Originally Posted by johnco
First off, this is my first post. I've been browsing this forum for a while, though, and it has helped me too many times to count. I hope to be able to give back once I get my own situation straightened out!
I am applying online for a 457 visa (worker-sponsored long term visa). There are a few mysteries in this process, but here are a couple I'm currently struggling with:
- For an online application, can my documents (certificate of birth registration, passport, etc) simply be scanned without being certified? Some people on this forum have said that certification is not needed when submitting online, but I can't find this anywhere in an official sense. Is this true?
- I made an appointment for the required chest x-ray today, and they said to be sure to bring the address to which the results should be submitted. Problem is, I can't track down where that is! Does anyone know where I should have x-ray results sent, for an online application?
Thanks much, I appreciate it!
I quote from their automated reply:
"Once you have received your client file number you can scan and email additional documents to us. The department accepts scanned copies of the original document (non-certified) provided they are IN COLOUR and in PDF, JPEG, TIFF or BMP file formats. If you scan documents in black and white, then they must be scanned copies of the certified copies. "
That is my take: They never say that they do not require certification. Even if u send in the scanned colour of the original docs, should the case officer ask u to send the certified copy, you should be able to send them quickly!
However, if u want to save costs if you are DIY, you may want not to get it certified and send the scanned copy. Get the docs certified only if they ask for it...
That is my personal advice (caveat emptor).
For your second Q, sorry i can't help... haven't really gone into that stage yet... thought medicals are to be done only after the case officer is assigned since the medical test results are valid for one year. Any kind soul would like to answer this Q?