Perhaps the most sensitive part of a partner visa application is collecting, organising and submitting evidence. Indeed, collecting and organising evidence for a partner visa application will feel like an impossible task if you have years' worth of documents and photos. Nonetheless, you need as much evidence as possible if you want the immigration department to process and grant your partner visa with no requests for additional information. While there is no wrong way to upload evidential documents to the immigration department's portal, you should remember specific issues.
Limit on Number of Documents
When preparing to upload a partner visa's application evidence, you must remember that you are restricted to 100 documents. You might think it is enough until you realise the sheer volume of documents you need to support your partner visa application. In fact, it is recommended that you exhaust the limit to improve the chances of a successful partner visa application. One way to maximise the limit is to group similar records into one PDF document rather than upload them individually. Additionally, upload all critical documents first, then follow them up with less important ones. The approach lessens the chances of forgetting to upload essential documents.
Limit on Size of Documents
The evidentiary documents you upload with your partner visa application should be limited to 5MB. Therefore, you must confirm the size of every document before uploading it. Luckily, you can easily compress large PDF documents with the help of online tools. Another way to keep your partner visa application documents below 5MB is to avoid submitting high-resolution images. The reason is that high-resolution files are big, and you might only upload a few pictures at a time. Conversely, using low-resolution photos allows you to upload more images at a time.
Give Files Logical Label
Currently, immigration case officers work on partner visa applications based on readiness and not their application date. It means that case officers sift through applications and only work on decision-ready ones. Indeed, there are many ways to make your application decision-ready, and one way is to give each file a logical label before uploading. The last thing you want is for a case officer to guess what is inside each file you upload. For instance, label your travel photos as "Joint Travel Photos 2020" instead of "JPT 20". An immigration case officer will not understand what the latter means and might move to the next application.
To learn more regarding the partner visa process, contact an immigration attorney.