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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.
Launching the Third Edition of the Australian Partner Visa Guide with even more content, insights and examples of statutory declarations to give you the tools to do your own partner visa applications
Australian partner visas have had some changes since the last edition of the book launched November 2017. As I updated the blog with the changes I was working simultaneously on the third edition of the Australian Partner Visa Guide. I am now very proud to announce that once again I’ve expanded on the Australian Partner Visa Guide and in this third edition; there are more insights, more tips and more information on how you can put together the most successful partner visa application.
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!
Changes to Partner Visa Sponsorship Requirements in June 2019
In yet another example of how inexperienced (and even the most experienced) migration agents have bungled the interpretation of the law (remember some migration agents are not lawyers) are the proposed changes to the Partner Visas coming in June 2019.
Every migration agency under the sun is heralding a change that supposedly would require the Australian sponsor to be approved before the visa application. They’ve all variously said that the approval process is a separate process and may take anywhere up to 12-15 months (where they got this number from I’m not sure but they were probably projecting from past numbers). They’ve all claimed that because of this splitting of the process, that everyone should run to them immediately so that their migration agents can help you get your applications in before then (and charge you a mint for it!). They’ve erroneously concluded that if the sponsorship needs to be approved first, then the visa applicant can’t make a visa application until then and there may not be a bridging visa for the visa applicant (if they’re onshore).
This is wrong. Just downright, blatantly wrong.
Working holiday visas (subclass 417 and 462) are a very common pathway for couples to live together in Australia for a while as they provide work rights and a long enough time for couples to establish their relationship in Australia.
Couples who meet overseas and would like to repatriate to Australia often use working holiday visas for the foreign partner (if they’re eligible) to see if they want to spend the rest of their lives in Australia.