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  1. Riccardo

    Drink Driving Convictions

    Hi everyone, I have applied with my partner for the 186 Visa and he has 2 drink driving convictions (one in 2008 and one in 2015). In both convictions he has received a fine and the license was suspended for 8 months (no jail time and no one was injured). On his student visa he hasn't declared those offences and the visa was granted. We then discovered that he couldn't apply for a further visa due to PIC4020 for the next 12 months so he left the country. Will Immigration be ok with these 2 drink driving? We have gathered character references (one of them is from the Sponsor) and he did a statement saying how he reformed since. I have been in the country for 5 years working for the same Sponsor and we want to make sure that he will pass the Character Test.
  2. Mighty boosh

    Miss held information what now!

    Hi I have been living in Australia for over 5 years. First on working holiday visa, then wwoofing, then 457 visa. Now I am at a point where I can apply for residency via ens. I have started the process, and when I got my uk police report back from the uk. It came back with convictions that I never declared. So now I am freaking out. I listened to friends that applied, and said if it was over 10 years it's wiped. So I naively did not declare them. A conditional discharge, small fine for handling stolen goods more than 20 years ago, and a caution which I didn't declare from 2008 for having MDMA on me (1 pill) stupid I know, but was experimental phase of my life. I thought as it was a caution and not a conviction, I didn't need to declare ( how stupid of me!). So now having spoke with my lawyer. He says it's 50/50 decision. As there is a question of character involved. I am gutted. My life is totally invested in being here. I love it. My partner has literally just had our 1st child. So now am concerned about my families future. Does anyone have any experience of such things happening to them. If so any help is much appreciated. As I am caught between a rock and a hard place apply and potentially get refused. And lose thousands. Or quit and go home? Which I cannot even think about! would very much appreciate your replies
  3. Ms Taurus

    457 & convictions

    Hi there, I have been nominated for 457 visa and I am concerned about some convictions on my Australian police check and would like to hear some advice or if anyone has similar experiences that they would like to share. Back in 2005, while I was on a student visa, I have been charged with using false instrument. I left Australia a few months later and hired a lawyer to settle my court case and paid some fines. This is my one and only conviction and I have been good since then. I am going to mention this on my application for the 457 and I am pretty sure this will show on my police check. I am super worry that I could get refused. Can anyone tell me what my chances to get this visa are?? *Any advice will be appreciated! Thank you.
  4. Guest

    Spent Criminal Convictions

    My husband and I are considering moving to Oz for a couple of years through my husbands work. However, he has a spent criminal conviction from when he was a student. It was spent under UK law in 1999, and is hence no longer on his record. Does anyone know if he will have to declare this in his visa application? If so, does anyone have any experience or idea of how this kind of thing is viewed by the immigration authorities.
  5. Ok , so last night i applied for a a 417 working holiday visa on the DIAC website, i paid for this and received my transaction reference number (TRN) and reciept, however i cant access the progress of my application which asks for my transaction reference number, however i hold an e676 visa and it wasnt until initial processing of my application had commenced that i had even attempted to access this service, and when DIAC contacts me to let me know that application processing has commenced i wil be likely able to use this service. initial processing hasnt commenced as of yet as they have not notified me via email. However this is not my major issue, i declared all convictions on my record as i have previously and always been completely honest with diac, on my curren e676 visa application i was asked for police certificates etc for which i provided to diac, therefore when i had the option to attach documents for my 417 visa i decided to front load the application with the certificates and summary of events etc, as the certificates are still valid for another four months ( uk police certificates valid for 12months for Diac from date of creation) or so, thats what the guy at australia house had told me, anyway with the about offences (Common assault) - occurred in 2009 when i was just 14, (18 now though) and i received an 18month conditional discharge for (this is not a prison sentence,), however i wasn't actually actually convicted until 2011, as i had lived in france with my dad for 9 months. i entered australia in june 2012 on an e676 visa and declared everything at application stage and landing card i was found to be of good character and thus passed the character test. so much relies heavily on this visa, my boyfriend lives out on a WHV, and i didnt see him for 7months whilst he was there, i dont want to be excluded from australia due to the fact that i have a record and im extremlely embarassed about it, we both have been through so much together and he is only there because we had planned to go together but didnt and broke up, i then surprised him out there in june, as ive frontloaded my application provided everything they may possibly ask more to save them the trouble, including police checks and summary of events, the guy at australia house, london told me that if my whv is denied then i will still hold my e676 visa and can travel to australia. im just worried sick about it all, he means so much to me, and i want to travel back, anybody been in similar circumstance? im just a little at ease due to the fact i had previously passed the character test and diac already know of my convictions and granted me my e676, but worried if attach police certs without being asked for them was a bad idea for my whv 417, all already paid for etc, i just wanted it all to already be prepared for them so it can be asessed quicker i was convicted of assualt in 2011, 18month conditional discharge, a very embarassing mark on my record and i have since gone on to do very well in school, currently studying in college and speak fluent french, at the time the offences occurred i was 14, young and very silly. i have already been found to pass the character test on my e676 and visited australia and declared all convictions on application , howevere my question is with regards to whether passing the character test once will it be ok this time? what do you think, after all i've never been to jail etc, and i was young, silly and have matured significently since then, also when applying for my whv 417 i just attached all police certs anyway, despite they never requested them as i wanted them to process it quicker and save them the hassle of later requesting them, will this be a problem ? also what other documents are required for 417 whv? will my passport data page, birth certs etc already be on the system from my current visa?
  6. Guest

