Unmarried - suggestions?

Old Aug 27th 2010, 3:56 pm
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Hi

had a trawl through forum but couldn't see anything recent/definitive ref emigrating with a partner as opposed to spouse.
Because we're sticks-in-the-mud we haven't gotten married after 17 years of sin - i understand this isn't a problem for NZIS as long as we can prove stable relationship: unfortunately we haven't kept much "history" apart from photos, and i now realise how separate our bills/accounts were for several years - any suggestions from those in similar positions as to how to strengthen our position (thanks to a couple who gaves me heads-up on this on my intro couple of days ago - any more info out there?). Get married ? (..a bit cynical?) I can approach landlords and mortgage lenders and banks for declarations and account confirmations, will personal declarations help (eg from doctor/lawyer mates, family?).
i knew i should have made an honest woman of her....
thanks in advance
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Old Aug 27th 2010, 4:41 pm
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Hi...letters of support from family & friends saying that they have known you as a couple for X number of years can be included, plus even though you've had separate a/c's presumably they were held at the same address?? so its ok to include them....show's you were living together. Although NZIS ask for historical evidence its the last 12 months you need to go to town on.....a couple of pieces of evidence for each month, photos, holiday booking forms & invitations in joint names are all considered as evidence.

You need to submit the original & a copy, it really pays to submit & keep a copy of an inventory of all documents / evidence.

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Hi ya what B said is right, I recently applied for a visa with my boyfriend that I have been with for 8years but still don't live together(maybe thats why we have lasted 8yrs), so when we applied we were really worried we would or should I say I would get turned down as he was the one with the job offer, but reading through the threads we quickly compiled a folder together. In this folder we had an inventory of what everything was, ie we had about 12 statements from family and friends saying how they knew us, how long and that we were in a stable relationship, we also put in photos of holidays(group ones and just the two of us) we had them roughly dated, and lucky for us that we kept our cards( some may say we were anal but t.g we did) and put in valentines cards from eachother and bday cards etc and also had the rough year of them. We also put in a letter compiled by ourselves explaining situation, and lo and behold 2 days later we were told that we would be granted a 3 yr multiple entry working visa, so there is hope for ye. We were told that it would then be easier for us to apply for a resident visa when we were in nz for a bit with joint rent acct etc and applying for a work visa is processed quicker. So don't despair at least ye are living together. If ya have any questions just shout, people are great here and always willing to give sound advice. Abbey
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Default Re: Unmarried - suggestions?

Originally Posted by kags-gowboy View Post
Hi

had a trawl through forum but couldn't see anything recent/definitive ref emigrating with a partner as opposed to spouse.
Because we're sticks-in-the-mud we haven't gotten married after 17 years of sin - i understand this isn't a problem for NZIS as long as we can prove stable relationship: unfortunately we haven't kept much "history" apart from photos, and i now realise how separate our bills/accounts were for several years - any suggestions from those in similar positions as to how to strengthen our position (thanks to a couple who gaves me heads-up on this on my intro couple of days ago - any more info out there?). Get married ? (..a bit cynical?) I can approach landlords and mortgage lenders and banks for declarations and account confirmations, will personal declarations help (eg from doctor/lawyer mates, family?).
i knew i should have made an honest woman of her....
thanks in advance
I'm in the same position, been with my partner for 18 years, not married but have 2 children. Dont have any joint bank accounts, etc but provided birthday, valentines cards, invitations, car and travel insurance policies, letters of support from family members. Getting married wouldnt change anything unfortunately because spouse and de facto partner come under the same category. As you've said, photos, declarations from GPs/lawyers etc will all help. Unfortunately for me, the only thing thats holding my PR application up is my medical, but thats another story. I'd just say go for it and good luck.
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yep, we were also in similar position. We'd been together for 9 years when we applied for residency but not married (hopefully never will be, lol!).

We included email confirmations of holidays over the years, bills being addressed to the same address. Oh and photos of us together over the years - shame the only ones we could find were mostly of us drunk - we even included one of me licking my bf's forehead at a party one night!
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Old Aug 28th 2010, 10:12 am
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wow what fab feedback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks a lot to all the above - i like to think i'm organised, but some neat evidence ideas here (car insurance named drivers!!) that i would have missed - set my mind at rest, i can get collating, now just everything else to worry about! As for embarrassing photos, well.......
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We're not married and got a visa fine.

We also send in time stamped photos of us on holiday and copies of our passport to show we were there at the same time (ie the non European trips). Included a couple of family shots and weddings etc ie to show we weren't just friends.

But we have a joint mortgage and a joint bank account.

We are getting married before we go, but as my visa is in my maiden name, I'll be travelling in my maiden name. I'll change it all when I get there. We're not getting married because we're emigrating I hasten to add.
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Old Aug 30th 2010, 10:09 am
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We're not married and got a visa fine.

We also send in time stamped photos of us on holiday and copies of our passport to show we were there at the same time (ie the non European trips). Included a couple of family shots and weddings etc ie to show we weren't just friends.

But we have a joint mortgage and a joint bank account.

We are getting married before we go, but as my visa is in my maiden name, I'll be travelling in my maiden name. I'll change it all when I get there. We're not getting married because we're emigrating I hasten to add.
i'm on it! it's a bit worrying noting the changes in us over the years when getting some useful photos together! Thanks for the reply....gowboy
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