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Old 07-06-2012, 06:37 AM
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Witness for statutory declarations - special case !

Dear All,

I am in India, hence I am applying OFFSHORE and I am in the process of collecting and preparing the various documents to be submitted along with the PMV visa. I came across this VERY important point relating to "Who can witness statutory declarations and/or form 888" given in page number 28 of the PARTNER MIGRATION booklet.


It states if you are outside Australia:

"If you are outside Australia and are unable to get an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident to complete a statutory declaration in support of your relationship with your partner, you may obtain statements from people who know you and your sponsor. Such statements are not statutory declarations under Australian law. However, in accordance with policy, they should be witnessed or certified according to the legal practices of the relevant country. Failing that, they should be witnessed by a person whose occupation or qualifi cation is comparable to a person included in the prescribed persons list on pages 28–29. This person should sign, date and specify their occupation or qualifi cation at the bottom of the statement."

Now coming to my special situation :

My girlfriend's dad is a dentist, and he is allowed to "witness" statutory declarations according to the list given by immi. in the partner migration booklet [page number 28]. My girlfriend and her dad is visiting me in India during the first week of August. Her dad knows about us regarding our 3 year relationship. So will it be ok if I get my statutory declarations "witnessed" by her dad ? Will it have any "raised eyebrows" in the Indian immi office ? I really dont have any friends whose proffession is listed on the [page no. 28] booklet and I am not very comfortable with some stranger who has the listed proffession to witness my statutory declaration.

I believe this is a special case....or do I have to ONLY get it "witnessed" by an Indian citizen ?

I read the part of information from another thread that lead me to this weblink -->

Witnessing a statutory declaration

It says for example:

"A member of a police force in Australia may witness a Commonwealth statutory declaration overseas. However, a police officer of a foreign police force cannot witness a Commonwealth statutory declaration."

So I believe when her dad is in India, he can "witness" my declaration ? Just making sure everything is as perfect as I can get it and reduce any further delay...

Thank you all for your support in this wonderful forum, without which my journey till now wouldnt be possible..

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any one ? no one ? i am all confused.

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I wouldn't let her dad witness it. He is member of family, you can't ask related parties to be impartial.
You can get your declaration witnessed by following in India : judge/registered accountant/ listed lawyer and such

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I am not so sure about what Boboa said. When I did mine in Australia, I asked my husband's brother to write a stat dec. his stat dec was witnessed by my husband's aunt who is a civil servant In Australia. She is a family member and she did the witnessing. I got my visa. It can mean that stat dec can be witnessed by family member who is of the occupation on the list.


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