Who can complete the form 888 for an Australian Visa?
The form 888 is Statutory declaration by a supporting witness in relation to a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa application.
These visas require TWO people to complete a form 888 in support of the visa applicant.
The person completing this form must provide evidence of their current name, age and, where applicable, Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency (for example, a certified copy of the birth certificate, Australian passport or passport containing a permanent visa). All copies must be certified.
These forms are required for each visa stage of the application, and can be completed by different people, or the same people, at each visa stage.
The 888 form specifies that it must be completed by a person who:
- knows the visa applicant and their partner or fiancé(e) and the history of their relationship;
- is at least 18 years of age; and
- is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
And they must attach evidence of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency status.
The form also states that the person making the declaration may be contacted for further comment and/or interview in relation to the information provided.
Must it be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident?
Some say that anyone can do the form 888, even if not Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and that is correct when this applies:
- If the visa applicant is outside Australia and is unable to have an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident complete this form, any person who knows the applicant and their partner or fiancé(e) may also complete this form.
This form 888 can be seen at: immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/888.pdf