Hi Emilie, what I did was I printed out my bank statement, highlighted it and wrote neatly to explain my points and scanned it as soft copy. Log In Logout My Account.
Did you like or use any of the Australian Partner Visa Forums? Hi Jema This is all so helpful! Thank you for providing so much information. I was just wondering what your thoughts are on medical checks and police checks. Should I have them completed prior to applying or should I wait until they are requested.
I look forward to your response. Medical checks and police checks are hard. But many of us me included! Then you have to pay to! We cut it very close. I got my health checks done almost six months before we even applied because it was cheaper where I happened to be Thailand. But they almost expired while we waited for visa approval. Up to you if you want to take the financial risk of having to do them twice.
Good luck with your visa! Hello Jema, Keep up the great work! I have submitted my application for partner visa subclass and I have a few questions: I received an email last week asking to submit more documents.
The email was sent from someone in my country, could this be my case officer? He only had his name and a position number at the end of the email. I have been asked to submit an Indian PCC however I have never resided in India for more than 12 months in the last 10 years.
I emailed him advising him this and had asked few more questions, he replied but completely ignored my question asking him about the Indian PCC. What does this mean? Do I still need to provide one?
I will email him once I have uploaded all the requested documents. After how long do you think they will take to grant the visa? Just someone else who has been in your shoes!
In my experience, first contact was not from case officer. I presume from watching the process happen that the content first goes through a pre-approval process with a different person. This person was not my case officer. I had something similar happen with an additional request for background checks in a place that either was not applicable according to their rules or would actively not provide them for immigration purposes or both.
I remember having to send in all my travel documents proving I had not physically been in the location for which they were requesting background checks. It sounds to me like at least the person doing your pre-approval is okay with your situation after you clarified. However, a more cautious person would fear that letting sleeping dogs lie might just extend the process even further, if in fact you do end up having to provide the requested proof.
Maybe try asking in some Australian Partner Visa forums to see what others have experienced around this issue. Our visa evidence was extremely well-organized and we presume very quick to process. However, when I asked our case officer specifically for feedback on this matter, she ignored the question. Good luck to you and I hope the process wraps up quickly for you! Hi Jema, Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it! We have uploaded everything they have asked for, just waiting for my PCC from my home country.
Hopefully they wont take too long to grant my visa once I upload my PCC! Thank you again and thanks so much for putting up all the information, it has really helped my partner and I so much. We were really worried about the whole process, but after reading all your tips, we felt much better.
It also saved us a lot of time as we arranged everything according to the evidence and document type according to the list you had provided.
Good luck to everyone who is going through the same process. Keep up the great work! I submitted my application for and got an email this week to provide additional documents. Could this be my case officer? Also, he has asked me to provide an Indian PCC, however I have never lived in India for more than 12 months in the last 10 years, Ive been there on holiday but the cumulative days is less than 6 months. I sent him an email informing him this and asked him whether I still need to provide one, he completely ignored this in his reply.
Do I still need to apply and provide one?? Also, once I have submitted all the requested docs, I will inform him. Any idea on how long it takes for my visa to be granted once they receive everything they have asked for? Hi jema, Thank you for this information, i have a question, do we need our photos together ,travel tickets, phone bills certified?
Hi, I have tried reading blogs about online lodgement of partner visa in Australia and I cam upon this. I hope you are able to shed light to what my partner and I had gone through upon lodging my application.
So we recently few days ago lodge an online application for a partner visa under de facto relationship and I am a bit confused as to why the names of my immediate family members were included as applicants too. Kindly please share to me if anyone went through the same thing as I am very bothered that I might have done something wrong with our application.
Hi Rizel — which of your family members came up as applicants? It may be possible that they are considered your dependents. Hmmm… I guess it could be many things. Maybe you accidentally ticked the wrong box somewhere? I would just call on of the Services Centres and ask them about it. Their names have also appeared online under our names. I did notice that once we applied and filled in the form 47sp, we received a request for health info for my husband, but not for his children.
