Do You Need to Get Fingerprints and an FBI Report for Everyone in Your Family? Or Only You?

This week’s Mailbox Monday post is about getting your FBI background check and fingerprints for a 457 visa for the whole family.

It’s one of those basic questions that for some reason is hard to find an answer to online.

Today’s Question:

My family of 5 is preparing to move to Australia for work on a 457 visa.

Regarding fingerprints and the FBI report. Do I need to do this for everyone in my family, or just me? Other than my wife, I have 4 children. The oldest is 18.

Lauren’s Reply

I am on my husband’s 457 visa and needed to get my fingerprints and FBI card. I did some searching and found that anyone on the visa application older than 15 needs fingerprints done. All applicants included on your visa over 16 years of age need to have an FBI Police Report.

Does the company sponsoring your visa have a migration agent or lawyer who can answer this for you? It would be a good idea to double check this even though the sources I found the info online are credible, the Australian Immigration website and the Australian Embassy in the US.

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I’m saying this because the visa requirements seem to change daily along with what is required and often website don’t get updated.

If you don’t have access to a migration agent and, since you’re on a 457 visa, there is a Linkedin Group with migration agents that is specific to 457 visa holders. The group is very active and a great place to find answers to your 457 visa questions.

If you still need help, let me know. There are a few migration agents that have worked with SMG visitors in the past and I’m sure they will be able to help you out.


What is Mailbox Mondays?

Every Monday I pick a question from an SMG email subscriber along with my reply straight out of my inbox to share with everyone here on Sydney Moving Guide.

I don’t promise to have all the answers, but I will do my best to point you in the right direction or help you with your research as I know there is a lot of noise out there on the interwebs and good resources are hard to find.

The aim of Mailbox Mondays is to start conversations on topics you want to know about. So please leave a comment, or ask a question, or share more info from your experience living in Australia in the comment section below.

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