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820 application - last bits before sending off

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Old 09-24-2020, 04:19 AM
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820 application - last bits before sending off

Hi there,

My wife and I have been prepping the 820 application ourselves on and off for the past 6 months, and are very close to submitting. I'm a Korean 457 with permanent contract with uni, while my wife works for a small biotech company. Its been tough navigating through COVID - as I'm sure everyone here has as well.

We have a few questions to which we've seen conflicting info online. Can you guys help?

1. Its clear we need to get the national ID NAATI translated and certified (I'm Korean). However can we self translate the screenshots that support contact while separated?

2. Do we need to certify our Aussie marriage certificate and certificate of family relations? How about citizenship certificates?

3. We understand its not good to upload duplicate supporting documents. Can we leave some areas empty in the long list of uploads? For example, "Couples are living together, evidence of" is a near duplicate of "address- residential, evidence of" - we will just upload a merged PDF with scans of mails that we've individually received and our joint rental agreement.

4. We currently have a stat dec (not 888, but from ourselves) that combines all five aspects (history, financial, etc.) into one. Is it better to separate them into individual documents? Also do they need to be certified?

5. On a separate note, should I notify my uni once I get the 820 approved? I'm concerned that in a worst case scenario, our 820 gets rejected out of technical error while my 457 has lapsed after telling the uni of the 820 visa.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-24-2020, 05:06 AM
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1. not needed
2. no
3. not a good idea
4. certification not needed
5. May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts on this forum for a professional assessment?

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Old 09-24-2020, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by wrussell View Post
1. not needed
2. no
3. not a good idea
4. certification not needed
5. May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts on this forum for a professional assessment?
Thanks Westly for your response. Its reassuring to hear from a migration agent. Can I get a clarification on:

1. So we don't have to translate the screenshots at all?
2. would you recommend that we separate the 5 aspects stat dec into 5 individually signed documents?
3. Should we prep police checks (from all countries) for our submission now? Or do we wait 6 months?

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 09-24-2020, 08:06 AM
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Have all non-English documents translated into English.

Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

full name
address and telephone number
qualifications and experience in the language they are translating
These details must be in English.

Note: You do not need to have any documents certified.

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