Applying for a Partner Visa is a challenging process and the fact that the partner visa has the highest refusal rate (37%) of all Australian visas doesn’t make it less stressful. For the Partner Visa the applicant needs to collect what feels like hundreds of documents to upload to prove that he/she is in a genuine relationship with his/her Australian partner. One of those documents is very crucial: the relationship statement. Before being able to start uploading all your evidence (photos, bills, etc.) you will have to write your relationship statement for the partner visa – a process that clients often struggle with as they are never quite sure how to write a relationship statement to support their partner visa application.
What needs to be involved?
What language is used?
How long does it need to be?
Can we have an example of a successful relationship statement?
These are some of the most frequently asked questions in our office when it comes to partner visa applications.
We will go through the most important points you need to have in your partner visa relationship statements and give you tips on what information you will have to include.
Your relationship statement can be a simple word document explaining how your relationship developed. It will have to cover all 4 pillars:
- Shared financial responsibilities
- Nature of the household
- Social activities
- Future commitment.
Before you start writing!
Remember dates are a crucial part of your statement. The Department wants to when you’ve first met, what date you considered your relationship to be official, when did you move in together, when did you get your relationship registered (if applicable), when did you get married (if applicable).
Honesty, accuracy, structure and detail are the key factors to the perfect statement and though it sounds cliché reading those key points, it will ultimately decide on whether you will be able to live with your partner or not…..so no laughing matter, being genuine and honest is absolutely mandatory.
When it comes to the length of your statement, there really is no set limit. You just need to make sure to have covered all important aspects of your relationship. The average is usually between 2-4 pages but can be shorter or longer in another cases. Again, the partner visa is a visa that highly depends on your situation and circumstances.
Writing you Relationship Statement
If you follow our recommended structure and provide detailed answers to the questions and give relevant examples, you will be well on your way to writing a good relationship statement for your partner visa.
All relationships and people are different and the case officers know that. If they feel you are using someone’s statement or are making up stories, they will investigate further. Be honest and state your stories and its facts. Try and provide as much evidence to support your story. (E.g. phone logs, screenshots, social media messages, etc.). Write in your own words. Your English does not need to be perfect. Case Officers know that not everyone speaks English as their first language. Just write the truth, give details and provide documents to support your statement.
Need extra help
How to Write a Relationship Statement – Guide
Get hands on one-of-a-kind Guide to prepare a powerful relationship statement to increase chances of success of your partner visa application.
As you may know, the basic criteria for a partner visa approval is to prove to the Department that you are in a genuine relationship with your sponsoring spouse or de facto partner, which is committed and ongoing to the exclusion of all others. With this Guide get a:
1): Sample/draft of a professionally written Relationship Statement.
2): Step by Step instructions to writing a strong Relationship Statement and preparing witness Statutory Declarations.
3): Complete checklist of documents that may be required to effectively support your Relationship Statement to the Department.