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Partner visa onshore Form 888 No suitable Aus citizens/PR to complete, options?


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Old 08-07-2020, 11:59 AM
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Post Partner visa onshore Form 888 No suitable Aus citizens/PR to complete, options?

Hi everyone, hope you can help with something brief

I am dual nationality Aus/British citizen, born in WA, emigrated to UK with British Mum in 2000. My British Mum has an old Aus Resident Visa (Class BB Resident Return P Subclass 155, permitted to remain in Australia indefinitely, multiple travel) in a now expired passport (expired 2005) and has not been back to Australia since.

I have moved back to Australia for a job in Melbourne, bringing my British citizen husband – we married in 2015 and have lived together continuously since 2011. I have an Australian passport in my married name and have updated my Australian birth certificate with our marriage.

Form 888 statutory declaration for my husband’s onshore partner visa – we need two. They must be completed by Aus PR or citizens who have met us both and know the history of our relationship.

Can my Mum complete one of these? Her original Aus residence visa was dated 1980 for indefinite stay.

Husband has never been to Australia before and there is nobody here who has met us both and knows us both and our relationship. I have friends here but they have not met him. My Dad still lives in WA but he has never met my husband and I have not seen him since 2000, so not an option for the other Form 888.

We moved in the middle of COVID so we haven’t met anybody in person here! We have lots of family and friends in the UK who can complete these statements but no other Aus citizens/PRs.

Anyone else had this? What did you do?


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888 declarants do not need to have met both parties.

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Old 08-09-2020, 10:52 AM
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2 points:

- If your mother had a subclass 155 visa and has been outside Australia since 2000 then it will will have expired long ago ...

- the instructions on the First page of the form 888 tell you what do if you can’t get Aussie witnesses

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