While having a joint bank account may be an indication of your commitment to each other, it is not the ‘magic bullet’ that will get your Partner Visa granted. The Department of Home Affairs is after evidence which shows you and your partner are in a genuine and ongoing relationship. So, while having a joint bank account is all well and good, you still need to be able to show that you make financial decisions together, and you can use the account to demonstrate this.
The way to show this is to actively engage with your joint bank account. You can do so by using it to pay for your everyday living expenses like your electricity, water and phone bills. In this way, you will be able to present hard evidence of your financial transactions from the joint bank account to the Department. This will count in your favour when it comes to using the joint bank account as a document to show proof of your genuine relationship.
With this post, we have just given basic insights into the topic of joint bank accounts; if you are unsure of what details you should or shouldn’t provide and require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Freedom Migration.
IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.
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Great info. Very Helpful.
My girlfriend and her daughter live in the United States. She wants to come here to live with me. What are her options to start the process
Hi David, step 1 is get some basic advice. We can do this in a visa planning session, it’s takes about 1 hour and we can do it over Skype so your girlfriend and her daughter can join in on the call. You can book the session here on our website https://www.freedommigration.com/how-to-book-a-visa-planning-session/
Wondering under which category (nature of household, commitment, contact while apart, etc., other) the Joint Account document should be uploaded?
Hi Muh, great question! This is something we discuss in our Partner Visa Academy. Have you seen our Partner Visa Academy website? Visit http://www.thepartnervisaacademy.com.au