Social Media and Partner Visas.


Ross McDougall. Refugee Lawyer.

Ross McDougall  Immigration Lawyer

Your social media posts and your online presence can benefit your partner visa application. But, they can also potentially create problems.

When providing evidence for partner visa applications we often use extracts from our clients’ online posts.

Posts from Facebook, Instagram and other sites can be useful. Your social media posts can help to show the history and the genuine nature of your relationship.

However, beware! Immigration Department Case Officers regularly check a partner visa applicant’s and their sponsor’s posts on social media.

Often, they will look at your recent posts and posts from years ago.

Everything on  your social media accounts should support your partner visa application.  If not, you may get a ‘please explain’ letter from the Case Officer during the processing of your visa application.

Anything on your social media accounts that conflicts with what you have said in your partner visa application can lead to a refusal.

So, it’s a good idea to check your accounts thoroughly. Make sure that everything there supports your partner visa application.

Innocent old posts can sometimes be misunderstood by Case officers – it’s easy to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you – now that you know about it.

Feel free to Contact me if you have any questions about this or if you have received a ‘please explain’ letter from the Immigration department – it may not be too late to save your application.

Take care out there!  Cheers. Ross.

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