888 (Design date 07/19) - Page 1© COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, 2019
Statutory declaration by a supporting witness
in relation to a Partner or Prospective Marriage
visa application
Form
888
Department of Home Affairs
About this form
This form 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.
Note: 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.
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.
Note: You may be asked to submit up to 3 separate declarations
during the processing of the visa application.
You may also be contacted for further comment and/or interview
in relation to the information you provide.
Purpose of this form
When assessing a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa
application, the Department of Home Affairs (the Department)
must consider the social aspects of the claimed relationship. The
Department will use the information provided in this form (your
statements), among other things, to assess these aspects.
The Department’s policy is that these statements be provided in
the form of statutory declarations. You may use this form, or
alternatively, you may use the statutory declaration template,
which is available on the Attorney-General’s Department website
at www.ag.gov.au/pages/default.aspx
In Australia, statutory declarations must be witnessed by a person
prescribed by the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 and Statutory
Declarations Regulations 2018. Any attachments to the
Declaration must be certified by a prescribed person. Prescribed
persons include those who are a:
Justice of the Peace;
medical practitioner;
legal practitioner;
civil marriage celebrant or registered minister of religion;
dentist;
nurse;
optometrist;
pharmacist;
physiotherapist;
teacher employed on a permanent full-time or part-time basis
at a school or tertiary education institution;
bank officer with 5 or more continuous years of service;
permanent employee of the Australian Postal Corporation
with 5 or more continuous years of service;
police officer; or
public servant engaged on an ongoing basis with 5 or more
years of continuous service.
A full list of prescribed persons can be found on the
Attorney-General’s Department website.
Warning
: Under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, people
who intentionally make a false statement in a statutory
declaration are liable for punishment of 4 years
imprisonment. In addition, the Migration Act 1958
(the Act) provides penalties for providing false or
misleading statements of 12 months imprisonment or
a fine of AUD12,000.
If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident and
you reside outside Australia, your statement cannot be
considered a statutory declaration under Australian law, even if it
is made using this form or the template provided by the
Attorney-General’s Department. However, under policy, your
statement should be witnessed or certified according to the legal
practices of the country in which you make the statement. Failing
that, it should be witnessed by a person whose occupation or
qualification is comparable to those listed above. This person
should sign, date and specify their occupation at the bottom of
the statement.
You should confirm the requirements with the nearest Australian
mission overseas when you lodge your application. Contact
details for Australian missions are available on the Department’s
website www.homeaffairs.gov.au
Important information about privacy
Your personal information is protected by law, including the
Privacy Act 1988. Important information about the collection,
use and disclosure (to other agencies and third parties, including
overseas entities) of your personal information, including
sensitive information, is contained in form 1442i Privacy notice.
Form 1442i is available from the Department’s website
www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/forms
or offices of the Department. You should ensure that you read
and understand form 1442i before completing this form.
Home page
www.homeaffairs.gov.au
General
enquiry line
Telephone 131 881 during business hours
in Australia to speak to an operator (recorded
information available outside these hours).
If you are outside Australia, please contact
your nearest Australian mission.
Please keep this information page for your reference
This page is intentionally blank
888 (Design date 07/19) - Page 3© COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, 2019
Statutory declaration by a supporting witness
in relation to a Partner or Prospective Marriage
visa application
Form
888
Department of Home Affairs
Please open this form using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Either type (in English) in the fields provided or print this form
and complete it (in English) using a pen and BLOCK LETTERS.
Tick where applicable
3
Details of person making the statutory declaration
I, Family name
Given names
of Your residential address
Postcode
Occupation or qualification
Telephone numbers
Office hours
(Area code )
After hours
(Area code )
make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959:
1 Visa applicant’s name
Family name
Given names
How long have you known this person?
2 Name of applicant’s partner or fiancé(e)
Family name
Given names
How long have you known this person?
3 State how you know the applicant and the applicant’s partner or
fiancé(e), and indicate how often you have been in contact with them
If insufficient space, please attach additional details
4 State whether you believe the relationship of the applicant and his/her
partner or fiancé(e) to be genuine and continuing, and give your reasons
for your belief
If insufficient space, please attach additional details
Office use only
File number
888 (Design date 07/19) - Page 4 © COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, 2019
5
State any other matters you wish to add in support of the visa application
If insufficient space, please attach additional details
6 Have you attached evidence of your Australian citizenship or Australian
permanent residency status?
Note: All copies must be certified.
No
Yes
7 WARNING: Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.
I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in
a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under section 11 of the
Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe that the statements in this
declaration are true in every particular.
Your
signature
-
Declared at
On
Day Month Year
Before me,
Signature of
qualified
person
-
Date
Day Month Year
Details of person before whom the declaration is made in printed letters
Family name
Given names
Preferred title:
Mr Mrs Miss Ms Other
Contact address
Postcode
Occupation or qualification
Telephone number
Office hours
(Area code )
We strongly advise that you keep a copy of this statutory
declaration and all attachments for your records.
Chrome Web Store
It looks like you haven't installed the Fill Chrome Extension Add to Chrome