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Old 11-30-2017, 02:57 AM
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Partner Visa 820 Police Checks.

Hello there!

Just trying to get my head around police checks/medicals before I submit my visa application.

Just wanted to clarify police checks for both myself & my partner.

As I am from the UK, I know I have to get checked both here in Aus & in the UK.

Does my partner have to have checks from Aus & the UK? He lived in the UK for 18 months or is he all good?

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Old 11-30-2017, 04:15 AM
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He will need one from the UK too, yes.

Anyone who has spent over 12 months cumulatively in any country over the last 10 years requires a police clearance for those countries.


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He will need one from the UK too, yes.

Anyone who has spent over 12 months cumulatively in any country over the last 10 years requires a police clearance for those countries.
Sorry to jump in. Can I ask if this is a new requirement (one of those effective 18 November 2017) that a sponsor must supply overseas police checks for any country that he / she has lived for more than 12 months?

Or it is provided upon request?

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We take the safety and security of visa applicants very seriously. To help keep visa applicants safe, we have introduced new requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas. From 18 November 2016, sponsors of these visa applications will need to:

provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested
consent to us disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
If the sponsor does not provide this consent, the visa application will be refused. We could also refuse an application if the sponsor does not provide the police checks within a reasonable time. Sponsors can apply for a police check using the application form available from the Australian Federal Police.
https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/...r-requirements

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He will need one from the UK too, yes.

Anyone who has spent over 12 months cumulatively in any country over the last 10 years requires a police clearance for those countries.
Sorry to jump in. Can I ask if this is a new requirement (one of those effective 18 November 2017) that a sponsor must supply overseas police checks for any country that he / she has lived for more than 12 months?

Or it is provided upon request?

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We take the safety and security of visa applicants very seriously. To help keep visa applicants safe, we have introduced new requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas. From 18 November 2016, sponsors of these visa applications will need to:

provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested
consent to us disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
If the sponsor does not provide this consent, the visa application will be refused. We could also refuse an application if the sponsor does not provide the police checks within a reasonable time. Sponsors can apply for a police check using the application form available from the Australian Federal Police.
https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/...r-requirements

Thanks in advance.
If you are referring to whether a sponsor has to provide police checks for any country spent time in over 12 months? Then the answer is yes. I think this has always been the case since 2016, even before the new changes came in recently.

Or are you referring to whether you have to upload these straight away or can wait for a CO to request these?

I have heard conflicting things regarding Medicals and police checks with the new November 18th 2017 changes.

Some people have said it is still okay to wait to be requested for police checks and Medicals. However, with the new changes it clearly says they can refuse an application without having to ask for any missing evidence not submitted.

I honestly have no idea. It still seems to be a grey area in my opinion.

I applied for PMV 300 on 29th October 2017. My partner and I are just awaiting our final police checks to arrive and she is getting her medical done on Monday. We were going to wait a little longer but thought we may aswell get them all done now.


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Old 11-30-2017, 08:47 AM
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That grey area has been resolved. One of the RMAs posted a quote from DIBP discussing that issue and it says it is still recommended to wait until requested for police checks and medicals and it also still says so on the DIBP website.


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Old 11-30-2017, 08:48 AM
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Of course the choice is always up to the applicant. Personally, we chose to do ours shortly after applying and without being requested as we wanted everything ready for approval once looked at.


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That grey area has been resolved. One of the RMAs posted a quote from DIBP discussing that issue and it says it is still recommended to wait until requested for police checks and medicals and it also still says so on the DIBP website.
Thatís great to know Sky. I check almost all these threads daily, and must have missed that one. Gives me a bit more peace of mind.


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Sorry to jump in. Can I ask if this is a new requirement (one of those effective 18 November 2017) that a sponsor must supply overseas police checks for any country that he / she has lived for more than 12 months?
I recall reading in some DIBP literature that police checks for the sponsor were mandatory if children were migrating as well. If no children, then it may or may not be required and one can wait and see if a CO requests them. Obviously if you choose to be proactive and submit beforehand it can't hurt.


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I recall reading in some DIBP literature that police checks for the sponsor were mandatory if children were migrating as well. If no children, then it may or may not be required and one can wait and see if a CO requests them. Obviously if you choose to be proactive and submit beforehand it can't hurt.
That's how it used to be, but now it states on the DIBP website and partner visa checklist that sponsors (not just with kids in an app) must provide police checks for any country lived in for 12 cumulative months in the last 10 years.

I would not be using the partner migration booklet as a reference anymore as it is severely outdated. The DIBP website is updated frequently and has been with all the recent changes. If the DIBP checklist says it's required, then I would follow that.

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Savage_Flame is curious because his sponsorship has been approved before he uploaded police checks and his partner was requested them but not him.

What I would think is that COs make mistakes and maybe they missed it? Since you've already gone through the trouble of getting them, upload them anyway to avoid delays in case they decide to ask for them later. I will say that we haven't seen a sponsor not requested police checks in a long time which makes me think it was overlooked.


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