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Hi Guys,

In the midst of my Partner Visa 309 application.

We have gotten almost to the final stage where the CO have confirmed that once all police certificates are received, we will be granted the visa.

However, the only remaining issue is that I am unable to obtain a Singapore Police Certificate as the time spent in the country was only as a visitor (holiday purposes) and therefore they are unable to provide me with a police check/certification.

As such, I have contacted my CO and they have advised that we will have to proceed with a penal waiver.

In order to obtain the penal waiver, I'll have to make a statutory declaration but this must be witnessed.

My question is; does the witness need to be registered to Australia? The links provided on the government website suggests that if you're getting the declaration witnessed by say a Bank officer, lawyer or doctor, they must be qualified/authorised in Australia and not any other countries.

As I'm currently residing in London, it's fairly difficult to find some one who is registered as a professional in Australia instead of registered to practice in UK.

Am I reading the requirements wrongly and can people that are not registered to Australian professions be able to witness my declaration as well?

Thanks!
 

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Hi Guys,

In the midst of my Partner Visa 309 application.

We have gotten almost to the final stage where the CO have confirmed that once all police certificates are received, we will be granted the visa.

However, the only remaining issue is that I am unable to obtain a Singapore Police Certificate as the time spent in the country was only as a visitor (holiday purposes) and therefore they are unable to provide me with a police check/certification.

As such, I have contacted my CO and they have advised that we will have to proceed with a penal waiver.

In order to obtain the penal waiver, I'll have to make a statutory declaration but this must be witnessed.

My question is; does the witness need to be registered to Australia? The links provided on the government website suggests that if you're getting the declaration witnessed by say a Bank officer, lawyer or doctor, they must be qualified/authorised in Australia and not any other countries.

As I'm currently residing in London, it's fairly difficult to find some one who is registered as a professional in Australia instead of registered to practice in UK.

Am I reading the requirements wrongly and can people that are not registered to Australian professions be able to witness my declaration as well?

Thanks!
I did a quick search of the forum and google and found this - it's a character statutory declaration. As far as having an Australian witness it, you may want to look into having this done at the Australian High Commission in London.
 

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I did a quick search of the forum and google and found this - it's a character statutory declaration. As far as having an Australian witness it, you may want to look into having this done at the Australian High Commission in London.
Cheers pal, thanks for the help.

I did have a look around the forums and note that a small number of people have gone through the same.

Just wondering if they were around to share the requirements of the person witnessing as the Australian Embassy charges £41 just to witness the signature!

If there were alternatives to pursue, I'd rather look to a cheaper method but obviously if there was only 1 option, I'd bite the bullet and proceed with the embassy.

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Cheers pal, thanks for the help.

I did have a look around the forums and note that a small number of people have gone through the same.

Just wondering if they were around to share the requirements of the person witnessing as the Australian Embassy charges £41 just to witness the signature!

If there were alternatives to pursue, I'd rather look to a cheaper method but obviously if there was only 1 option, I'd bite the bullet and proceed with the embassy.

Thanks again.
Personally? I'd just bite the bullet. 41 is steep, but it is what it is, right?
 

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Personally? I'd just bite the bullet. 41 is steep, but it is what it is, right?
Yeah true, sound advice.

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Just an update to this in case anyone else was wondering or needs to go through the same procedure.

I did not go ahead with the official Australian Embassy based in London and just went to a law firm and got it notarised.

This was accepted and was not an issue.
 

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Just an update to this in case anyone else was wondering or needs to go through the same procedure.

I did not go ahead with the official Australian Embassy based in London and just went to a law firm and got it notarised.

This was accepted and was not an issue.
Hi ,
Hope this will help you ,
I have gone through the same situation for a Chinese police Clarence certificate in china , my covering period wasn't same they issued the certificate only for working period and tourist time was missing the case officer requested for a stat dec.
1)They do statutory declaration at the Australian embassy- I went to the shanghai consulate they has stopped doing it for visa purposes- you can check with the nearest Australian embassy ,
2) There are panel of people (lawyers/ solicitors ) can certify the signature you need to check that in the immigration website the list of panel is there , I have certified mine through one of the panel on the website.
 

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Hi ,
Hope this will help you ,
I have gone through the same situation for a Chinese police Clarence certificate in china , my covering period wasn't same they issued the certificate only for working period and tourist time was missing the case officer requested for a stat dec.
1)They do statutory declaration at the Australian embassy- I went to the shanghai consulate they has stopped doing it for visa purposes- you can check with the nearest Australian embassy ,
2) There are panel of people (lawyers/ solicitors ) can certify the signature you need to check that in the immigration website the list of panel is there , I have certified mine through one of the panel on the website.
Hey, thanks. But I was just updating to say that my visa has been approved and I simply got my penal waiver documents through a third-party law firm.
 

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Hi! I had the same situation. Sent my Stat Dec last week notarized.
How long after you submitted yours, your visa was granted?

Thanks,
 
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