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.
Remember, I am NOT a Migration Agent, so this information is provided only in the form of unprofessional advice based on my own experience!
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!
- Cover letter with information about how our application was organised, signed by both of us
- Police check for Dean (no police check for me because no children are a part of our application)
- Two form 888s from two of our friends, with information about our relationship
- Statutory declaration from me about our relationship, as Dean’s sponsor, making reference to our provided 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Printed profile from our joint Geocaching.com account,
- Invoice from us getting a premium Geocaching.com 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.
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.