    Whv 417 with convictions

    Ok , so last night i applied for a a 417 working holiday visa on the DIAC website, i paid for this and received my transaction reference number (TRN) and reciept, however i cant access the progress of my application which asks for my transaction reference number, however i hold an e676 visa and it wasnt until initial processing of my application had commenced that i had even attempted to access this service, and when DIAC contacts me to let me know that application processing has commenced i wil be likely able to use this service. initial processing hasnt commenced as of yet as they have not notified me via email. However this is not my major issue, i declared all convictions on my record as i have previously and always been completely honest with diac, on my curren e676 visa application i was asked for police certificates etc for which i provided to diac, therefore when i had the option to attach documents for my 417 visa i decided to front load the application with the certificates and summary of events etc, as the certificates are still valid for another four months ( uk police certificates valid for 12months for Diac from date of creation) or so, thats what the guy at australia house had told me, anyway with the about offences (Common assault) - occurred in 2009 when i was just 14, (18 now though) and i received an 18month conditional discharge for (this is not a prison sentence,), however i wasn't actually actually convicted until 2011, as i had lived in france with my dad for 9 months. i entered australia in june 2012 on an e676 visa and declared everything at application stage and landing card i was found to be of good character and thus passed the character test. so much relies heavily on this visa, my boyfriend lives out on a WHV, and i didnt see him for 7months whilst he was there, i dont want to be excluded from australia due to the fact that i have a record and im extremlely embarassed about it, we both have been through so much together and he is only there because we had planned to go together but didnt and broke up, i then surprised him out there in june, as ive frontloaded my application provided everything they may possibly ask more to save them the trouble, including police checks and summary of events, the guy at australia house, london told me that if my whv is denied then i will still hold my e676 visa and can travel to australia. im just worried sick about it all, he means so much to me, and i want to travel back, anybody been in similar circumstance? im just a little at ease due to the fact i had previously passed the character test and diac already know of my convictions and granted me my e676, but worried if attach police certs without being asked for them was a bad idea for my whv 417, all already paid for etc, i just wanted it all to already be prepared for them so it can be asessed quicker
  7. Guest

    convictions

    If i have an old conviction on my C.R.B document from when i was 14 would this affect my ability to obtain an aus working holiday visa? (I'm now 20) Also, from which date would a working holiday visa start, the date i enter the country or the date visa would be granted?
  8. Guest

    Convictions

    Just wondering if anyone can help........ My husband has 3 convictions on his police check that just came back today. They were from when he was aged 15/16, will this stop us going to Oz? He is now 40 and has never been in trouble since. Any advice would be welcome:arghh: Sarah
  9. Hi can anyone help me. I am a nurse and have just been offerred a job on a 457 visa. My husband will travel on this visa. He has a breach of the peace and a vandalism charge. He did not serve a sentance he was fined for this. Will this impact on us going to Aus in July. I can get letters of reccomendation for him. This happened approx 6 years ago when he was alot younger. Can anyone give me any advice?? Would be really grateful for any help Thanks LS
  10. Hi All! My partner is on a working holiday visa due to expire in january - we have found a course he could study in feb in tafe. Just wondering...he has a few 'minor' convictions since being in australia...resisting arrest, he punched abouncer over a year ago (!) and 2-3 DD offences with his last one getting a 7 month suspended sentence - does anyone know if this could damage his chances of getting a visa for 6 months study!? or later on a defacto? any help would be appreciated! thank you! :biggrin:
  11. Guest

    WHV with convictions

    Hi everyone, I've read through the forums for information on my issue and it's given me a lot of information which I thank you all for, but I'm in a bit of a pickle whereas I have an exception. Firstly, I have two drink driving convictions, a dangerous driving conviction and a caution for punch up outside a night club. I got a 1 year ban, a 3 year ban (which i'm still serving) and 5 points on my license for each one in that order. The caution I was locked up for overnight and let go the next day. So may question regarding that is, do I have anything to worry about regarding me getting my WHV? And how likely is it that they ask for a police certificate? Now here's the real worry, I recently went on holiday in australia traveling for 5 weeks in a camper van and I was caught for speeding and driving without a license (same incident), and also I haven't yet paid the fines. How likely is it, if at all possible, that they check what I was up to last time I was there? Do the embassy communicate with local authorities regarding my record in australia or will they just check my record from the UK? They of course know that I've been on a holiday visa already (there was no problem getting it and I even stated my drink driving offences). I will DEFINITELY not be driving again until my ban is up anywhere in the world, the repercussions of it all are so tremendously stressful that I really wish I could turn back the clock and told myself not to have been so stupid! Any advice would be appreciated =)
  12. Guest

    Criminal Convictions

    My husband is being sponsored by a company and we have just received his ACPO Certificate back and it has 2 convictions on it, 1 for common assault in 2002 and one for battery in 2006, will we have our visa declined do you think? :unsure:
  13. Guest

    Advice on possible convictions.

