Speaking from their Cape Town office CEO of New World Immigration, Robbie Ragless says, “Australia is particularly cautious about spousal visa applications, primarily due to the high incidence of fraudulent applications received every year.
“Scammers exploit the system by creating false spousal visa applications – often for people who have never met – but pretend to be in a relationship with an Australian citizen in exchange for huge payments.”
Ragless warns against falling in to this trip while pointing out a number of recent cases in which the perpetrators of this crime were prosecuted by Australian authorities.
The following conditions must be complied with in every application submitted:
• If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
• Evidence that you and your prospective spouse have met face-to-face as adults and are personally known to each other.
• Evidence that you will marry your prospective spouse within nine months of being granted the visa (such as a letter from the person who will officiate at the wedding).
• Evidence that you and your prospective spouse genuinely intend to live in a married relationship.
You will be expected to submit written statements showing the history of your relationship, such as:
• how, when and where you first met
• how your relationship developed
• when you became engaged
• joint activities
• significant events in the relationship
• your future plans as husband and wife.
• Your children
• Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children.
Dependent family members affected by this visa application will also require documents supporting the application:
• a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
• proof that they live in your household
• proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.
• If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
Other documents you will be expected to submit include:
If you are required to undergo health examinations, you must organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application and include your health identifier (HAP ID) when completing your visa application form.
Evidence that everyone included in your application has adequate health insurance in Australia.
Evidence of Character
Police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age. Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.
Your prospective spouse or partner
Documents for your prospective spouse (and sponsor) serving as evidence that the sponsor is a settled Australian citizen will include documents proving the sponsor is an Australian permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen which can be proved through a birth certificate, an Australian passport or foreign passport containing evidence of permanent residence or an Australian citizenship certificate.
Consider using a registered migration agent
Registered migration agents can assist you to prepare your application for a fee. To practise in Australia and act on behalf of visa applicants, agents must be registered with the Office of Registered Migration Agents of Australia (OMARA).
New World Immigration is such an agent based in Cape Town with clients from all over the continent. For more information and a free consultation, contact a NWI team member today!