None of his siblings were added here, even though we included them all, as was requested on the form. Am I able to apply for a partner visa.
Me and my partner are not married but we have all the documents to prove our relationship is genuine according to the de facto criterias.
Is there any chances of visa rejection because we are applying from India.. There are Australian visa forums out there — I would check in those places. Hi Jemma Your page is so full of info for people aplying for spouse visa. Thanks I want some info please My brother in law has PR here and he like to sponsor his wife now.
He was granted PR 5 yrs ago on parent contribution visa He has been married since and his son is an australian citizen here. Now she want to apply via her husband sponsorship. Currently she is here on a visit visa with no work and 12 months stay conditions. Dept has said she has to apply offshore due to the conditions on her visa. I want to know whats the best thing to do? Do we have to get a migration agent?
Thanks for your advice sam. I wish I had a good answer for you. You can call up a migration agent. I would call two or three just to get opinions. If you do use an agent to apply for your Australian Partner Visa, hopefully the calls will help you figure out who you want to use. Fingers crossed you can get a visa without an agent! Hi i Justt applied for the partner visa but then i did not certify any of the documnts except for form Hello Jose, I have also just applied for and I did not certify the documents except form ; however while uploading the documents, it did say to provide certified copies.
But I also read on https: We got all our stat decs certified and some other things certified… but since then more and more people have just gone with color copies. Hi Jema, Thank you so much for all this information. I have a quick question re translations. I know that all official documents need to be translated but I was wondering if personal discussions should be translated too? We have lived in different countries for some time so most of our communication is on messenger etc and not in English.
We prepared a file with our conversations and it is very lengthy so would not be able to translate it all. Any advise would be highly appreciated. Thank you so much, Kelly. I suggest you look in Australian Partner Visa forums to see if others in your situation have come up with any creative ways around certain parts or even just some expense-saving ideas?
Hi Jema, Thank you so much for your quick reply. I have one more question. Do you know if this would affect our application? Maybe try asking in an Australian Partner Visa Forum?
Thank you very much for sharing to us your experience. It certainly helps a lot! I submitted my application 2 days ago applicant and my bf submitted his application yesterday. The next day I realised that the system open links to attach the documents at the correct link, like: What would you suggest to do? Leave like that, or attach all documents in the indicative link? Thank you in advance!
You could try calling one of the Services Centres just to be sure. If you have enough space left, you could upload everytihng again. However that will probably make even more of a mess for your case officer. I would just leave it! Thank you so much for putting this up, it has been so very helpful!
I wanted to ask if there are specific rules for when the Stat dec form can be filled out? So our Aus friends have filled the form out in Nov and stated that we were going to get married in Dec We are going to submit our application this month i. Gosh, I know it would be so annoying to get people to update them and then get the updated forms recertified… but I would! I think it might be confusing for a C. Thank you for your reply!
I have another question: Yeah, we definitely submitted personal statements. As far as I know, this is required for all types of relationship-based visas.
Hey Jema, you are absolutely right-the personal statement is a must, just had a look on their website again and it does say that I will need to provide one. I am planning on visiting my husband on tourist visa, and while in Oz, I was thinking of getting my medicals and police check done there i lived in Oz for over 12 months in last 10 years so need to get AFP check done Do you think it would be fine or will I need to get my medicals done in the country I am applying from?
You can keep uploading documents all the way up until the day your visa gets approved, at least in my experience. Even after you get a Case Officer assigned! Who might ask you to upload more things, anyway. Good to know we can keep uploading until the visa gets approved!
I am in a spot of bother and hoping if you could help me out a bit. I am in Australia since Jan I am getting married on 10th February will get the marriage certificate on this date and was planning to add my partner under my visa.
