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We are beginning the onerous process of gathering all we need for Mrs to get a partner visa to Australia.  We are applying as a defacto couple having lived together for over 4 years now.  The requirements are identical to if we had married already, the only difference being that instead of providing proof of marriage, we provide proof of living together for at least a year.

 

The biggest hurdle in document gathering seems to be the requirement to have at least 2 stat decs from people who know both of us.  We know lots of people in the time we have been together but Mrs is finding out that most of the people she thought were her friends aren't really.  It is a hassle to make a stat dec, takes an hour or so of time and seems that most of her friends are just too busy to want to help.  But we should be able to find at least 2.

 

Now the question I'm asking is if anyone has any recent experience applying for a partner visa (married or defacto) with the australian embassy?

 

Can anyone recommend an honest, reliable, competent migration agent (in cebu) who is thoroughly experienced and up to date on Australian requirements?

 

 

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Ozepete

 

Can anyone recommend an honest, reliable, competent migration agent (in cebu) who is thoroughly experienced and up to date on Australian requirements?

 

Would be a miracle to find such a person.

Been through this many years ago and now helping our son applying for fiancee visa. I would recommend that you download the documents and complete it yourselves but do it 100%  honest or you will be wasting your time. (An ex Immi officer once said to me.. "think of the best con you reckon you can put over the department and I'll tell you the three people who tried it last week!!") 

The application looks daunting but bit by bit you can get it all together, even perhaps with some help from others. Much of the adverse stuff said about obtaining such visas is generated by those who are perhaps less than fair dinkum, but they won't admit that, easier to blame the department.

Good luck Poby, hope it works out for you both.

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hchoate

Just noticed this, might help ...

 

 

 

 


 

oh very sad yes correct too have the job has a teacher and going too have a child you must be married.

now let start in a proper way ask her to send you her update of the NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE if married maybe they didn't register now upon receiving the certificate you both know how too make a decision.

has the annulment tell her too found a honest lawyer not a crook then tell her not too tell the lawyer a foreigner will pay for it ,shes has too say shes only a teacher with a very small salary.

also they had too found the ex husband or willing also for the annulment also tell her not too mention shes has you?

the price differ why ,no one have a clue?? but his over 100.000.00 pesos or $ 2500 Aussie minimum expect more.

even me has a AUSSIE been marry here in the Philippines then we did divorce in PERTH ,then now love too remarry in CEBU where a live huh drama a just found out a still married in the PHILIPPINES ? so the bastard going too get more money of me too get my divorced validated ,remember here they are crook? so do you home work do not go see the lawyer here personally it will double the price wow foreigner smell $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

okay good Luke be patient you need it.

please send an email too that guy in BRISBANE it will explain you all for free his the best in the business he did help a lot of peoples in the same situation has yours ,a have no special connection with him but he was the only one give me all the advised needed under my circumstances.

 

Jeff Harvie RMA, MMA, MMIA [email protected]

 

all the best


 

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Jim Sibbick

We are beginning the onerous process of gathering all we need for Mrs to get a partner visa to Australia.  We are applying as a defacto couple having lived together for over 4 years now.  The requirements are identical to if we had married already, the only difference being that instead of providing proof of marriage, we provide proof of living together for at least a year.

 

The biggest hurdle in document gathering seems to be the requirement to have at least 2 stat decs from people who know both of us.  We know lots of people in the time we have been together but Mrs is finding out that most of the people she thought were her friends aren't really.  It is a hassle to make a stat dec, takes an hour or so of time and seems that most of her friends are just too busy to want to help.  But we should be able to find at least 2.

 

Now the question I'm asking is if anyone has any recent experience applying for a partner visa (married or defacto) with the australian embassy?

 

Can anyone recommend an honest, reliable, competent migration agent (in cebu) who is thoroughly experienced and up to date on Australian requirements?

I have done many stat decs for the Fiance visa. It takes about 5 minutes to write how long you have known the person, how you know them and to say it will be a lasting relationship. Then there are so many people in the community who can witness it, that finding a witness is probably as easy as taking it to work with you.

