Hi mhaffie, Thanks very much for your help. I have trawled through forums and visa websites and find conflicting info (some quite old!) - the good thing is, different approaches seem to work for different people, so that's a good start if you ask me! We've now got 3 Australian citizens completing form 888 in Australia, however our closer friends are here in the UK (those who have seen our relationship develop more recently). So I think a mixture of official signed and witnessed 888s from Aus, and a few statements signed by a nurse, for example, from the UK will hopefully be sufficient, based on what I have read. Good luck with your application if you're still waiting on a decision
Hi there, I am new to this forum and would firstly like to say thank you so much for all of the advice that is already out there! I have a question about form 888 for the offshore partner visa and haven;t been able to find the answers so far. My partner is Australian and I am English and we currently live in the UK and are applying for the visa from the UK. We have asked 3 family/friends in Australia to complete form 888 for us, and 3 family/friends in the UK. My questions are specifically about form 888: 1. One of our friends in the UK is actually an Australian citizen (here for 2 years), so is completing the official form 888 for us. I am confused as to who can witness his signature to ensure it is considered a legal document in Australia. We have a friend who is a nurse but is a UK citizen - could she witness this or would he need to take it to a solicitor/notary? (I would rather avoid causing extra work for him or him being out of pocket if possible!) 2. I have read online that all documents don't need to be certified as long as they are scanned as good quality, colour copies. Is this also true for the passports of those who fill out the form 888 (both in Australia and the UK)? 3. For our UK family and friends, they will be making their statement on plain paper and signing and dating. Do their signatures also need to be witnessed, and if so I am really struggling to find concrete information on who can witness this. Thanks for any help you can offer - this process truly is a headache!!