She is in Australia since Jan and is having a visa and we work for the same employer. However, migration agents are largely very friendly and helpful and provide lots of free advice. I recommend ringing up one of them with your questions. I had tried to call them but was not getting confirmed replies. Found your blog helpful, so was trying my luck.. Thanks for your help.. We are 24, and have known each other since 12 years old, but only been together for two years.
He lives in the US and I live in Australia. Is that something we can remedy between the temporary visa and the permanent? I understand — this is such a stressful process! Try not to worry too much. The reason for all the requested proof is to keep people from faking relationships just to get a visa. Financially, you are still making commitments to your relationship, right?
Do you save money for tickets to see each other? Do you pay for unlimited internet so you can skype? Are you saving for your wedding?
Ultimately, lots of people are in your position not having technical proof, leases, or the easy documents that others have. I recommend asking your questions on one of the Australian Partner Visa Forums or even just having a read to see what other people have come up with as evidence. Can you tell me whether it is better to upload docs with the initial application? Or can you just upload them as you go? Hi Nadine, You can upload the docs as you go.
Our experiences over the past few years have been that it takes a long time weeks to months before your application is even pre-screened. That gives one plenty of time to upload as your documents are ready.
My question is what documents are actually needed for the initial lodgement? I have purchased your total package, maybe the answer is in that. Hi Jema, thank you for all your time and effort in this!
Did you guys have to do any kind of interview? The second question has to do with evidence. Hi Susan — Happy the info is helping you! Ironically, coming the other way my Australian partner had to do an interview for his American extended tourism visa… but that has nothing to do with the Australian Partner Visa. I used to have a link in the evidence sample to a website that explained what interviews are like and what kinds of questions are asked, but it has been taken down!
We did black out risque content and then we annotated to say what was being blocked. And to ———————- [risque content]. I know how you feel. Hi Jemma Thank you for your page, reading through this has definitely made me feel more confident with out application.
We submitted about a week ago — do you mind me asking how long you had to wait before you had a case officer allocated to your application and thereafter how long it took for the decision? Hey there, Megan — happy to hear it was helpful.
Our Partner Visa Application Timeline is here. You can get an idea of specific wait times in Australian Partner Visa Forums see 4. Hi jema — I was wondering if I purchase your visa application evidence do you send it via email. Hi Declan — my apologies for the delay, I was away from wifi all day!
Yes, the evidence gets automatically and immediately emailed hotmail addresses get delayed. Hi Jema, Firstly, a huge thank you for all you have done! You have made this process to much easier for both my partner and I. Just like you we were shocked over the lack of information on obtaining the partnership VISA. And is there a limit to how many pages each document is? Thank you in advance x. So glad to hear all the info here has made things easier for you.
To my knowledge there is no time limit on time to upload. For us, applying from the U. So in hindsight you could say we had two months to get everything collected and uploaded. I have never heard of a document page limit. There is a total upload limit, which last I checked was 60 files of 5MB each.
But I have never heard of the pages within each upload being limited. Hi Tayla and Gema, I saw posted by Gema somewhere earlier that you should upload the same document multiple times if it fits more than one category.
However, the Australian Immigration clearly specifies they want you to upload each document only once. Hi Jema, Thanks for all the valuable information. I was just hoping you could clarify something. Hey Peter — Sorry to be confusing.
The trick does work, and you can still apply from within Australia subclass Hey Jema, Your page is an absolute godsend! So firstly thank you! As my husband is from Spain and we have been living together there, most of our proof of documents are in Spanish. Will they need to be translated into English by a sworn translator before submitting?
Thank you so much for your time. So happy the info has been helpful! You could call the Europe Services Centre to get confirmation. I remember reading lots of complaints from applicants from places like Germany about how terribly expensive it is and how silly it feels to be translating things like phone bills, etc.
Hi jema My name is Azizan khatoon I have lodge online application for Australian partner visa subclass on 28th june Immigration staff emailed me for Biometric data collection with time frame of 28 days so it is over now and I do not have my Biometric yet. But now I want to have my Biometrics as soon as possible. Iam very confused about the letter that I have received I want to ask you is that letter is acceptable for Biometric data collection center.