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newtocebu

Gday poby, I have just been through the 'Partner Visa' process.

 

The application process is quite easy - we did it all ourselves.

 

We had more than enough evidence and supporting documentation proving our defacto relationship.

 

My parents completed Form 888 ( Stat Dec by a supporting witness )

 

Feel free to PM me with any questions.

 

Cheers

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I intend to do it myself but a migration agent would be useful if he could answer if all the asinine requirements are needed.  e.g. Supposedly I must provide copies of marriage and divorce certificates for every marriage i've been in.  I dont see why a marriage cert is needed if the divorce cert is provided.  It's not like you can get divorced without being married.  Being a glutton for punishment and a slow learner, Ive been married (and divorced) 3 times.  One would think only the most recent divorce cert would be needed.

 

It also says must provide at least 2 stat decs from people who personally know both of us and such must be done by Australians.  Not easy when she isn't allowed to come to Australia to meet Australians.

 

The other wrinkle is that I have previously sponsored 2 of my previous wives and thats all thats allowed unless "compelling circumstances exist" which include the relationship being long standing.  "Long standing" is variously defined in different places on the immigration site as being 2, 3 or 5 years. So we should have that pretty much covered.

 

Not totally sure yet if we have enough proof of cohabitation.  All the bills are in her name as is the house, though I paid for it all - I can't prove it.  We have a joint bank account and proof of travelling overseas together (twice) and various other papers indicating a relationship but spread over 4 years rather than lots of papers demonstrating such in the last 12 months.

 

Even a straightforward case takes around 12 months apparently but we might have a faint chance of getting prioritized given my situation.  My parents are around 90 and barely able to take care of themselves; they really need me to be there on a daily basis.  I have no doubt my situation is one that would be a slam dunk on appeal if we were rejected but the appeals process currently takes 2+ years due to the backlog of illegal boat arrivals clogging up the courts.

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I will do a 888 form for you if needed as I know you from your posts so PM me if you want one. Always ready to help a fellow Aussie...........

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I will do a 888 form for you if needed as I know you from your posts so PM me if you want one. Always ready to help a fellow Aussie...........

 

Wow I really appreciate the kind offer!!  But I won't take you up on it as it's required that you would know both myself and my Mrs and the history of the relationship. I intend to be as honest in this application as possible, so not to give them an easy out to say no.

 

It's sad that many of her friends who know both of us and have for many years can't be bothered the small amount of time it would take to complete a stat dec.

 

Incidentally, what is the Philippines equivalent of a statutory declaration?

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Get a friend to handwrite on a piece of paper about your relationship. Then get it photocopied with their ID down the bottom. We only sent 3 in...One from our doctor, n 2 from friends....

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Get a friend to handwrite on a piece of paper about your relationship. Then get it photocopied with their ID down the bottom. We only sent 3 in...One from our doctor, n 2 from friends....

 

Hi OZBoy can I ask a few quick questions about your Australian partner visa you said you got the permanent partner visa and not the temporary partner visa can I ask are you married to your wife ? or was it a defacto application and how long have you been living together with your partner ? and did you have any children with your current partner ? 

 

sorry for all the questions I am going to apply for a Australian partner visa for partner in mar 2014 as we have been a couple for 3 years on the 1st of Mar 2014.

 

Did you use a visa processing agency or did you do it direct ? and how long did it take to get approved ? 

 

I just applied for an Australian 12 month Multi Entry Tourist visa for my partner which was approved and we are going for a holiday to Australia in

Dec 2013 which will be the first time for her to visit Australia.

 

Any other useful info or tips in doing the application would be a great help.

 

Regards

 

Dean 

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http://www.pinoyau.com/

 

Westly Russell, fully registered migration agent. Don't personally know if he is any good, but regularly posts on a specialist immigration forum.

 

We applied for a skilled migration visa without an agent, was fairly easy.

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I have known you both for ages, before you were together, in fact. I will be happy to sign one if you need me to. 


Oh, I realize that wasn't the question. But, just in case you did need it. 

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