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Old 08-13-2009, 10:11 AM
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Hi elkitten

Thanks so much for going to the trouble of asking immi about poilce clearnaces for me.....greatly appreciated. Turns out that my boyfriend's cousin in the police force can pull a few strings for us and will have a new police clearance ready for us in a week or so! Helps to know people it seems. So that's one less thing I have to worry about. Just have to work on not spending the money we have saved for the application now....haha. Hard not to dip into it at this time of the month.

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Old 08-13-2009, 05:04 PM
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no worries about that--i mean I had to be on hold for so long to get through and ask my own question i figured, why not ask for you too? Plus, now that the info is up, everybody can benefit from it...hurrah i have done my good deed for the week! =)

Awesome about your police cert thing! I sent one of mine off to the FBI a week ago and they needed to contact me (i did a stupid thing with the check i sent them) and they are actually really nice people, heehee, don't know what i expected really.

Good luck hanging on to that cash and with your application, hope it goes well!

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Old 08-14-2009, 03:44 AM
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Hi Loved Up,
I was travelling a bit when you initially posted and see that elkitten and hannah have come up with their experiences.

But just on the police clearance, if you have a look at Character Requirement - Applications & Forms it does say:

" If you are applying outside Australia, you do not have to provide this information when you apply. You will be advised when it is required. "

And the reason for that is kind of if say for instance the existing clearance was dated Jan. 09 and your application processing is occurring Sept. through
November for instance, then Immi have nothing on what a good chap your man has been from Jan09 on and likewise, even one done this week could be a couple of months out of date.

Similarly, the health checks and they say when applying from overseas that you should wait until asked, perhaps not a big deal if it is being done about same time as application but if you get someone in an overseas embassy/consulate [especially if some distance away] who wants to dot i and X t as some bureaucrats are prone to doing, then you could find yourself on the wrong side of someone.

I'd at least get a note in to where the application is being sent to get the applicants name known, saying that an application is imminently due but a medical examination may beat it.
It probably happens a bit, but better to try and be sure rather than find that in end there is no record because it slipped down the back of a filing cabinet or whatever - just cover your bases.

The other reason that they get you to do it later is just in case there is some stuffing around with the application and so the twelve months validity is not eroded.

Hope getting the application in has gone well by now and processing goes smoothly and if you haven't yet done so, it may be that the question of Assurance of Support may be asked [especially if you have no employment history or known arrangements for employment back in Oz.], so may pay you to read up on that and see who could be nominated if need be.

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:41 PM
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Hi Wanderer

Thanks very much for you advice too! I think I will definately take what you said about the police clearances and medicals on board...we have already sent off for his UK one but since he doesn't live there any longer I'm sure it will be okay if it is a few weeks old or so when we apply. They said it could take up to 2 months so we didnt really want to leave that one until after the application.

As for the police clearnace from here (Namibia), they stamp it with the date when you go to collect it so we can just leave it for the moment and go and collect it when immi requests it I guess. And the medical we can just leave until they request it also.

As for the assurance of support, I am hoping that this won't be necessary with us because I have been working here in Namibia full time for the past 1 1/2 years since I got here and am paid quite well. Plus we have a car that we shipped over here from England which are planning to sell before we leave that is worth a considerable sum....we have a valuation for it from our insurnace company I hope that will be sufficient since I know my parents would take forever to get the AoS sorted if it were to be requested by immi....they are not the most urgent of all people.

Is whether or not you have a house and a job lined up in Australia something that immi really consider? It is now almost 4 years since I have been home and we had just planned on renting when we first get over there. Plus we have both managed to hold down jobs and rent apartments without any parental etc. assistance during that 4 years so I don't think we will have any problems once we get there.

Is it wise to mention that you have family that you will be staying with for a couple of weeks while you look for a place of your own etc?

We havent submitted our application yet obviously but are planning to in the first or second week of September....just waiting on a couple of documents from Australia.

Also Wanderer, just to be sure, is it okay for me to have copies of my Australian passport etc certified by a notary public in Namibia or does it have to be by the embassy? I have tried to ask the embassy in Pretoria this but just got a bunch of different answers.

Thanks very much again for your help.



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Old 08-18-2009, 12:05 AM
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I just mentioned about the AofS LovedUp on reading the sentences " Just have to work on not spending the money we have saved for the application now....haha. Hard not to dip into it at this time of the month. "

But if there's finances and a good record of employment and prospects based on skills I'd imagine that'll all get taken into account.
And no harm at all with mentioning a move in with parents for that'd be something I'd reckon a lot of singles/couples do on return from overseas if possible and shows you have a plan afoot.

As for certification, all I can go on for extra info is what Booklet 1 says about P25 - and it's 'certified copies are copies authorised or stamped, as true copies of originals, by a person or agency recognised by law of the country in which you currently reside'

So if Namibia do not have the equivalent of JPs and no body at magistrates courts etc. that is recognised by the law for certification on the cheap and notaries are recognised for it I suppose that's who you'll be stuck with.
but essentially it's anybody that Namibian Law recognises can certify.

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Hi Wanderer

Oh...haha...I see what your saying about the whole funds thing...was just messing around a bit...sorry.

They definately do have people with notary powers here in Namibia....I googled "notary publics Namibia" and a whole bunch of names came up, particularly lawyers I will probably have my documents certified by one of them. Most people either have their documents certified by the Namibian Police or the Namibian Department of Home Affairs and Immigration, but I'll try and give immi another quick ring and see what they recommend.

Thanks for the advice again.


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Old 08-18-2009, 10:13 AM
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We can use nominated police officers here in Oz as you may know LU, usually a duty sargeant or some senior guy in larger stations, possibly being an authorised JP or Commissioner for Affidavits.

I'd not be surprised if they have set the legal administration in the country up similar to other countries and if you can find a friendly police station senior guy available and no charge, I'd go with it or at least check the situation and no doubt the cous can help out.

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