After weeks of digging through old documents and photos to string together a timeline and gather evidence of a de-facto relationship with my partner Callum, I finally sat down to begin the online application process for my 820/801 Australian Partner Visa! And then promptly had to go dig through more documents and photos (and send several dozen emails to my family asking for scans of my birth certificate).. Use this list to help you collect all the necessary information before the fact, and be a little bit more prepared when you do finally hit Create Application.
Read my whole series on applying for the 820/801 Australian Partner Visa for more information about preparing your evidence, lodging your application, and the next steps. If you’re just beginning, start with this post to get an overview (and to read about our story). And, as always, please remember that I am not a migration agent or affiliated with Home Affairs in any way, so all the information provided in these posts and in the comments below is based entirely on my own experience and my own understanding of the application process.
Much of the application is answering fairly generic questions that you’ll automatically know the answer to, but there were a few questions that required me to go digging through my files or ring up mum:
- Passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, social security card, and any other relevant national identity documents (colour scan)
- Personal information for your parents, siblings, and children, including DOB and date of marriage
- Date you met your partner, date you began dating, date you “committed to each other to the exclusion of all others”, and date you became de-facto/were married (This is not necessarily something you can just dig through your files and “find”, but it’s something you should sit down and think about before you start your application, as you’ll shape your evidence around these important dates later. See the overview post for tips on building a relationship timeline, which should really help with this.)
- The travel dates of every country you have visited in the last 10 years (go digging through your passport and old travel itineraries, this one is likely to take a while!)
- Every address you’ve ever lived at and every job you’ve ever held (this is actually for Form 80 and Form 1221 that you will attach to your application).
Your partner will complete an application (Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia, which you can learn more about in this post) with more of their information after you have submitted your application, so here is what you might want to gather for both parts:
- Australian passport and any relevant citizenship information
- Birth certificate, driver’s license, and any other relevant national identity documents (colour scan)
- Personal information for parents, siblings, and children, including DOB and date of marriage
- The travel dates of every country they have visited in the last 10 years
You’ll also need to include personal information and contact details for at least 2 supporting witnesses who can attest to your relationship (we had 9 people do this for us), including full name, DOB, occupation, address, mobile, email. These are the witnesses who will complete Form 888 (stat dec) for you, so I found it best to ask for the personal details and give information about the stat dec at the same time. Here is the email I would send after getting confirmation from the friend/family member that they were keen to be involved:
Thank you so much for agreeing to be part of our partner visa application! First things first, we just need some basic information to include on our application so the government knows who you are: DOB, occupation, address, mobile, email (just send this through now and we will add it).
Then, we need you to complete Form 888, which just asks for some general personal details from you and 3 main questions about how you know us, how often you see us, whether you believe our relationship is legit, etc. There are a few good examples on the internet if you’re feeling stuck on what to write, but you can also ask us for help if you’re unsure on specific dates or other information to include!
After you complete the form, you’ll have to take it (along with your physical passport and a colour scan of your passport photo page to be certified!) and sign it in front of an authorised witness (they have a stat dec service free at most libraries and malls, but here is a complete list of authorised witnesses you can also take it to). Once you’re done, we’ll arrange to get the completed form and the certified copy of your passport and attach it to our application; if at all possible, we’d love for this to be by XXX so we can finally hit submit! I know this is a huge amount of effort, so we really can’t thank you enough for helping!
The next step is to actually begin your application online! Read all about creating an IMMI Account, all the questions you’ll be asked, and paying the associated fee in this next post.
I hope this information has been helpful and I wish you so much luck on your Australian Partner Visa journey! Feel free to ask any questions below and I will do my very best to answer them.
* I am not a migration agent or affiliated with Home Affairs in any way, so all the information provided in these posts and in the comments below is based entirely on my own experience and my own understanding of the application process.
UPDATE: A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who’s commented on these posts to let me know that you found the information helpful— I can’t tell you how much it means to me, because it was a crazy amount of work to put this together (while I was trying to finish my PhD, no less), but knowing that it’s being used makes it all totally worth it. More importantly, though, thank you to everyone who has shared their own experience or answered questions for other readers in the comments below!! We are building a little community of Partner Visa applicants and survivors here and it’s massively reassuring, for myself and I’m sure for anyone just beginning their application, to hear stories of success or get advice from those who’ve come out the other end. SO, if you felt like these posts or the information in the comments helped with your application, I’d encourage you to come back after your visa is granted (or even after various milestones) and let us know what happened! It could end up being a huge help to someone else 🙂 xx Brooke