The Australian Partner Visa program requires that visa applicants and sponsor applicants both prepare a relationship statement. This post will explore what’s required from the visa applicant and the sponsor applicant for their relationship statement.
The purpose of this statement is:
- Firstly, to explain the nature of your relationship, how you met and the narrative of the key dates in your relationship development, and;
- Secondly, the relationship statement also covers some of the gaps in your evidence and explains the context of the evidence that you’re submitting in support of your application.
This statement should be around 2-3 pages long. The purpose of this statement is to assist in proving that you have a genuine and ongoing relationship. This is an important opportunity to explain your relationship in your own words and demonstrate to the case officer that it is genuine. So it’s quite important that you get this statement right.
Here are the top 9 tips for writing a persuasive and powerful relationship statement.
1. You should set out key dates in your relationship. Explain how you met, where you met and when you met and make sure that you provide the exact date and location that your relationship commits. Let the case office know how your relationship developed from that point. Was there a period of friendship at the start? How long did you know each other before you formed your relationship? Were you introduced? Did you meet via dating site? It is important to articulate all the dates in chronological order so the progression of your relationship from meeting to the de facto or married status is as clear as possible to the case officer.
2. You should print and proofread your statement several times to ensure that your spelling and grammar are correct. It is important to take your time to provide the correct spelling of all important places and people’s names and ensure that your partner and family names are all spelled correctly. We suggest that you have a family member or a close friend review the statement before you finalize it.
3. Were there any periods of physical separation? All relationships have periods of physical separation for one reason or another, whether it is because one party is either overseas or another party has to visit family or perhaps there is simply a family emergency that required you to travel. This is an opportunity to explain how you kept in contact, and how frequently. You should talk about the frequency of your communication during this period and if possible, provide supporting evidence. You should clearly explain why the period of physical separation happened. If this was a period of actual separation of your relationship, you should be candid in your statement about that.
4. You should clarify how your relationship develops and the key dates that became more serious. Typically, the department’s interested in the date you met face to face, the date you consider you became a serious and mutually exclusive relationship and the date you consider you became de facto or married. You should also set out the significant dates like funerals in the family, other marriages, key birth dates, or family crisis. If your partner has assisted you through an emotionally difficult time or supported you, then you should write that down. Provide details on how the relationship developed and the periods of time when the partner was introduced to friends and family. You should not use an emotional language but rather you should set out how you felt at each stage of the relationship progression.
5. You can also use the statement to demonstrate the nature of your household. This is a criterion that specifically looks at how your household is run since you began co-residing. You can clarify who does the cooking and who does the cleaning, how other responsibilities throughout the household split and how the finances of the couples support the household.
6. You should also talk about the recreational activities that you do as a couple and the things that you enjoy together. This should also include a period of time that it had been taken on holidays and mutual activities. Use this statement to explain how your time is spent in the recreational activities you enjoy doing as a couple.
7. Your statement should also explain how you share your finances, and how often your obligations are met by the two of you. This is particularly relevant if you’ve yet to share your bank accounts. You should also set out financial commitment such as car repairments, shopping, rent, credit card repayments. This is an opportunity to set out how the two of you share finances.
8. Not only do you need to show that your partnership is genuine at the time of application but you should also prove that it is an ongoing relationship and your planning to spend your future together. This can be demonstrated by discussing future holidays or major purchases. If you have a joint savings account, you can discuss this. You can also explain your plans in terms of having children or potentially getting married.
9. To accurately demonstrate the duration of your relationship, you need to ensure your statement is filled with accurate dates. Remind the reader about the length of time you’ve been together and ensure that you mention the most important dates about when you began residing in the same house together. A few suggestions for making a rough draft of your statement using bullet points before adding extra detail. It also assists many applicants to set out a timeline and discuss that with the partner prior to drafting the relationship statement. It’s very important that the applicant’s statement and the sponsor’s statement do not contain any contradictory information. You should double-check the dates and the timeline of events, so take your time and ensure that you get it right.
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