Step 2 – Creating a Relationship
Our relationship manager will contact you once you have identified a suitable partner and will counsel and liase with you both in regards to creating a compelling relationship which is genuine.
The following are suggested steps.
Applying for a partner visa is a challenging process. For the partner visa the applicant needs to collect what feels like hundreds of documents to upload to prove that he/she is in a genuine relationship with his/her Australian partner. One of those documents is very crucial: the relationship statement. Before being able to start uploading all your evidence (photos, bills, etc.) you will have to write your relationship statement for the partner visa – a process that clients often struggle with as they are never quite sure how to write a relationship statement to support their partner visa application. At INBIB we can assist with this after receiving a draft statement from yourself.
When it comes to the length of your statement, there really is no set limit. You just need to make sure to have covered all important aspects of your relationship. The average is usually between 2-4 pages but can be shorter or longer in another cases. Again, the partner visa is a visa that highly depends on your situation and circumstances.
For example, try to write the exact date, time and place you first met each other. What made him or her stand out? What were the circumstances? Were you at a party? Did you know each other from work? Simply tell your own story in a few sentences here.
Importantly the following 4 areas need to be addressed:
- shared financial responsibilities
- nature of the household
- social activities
- future commitment.
The department will need to know when you first met, what date you considered your relationship to be official, when did you move in together, when did you get your relationship registered (if applicable), when did you get married (if applicable).
What were the activities you did together/ are still doing together as a couple?
Here you can mention the places you went to, what you like doing together. This can include cooking together, taking long walks, going to the gym together etc. This type of information can be incorporated into your statement.
How the relationship developed into something stronger/closer (marriage/de facto)
When did he/she meet your family and friends? Was there an incident that brought you closer as a couple? When did you first move in together? How did you decide on that? Have you made any big purchases together (appliances, car, insurance, etc.)? This part might be longer than the others for some couples. It all depends on your own story and the longer you have been together, the more likely it is that you have shared many experiences together.
Financial Aspect: Details of any shared financial and other responsibilities you both took on
Grocery shops, gyms, clubs shared accounts in any form can be useful etc. Provide proof such as bills (addressed to both of you), bank account details, maybe emails to your real estate agents or bank.
Social Aspect: Details of family and social events with friends and relatives
List as many events as possible with dates that he/she has been in constant contact with the people closest to you, times where he/she has assisted with family or friend issues that helped strengthen the relationship.
Any periods of separation?
Here you can write about the reasons for being separated, such as: was there a sick parent back at home? Work opportunities? If you have been separate for long periods then make sure to mention about the bond between you both).
Future Commitment: Details of how you intend to live together (if you haven’t moved in together already).
Be very specific and detailed, how you have come to the decision, what it means for you both, why this country and not the other one, have you got a house in mind, what is the realistic plan? Again, later you will be able to attach evidence such as emails with realtors, real estate visits, etc. to support your application.
Details of your commitment to each other
Future possible marriage plans if not already married, having children, family involvement, what is your
You want peace of mind?
Having to prove to a stranger (in this case the visa officer) that you are in a genuine relationship can be harder than it sounds. Our partner visa service includes proofreading your statement to make sure it fullfils the visa requirements and represents your genuine relationship in the best way possible.
Our international introduction relationship manager will communicate with your proposed overseas partner in regards to matching criteria. If both parties are agreed then steps need to be taken to commence the relationship, this may involve assisting with a visit from the lady to Australia or the visit of the Australian male to the proposed partner overseas. In some cases there can be an issue for the lady visa applicant being approved for a visitor visa to Australia if it is found that the lady does not have any previous travel history. Alternatively the male can visit the proposed partner’s country however this may not alter the lady’s circumstances and eligibility to visit Australia. We have some suggestions in relation to this if you decide to proceed. Before the lodgement of a partner application, evidence needs to be substantiated and INBIB will ensure that the criteria is followed. We will also advise on statutory declarations that need to be completed.
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