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Hey all..

New to this forum, and am gathering so much imp info off it.. thanks !

I am putting together my appl for a spouse visa, and am offshore. Me and my husband use calling cards and so do not have the paper version of our call logs. The only call logs i can get is by printing it off the internet.

Does anyone have an idea if this will be accepted? I cannot get those certified, coz that itself is the original, however, since i only have a b/w printer, it prints that way.

Are call logs etc also required in the original? I guess the internet print out should work, but just want to confirm if someone has come across any situation like this.

Thanks guys... jeeeez.. putting together all this stuff is a herculean task..!
 

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Hey Annikka,

If you can only supply a print out off the net of the phone card records, then that has to be it I guess. I don't think bills need to be certified, and only 'official' docs like birth certs. should be. If you're worried about it not being accepted, you could write a statutory declaration explaining what is proof of and why you had to print it out.

If in doubt, contact DIAC or your nearest Australian embassy if you're abroad.and ask them directly about it.
 

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Being married, I imagine you have had time living together at some stage and it'll be more the documentation of you having a bonefide marriage together and supporting evidence of that which will be of more importance to your application than what indication of separation and calls to oneanother will be.

Print offs will be fine for that but can you document the reason for being apart too.
 

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Being married, I imagine you have had time living together at some stage and it'll be more the documentation of you having a bonefide marriage together and supporting evidence of that which will be of more importance to your application than what indication of separation and calls to oneanother will be.

Print offs will be fine for that but can you document the reason for being apart too.
Hey..

I finally mailed in my application day before yesterday, but the same evening, I received my FBI clearance certificate. I am waiting for another PCC from another country, which I should get by 21 July. I am now in a dilemma. Should I mail in my FBI PCC to the embassy right now and then mail them the other PCC when I get that, or should I wait for the other PCC too and mail them together? I have not been assigned a case officer or havent even got a confirmation mail from the australian embassy, stating that they have received my application. I dont want to mail the PCCs one at a time, coz I fear that they may be lost internally at the embassy or something. However, the FBI PCC states that as of 28 June 2010, I do not have any police arrest records. I am wondering if the CO questions me later as to why did I keep the FBI certificate with me all this while (almost 3 weeks). What do you suggest?

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Hey..

I finally mailed in my application day before yesterday, but the same evening, I received my FBI clearance certificate. I am waiting for another PCC from another country, which I should get by 21 July. I am now in a dilemma. Should I mail in my FBI PCC to the embassy right now and then mail them the other PCC when I get that, or should I wait for the other PCC too and mail them together? I have not been assigned a case officer or havent even got a confirmation mail from the australian embassy, stating that they have received my application. I dont want to mail the PCCs one at a time, coz I fear that they may be lost internally at the embassy or something. However, the FBI PCC states that as of 28 June 2010, I do not have any police arrest records. I am wondering if the CO questions me later as to why did I keep the FBI certificate with me all this while (almost 3 weeks). What do you suggest?

Annikka
I wouldn't expect that it'll make a huge difference though obviously they cannot make any full assessment until they have all documents.
Just to cover your concern of stuff getting lost, why not make a copy and get it certified and also send them in by registered post.
That way you'll at least have a record for postage, but though there has been the odd post on stuff lost, it is a rareity and you should be OK if in the US.
 

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I wouldn't expect that it'll make a huge difference though obviously they cannot make any full assessment until they have all documents.
Just to cover your concern of stuff getting lost, why not make a copy and get it certified and also send them in by registered post.
That way you'll at least have a record for postage, but though there has been the odd post on stuff lost, it is a rareity and you should be OK if in the US.
Hey Wanderer,

I am more concerned about the document being lost somewhere internally within the embassy, if I mail them one at a time. I will surely get a few copies certified before I mail them in. If mailing the FBI doc a few weeks later would not make that big a difference, then I will probably wait to get the other PCC and mail them together. It will only be 15-16 days from the time I mailed in my application and going by the times taken at the Washington DC embassy, i dont expect them to assign me a CO in that time.

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Annikka
 

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Hi Annikka,

If they have received your documents, they should still give you some kind of file number, just in case such things happen. Even if you don't have a CO yet, you can still send them the documents, using your full details and the file number.

Could you go in and hand them documents to them in person? At least then you may be able to explain what's going on.

And yes, it's a very good idead to keep copies of all your documents, though you would only need cerified copies of important docs, like certificates and official records etc/
 

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Hi Annikka,

If they have received your documents, they should still give you some kind of file number, just in case such things happen. Even if you don't have a CO yet, you can still send them the documents, using your full details and the file number.

Could you go in and hand them documents to them in person? At least then you may be able to explain what's going on.

And yes, it's a very good idead to keep copies of all your documents, though you would only need cerified copies of important docs, like certificates and official records etc/
Hi aussiegirl..

