this has been asked on the yellow screen as well so I thought I should put it on here for all you Lovely SIR people.
You can apply to SA Govt for sponsorship when you reach the 23 month mark(if you have not left the country) You need to go into the office in Pirie street and request it. This may take a month to be approved. You have to provide bills, school reports,tax returns, job reference etc to proove that you have been employed and resided for the 2 years in SA.
When you apply to DIMIA at the 2 year point you have to fill in the 47SK and the form 80(for everybody over 16) and provide the same evidence(ie bills, work reference etc) to DIMIA along with everything that is required for the 47sk. ie birth certs, passports,certificates etc (its a long list)
Everything you send to SA govt doesnt have to be certified. But every thing for DIMIA has to be. You can get this done at any main Libarary where a JP visits.
I have spent the last 2 weeks or so photocopying and getting everything signed ready for next friday when we can put the application into DIMIA. (just recieved SA sponsorship)
As for police checks not sure, but we have oz one done already as we work with children in a voluntary compacity.
Medicals we don't know. But hopefully not as we had FULL ones to come here with and were told at the time we didn't need new ones.
So keep everything when you come to OZ as you will need it 2 years down the track.
I am sure in time they will have a more simplified form as they already have everything on record. Hence why the 47sk. Anyway time will tell.
I just have to get new passport sized photos for the kids then roll on Friday when the package (yes it weighs nearly 1kg) goes in the post next friday.
Will let you all know when we progress to the next stage!! How long it will take who Knows!!
sorry forgot to say it cost $185 for the pleasure!!
All the best