    Back in 2007 I was arrested for public intoxication (not 100% sure if that is the charge) after arguing with a policeman who had enough of me and arrested me. Spend a few hours in jail and was let go, couple of days later I left the country thinking I would never be back. Now there is the chance I might have to go back to Australia and am thinking they might not issue me a visa because of that incident. Does anyone know what my chances are of them not issuing my visa and being refused entry?
  14. fraser355

    Convictions - 457 Visa

    Hi everyone Just had my Visa forms sent through from my new employer and I knew I would have to declare my Drink Driving ban from 2002 (was young and stupid and an even longer story to how and why). I've no problem with declaring this but wanted to know if there would be any problems from this towards my Visa application. Can anyone help or know if it adds complications/or extends process time - the 3 of us fly out the end of June!!!! Thanks in advance and hopefully someone can help?
  15. I was quoted quite a considerable sum, by a reputable agent for something he said should be simple enough. Am I paying thousands just so he can tell me my forms are filled out correctly, and that I need to write a statement on the crimes, a personnel statement, and 3 character references? What else do they do? And has anyone got through themselves without an agent with crim convicts
  16. Hi everyone, When I supply my police certificate for my visa application, will my sponsor be able to view my criminal record? Cheers in advance
  17. Hi Everyone, I am currently in Australia and have lodged my application for the 820/801 De Facto visa. My partner and I met in Feb 2009, properly became a couple in March 2009 and the company that had said they were going to sponsor me turned around and said that they wouldn't. Completely out of the blue and gave me 3 weeks until the expiry of my WHV. My partner moved herself and her 4 year old daughter (after much legal rambling with her solicitor and our girls real dad) to NZ so we could build up our relationship history. We came back in Dec 2010 and lodged our application on the 14th Dec. With UK Police Checks, NZ Police Check, no meds. Got an email today from our CO asking for AFP Checks, Medical and some more evidence for the relationship history. I emailed him back asking for clarification of a few points and he called me within 10 mins on my mobile to clarify those points. He seemed really good and switched on, and basically said that although the most lengthly part of what he requires is the meds, that it won't be much longer once he receives it. I have 2 x Drink Driving convictions, and 1 failure to provide conviction, dating from 2002 till 2008. I have obviously kept my nose clean from then on, not putting a foot out of place. I have heard that asking for meds to be done is a good sign, any clarification on that or the CO comments to me. Thanks. Congrats to all on here who already have their visas, and good luck to all that have applied/are about to apply.
  18. Guest

    Criminal convictions?

    Can anyone tell me if you can still get a visa into OZ/NZ if you have any previous spent convictions? Does it depend on what they are or how long ago? Or do you have to have a spotless record to get a visa?
  19. Guest

    convictions

    Hi My application has now been transferred to Brisbane Charachter Assessment Unit as I had a 12 month prison sentence back in 1997 for assualt. Since then not a ounce of trouble from me as I moved away from the area and have a family now and built up my own business. Has anyone got some positive views on this dilemma please.:unsure:
  20. Guest

    help with crimial convictions

    will be applying for a working visa in a few months but i have 2 convictions one is drinking and driving which was about 9 years ago and the other was drunk and disorderly about 6 years ago which i will tell about when applying for my visa..do you think this will cos me probems???? the other thing is that i have two cautions which one was assualt which was about 12years and one was possesion of a class a drug which was 8 years ago but never got charged for them just cautioned. do i need to mention the cautions???????? thank karl
  21. Hi, My company has asked me to relocate from the UK to Australia, which is great because I love the place. They've given me the option of Melbourne or Sydney. I have 3 years of experience in a job on the skilled migrant list, but I have a criminal record for possession of class A drugs. I know there's a good chance this will cause my application for a residency visa to be rejected but I'm wondering if I have more chance in Victoria or New South Wales, or if it makes no difference. Thanks a lot for you help.
  22. Guest

    Old Convictions

    Any body help,we are moving to Oz I am an RMN and have convictions dating back nearly 20 years,silly offences !! Will it stop them giving us a visa,does any body know !!
  23. Hi, this is a bit of a dilemma. I'm getting hitched in Sydney later this year to my Australian GF - the wedding plans are well under way. I've since discovered that an ETA / Evisa can't be applied for if you have any criminal convictions. The issue is my father spent 18months in about 25 years ago (fraud - nothing violent). He's now 70 and I'm really worried about what will happen regarding the visa. He's hasn't been in trouble since. I've read that a 676 needs to be applied for but is it likely to be granted? You would think on the face of it the answer would be yes, but is there much of a chance that it could be refused? My question (regardless of the moral questions about false visa declarations) do Australian immigration know if a UK national has criminal convictions when they arrive at the border if they don't declare it on the landing card? They do I believe with NZ and American nationals. Any advise would be much appreciated. DJ I'm sure this v
  24. hi jus wonderin if anyone can tell me what customs asks if you tick the convictions box at airport best regards jim
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