Know the types of questions to be asked
Be sure there are no contradictions (after all, not all new couples are completely familiar with every detail of their partner’s life)
Improve your understanding of how case officers assess answers to questions
When applying for Partner visas through to permanent residency (either subclass 820/801, 300 or 309/100 Offshore Partner visas), Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) case officers will most likely conduct a face to face or phone interview with applicant, and in some cases, the sponsor as well.
Although there are a standard range of questions you are likely to be asked, case officers will sometimes ask questions that are completely unexpected. The reason they do this is to try and weed out the genuine from the non-genuine applicants. That is, they are attempting to apply the genuine applicant test which requires looking for inconsistencies in accounts and claims by applicants.
Discovery of inconsistencies between interview notes, claims made on the initial application and supporting documentation will raise the red flag of credibility. Applicants seen to be failing the credibility test will be further investigated and are, by this action, at risk of being refused.
Download our Partner Visa Interview Preparation Guide for only $5AUD!
The Guide features
Extensive and exhaustive list of interview questions
Explanatory notes on process of evaluation by case officers assessing answers to interview questions
Checklist of documentary evidence the case officer should have in relation to your partner visa application.
It is important therefore that when going into a partner visa interview, and this applies for immigration interviews for a range of visas in general — that your answers are natural, genuine and accurate. It is a good practice to be yourself, and not to give answers you think the case officer wants to hear, or answers that you think will make your case more successful potentially. Failing the credibility test can lead to a visa refusal, so at all times, just be natural and be yourself!
The downloadable list of questions is an exhaustive and extensive list compiled over years of dealings with case officers and clients.
The questions are equally valid and useful for
- face to face interviews,
- telephone interviews,
- Tribunal appeals,
- Ministerial pleadings as evidence of ‘compelling and compassionate’ nature,
- for applicants, onshore and offshore, from a range of countries.
DON’T RISK YOUR APPLICATION ON SIMPLE MISTAKES DURING CASE OFFICER INTERVIEW!