What is a Form 888?
This form is a Department of Home Affairs’ statutory declaration to be completed by friends and family of a Partner Visa applicant. Completion of the form allows friends and/or family to confirm the nature of the relationship between the visa applicant and their sponsor partner.
What information do I need to complete the Form?
For all Australian partner visas, you will need at least two Form 888’s to be completed.
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).
The form 888 looks like this and they will need to provide evidence and examples of their relationship with both the individuals and the couple whom they are writing about.
Who can complete the Form 888?
The friend or family member who completes the form must know both the applicant and their partner/fiance and must be either an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. The person who completes the form must be at least 18 years of age.
How is the Form 888 Certified?
The Form 888s must also be certified by an authorised witness. People in various occupations can be authorised witnesses as per the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993. Occupations include Police Officer, Solicitor, Barrister, Registered Nurse and Registered Migration Agents.
A complete list of authorised witnesses can be found via the link here.
What do I do with the completed Form 888?
Once completed, it should be uploaded to your Immi account (disregard the instructions pages) together with the identity document (passport is best) of the person who completed the form confirming they are an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident – or provided to your Migration Agent, who will upload it for you.
It is important to keep in mind that under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, people who intentionally make a false statement in a statutory declaration are liable criminal sanctions and/or penalties under the Migration Act.