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Old 01-26-2011, 05:36 AM
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I recently submitted all required docs for an offshore spouse visa. My US passport will be expiring on 02 JAN 2012. I now understand that I would not permitted to travel on a passport that is less than 6 months close to expiration. As long as all goes well with my visa, I'm hoping to move by June 01 which will put me right at the 6 month window. Can I renew my passport asap and send a new certified copy to my CO? Also, I have recently married but applied for the visa with my maiden name (name on my soon-to-expire passport)....can I renew with my new married name without causing any hitches to my application?

Thanks in advance...I would like to refrain from contacting my CO unless absolutely necessary.


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The first thing you ought to do is notify Immi with the Form 1022 re your marriage, providing a certified copy of the marriage certificate - http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1022.pdf
That'll make a diffrence to the consideration of your application.
Your application ought to remain in whatever name is on your passport.

Is the six months passport validity a US thing for I cannot find a reference to it in Australian requirements you can check @ Travel Documents for Entry to Australia - Travelling to Australia - Border Security nor is there a mention on the Application Checklist nor application form itself I can see.





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I recently submitted all required docs for an offshore spouse visa. My US passport will be expiring on 02 JAN 2012. I now understand that I would not permitted to travel on a passport that is less than 6 months close to expiration. As long as all goes well with my visa, I'm hoping to move by June 01 which will put me right at the 6 month window. Can I renew my passport asap and send a new certified copy to my CO? Also, I have recently married but applied for the visa with my maiden name (name on my soon-to-expire passport)....can I renew with my new married name without causing any hitches to my application?

Thanks in advance...I would like to refrain from contacting my CO unless absolutely necessary.
If you change your passport I believe you should use Form 929 along with certified copy of new passport.
Not sure if there is a form for change of name.


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Thanks very much for the info.

I applied for a spouse visa originally so they do have a copy of my marriage certificate stating my new name.

I wasn't aware of a 6 month rule, but my husband recently returned to AU from a trip to Asia and the immigration officer mentioned this to him since his passport expires in June.

I will go ahead and renew to be safe and send in the new certified pp copy and form. Just didn't want to put a delay in the processing time.


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Old 01-27-2011, 05:21 AM
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There may be some countries that do have a minimum of six months left on a passport re entry for visitor type visas but I'd not expect that to be the case for an immigratimg visa but seeing as you'll eventually need the new passport just in case you want to travel from Australia before citizenship and an Australian passport, you can renew your passport in your married name, obviously needing to present evidence of the marriage and then you can get the passport details changed, no reason why it should cause a delay in processing unless you have a delay in getting the new passport and advice in for your visa.





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