Australian Embassy
Vietnam
Embassy address: 8 Dao Tan Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - Telephone: 3774 0100 - Fax: 3774 0111

PARTNER MIGRATION: GENERAL INFORMATION

The information provided in this document is intended to assist applicants in completing the visa application process in Vietnam. It is recommended that applicants also refer to the information on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
See: Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Partner Visa Options
www.immi.gov.au/migrants/family/family-visas-partner.htm

Applicants are also encouraged to read Booklet 1, Partner Migration, available for download from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
See: Booklet 1: Partner Migration
www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/books1.htm

General information and visa processing times: Please read our general information sheet that has more information on lodging a visa application in Vietnam and our processing times.
See: General Information Sheet
www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/VietGenInfo.html

Please note that all foreign language documents (original or certified copies) submitted with your visa application need to be accompanied by a certified English language translation.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: STRONGER MEASURES FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN

The Australian Government is strengthening policies around the sponsorship of minors for visas to enter Australia because it considers that the safety of children is paramount. The Government wants to ensure that children seeking to enter Australia under Partner and Child visas are protected from being sponsored by people with convictions for child sex offences or other serious offences indicating that they might pose a significant risk to a child in their care.

Since 16 September 2009, sponsors of Child visa applications and Partner or Prospective Marriage applications which include a minor applicant have been required to provide a police check as part of the process of assessing the application.

Sponsors who have spent 12 months or more in total in Australia since turning 16 years of age are required to provide an Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Police Check.

Sponsors are also required to provide police certificates from each country in which they have spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

The results of the AFP National Police Check or foreign police certificates are used by the department to assess whether or not the visa application satisfies public interest criteria relating to the best interests of children.

Applicants are required to obtain a National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police.

Information on the process of obtaining this clearance is available from the website of the Australian Federal Police.
See: Australian Federal Police National Police Checks             www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

Further information about this process is available from the website of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
See: Stronger measures for the protection of children www.immi.gov.au/migrants/_pdf/child-protection-qa.pdf

PARTNER MIGRATION - VISA APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Please refer to the checklist below for the list of documents that you are required to submit in support of your Partner Migration visa application. Please note that the Australian Embassy and Consulate-General may request additional information from you, once your visa application has been lodged.

 

DOCUMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR LODGING A PARTNER CATEGORY VISA APPLICATION IN VIETNAM

  
PART ONE: INFORMATION REQUIRED FROM THE
APPLICANT                                                                                                              
   CHECK BOX


Form 47SP: Application for migration to Australia by a partner
see: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/47sp.pdf

 


Form: Consent to Obtain Personal Information
see: www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/files/hnoi/Consent%20Form.%20v1109.pdf

 


One (1) passport size photograph (4cm x 6cm) of the main applicant and all dependant applicants.

Please note that photographs must have been taken in the last six (6) months.

 


A certified copy of the Birth Certificate for every person included in the visa application.

 


A certified copy of the passport or travel document bio-data page for every person included in the visa application.

Please do not submit original passports with your application.

 


A certified copy of each passport page where there is a visa or entry/exit stamp for Australia or another country (for every person included in the visa application).

 


A certified copy of all pages of the current Household Registration Book.

 


An original Curriculum Vitae* certified by the local People’s Committee for each person (over the age of 16 years old) included in the application.

Please note that this document should not be more than six (6) months old.

* This document provides full details about yourself, your partner and your family members. A standard form can be easily purchased locally (e.g. bookstores, etc.)

 


A certified copy of the Identity Card for each person (aged 15 years and over) included in the visa application.

 


If you were previously married, engaged or living in a De facto relationship – a written statement that clearly lists your former partners name, date of birth and residential address where you both lived (where applicable), AND details of why your relationship ended and the date (or approximate date) that it ended.

 


If you were previously married, a certified copy of your Divorce Certificate.

 


If you are a widower, a certified copy of your former partners Death Certificate.

 


An original Police Certificate of No Criminal Record (issued by the Service of Justice at the Provincial or Municipal level) for Vietnam.

 


Original Police Certificates from any country that you have spent a cumulative time of 12 months or more in, over the last ten (10) years.

Please note that for Australia, you are required to obtain a certificate from the Australian Federal Police.

 


A written statement signed by you and your sponsor detailing the history of your relationship with the sponsor and evidence of ongoing communication, including email correspondence, letters and other communication (filed in chronological order). Where a joint statement is not possible, we will accept separate statements.

 


Photographs of your time spent together, including holidays and other social, cultural or religious occasions.

Where possible, please provide these photographs on CD or DVD.

