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Old 02-17-2014, 06:15 PM
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Certification of documents

Hi there,

I'm new to this forum and my family and I are hoping to make the big move Down Under! My husband works in IT Security (as a Security Consultant / Penetration Tester) and we were originally hoping for a 457 as we don't get enough points for the 189. However, we know that employers are more likely to offer my husband a job if he has PR, so we're now trying everything we can to get enough points. This means getting a skills assessment and praying his industry certifications (CREST Check Team Leader, MCITP, CISSP, etc.) are equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree, that he can wing 8 years' experience (so long as it's in IT it will count as 'closely-related', right?), and that he can get 7 or 8 in IELTS. Oh, and we'd need state sponsorship

My husband is currently compiling some documents for his ACS skills assessment. It says we have to certify his qualifications. I've googled till I'm blue in the face and I still can't find any definitive answer as to exactly whom we are able to get to certify them!

The official immi.gov.au website says:-

"Any person or agency recognised by the law of the country in which you live can certify documents. All our offices outside Australia have a person who can certify or witness documents. You might have to pay for this service."

So this would imply a lawyer, solicitor or such. However, I've also found other sites (generally immigration agents) saying that anyone who is authorised in one's country to certify documents would suffice. In the UK, this would include GPs, dentists, teachers, bank managers, etc. which obviously gives me a lot more choice (my mum's a retired lawyer but most of her friends are also retired, unfortunately!), but before I get my hopes up I wanted to double-check.

Also, what other sorts of documents would need to be certified if we went down the PR route (birth / marriage certs / driving licences / passports (which page?), etc.?), and possibly also for renting a house out (e.g. bank statements? reference from mortgage company?)? I thought we should perhaps get everything certified in one go, so it's done and dusted!

Thanks in advance for any light anyone is able to shed on this!

I-F :-)

PS - For some reason the site has linked some of my words (family, offer, etc.) to external websites. I didn't do this! Apologies for the annoyance! Not sure how to remove them...?!

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ItchyFeet - there are no links on your post. Sounds like it's an issue with your own browser.

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That's weird - they're not anymore! I promise I wasn't making it up! Strange...

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Anyone who is authorized in your country to certify the documents should be able to certify. It is same in India at least.

The links you mentioned are generally browser related. Comes due to some malware which comes free with free downloads. They won't show up for anyone with clean browser.

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Sometimes when you browse the forums (Any forum) without logging in, the software picks the keyword and put some hyperlinks (Advertisements)... Also based on keywords in the post, it may show related advertisements right below the post as well.

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That's weird - they're not anymore! I promise I wasn't making it up! Strange...

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this matter of certification is always a grey area, open to various interpretations .... certification, notorization, true copies etc.

Here in the US, the concept of certifiying the copies of originals is rather foreign hence when I started collecting documents for Engineers Australia Assessment, I simply went to Aus consulate in Chicago and got the copies certified (whatever that means) as "True Copies". That meets all the criteria the way things are done in Australia.

You should do the same, the consulate would charge an arm and a leg but you'd have peace of mind ACS/DIBP won't be returning your documents as not meeting their requirements.

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