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Are there any special rules for SIV applicants if my funds and my paperwork will come from my current country of residency, not my country of origin?

I am a South African living in Portugal, and I am preparing my family’s application for Australian citizenship by investment. I have not lived in South Africa since I married my Portuguese wife 10 years ago, and she does not yet have South African citizenship. We actually both met while living in Australia, but both of us were on short-term student visas. It has been our goal to find a way to go back and raise our family in Melbourne. I will be the principal applicant applying for a South African citizenship, but my wife’s citizenship is Portuguese and all of our assets will be transferred from Portugal. We were wondering if this would complicate matters, and appreciate any help.

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    Ali Shahami

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
    Answered on

    There are no special rules and it makes no difference whether you show your assets and paperwork from your current country of residence or your country of origin. As far as you could show the source of your assets and you obtained these assets legitimately, there would be no issue.

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    Quentin Kuo

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
    Answered on

    I can only advise generally. I believe as long as you can prove your assets and income to be lawful, then you can use any income to apply for SIV. However, given the nature of the SIV, I believe you should have an immigration agent advise you on this specific issue after inspecting your documents.

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