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Putting our application together (spouse offshore)


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Old 12-14-2009, 02:15 PM
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Putting our application together (spouse offshore)

Hi all,

I am an Aussie living in Brazil with my Brazilian Husband. We are finishing up his application to return to Australia with me now. Can anyone please tell me...with the documents of proof of a relationship (cards, letters addressed to us both, bills etc.) Can these just be sent as photocopies or do they need to be authenticated?

My Husband overstayed his visa in Australia as a tourist and when he left Australia he was told he can't return for a minimum of 3 years. We have been told that this doesnt apply if we are applying for a permanent visa ie. Spouse Visa, but can anyone give me some insight on this - do we need to write a letter to request for this penalty to be waivered etc?

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Old 12-15-2009, 06:07 PM
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Hi all,

I am an Aussie living in Brazil with my Brazilian Husband. We are finishing up his application to return to Australia with me now. Can anyone please tell me...with the documents of proof of a relationship (cards, letters addressed to us both, bills etc.) Can these just be sent as photocopies or do they need to be authenticated?

My Husband overstayed his visa in Australia as a tourist and when he left Australia he was told he can't return for a minimum of 3 years. We have been told that this doesnt apply if we are applying for a permanent visa ie. Spouse Visa, but can anyone give me some insight on this - do we need to write a letter to request for this penalty to be waivered etc?

Thanks very much
I am an American married to an Australian and when I sent in my application recently I was told they only need photocopies (some things have to be notorized or issued by the gov.) of everything except the police clearances. I sent in last month's bills since I wouldn't need them anymore, pictures I already had duplicates for, some cards that were addressed to us both...I sent in these things as originals, but was told that wasn't necessary when I called to ask. Basically, don't provide originals for something you don't want to give up...like your last wedding invitation you were saving or something like that.


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Old 12-16-2009, 03:04 PM
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The 3 yr ban (or whatever ban applies to your husband) does not apply to applications for PR (including Spouse, so don't worry, no need to ask for a waiver). There is, however, a requirement for DIAC to consider - character and, part of the consideration is his visa history and regard/disregard of the law. So you would need to address the issue of overstaying in a letter or statement from him (e.g. didn't know, wrongly advised, got sick, lost wallet, missed a flight, depressed, afraid to return to the country, etc), and MOST IMPORTANTLY he is very sorry. Hope it helps.
Good luck
Dorota


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Old 12-17-2009, 01:59 AM
 
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As above, the only copies you need to authenticate are "offcial documents." So passport copies, liscence copies, birth certifcate, and statutory declarations.

Phone bills, pictures, letters, bills etc do not need to be authenticated as they are not "official documents."

Good luck and i hope the overstay issue is resovled quickley for you!


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Old 12-17-2009, 08:02 AM
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I have a question about bank statements and other non-official documents. Do they need to be translated? My partner and I will be applying for a defacto visa in the future, and we have bank statements, contracts etc in Korean.


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Old 12-17-2009, 08:44 AM
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Just found the answer to my own question. Shoot, it's going to cost us a stack of money, even if we only have to provide them for the 12 months prior to lodging.


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Old 12-17-2009, 09:56 AM
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Hi,
where did you find an answer to your question? The answer is: it depends where you apply, onshore or offshore. If offshore then you should contact the Embassy and ask. Embassies that have workers speaking a language of a particular country do not usually require translation. I know that Berlin Embassy which is dealing with PR applictions from european countries do not need translations of documents from any of the country they deal with.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:52 PM
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Thanks xdorota for pointing that out! I looked through the Booklet once again and saw the part about documents in languages other than English needing translation. I am in Korea right now, so we'll apply here, but it hadn't occured to me that local staff would be used for such purposes.


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