christmas cards with both names in, etc. We also got friends and family to write out statutory declarations for us and sign them at solicitors office.
    Are you using an agent? We did and they didnt send some of it as we had too much.
    Best way i think is to overkill. Not enough can cause delays while you find more stuff.

  8. srp

    srp No longer active member

    Hi, I have just arrived on a partners Visa, I contacted my bank and asked for a banker refferance, it cost me a tenner and it states how long the two of you have held a joint account. Contact the bank and tell them what it is for, it avoided a lot of hassle trying to gather statements to prove how long we had been together. Proof of the relationship seems to be paramount to the case officers, so anything that shows you have been together a long time, (wedding invitations, party invites) and dont forget, they prefere dated photo's, so I sat and put dates on all the photo's i sent. I agree with Poolguy, overkill is better. They seem to like nothing better than to keep asking for more, so saturate them with it.

    Colin (not the same one as poolguy, but its a good name)
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2009

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