It’s been a while but it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy working with some of you behind the scenes.
The benefit of doing a lot of these reviews is that I’m able to see where the most common pitfalls are. A lot of couples have similar questions and many still struggle with writing something adequate in their statutory declarations or personal written statements to address the 4 aspects of the relationship.
The Social Aspects Of The Relationship
Proving the social aspects of the relationship between the applicant and the sponsor requires more than just submitting photos.
There isn’t an exhaustive list on what is considered the social aspects of the relationship but the legislation has stated the following:
- whether the persons represent themselves to other people as being married to each other; and
- the opinion of the persons’ friends and acquaintances about the nature of the relationship; and
- any basis on which the persons plan and undertake joint social activities; and
When the legislation explicitly says something, you listen up and you better be sure to answer each and every point because you know the case officer will be assessing you against them.
So let’s go through what each point means and help you answer how to give details of the social aspects of the relationship.
The Nature Of The Commitment The Applicant And The Sponsor Have To Each Other
In today’s post we’re going to discuss the nature of the commitment of the applicant and the sponsor.
When you love someone, you know you love them. They know you love them. But now you have to prove to the Department that you love each other. And on top of that, you have to provide tangible evidence around something so intangible as human emotions.
How do you prove the nature of the commitment that the applicant and the sponsor have for each other?
The Nature Of The Household
Giving details of the nature of the household is one of the easier aspects of the relationship that you need to prove. In short, you need to write about how you live together, what you do together and if you share responsibility of the housework.
As the Regulation states, the nature of the household, including:
(i) any joint responsibility for the care and support of children; and
(ii) the living arrangements of the persons; and
(iii) any sharing of the responsibility for housework;
The Financial Aspects Of The Relationship
The Australian partner visa application requires that the applicant and sponsor provide evidence of the relationship against 4 criteria. That is, the case officer will take your partner visa application and look at all the evidence and what you have written and weigh it up against 4 things:
- Financial aspects of the relationship
- Social aspects of the relationship
- Nature of the commitment to each other
- Nature of the household
Today we’re going to go through how to write details of the financial aspects of the relationship.
Thursday Answers are a response to questions submitted by readers on our regular Ask Mondays posts.
Every Monday I ask people to send in their questions and concerns and I select one to answer. In doing this, I hope you will see that a) you’re not alone in this, b) there are no stupid questions and c) we’re all here to help!
In my previous post, I wrote about how some couples are working 3 jobs just to pay for the partner visa application fees. I received an overwhelming response from readers about how this has impacted them, particularly with the recent fee increase again (this time it’s a whopping $7,715, even more than we predicted).
All these stories made me think long and hard about how I can give more back to the community; to the people whose only crime was to fall in love with an Australian and want to be able to live in this beautiful country that we call home.
I had a discussion with the team and we are all of the same opinion that we could do more.
This is why I’m donating more of my time and services to partner visa applications.
Today I’m very proud to announce that we are launching 2 give back programmes called the Social Responsibility Programme and the Financial Aid Programme.
Last updated: January 2020
“We take care of the headaches” is a very popular line from migration agents but what do they really mean when they say that?
Because at the end of the day, they still give you a checklist for you to gather the documents, write your statements and then apply for the police checks, health checks etc. Migration agents don’t even help you translate your documents and if they do you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s not part of the $5,000 fee that they quote. They’ll know trusted translators that they’ve worked with before and they’ll recommend them to you because guess what? Migration agents get a commission for that and their trusted translators make money off you too. (Note: always use a NAATI certified translator if you can).
So let’s go through what these potential headaches could be and how migration agents take care of them for you.