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Member # 1696
|Posted January 26, 2002 07:21 PM |
Thanks for helping me on the other question... however, as my husband and I are newly married, (we've known each other 3 years though), in attempting to demonstrate a genuine, caring, committed, and intention for long-term for visa application purposes, we've not lived together. He's a native Aussie, I'm American. We've recently changed our wills and insurance policies to name each other as beneficiaries, we've established a U.S. bank account, and are in the process of establishing an Aussie one.
People who know us are writing declarations of knowledge of our relationship, etc. However, it appears it's a Catch-22... regarding our living arrangements, and lack of financial commitments together (lease, mortgage, etc.).
How much of a problem is this?
Thanks! (and if you can think of any other "problems" we might encounter that would delay approval, I'm welcome to your ideas!)
Member # 5
|Posted January 29, 2002 04:11 PM |
Proving joint financial obligations is one of the most important (if not one of the most difficult!) parts of this process. You have done well in establishing joint bank accounts, wills, insurance, etc. and this will all help, but you should also try to show the efforts you have made to live together. For example, you should provide reasons for why you haven't had the opportunity to live together, both write Statutory Declarations about the circumstances surrounding your relationship, and include things like letters to each other, e-mails, etc. for the periods covering the time you have spent away from each other. If there are any other financial matters that you can share, I would advise arranging this asap. In the end, the Australian authorities will look at the sincerity of trying to be together as a married couple and if real circumstances have not allowed you to live together, then they will take that into consideration as well.
Good luck with this!
Elfa Kere, Consultant
Member # 1696
|Posted January 30, 2002 12:19 AM |
Thanks! Your help is appreciated!
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