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We Survived The Second Stage 820/801 Australian Partner Visa

Australian Partner Visa

When the two year mark rolled around for the second stage 820/801 Australian Partner Visa, I had almost forgotten it was coming. Life tends to just get on with itself, and two years seemed to speed past with us moving house, changing jobs, making big decisions and generally just living our lives. Still, the Australian Partner Visa waits for no one, and when we got the email a few months before our March 25th eligibility date, the paperwork process started again.

Dean and I have been trying to collect as much paperwork as possible during the time period between applying for the first part and the second stage 820/801 Australian Partner Visa. I call it the Relationship Paper Trail. Keeping it feels a little odd still, even though there isn’t too much detail we haven’t already shared with the good ol’ Australian government. I wanted to compile a list here as I did with the first stage, to provide a little bit of assistance with those on the same journey as us. As with the last time, this is very unofficial because I am not a migration agent and nothing is guaranteed. Once we actually get through the second stage of the Australian Partner Visa it might be different, but for now I’m in exactly the same boat as you.

Ok, so here’s a list of all the paperwork we collected for our application. You’ll notice that it is far from the amount we submitted last time. We got some mixed feedback on this when we asked around the forums. Some suggested that you needed more information, while others said the same or less. In the end we went with the most clear and concise information that showed we were still in a relationship, without too many useless extras. The second stage of the Australian Partner Visa is all about showing that the relationship has continued over the past two years, and we feel this evidence shows that in full.

Let’s dive in shall we!

General Evidence

  • Police check for Dean (no police check for me because no children are a part of our application)

Financial Evidence

  • Bank statement from our joint savings and everyday account, stamped by a bank manager,
  • Registration renewal notice for our car, in both our names,
  • Registration certificate for our car, in both our names,
  • Electricity bills in both of our names.

Household Evidence

  • Rental reference for the first rental in Australia, both of our names listed,
  • Lease for our current home, with us as only listed tenants,
  • Copies of our drivers license, confirming we reside at the same address.

Commitment Evidence

  • Screenshots from announcing our engagement on Facebook,
  • A blog about our engagement,
  • Photographs from a couples photoshoot we did,
  • Statement (informal but signed) from Dean’s mother, Shirley,
  • Form 888 from my mother,
  • Blog from my website about our move to Melbourne.

Social Evidence

  • Printed profile from our joint account,
  • Invoice from us getting a premium membership,
  • Photographs, blogs + video from the visit Dean’s mum took to see us in Australia,
  • Itinerary + hotel receipts from our holiday to Indonesia,
  • Itinerary, photographs + blogs from our trip to England,
  • Itinerary, hotel receipts, blogs + photos from our trip to Sydney and NSW South Coast,
  • Photographs of Dean and I with friends + family in Darwin,
  • Various blogs from milestone moments in our relationship.

A breakfast for every occasion. Today: post-engagement celebration breakfast 💍

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Resources For The Australian Partner Visa

As with before, Dean and I are eternally grateful to the many folks who have helped us out on the road to getting our Australian Partner Visa. For the official word the best place to start is the Australian Government Partner Migration Booklet, but for the inside knowledge from others who have gone through or are currently going through the Australian Partner Visa process, check out the Australia Forum. It is an amazingly well informed and helpful community, perfect for any questions or queries you have on the process.

Good luck!

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  • Reply
    August 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Hi! Thanks so much for your tips 🙂
    Did you need to fill out any other official forms, particularly form 80?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Oceana Setaysha
      August 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Nat,
      We received different opinions about whether Form 80 was necessary. We really wanted to avoid it as it is so long and complicated, and together Dean and I have 14 siblings and all of those details were required. However, ultimately we weren’t willing to take the risk and filled it in.
      Good luck!

  • Reply
    July 11, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hi, could u please share the timeline of your application from the first time u lodge it?

    • Reply
      Oceana Setaysha
      July 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Rossa! Sure, we applied around the end of March in 2015. They later asked for us to submit the medical and then the police check before his temporary visa was granted in May of 2016. Then in March of 2017 we applied for the second stage, and currently at July 2017 we are still waiting to hear on that application. If you haven’t already check out my post on the first stage of the visa:
      Good luck!

  • Reply
    June 15, 2017 at 11:24 am

    If you are married, is it the same process of getting a permanent visa in Australia? if it’s easier, why not just be married as you’re going to, anyway. Otherwise, best of luck and lived happily ever after. 🙂

    • Reply
      Oceana Setaysha
      June 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      As far as I’m aware it’s not easier or necessarily cheaper to get the partner visa if you’re married. For us it was a question of whether we wanted to get married ‘for’ a visa, and we just didn’t. We had been together just over 1 yr when we applied, and we didn’t want to rush into a wedding just to get the visa. To be honest I feel like us getting married so early would have been more of a red flag. We’re engaged now and it’s perfect timing 🙂

  • Reply
    June 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Hi! Is there a deadline to submit the paperwork the second time ’round for the 801 visa? I just realised I was eligible to apply 9 months ago 🙁

    • Reply
      Oceana Setaysha
      June 10, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      To be honest Jill I have no idea. I don’t know anyone who missed their eligibility date. I would be talking to the folks at Australia Forum (link in post) and they can probably direct you from there. If they can’t, perhaps a registered migration agent will be able to offer assistance. I think it definitely will delay the final outcome of your visa though 🙁

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