Kindly help me i will be great full to you. Check out tip 4 up above for suggestions as to where you might find some assistance. Hi Jema, I have submitted the application and am still struggling on the evidence part.
How to you prepare the bank statement? Do you just copy from the netbank and highlight? Or do you scan it first and edit later? I want a clear way to show the immigration officer but cannot figure out the best way! It would be great to hear your suggestion.
Many thanks for the blog post and site, its been a huge help. The timing of health and police checks are kind of up to you. The department says to wait until they ask, but the reason is that the checks expire after a year. That said, there are plenty of folks out there who take the risk.
Not knowing I was taking a risk, I actually got my health checks six months before we even applied, since I was traveling through a place where it was really affordable. See more about our timeline here. However, our visa got approved just one month before my checks would have expired!
I took a risk on police checks, too. I got them right when we applied, because I had to do FBI clearance and they take a notoriously long time. Three months, to be exact. Our visa got approved two months after my police checks came through and ten months before they would have expired. Whatever floats your boat! Our list is showing the following additional forms as recommended. But they seem to cover a lot of information we have already submitted.
We figured our C. Do you happen to know if the certified documents need to be in color or is black and white okay? Also, we are about 5 months out from applying for the partnership visa due to other circumstances, so I am using the time to gather all of the partnership evidence. I was thinking of going ahead and working on getting the FBI background check and medical check as well. Do you know if there is a time frame that those 2 items need to be done in relation to submitting for the partnership visa?
Also, do you happen to know of the best forum for US expats where we can ask questions about transitioning, such as how it impacts taxes, can you keep money in a US bank after moving, etc? Thanks so much for all the guidance! When they approve your visa, all your checks FBI and medical have to be done within the last year.
Not realizing how long a visa approval would take, I got my health checks in March with a plan to apply between four and six months later. In September, six months later, when we finally applied, we realized we were at a risk of having to re-do the medical if the approval took too long. Best thing to do is to check out Australian Partner Visa forums to have a look at the current wait times of people from low-risk countries and especially from the U.
You can keep money in a U. I recommend OFX for transferring money between bank accounts because of its good rates and fee-free opportunities. Would like to ask after you submitted the application and made the payment online, how long will the immiaccount provide you to submitting the evidence?
Hi Sally — there is no deadline. Most people have the opposite concern… when will they finally look at all the evidence you worked so hard to submit?! Check Australian Partner Visa forums to see what kind of wait times people from your country or applying in your country are experiencing. That will give you an idea of when they might start looking at your evidence. I just wanted to share a helpful bit of advice, I just got off the phone with Claudia at DIBP, who informed me that since we are applying online, we can just scan in originals of all important documents like passports, birth certs, etc; no need to get certified copies and THEN upload them.
Glad to be helpful and thanks for paying it forward! Thanks for this post. Or should I re-upload everything? If it was a request from a person, you could just tell them where the info is located. But also, might make a mess for your C. Hope that helps a bit. If not try some of the Australian Partner Visa Forums mentioned at the end of the page.
Its mady here, i just wanted to know that, i am Australian citizen, i applied partner visa for my wife from outside australia, after we got married in this feb, but the check list showing that upload evidence of residence and utility bills. Unfortunatly i am living in shared accomodation, i dont have any bills on my name. How can tackle this issue. Could please help me out. It seems immigration intends for everyone to sort out a sufficient amount of evidence for themselves, and the upload list suggests possibilities.
However, there are some things on the upload list that each person must upload. I recommend asking in an Australian Partner Visa Forum to find someone else in your situation and as what they did. I wish I had seen this before I commenced my application.
So on point but luckily for me my application was successful after doing it on our own too and I am now on a temporary residency visa. My question for you is, in your experience or from people you have spoken with, after temporary is granted how long does permanency take? I read that 2 years after the date of lodgement they have to get back to you but is that just to touch base or to give you a decision.
