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Old 07-22-2009, 11:09 PM
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What to certify?

O.k, so i am going to certify document copies such as:
birth certificate
Any other identitiy requirement documents

Do I have to certify:

Bank statements (if I provide original print outs/original mail outs)
Photocopies of cards and personal letters
Itemized phone accounts (printed and original)
Letter confirmining me as an account holder to my partner's account
Screenshots of Facebook/gmail account
E-mail invitations to events for myself and partner?

Basically--if i send originals, do i have to certify them? Are printed bank statements considered originals?

I just dont want to frighten the police officer when I go to certify my documents heehee! Plus I don't want to take too much of his time, as if i have to get him to certify 50 + pages of bank statements, it might take a while.


PS: Do we have to get our own personal statutory declarations certified if we write it on seperate paper too?

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Old 07-23-2009, 03:05 AM
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Hi Elkitten

We are applying offshore in NZ, and lodged our application recently with the Consulate in Auckland. We certified our passport & birth certificate copies, and sent the rest off - a mix of originals & copies. I had a heart attack when I read that you someone saying they were going to certify everything & rang my case officer straight away. She advised me she didn't require everything to be certified, just the passport & birth certificate, as we had done. However, she might be an exception, and like Wanderer has said before, you are best to do exactly as advised. Perhaps you could call or email the office you are intending to lodge and ask for written confirmation of what it is you are required to have certified?

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Hello Hannah!

Sorry i didnt mean to scare you! Don't worry, I have been having panic attacks on and off for the past two weeks trying to get our stuff together.

I will definitly call washington to ask (i'm applying from the U.S.A), again my apologies for the fright =)

Will let you know how it goes!

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Old 07-23-2009, 03:18 AM
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No worries! I actually wrote it wrong - I had read someone else talking about it last week, who was applying in Turkey I think. But my case officer was really helpful, and I have also been really lucky with any questions I've had emailing the 'contact us' email. I would definitely recommend that any information you get from the office to make sure it is in writing though, that way you have backup.

Hope it's all going well!

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Thanks again

It sucks here--none of the immi USA website work, and the person I spoke to had ZERO power to do anything. Basically just kept sending me back to the same webpages i had been on on the immi website and couldnt properly answer any questions.

Maybe i just got a dud though...I'll try again.

Maybe I will get *everything* certified...just for fun... =)

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Old 07-23-2009, 06:31 PM
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Just found out the answer:

You only certify official documents, such as passport and birth certificate. I am going to certify my university transcrips, photocpy of my liscence and bank/credit cards (normally you don't need to show your bank or credit cards or liscence but I have a special issue i need to deal with) for good measure.

In the U.S, I just found out, only notary publics and lawyers can certify documents. Lucky for me, my family knows a notary public, otherwise i think you have to pay? am i right?

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Old 07-30-2009, 03:24 AM
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I had let your post float a bit elkitten hoping that someone like Hannah who had applied recently could advise and then I've just gone on the road but what Hannah has said and you seem to have discovered lines up more or less with what I thought after reading the immi booklet #1 .

Just usually official ID and qualifications documents if latter were applicable and printouts of bank statements etc. ought to suffice, they only really being secondary stuff - the Book ain't too specific but seems to read that way.

Don't know your system re certifying but if it's just notables and lawyers, that's it I suppose.

We're lucky in Oz that notables covers a huge field it'd seem and easy to usually just rock into local police station or you may even find post office or council offices etc. have people, and then there's JPs and Commissioners for Avidavits [notables] here and there.

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Old 07-31-2009, 02:28 AM
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I ended up getting someone at my bank to notarize/certify documents. For everybody's information RE: north america.

Unless one is a lawyer, one has to take a test and have a liscence to be a "Notary Public" (able to certify documents). On that note, many major institutions (such as your bank) will have someone there who is a Notary--documents need to be officiated all the time in major companies hecne it makes sense to have a Notary on staff.

So! If you are ever in my pickle in North America--call your bank, or even your doctor/specialised medical practitioners office, they may have someone on staff. Otherwise, City Halls do have Notary Publics on file and would be able to direct you. Remember it is the individual who has the liscence and they are not neccesarily at the major companies you patron.

Don't loose hope though, i nearly cried when i thought i was going to have to pay a lawyer..but all good now =)

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