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Rules Required evidence for adding Partner

MysticRiver

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You can include the following family members as secondary applicants in your visa application:

  • Your partner
  • A dependent child of you or your partner
  • A dependent relative of you or your partner.
For definitions of the above relations, see the definition page.

Here is the documentation needed to add your partner in your application.

Partner

If you are legally married, you must include a certified copy of your marriage certificate issued by an official registry office. If you are in a de facto relationship, you must provide evidence to demonstrate that you have been in a genuine and ongoing relationship for the 12 months immediately before making the application, unless there are compelling reasons.

In all instances, you must provide evidence that supports your claim of a genuine and continuing relationship with your partner.

Evidence of the history of your relationship

You and your partner should provide a signed statement regarding the history of your relationship including:

  • How, when and where you first met
  • How your relationship developed
  • Your domestic arrangements, that is, how you support each other financially, physically and emotionally and when this level of commitment began
  • Any periods of separation, when and why the separation occurred, for how long and how you maintained your relationship during the period of separation
  • Your future plans
Note: Your statement does not need to be made on a statutory declaration form. Your statement or statutory declaration must, however, be signed by the author.

Evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship
There are four broad categories of evidence that you need to provide to show a genuine and continuing relationship:

  • Financial aspects of the relationship:
    Such as joint ownership of your house or joint names on a lease, correspondence addressed to both of you at the same address, details of financial commitments including bank statements, and any joint liabilities
  • The nature of the household:
    Any joint responsibility for the care and support of children, your living arrangements including sharing responsibilities within the home
  • Social context:
    Evidence that you and your partner are generally accepted as a couple socially such as joint invitations, evidence of common friends, assessments by your friends and family of your relationship, joint travel or joint participation in sporting, social or cultural activities
  • Your commitment:
    Duration of your relationship including knowledge of each other, intention that your relationship will be long term through things such as the terms of your wills, and correspondence and telephone accounts to show that contact was maintained during any periods of separation.
 

weiliangng

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Hi MysticRiver,

Thanks so much for opening this thread!

This topic is very new to me, does it mean that a marriage cert is insufficient?

And on the 4 categories of evidence, how do we prove the nature of household and social context?
 
MSA
2015-10-28
Skill
261311
SC
189
Point
65
EOI
2015-11-21
Inv.
2015-11-23
App.
2015-12-01
CO
2015-12-08
PCC
2015-12-15
HC
2015-12-16
Grant
2016-01-11

MysticRiver

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Hi MysticRiver,

Thanks so much for opening this thread!

This topic is very new to me, does it mean that a marriage cert is insufficient?

And on the 4 categories of evidence, how do we prove the nature of household and social context?

If you are married, a marriage certificate is enough. Others are mainly for non-marital relationships. If you are married, you are already meeting those four points.
 

weiliangng

Commoner
Messages
77
Points
8
MSA
2015-10-28
Skill
261311
SC
189
Point
65
EOI
2015-11-21
Inv.
2015-11-23
App.
2015-12-01
CO
2015-12-08
PCC
2015-12-15
HC
2015-12-16
Grant
2016-01-11
Oh, thanks for the clarification :)
 
MSA
2015-10-28
Skill
261311
SC
189
Point
65
EOI
2015-11-21
Inv.
2015-11-23
App.
2015-12-01
CO
2015-12-08
PCC
2015-12-15
HC
2015-12-16
Grant
2016-01-11
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