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Question Partner Visa Application - Couple of questions

Hi guys,

Starting to get stuck into preparing items for this visa.

A couple of questions for you that I hope can be answered easily.

1. Certifying documents

- Do we need to certify ALL documentation/evidence we submit? Eg. all copies of bank statements, utility bills, flights together, lease, payslips etc... Or is it mainly just the passport / birth certificate documents.

- My brother is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Can he legally certify our documents given the sibling relationship?


2. Form 80 (Character Reference)
Does my partner need to supply one with the application (we live in Oz). It's not very clear and not asked at all.


3. References / Letters from family and friends outside Australia
- As my partner is German, can we still ask her family and friends to provide a couple of Stat Decs even though they are not Australian citizens?


Thanks for your help! It's very much appreciated.

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Hi Matt,

I've just posted a long post about what I included in my application - have a read if you have time I'm sure it will help when evidence gathering.

1) You don't have to certify everything you submit. You should certify 'official' documents such as passport copies, birth certificate etc. Things like bank statements and bills don't need to be. You do have to certify a copy of your partner's letter from their employer with their salary information. If you have a read of booklet 1 and also the checklist found on the immi website it will outline what MUST be certified. I would get these things certfied at the local police station and get a JP to do it (most police stations have them) I'm not sure if a family member can do them for you - haven't seen anywhere that says they can't. But better to be safe than sorry!

2) Only the applicant needs to fill in form 80, not the sponsor. You definately need this form if you're applying onshore - again have a read of the checklist and you'll find it on here

3) I'm British and I had my family/friends in the UK do stat decs for us. Getting them certfied is difficlut in the UK and this took the most time out of everything. Get your friends and family to make a start on them as soon as possible. As long as you have the required stat decs/form 888's from Aussie friends and family as well you're fine to submit extras from Germany too. If you think it will help then why not!

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Hi there,

I agree with Furryball, except on one little thing... about the certifying.... but I may be wrong... read on...

What to certify/Who can certify

With regards to what to certify, I personally certified anything immigration said to certify plus anything my partner or myself signed (our statutory declarations about our relationship, etc). I also had any evidence where our names appeared together certified but maybe I went a bit over the top (phone and utulity bills, etc.).

As far as I know, siblings can't certify for you. I had the same problem because my sister-in-law is a JP and she couldn't certify our docs so I asked someone else to do it, just to be safer!


Form 80

Yes the applicant needs to complete this (if lodging onshore), not the sponsor.


Stat Decs

I got all of mine from Australia but as Furryball rightly said get everyone to make a start on them immediately and remind them about attaching their ID too (3 out of the 6 people who did mine forgot and I had to chase them up... delaying everything). As mentioned I submitted 6 stat decs in all but immigration says that 2 is sufficient. I don't think they have an expiry date and one of my stat decs was over 6 months old.

Have a read on this Forum, especially posts by Elkitten, SarahM, Dan, Furryball and myself on what we included. Furryball and myself got our visas approved in 5 working days... so we must have done something right! :-)

Ask as many questions as necessary.... when it comes to interpretation of immigration there are no stupid questions!

Good luck!

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Hi Matt,

I've just posted a long post about what I included in my application - have a read if you have time I'm sure it will help when evidence gathering.

1) You don't have to certify everything you submit. You should certify 'official' documents such as passport copies, birth certificate etc. Things like bank statements and bills don't need to be. You do have to certify a copy of your partner's letter from their employer with their salary information. If you have a read of booklet 1 and also the checklist found on the immi website it will outline what MUST be certified. I would get these things certfied at the local police station and get a JP to do it (most police stations have them) I'm not sure if a family member can do them for you - haven't seen anywhere that says they can't. But better to be safe than sorry!

2) Only the applicant needs to fill in form 80, not the sponsor. You definately need this form if you're applying onshore - again have a read of the checklist and you'll find it on here

3) I'm British and I had my family/friends in the UK do stat decs for us. Getting them certfied is difficlut in the UK and this took the most time out of everything. Get your friends and family to make a start on them as soon as possible. As long as you have the required stat decs/form 888's from Aussie friends and family as well you're fine to submit extras from Germany too. If you think it will help then why not!
Hey Jenn,
Where's your visa signature shouting from the rooftops your stats? :-)
Nicki

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Hi Matt,

Regarding your brother certifying documents, I am in a similar situation in that both my father and sister could certify documents if they wanted to. BUT, I am electing to get them certified by someone I don't know. I think it's safer to get them done by someone independent to ensure there is no conflict of interest, whether perceived or real.

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Hi there,

Stat Decs

I got all of mine from Australia but as Furryball rightly said get everyone to make a start on them immediately and remind them about attaching their ID too (3 out of the 6 people who did mine forgot and I had to chase them up... delaying everything). As mentioned I submitted 6 stat decs in all but immigration says that 2 is sufficient. I don't think they have an expiry date and one of my stat decs was over 6 months old.

Good luck!

Nicki
Hi there, I remember reading in the past days on Immi's site that from July the stats need to be not older than 6 weeks prior to the application.
It obviously worked out for you Nicki , however, you never know, better safe...

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Wow is that so! Only 6 weeks that's quite tight. I think my oldest one was about 2 months, that was the first one I got back.

Also good advice about reminding and re-reminding family and friends to attach their certfied passport/birth certificate with the stat dec or form too - it took forever to chase these up and most people would forget to do it!

Nicki - I tried but it wouldn't update so I just took it down! I'll re-try

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Another question ...

Health Examination
Should we also submit the health examination with the application or wait until it is requested by the case officer?


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Are you applying onshore or offshore?
The health checks are valid only for 12 months, so if you are onshore it will be a good idea to include them in the initial application, however if you are offshore - wait for the CO to ask for them.


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We are applying onshore (Melbourne). So figure it may be worth us supplying the medical check with our application later in the year when we submit. Good idea or waste of time?


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