Please note that the Australian Embassy and Consulate-General will not accept studio albums as evidence of your relationship. Please do not submit these with your application.

 


If you are living with your sponsor, evidence of this cohabitation, such as details of your sponsors temporary residence in Vietnam.

 


Evidence of any joint financial undertakings, where relevant to your application.

 


If you have children

For all children under the age of eighteen (18) years (migrating or non-migrating), we require:

a. A certified copy of each child’s Birth Certificate and a recent passport size photograph (4cm x 6cm) of each child;

b. Evidence of custody and access arrangements (court order);

Additionally, for the children you have included for migration in your application, we require:

a. A written declaration from their natural (non-migrating) parent allowing the child to migrate to Australia. Signature on the declaration must have been certified by the local authorities;

b. A certified copy of the natural (non-migrating) parent’s Identity Card;

c. A certified copy of all pages of the natural (non-migrating) parent’s Household Registration Book; and

d. For any adopted children, a certified copy of the official Decision on Recognition of Child Adoption, including a Record of Receipt and Handing-Over a Child Adoption.

e. For migrating children aged 17 years and above, we will require an original Police Certificate of No Criminal Record (issued by the Service of Justice at the Provincial or Municipal level) for Vietnam.

f. A original Police Certificate from any country that they have spent a cumulative time of 12 months or more in, over the last ten (10) years since turning 16.
 

For any migrating children aged over eighteen (18) years that you consider as dependants, we require:

a. Form47A: Details of Child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over
see: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/47a.pdf

b. Evidence to support their claim of being dependent on you and an original Single Status Certificate;

c. An original Police Certificate of No Criminal Record (issued by the Service of Justice at the Provincial or Municipal level) for Vietnam.; and

d. A original Police Certificate from any country that they have spent a cumulative time of 12 months or more in, over the last ten (10) years since turning 16.

Information on the process of obtaining this clearance is available from the website of the Australian Federal Police.
see: www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx
 

 


If you are applying for a subclass 300 (Prospective Marriage) visa:

a. A signed and dated letter (on official letterhead) from the authorised marriage celebrant in Australia who will conduct the marriage ceremony, that clearly states the date and place of the planned marriage ceremony and confirms that a Notice of Intended Marriage has been lodged with them; and

b. An original Single Status Certificate that shows that you are free to marry.
 

 


If you are applying for a subclass 309 (Partner) visa:

a. If already married to the sponsor, a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.
 

 
PART TWO: INFORMATION REQUIRED FROM THE SPONSOR
CHECK BOX


Form 40SP: Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia
See: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/40sp.pdf

 


A recent passport size photograph (4cm x 6cm) of the sponsor.

Please note that photographs must have been taken in the last six (6) months.

 


A certified copy of your Birth Certificate that clearly lists your name at birth, the place and date of your birth and the full names of your parents.

If you do not have a Birth Certificate: you will need to provide a Statutory Declaration that lists your name at birth, the date and place of your birth and the full names of your parents.

 


If you have changed your name: a certified copy of the Evidence of Name Change.

 


A certified copy of your passport bio-data page or Certificate of Australian citizenship.

 


If you are not an Australian citizen: a certified copy of your foreign passport bio-data page and any pages containing Australian permanent residency visas.

 


If you were not born in Australia: a certified copy of the visa used for your first entry into Australia.

 


If you were previously married, engaged or living in a De facto relationship: a written statement that clearly lists your former partners name, date of birth and residential address where you both lived (where applicable), AND details of why your relationship ended and the date (or approximate date) that it ended.

 


If you were previously married: a certified copy of your Divorce Certificate.

 


If you are a widower: a certified copy of your former partners Death Certificate.

 


A written statement signed by you and the person you are sponsoring detailing the history of your relationship with the applicant and evidence of ongoing communication, including email correspondence, letters and other communication (filed in chronological order). Where a joint statement is not possible, we will accept separate statements.

 


If the person you are sponsoring has migrating children that are aged 18 years or under, you must provide:

a. An original Australian Federal Police National Police Check, if you have spent a cumulative time of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age.

b. You will also need to provide a police clearance from each country (other than Australia) that you have spent a cumulative time of 12 months or more in the last ten (10) years since turning 16 years of age.

Information on the process of obtaining this clearance is available from the website of the Australian Federal Police.
See: www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx
 

 


If you are sponsoring someone for a subclass 300 (Prospective Marriage) visa:

a. An original Single Status Certificate that shows that you are free to marry.

The certificate can be obtained by mail from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which you are/were resident in Australia.
 

 

 Last updated 25 November 2011