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Old 04-17-2012, 01:12 PM
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Issue with 'statutory declaration'

I was reading the declaration form 888 which is required to be filled by atleast 2 Australian citizen or PRs. And I found that the person who is providing this declaration MUST know both the partners.

Actually in my case, I have many Australian friends who know me... But they dont know my wife first hand. They do know that I am married to this women, but they have actually never met her ??

Can they still declare for me? Or is there any way around this ?

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:00 PM
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Yes they do need to know her but if they know you both in any way and can vouch for the validity of your relationship then that should work. Also, if you are not in Australia, you can get stat decs from non Australians. My husband and I were in a similar situation and were told we could provide stat decs from non Australians because we haven't lived in Australia for 7 years. Good luck!


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Old 06-17-2012, 01:10 PM
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I'm in the same situation as I hardly know any of my fiancé's friends. I haven't even met his parents, only through Skype!
Did you use the Australian stat dec form or did your friends write a "letter" as a stat dec? Does it need to be witnessed as we're outside of Australia?

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Old 07-20-2012, 01:43 AM
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hello there...
is it a big deal if we cannot get any stat decs from my partner's family? though we have gathered plenty from friends in australia. we are planning to lodge our partner visa as de facto offshore. stat decs from friends would be enough to include in our application?

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:25 AM
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Yeah, they really do need to know you both as they are meant to vouch for the fact that you are a genuine person - if they can't honestly say they've met you then it's hard for immigration to believe they really know what kind of person you are. Sadly relationships can be genuine from one side and an act from the other side and if the Stat Dec writers don't know both sides they can't guarantee the relationship is 100% genuine on both ends.

If you introduce your wife to your friends and have them all spend more than a few hours in her company maybe that would help the stat dec but to be honest I think immigration sees mutual friends and contact with family as a sign of a genuine relationship... but I suppose they don't keep the distance factor into account, that it is hard to build a mutual social life if you're forced to live apart UNTIL you have this visa. I guess I'm just lucky that my partner introduced me to his friends and family right off the bat in the first month we met and I've continued contact over the telephone with my in-laws to build a bond even when we were outside Australia for a year.

You really might want to consider at least getting that "thorough" introduction now to at least be able to say they've met her.

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:30 AM
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the situation is like this, my partner is only son, he don't have any family left but his mother which is 97 years old, living in a retirement village. his mother has already this short term memory, starting to forget everything. me and my partner cannot afford to let her sign stat dec because of her condition though we've meet each other on regular basis..

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