Applicant documents

Identity documents

    Provide one of the following:
  • a birth certificate showing the names of both parents
  • identification pages of a family book showing the names of both parents
  • identification pages of an identification document issued by the government
  • identification pages of a court-issued document that proves your identity
  • identification pages of a family census register.
    Also provide:
  • the pages of your current, valid passport showing your photo, personal details and passport issue and expiry dates
  • two recent passport photographs (45 mm x 35 mm):
    • the photograph should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background
    • the applicants name must be printed on the back of the photograph
  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name, if applicable.

Balance-of-family documents

    Provide documents that you meet the balance-of-family test, including:
  • proof your relationship with each of your children
  • proof your child or children live permanently in Australia
  • if applicable, proof that your child should not be included in the balance-of-family test, for example, their death certificate.

Documents about other relationships

If you are or have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as marriage certificates, death certificates, divorce documents or separation documents. If you cannot provide these documents, provide a statutory declaration about the relationship.

If you are in a de facto relationship, provide proof that your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).

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Additional documents

You will also need to provide police certificates when we ask you to and other documents if applicable.

You will not need to provide health documents as they will be sent to us electronically by your physician. Do not arrange health checks until we ask you to.