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Documentation Certification - in person partner visa submittal in London

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:22 PM
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Documentation Certification - in person partner visa submittal in London

Hi All,

Its a bit specific but I thought possibly helpful to others.

I've confirmed this three times with three separate people when phoning the helpline number (based on my husband and I making an in person partner visa submittal at the Embassy in London) I only called three times as first i wasnt sure, then my husband wasnt sure, and then i read something contradictory on this forum.

1. If you are submitting in person you do not need to have certified copies of anything (marriage certificates/passports/birth certificates) Make a photocopy yourself and when you get to the counter give them both the original document and the copy. This is something that has recently changed - you did have to get certified copies of documents a while ago - but not any more

2. You do not need to have your personal statement certified - its just a personal statement.

Just two little bits of information but hopefully helpful to anyone else submitting in person in London at least!

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Old 06-21-2013, 07:13 AM
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How very interesting!

First of all, I didn't know you could lodge an application in person in London (we are submitting a de-facto application) and the stuff about certification is also new to me.

Looking at the website of the Australian embassy in London it actually states:

For visa applications lodged at the London office, please do not send original documents unless you are requested by your case officer to do so. There is no requirement that documents are certified when you lodge your application. If your case officer requires an original copy or a certified copy, they will contact you directly.
Now, I'm still thinking of getting stuff certified, just to be on the safe side... I'm only talking about official documents like birth certificates and passport copies here, not any of the evidence.

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Hi Rheia,

The Australian embassy in London is on the Strand - its kind of in an island in the middle of the road. Its not a massive office but they do do in person applications. Every time i have called the helpline they have told me that i dont need to submit in person - i can do it by post. It may sound silly but with all my husbands old UK visa applications, and my daughters australian passport we did it in person, its a bit of a tradition.

I have queried it a few times and my understanding is that because you are submitting in person with the original documents - copies of those are acceptable.

When we did my daughters passport there two years ago we just took originals and the person processing the application just went off and photocopied the originals and signed them in front of us (I had forgotten this but my husband reminded me). Obviously they cant do this if you are posting your application.

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