1. How long are police certificates valid for?
A. One year.
2. How do I apply for AFP and how long is it valid for?
A. Visit the following link for more information - https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/services/criminal-records/national-police-checks. Note that the AFP is valid for 1 year and please remember to request a new AFP when reaching the expiry date. Upload the new AFP to your 887 application on time to ensure that you do not get delayed by the Case Officer (CO) requesting an updated AFP.
3. Do I need police certificates for all the countries that I have visited before applying for 887, even if I visited those countries for just 1-2 weeks?
A. It depends on the CO. If possible then get it so that you do not have to waste time when CO asks for it.
4. What proof do I have to give for residence and employment?
A. All the documents that you need for this is clearly provided in the application.
5. I shared accommodation with a friend, what proof do I need to give for residence?
A. You can provide a Stat Dec from your friend mentioning that your were residing with your friend. Provide all the letters/documents/registrations/bills that you got in that address such as insurance letters, car registration, phone bills etc.
6. Do I have to certify all the documents?
A. You do not have to but CO may ask for it. Therefore, if you want, then you can prepare it beforehand to save time.
7. How can I create HAP ID for my child?
A. It has to be created by the CO. You may call or email or fill out the suggestion form online to ask for it in advance to save time.
8. Do I have to submit form 80?
A. Yes you have to.
9. Do I have to submit form 1221?
A. Not necessary but CO may ask for it.
10. If I go overseas, do I have to make up that time before applying for 887 visa?
A. Generally four weeks of paid annual leave for each year is allowed. However, there is no set rule on this one, it depends on the CO. If it is more than four weeks a year then you should definitely make up the time before applying for 887 visa.
11. Can my 887 visa be granted if I am overseas?
A. No, all applicants need to be within Australia to be granted. If you or any other person included in your application is overseas when the CO wants to grant the application, you will receive a "pre-grant" from the CO meaning that you can only receive your grant when you or the other applicants are back in Australia. Upon arrival in Australia, please contact the CO so that they can arrange the final grant..
12. Does secondary applicant also have to meet the requirement for residency?
A. No, only the primary applicant has to meet the requirement, secondary applicant does not have to fulfill two years of residency. But when in Australia, secondary applicant must comply to 489 visa conditions, meaning living in regional area.
13. Where can I find the 887 data tracker?
14. How long are English Language tests valid for?
A. Generally one year, especially if the results show functional English (ie average band of at least 4.5 in IELTS) . However, for vocational English and higher level of English, test results are valid for 3 years. Test results need to be valid at the time of lodgement of 887 visa. It does not matter if they expire whilst waiting for the 887 visa grant. More information can be found in the following link - https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/english-language/functional-english.
15. Does primary applicant have to provide English language test results for 887 visa?
16. Can I complain if I am within the global processing time?
A. You can complain or provide comment or suggestion at any time but make sure to be polite.
17. What should I do to lodge a complain?
A. Visit the following link to lodge a complain online - https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-and-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/complaints-compliments-and-suggestions or call 133 177.