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Old 09-16-2011, 01:26 AM
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Hi everyone,

I'm an Australian citizen and I'm marrying a Korean girl.

What documents does she need to bring?

Does she need to get all documents translated at Korea or can the documents be proof read and signed by an agent/GP/Priest in Australia?

Please help me.. I'm in Korea at the moment and I am unsure what we need to bring back?

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:55 AM
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Take a look at the site for the Austrailan embassy in Seoul if she's applying in Korea:

Partner Migration - Australian Embassy

If you're getting married in Korea, you will also have to get proof that you aren't married from the Australian embassy. This is then taken to the gu office so that you can register the marriage. The gu office will then give you something to take to the Australian embassy to say that your marriage was registered in Korea. You get to keep two copies of this, so you can use this as proof of marraige for the visa.

But if you're marrying and applying in Australia, then you'd better go by the information on the DIAC site at immi.gov.au.

She needs a criminal background check form any police station, a copy of her family register showing her name and parents' names from the local "gu" office, and a copy of her passport. She will also need a copy of her own family register showing her marriage history. Major documents need to be translated into English, such as family register, criminal background check, housing lease agreement, contracts etc. Bills, plane tickets and other small things don't really need to be translated I think, since you could write a statement explaining what the information is.

If you apply onshore, it's better to get offical cerified copies in Oz since the services of a JP are free, whereas in Korea you have to pay 25 000 won or thereabouts per notorised copy. Is she going over on a tourist visa? I hope it doesn't have a no further stay condition on it, otherwise she won't be able to get any other visas onshore. If she has a student visa or WHV it should be OK. She just has to be carfeul what she says to immigration at the airport if she is asked about her plans in Australia. Is she said she wants to apply for a partner visa onshore, they could refuse her entry.

If you need a good translation and notorising service in Korea, let me know My husband is Korean and we're still waiting on his visa here in Korea. And get back to me if you have any other questions.

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Old 09-16-2011, 02:55 PM
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Hi, thank you for the reply.
Yes, we can get the documents. When you say services of JPs are free, do you mean that we can take these Korean documents and get it translated for free from any JP?

So, we take the Korean documents and get it translated and printed like an official letter? Let me know please.

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When I say JP services are free, I mean for them to certify a photocopy or document as a copy of the real thing, or to witness a statutory declaration, it's free in Australia. JPs can't translate unless they have NAATI qualifications.

To get documents translated in Oz, you need to go to a NAATI registered and qualified translator, and a list of these is available on the DIAC site. I guess they will stamp the translations as true copies of the original text.

For translation in Korea, you have to go to a beonyeok (translator). They are often also notaries or gongjeung in Korean. They stamp the translated copy, as well as the original and staple them together with a cover sheet to say it's an official copy. They also do stamping of photocopies, but this is not free in Korea and you have to pay. If you have a bunch of things to translate and certify in Korea, you can usually negotiate a package deal so to speak. Translation costs from 15 000 upwards depending on the complexity and length. We got all the necessary copies and translations done for around 320 000 won.

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Thank you for that.

But I think it will cost more to translate the documents in Australia.
JPs can sign for free but the translation part will cost more than in Korea right?


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I don't know how much translation is in Oz, but I guess it would be more expensive. You might want to find some translators back home and check with their prices before deciding which way to go, to translate in Korea or Oz.

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