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Old 04-25-2008, 09:44 PM
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Question statutory declarations (form 888)

I took a look through the forum and could not find any information about this topic so hopefully I'm not asking questions with obvious answers...

I am a US citizen in the process of filling out forms to attain a spouse immigration visa including form 47sp. My wife is Australian, and currently living with me in the US. I need to have at least two statutory declarations from Australian citizens who have personal knowledge of my relationship with my wife and support the claim that our relationship is genuine.

Can we ask her mum or dad to be one of these people? Are other members of her family okay to ask? Or should we ask non-family members like friends of hers? What should they say in the declaration?

I would really appreciate any help, expecially if anyone has personal experience with this.

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Spouse Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)
The Booklet (1) 1127 linked at bottom of that page and then page 24 on statutory declarations or alternates and page 40 for supporting evidence should help.
Parents seem to be more included than excluded.

Much the same as what it was more than a decade ago.

What should they say?
Anything and everything that confirms/supports what you have in your own statements (in their words) and would not hurt for them to have a copy of yours just for dates consistencies etc.
. how/date Jack and Jill met
. signs of love/commitment
. specific involvements of you with them etc.
. personal touch by Jills mum "she has never been happier, sob"
. personal touch by Jills dad " we'll get him to cook a good BBQ " and understand aussie rules, supporting Collingwood and playing backyard cricket.
He already knows who the Don, Ned, Torpedo and Pharlap are and that Dawnie nicked a flag at Tokyo Olympics, and of ANZAC and that our own Bush has more meaning to us.
. how the outlaws all got on
. huge circle of friends etc.

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I had to do this when I applied for a defacto visa a few years ago in Australia for my girlfriend. I got my mum and sister to write them. I don't think I gave them much guidance at all what to write, but they both did good jobs with it.

I imagine it would feel a little weird having this done when you are married. I don't think there are any specific details you need to cover. I would imagine they just need to write about they times they have met you, talked on the phone, how much you love your wife and provide for her etc.

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My wife and kids and I are in a similar position to yours, only I am the US/Aussie citizen, and my wife and kids are the Yanks. They were just granted their Class 100 visas last week, and we leave in August.

Re: the Stat Dec...........In addition to a completed Form 888, be sure that your Aussie citizen attaches a copy of their birth certificate, and page 1 of their passport, and all of that witnessed by a third party, one of the professions listed in Booklet 1. The posts before mine are spot on re: content.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions?

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Welcome to the forum ninernut and its great to have some current experience; being what a good forum should be about.

You will be pleased to know if you have not been monitoring things here too much or hearing from other family that the housing price boom of last decade or so may slow with good timing for you courtesy of interest rates.
A lot of media coverage on high % of home owners likely to lose homes through mortage defaults, and that not being wished upon anyone but obviously with the trend to McMansions and stretching support of McSuper mortages with two incomes people can get their fingers burnt.

Rentals in inner city Sydney gets a bit of coverage too with people bidding up rental market while slum landlords are having a picnic.

Hope your return is all that is sought.

Re your certificates and all that ninernut has mentioned, there's continual mention by immi on site pages and in booklet re a checklist and great idea to make use.

There was recent media coverage on an immi report that had something over 600,000 immigration applicvations being rejected in past four years - did not say what categories they were in but another aspect immi stresses is people getting the full and correct info included with applications - if that is not so, expect it to take longer and if you get asked for something extra you only have so long to provide the additional info or otherwise they go ahead and decide without it, and likely it would not be in someone's favour.

Then you have to start from scratch again!

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Old 04-27-2008, 03:58 PM
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Yes, good advice re: submitting a complete application the first time. I made sure that I included everything on the Immi webpage checklist, and a couple of things that the Embassy in D.C. wanted over and above. Curiously, that D.C. checklist has been removed from the Embassy website, so one could probably stick to Booklet 1 and the Immi site and be safe. I submitted on Feb. 1, and approved on Apr. 11, so am very pleased that I did it right the first time.

We have been keeping up with goings on in the housing market, but will most likely rent at first (Northern Beaches), and see how the whole thing goes. Hopefully it will be permanent, but we're keeping our eyes open.

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