Here is a video I made a while back about the types of evidence you should include in your Australian partner visa application.
Don’t mind the funny face, the joy of video editing!
What type of evidence should you include in your Australia visa application?
This is a common question for anyone intending to apply for an Australian partner visa. This visa is a very popular visa among all those loved-up couples living overseas or in Australia. Why is that? Well, eventually lots of couples want to return to Australia or continue to live together in Australia on a permanent basis. Where one person is an Australian citizen or permanent resident then they can sponsor their other half (who is not Australian) to join them permanently in Australia.
My suggestions on what type of evidence you need for your Australian partner visa are pretty straight forward but it’s good sometimes to hear them set out simply.
Types of evidence to provide
Major evidence types you could include in an Australian partner visa application are “official” documents that show you are living together such as:
- a joint lease agreement
- rental receipts
- letter from the landlord to confirm your living situation
- if you own your house, a sale of contract or mortgage statement
An Australian partner visa based on a de facto spousal relationship means that you must prove you have been in a de facto spousal relationship for at least 12 months before making your application. That means the evidence you arrange for the Australian partner visa application should cover the 12 month period. This means if you fall short of this period of time with your evidence, you need to be cautious because this means you will not meet the requirement and your Australian partner visa application is likely to be refused.
Other types of evidence to provide
Other evidence you can provide in your Australian partner visa application can include:
- joint bank statements
- joint utility bills, and
- other correspondence that shows you and your partner share the same address.
Immigration aren’t really interested in the warm and fuzzy evidence like photos and cards, you can include them but don’t go over the top. I use the rule of “six” when it comes to this. Only include 6 items of the love stuff and not more. With photos be sure to include a short description of who is the photo, what was the date it was taken, and where is the setting of the photo.
This is would be an example of a photo description to help the case officer appreciate the image and what it relates: Say the applicant is Kate and her Australian partner is David. The short description would read “Kate and David with Kate’s parents Miriam and Joe at a friend’s wedding reception at Portmarnock Links Hotel, 25 April 2018”.
Well, I hope you enjoy and find the video useful. If you did, please leave a comment and let me know and please share the video as well.