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Fourth Edition of the Australian Partner Visa Guide Out Today – includes COVID-19 chapter

Fourth Edition of the Australian Partner Visa Guide has arrived with more insights from past applications, statutory declarations and updated procedures in response to COVID-19

Australian Partner Visa Guide 2021 Fourth EditionAs we entered unprecedented times with COVID-19, I wanted to believe that life wouldn’t change much and definitely for not this long. When the world shut down to the global pandemic, we didn’t fully consider the human costs and how it would change society irrevocably.

I too was not immune to the effects of isolation and as a result my mental health took a toll but also became a focus. It’s because of this isolation that this fourth edition was severely delayed. It’s also because of the isolation that I could finish the fourth edition. 

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COVID-19 and Partner Visas – How to go to Australia and apply for exemption

How to go to Australia during COVID

How can I apply for an exemption to travel to Australia for my partner?

As many of you are aware, as a country, we’re locked down. No one is allowed in or out unless they have exemptions to travel. 

Responding to increasing pressure from Australian citizens being separated from their family and loved ones, the government has decided to a) allow entry for partners of Australian citizens and b) fast-track them aka give their visa applications priority processing. 

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Proving financial support during partner visa processing period

Do I need financial support or assurances of support for partner visa applications?

Do I need financial support or assurances of support for partner visa applications?

Dear Readers, 

Today we’re talking about financial support and proving financial resources as a sponsor of a partner visa application. 

Lately I’ve been receiving questions around financial support and whether the sponsor needs to have an amount of money in their bank account, how do sponsors prove that they can provide financially for the applicant and similar types of questions.

There’s also a lot of misinformation going around, usually by people and companies that make money off lending sponsors money to ‘show’ that they have enough in their bank accounts. 

Yes, this is a common practice for partner visas around the world, including the US and UK where a sponsoring partner must be employed and earn a salary over a certain amount of money before they are allowed to sponsor their partner. However, Australia is not a country that requires sponsors to earn over a certain threshold before they can sponsor. Thankfully!

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What’s happening with partner visa applications in 2020?

partner visa applications in 2020

Dear Readers,

It’s been a while but it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy working with some of you behind the scenes.

It was actually really busy in the 2 months leading up to Christmas with many statutory declaration reviews and a few last minute application reviews .

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.

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Give Details Of The Social Aspects Of The Relationship

social aspects of the relationship partner visa guide australia

Last updated: 19 January 2021

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.

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Give Details Of The Nature Of The Commitment The Applicant And The Sponsor Have To Each Other

nature of the commitment partner visa guide australia

Last updated: 19 January 2021

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?

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Give Details Of The Nature Of The Household

nature of the commitment to each other partner visa guide australia

Last updated: 19 January 2021

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;

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Give Details Of The Financial Aspects Of The Relationship

give details of the financial aspects of the relationship australian partner visa guide

Last updated: 19 January 2021

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:

  1. Financial aspects of the relationship
  2. Social aspects of the relationship
  3. Nature of the commitment to each other
  4. Nature of the household

Today we’re going to go through how to write details of the financial aspects of the relationship.

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