I have a friend who is going on 2 years on her temporary 3 all up from date of lodgement was wondering what to generally expect now and if I can do anything to boost my chances of a timely decision. Hi, my partner and I are working on organising our evidence at the moment and I was just wondering if anyone can confirm that this process is still the same?
Thanks for an amazingly helpful article by the way! As far as I can, nothing has significantly changed yet although I expect it to someday! I can tell you that none of them are about the info here being out of date. Or do we have to get certified copies, scan those, and then upload them? Thank you for your help! So glad you found the page helpful, Sirena!
They want you to get the documents certified, and then scan the certified copies. A bit bizarre, but there are still a good number of scammers trying to fake their way in, I guess. Hi thank you so much for all your helpful information!
We have just submitted our application PMV and paid. We are about to upload our documents. I have a question, I am the sponsor and my fiance the applicant lives in Jordan we were doing long distance for some time.
I moved to Jordan on a 6 month work contract in noV , to work and mainly to be with him — is it fine if we apply for the PMV while I am out of Australia. We are both living in Jordan at the moment, I was wondering if I have to be living in Australia for our visa to be successful.
What I am trying to say is, do I have to be in Australia while the visa is processing? Or is it fine that we are both living outside of Australia? The short answer to your question is: For your own peace of mind, I would just call up one of the services centres and see what they say about all the details and nuances of your situation that might matter.
I can tell you that my partner and I were not in Australia when we applied for a Partner Visa. He is a native-born Australian citizen are you? If you are a native-born Australian citizen, you probably have no idea about any of this.
Sorry for the long answer that is really just speculation. The services centres are really helpful and can set you straight. Hi Jemma, Thank you for your tips! I have a quick question- Is it that I just wait what happens after having uploaded all documents required?
Are they going to email me or anything? Is it that I will sometime receive a notification from them that my application has been assigned to a case officer? If you look at the end of the page before the comments start, you can see everything exactly as it happened to us. My guess about what happens: When you get to the front of that queue, someone not a case officer looks it over for any glaring errors or missing parts, tells you to start getting police clearances, health checks etc.
Then when those things have been done, I think a case officer is assigned. Wow just look at all the love! Where do I need to upload my attachments exactly? Or will one do? Glad the page as been helpful.
But the department thinks of you as two separate people, and most the info is to prove that the applicant is in a real relationship. Worst case scenario, your C. Happy to be helpful. Thank you for being so patient with us, you are such an angel!! No worries — this page is a beast. Hi Jema, Thank you so much for your tips! I have learnt a lot from your sharing. Hope you could help me with my questions: Here is the question really bothers us.
Have you Sponsor visited any countries in the last 10 years? Yes, he did — times every year to Singapore, and other western countries as well. Do we have to list all the travel dates accurately when filling the online form?
I had a similar problem with soooo many travels. As evidenced here, I am just ridiculously pedantic and have an insane memory, so was able to resurrect the info. My very-unofficial and therefore possible very-incorrect thoughts are this: For peace of mind, you could cruise the Australian Partner Visa forums there are only a handful asking there or call up one of the Services Centres.
Hi, massive thanks for sharing all this information, I just have a quick question… when you got the police checks done, did you upload them as certified copies?
Or just the plain ones you received in the post? You can see there how long people are waiting in your situation. When we submitted follow up information, the officer was in touch really quickly… a few days. Hi Emma — sorry a bit slow on the messages at the moment. We just uploaded them straight to our file. Where would something like this be uploaded?
Your exact situation is what inspired me to write this page. And then found out that the department thinks of all the pieces separately. But we stuck with our method of organization and think we made it easier on our case officer. If you check out Fig. So for your specific situation I think we did: Social aspects of the relationship, Evidence of Document TYpe: Flight itineraries, photos, blah blah blah, Filename: Social aspects of the relationship, Evidence of.
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