Wow..That is news to me.. I didnt know they give a file number. They sure did receive my application, coz they already charged me on my credit card, but I havent got any reply from them. Do you know in how many days do they usually give the application number or anything of that sort? I cannot go there in person, coz the embassy is very far from where I am located. I shall wait for a few more days and if I still do not get the file number, then may be i'll give them a call and try to find out something if I can.

Will keep everyone posted..

Thanks..
Annikka
 

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I am putting together my appl for a spouse visa, and am offshore. Me and my husband use calling cards and so do not have the paper version of our call logs. The only call logs i can get is by printing it off the internet.
Hmmm... When a few years ago me and my wife were separated (me in Australia, she in China), we provided printed e-mails. I didn't really have too many receipts for recharge cards and I couldn't present any billing document. I could only print out phone call history from Skype.

The way I presented a proof of my wife contacting me via SMS was to take a picture of my phone showing some of these messages. :D Not sure how DIMIA saw it but it seems to have been sufficient.
 

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Ooooo.. read the China visa post just now.. i met my husband online.. on a matrimonial site...more than 2 years ago.. and told the immi guys the truth... in our applications...worried worried now.. that they may have doubts about the validity of our relationship... :eek:
 

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Hmmm... When a few years ago me and my wife were separated (me in Australia, she in China), we provided printed e-mails. I didn't really have too many receipts for recharge cards and I couldn't present any billing document. I could only print out phone call history from Skype.

The way I presented a proof of my wife contacting me via SMS was to take a picture of my phone showing some of these messages. :D Not sure how DIMIA saw it but it seems to have been sufficient.
Hi Dexter..

I managed to give a few printouts of emails and our phone logs. But the phone picture is a good idea.. wish i had known that.. would have definitely done that.. :D
 

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Hi aussiegirl..

Wow..That is news to me.. I didnt know they give a file number. They sure did receive my application, coz they already charged me on my credit card, but I havent got any reply from them. Do you know in how many days do they usually give the application number or anything of that sort? I cannot go there in person, coz the embassy is very far from where I am located. I shall wait for a few more days and if I still do not get the file number, then may be i'll give them a call and try to find out something if I can.

Will keep everyone posted..

Thanks..
Annikka
Hi again,

If they have charged your credit card, then they should be assigning you a CO soon, since it indicates to me that your application has at least been looked at by someone with authority to do so.

They should be contacting you, either by e-mail or post, with an official confirmation that your application has been received and that you have a CO assigned to your case. Exactly when this happens depends on the workload of the particular office you sent it to, so it's best to call them and ask.

From you what you have said, you may have all the documents that you are waiting for by the time you are assigned a CO, so it may be best to just wait until that time and send everything all at once. And if you do get a notification from DIAc before you get the docs back, I'm sure a quick call to your assigned CO to let them know the docs will all be sent when you get them will be fine. Applicatons are processed in stages, so they will probably not need to look at those things until further down the line.
 

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Question - I am collecting Police Clearance Certificates right now - I have the FBI PCC, a local police station PCC and also the state PCC for the state I currently am residing in. However, in 2006, I was in another state (NJ) for about 4 and a half months.. will I require a state PCC from NJ too ?
 

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Question - I am collecting Police Clearance Certificates right now - I have the FBI PCC, a local police station PCC and also the state PCC for the state I currently am residing in. However, in 2006, I was in another state (NJ) for about 4 and a half months.. will I require a state PCC from NJ too ?
It does seem the USA do have a pretty extensive requirement, stating you should have reports from each city, state, county etc.
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/character-penal.pdf
Seems lucky they do not want the DEA and NCIS, the state highway patrol and if you were close to the border, something from the mounties too!
Ah well, chin up and you're just about there it'd seem.
 

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It does seem the USA do have a pretty extensive requirement, stating you should have reports from each city, state, county etc.
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/character-penal.pdf
Seems lucky they do not want the DEA and NCIS, the state highway patrol and if you were close to the border, something from the mounties too!
Ah well, chin up and you're just about there it'd seem.
It states every city, state, county of residence in the last 12 months.. i was in NJ in 2006. I think I wont need the NJ PCC.. my current state should suffice. I shall try to get the NJ clearance too, but I think it takes time. Will find out. Thanks Wanderer..
 

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Annika,

If you have access to the Net get Skype and talk with your partner for free and you can also see each other. I am always surprised at how many people don't know about or use Skype. Check it out. You can also print and copy all the call logs.
 

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Annika,

If you have access to the Net get Skype and talk with your partner for free and you can also see each other. I am always surprised at how many people don't know about or use Skype. Check it out. You can also print and copy all the call logs.
Hi Todd & Emma..

We are aware of Skype, but since I am in US and he is in Australia (east coast), our timings never match, coz to use skype, you need to be in front of your machine (atleast one person) and by the time I get off from work, he already starts his. Weekends are the only times when we need to coordinate and come online, but we both are the kinds who like to just pick up our phones and call the other person whenever we feel like talking. Infact, to see someone, you dont even need to login into skpye, most of the email accounts now allow you to video chat. But the timings just arent easy... arrrgh...!
 
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