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Royal Mail won’t cut it either

May 16th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Well, if a copy signed by a solicitor isn’t good enough, then the one we got today certainly won’t do.

After handing over £7 for a “Certified Copy”, we were disappointed to find it is nothing more than a photocopy with a handwritten note and the post office franking stamp (the same one they use on a letter). We’re pretty sure the Oberlandesgericht won’t accept this, and we’re not going to risk it.

Solicitor Certified – not good enough

May 15th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We heard today that the German authorities won’t accept the certified copy (signed by a solicitor) of my boyfriend’s passport. Apparently only a recognised authority will do.

We learned that it is possible to get a signed, certified copy from larger Royal Mail post offices. So my boyfriend will take his passport to the nearest authorised post office tomorrow.

The birth certificate, together with apostille, finally arrived today!! I will forward it to my brother, who has arranged the necessary translation, tomorrow.

After all the trouble that my future parents-in-law have gone to, I will be sending it with a personal armed guard.. Well, maybe not quite. But it will be sent recorded delivery so I can track it every step of the way.

At last, now he can make an appointment with the Registrar in Germany. Things are finally hotting up!

Birth Certificate – part 4

April 30th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

My boyfriend’s father phoned today. They received the birth certificate this morning. He sent it straight back to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Brisbane the same day.

The DFAT claim to have a pretty quick turn around for apostilles, so hopefully it will be here soon.

What’s the hold-up?

April 27th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We haven’t heard anything for nearly a week, so we made some enquiries only to find out that someone at the Australian Registrar for Births and Deaths has had the certificate sitting on their desk all this time. Apparently they need written authority to send it back to my boyfriend’s parents. Not being sure what sort of authority or whose, we wanted to email one across to them.  But, to make things even more complicated, they won’t accept it via email – only a fax will do… WHAT??? I’ve heard it all now.

Anyway, we simply arranged to send it from my office (once I had figured out that I needed to dial a 9 first to get an outside line…).