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Old 01-06-2011, 01:52 AM
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When my US husband applied for and received his Permanent Resident Spouse Visa, we got a covering letter from our case officer at the Australian Embassy Washington, saying that there was no longer a need for a stamp in the passport as his visa was now electronically embedded. All Government Departments would recognize this.

Well, no-one told the RTA (DMV in USA) - so when we go in to get his Australian Drivers License, they refused because he didn't have a stamp in his passport, and the signed letter with all the Visa details on it from the Embassy, didn't cut any ice either!

So, an hour bus trip to the city, an hour in immigration, passport stamped at no cost........alternative was a signed declaration of proof of Visa - cost $ just get the stamp!

Just a heads up! He got his Aussie Drivers License, we also did Medicare, now to apply for his Australian Tax Number - I'll let you know how that goes!

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Old 01-06-2011, 04:21 AM
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You always need to be a bit wary of what is told overseas from the point of view of being on the same wave length and in your Hub's situation:
. I doubt the Oz governement could do any embedding into a foreign national's passport and what was likely meant by the visa being electronically embedded is that it is electronically stored in Immi's system so that when his passport is scanned the visa is shown, it having been that way a number of years.
. Immi may have their system accessible to various organisations, government and otherwise and for the latter I could understand that being initially federal government departments like Medicare and the ATO but to some extent it will be up to the various state government departments to decide if they want to set up to partake of the access.

What I have suggested to people is that whilst they do not need to go and get their passport stamped or a sticker put in or whatever on a visa being granted and should have the letter on them when initially travelling, first thing anybody in that situation should do on arrival is head into the Immi office to have it done and for arrivals to Sydney, I think there is an Immi office at the airport for those arriving when it is open.

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