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Hi all,

Is there anyone out there who can answer these questions:

Has anyone used the on-line visa application, if so how do you submit certified documents, i.e, birth certs?

Does anyone have any experience of submitting an on-line application, if so was it straight-forward?

Does an on-line application indicate possible errors?

What's best hard copy or on-line submissions?

All help & advice greatly appreciated


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Comment by Claire Punchard on September 6, 2010 at 23:20
Hi Claire, I submitted all my stuff online and got my agent to double check everything was correct before sending the final version. As you can keep adding more at a later date it took quite a long time before it was ready to send off, but like I said I got my agent to double check everything, as if there are errors they will just fail your application. I had certified copies of lots of documents as we need this for my husbands VETASSES skills assessment, but I'm not sure if you need them for the actual application (but as I already had them, I included them). We submitted our application in June 2009 and have still heard nothing!
Comment by Claire Bayliss on September 4, 2010 at 22:30
Thank you Nicola your advice is most helpful and encouraging. Five months does seem incredibly fast, which is great. If you don't mind me asking what part of Oz did you go to?

Comment by wayne on September 4, 2010 at 21:46
Hi I also used the online application and found it very easy. I agree with Kens comments as long as your documents are scanned in colour you do not need to get them certified. Once scanned you do need to change the size of the images as they only allow so many MB per image to be downloaded. ( I amended them in Photoshop but Im sure there may be another way to do it). We put our online application in at the end of August 2009 and were granted a permanent visa by the end of January 2010. You have no courier charges to pay to send your documents over to Australia and if you do need any help or assistance if you send an email they tend to come back to you quite quickly. I havent any experience with a paper application or know anyone that has but it would be quicker applying online.

Best wishes with the application I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
Comment by Ken Fayers on September 4, 2010 at 20:20
I used the on-line application. It's very straight forward. You scan the documents and attach them to the application afterwards. The only issue I found is that there is a quite a small maximum size allowed to the documents and it took several attempts to get them saved to a small enough size. Incidentally provided they are scanned in colour (not black & white) most documents don't need to be certified. Certification is only needed where you are posting a copy of the original with a paper application.
I think the on-line application does tell you about some errors (e.g. incomplete sections) but I wouldn't expect it to cover everything so do make sure you've checked it yourself.
The on-line submission gets there faster so you'll be a few days ahead in the queue so I'd recommend it.

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