Friday the 28th of October, John called me with news. The border agent who is handling our case had contacted our lawyer.
"I have now had an opportunity to examine the additional evidence submitted under cover of your letter dated 29 March 2011, a task made more difficult and time-consuming because it included a good deal of extraneous documents which did not relate to Ms Fisher's residence with Mr Venner, her sponsor. However, there was sufficient relevant material to make a determination that their relationship does meet the regulatory definition of a common-law partnership, particularly if we are willing to include time not strictly within the period up to the lock-in date. It is hoped, therefore, that we can proceed without the need for an interview."
He goes on to say that we need to acquire a Visitor Record and after that it looks pretty good.
This is all very positive, except for one small detail... Our lawyer's assistant has been the only
person doing anything for us. That wouldn't be a problem but he has
a VERY strong Asian accent. He told us a while ago that we needed a "Weezaderecard'.
John understood this as Visa Direct Card. We couldn't find anything on it and he
never mentioned it again.
If we had Visitor Record explained to us, we could have had one from the beginning maybe we could have had a 'yes' instead of a "probably." Could have freaked out if I had been anywhere
near our man. Especially since we could have gotten the record coming over the border on our
way home from my cousin, Jake's wedding but we didn't get notified until 3 days after we were
I can't tell you what a relief it will be to finally have an answer. I already feel the tightness, that has been inhabiting my chest since last November, beginning to ease.