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Old 05-15-2012, 01:32 AM
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Hey all
I'm an American, currently in Australia. My partner and I are going to be applying for the onshore de facto in a couple of months, and are starting to gather all the paperwork, etc.

Two main questions -

1) the FBI check in America requires a set of fingerprints to be sent in with the application. I should have looked into this when I was home in the states a month ago, but - you know! Anyway, does anybody have experience getting fingerprints taken here in Oz? I know the Victoria police say it's $173 or something, but that's to run your prints through the system, I would think, not to just stamp your prints on the FBI form.

2) the visa application requires some proof of identity, obviously. I have a certified copy of my birth certificate with me. But I think I also need one of my passport. How do I get this while in Australia? And my partner needs one or both of these as well, so any information is helpful!

Thanks heaps!

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To get a certified copy just got to any JD/ police/ accountant and they will do that for you, usually for free, or $5 donation. or Australia post does that as well, they charge circa $2.5 per document. Don't forget to bring both original and a copy of it with you.

Federal Police offices and some state offices can take your prints for nominal fee (it used to be free in NSW but I'm talking 5 years ago). You can print FBI documents and fingerprint these or use Australian form. As far as I remember both are accepted by FBI. Not sure how will you go with the state checks.

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