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Printing of Skype chat logs for PMV


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Old 01-17-2014, 09:27 PM
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Printing of Skype chat logs for PMV

Skype chat logs as evidence for PMV visa's.
A lot of Visa applicants ask, should I summit chat logs of Skype to show continued communication?
My advice is after speaking to manila embassy for my PMV application is yes.
They are important if this is the way you keep in contact with each other. I submitted 6 months worth with my application .
To make this easy to compile without using a massive amount of paper , I suggest that you copy the chat logs into a word document and then print out the files 6 to a page . to do this easily follow the this procedure .
1. Open Skype
2. Open chat screen
3. go to top of chat screen
4. Select the date for the chat logs (show messages from)
5. When the logs have finished loading ,right click (with your mouse) on the chat window and click "select all"
6. then right click again and select "copy selection"
7. Open word ,and on a blank document ,right click and select "paste"
8. Save you document ,give it a name you like
9. Edit any wording that you do not wish anyone to see
10. Then print on your printer using your printer options ,select pages per sheet 4, 6 or 8 depending on your preferences. One year's logs for daily calls will be around 20 (8 pages to a sheet). If you can print double sided then this will halve the amount .


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Old 01-18-2014, 01:44 AM
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Much easier now with online applications as you can just upload the file.

I wonder what this will mean for case officers with a lot more info capable of being included - will this help or hinder the process?

I have my fiance's and my Facebook chat history since we met - it ends up single spaced at about a 400 page word document - but only a 700kb file - well within the 5mb limit for online application attachments.


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Old 01-18-2014, 02:07 AM
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I thought that a lot of Immigration Offices did not want long chat transcripts to be submitted alongside partner visa applications?

When I submitted my partner visa application, I was told that these would be thrown in the trash without a second look.

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Old 01-18-2014, 02:21 AM
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When I submitted my partner visa application, I was told that these would be thrown in the trash without a second look.[/QUOTE]

OK, probably no good for partner visa as other documentation is required for the 12 months and you are married ,but necessary for PMV 300


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The partner booklet says not to provide full chat logs. I was told for my pmv that full chat logs would be thrown away. They would except extracts showing important conversations like marriage plans.

It probably depends on what embassy you apply from. Maybe Philippines likes the full chat log.

Also the embassy's do not like things printed double sided because they scan everything.


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Old 01-18-2014, 03:45 AM
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When I submitted my partner visa application, I was told that these would be thrown in the trash without a second look.
I was told the same thing. We submitted:

Phone records - I used to call my partner a lot using an Australian based VoIP provider, so I had 5-6 pages of call records that I printed double sided so it didn't make it look like too much garbage.

My partner was able (with a fair amount of trouble) to obtain some records for the 10 or so times that she had called me from her landline,

and we did use Skype a fair bit too. I had taken 1 single screenshot of us video calling, I just got that printed with the rest of our photos and included that. It was printed slightly bigger, not just your usual 6x4 print, but it cost me about 60c to print it larger.

That was more than enough and the CO didn't ask any questions.

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I'm more than likely wrong...but wouldn't submitting reams and reams of "mostly" meaningless chats between 2 people potentially put your CO/consular official offside??

Surely common sense dictates that editing it down to the relevant parts of the conversations makes more sense?

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I don't know why everyone is having an issue with this.
The amount of paper will probably have little affect with CO reading ,they will either glance over the records or take a close look at dates and times and the general context of the chat logs
I chat every night and do does my friend Simon on Skype each night
the chatting is mainly video but the chat logs i sent to immi showed the date ,time and duration of the contact. I personally think the CO can make a valued interpretation of the documentation and look for the information she or he needs
They wont get upset with too much documentation ,that's their job to go through all the documentation that you give to support your case.
anyway i was not telling anyone what and and how much to send, it was just an exercise to post a good procedure for printing them out if required


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Old 01-18-2014, 08:18 AM
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I don't have an issue with it at all. However when I submit my application I will be wanting the relevant officer to see the TRULY RELEVANT parts of any communication, instead of having to trawl through reams of dross to find the 'gold".

It's not like they have 100's/1,000's of documents to analyse. oh wait...

But that's just me...


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I'm not taking issue with anything; I'm relaying that what I've been told conflicts with what you are suggesting.

I don't think that there is any harm in submitting chat transcripts. Even if the Case Officer doesn't appreciate it and throws it away, they're not allowed to hold it against you in your application. I just want people to be aware that the transcripts might end up being a waste of paper too.

When I submitted my offshore partner application from the US, I did not include any chat transcripts because the DC Immigration website said such transcripts would just be thrown away (and I verified this by calling the Help Line). What I *did* do, though! was include a sheet of paper that listed all of the extra evidence that I could provide if asked (this included Facebook messages and Skype chat logs). This may not work in every case, but it worked in mine.


For those who want to be extra safe and submit transcripts anyway, I am sure your advice will be much appreciated.

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