Euro Special Characters - Umlauts etc
If you have SPECIAL Characters in your name like Acutes and Umlauts etc, any kind of extra slash or dot over any letter, please see the following example on how to use the MACHINE CODE at the bottom of your passport instead of the special character.
You cannot simply change the ä, ö, ü etc to english characters by replacing them with a, o , u etc.
Please see the following example. (more info here)
Want To Save Money ? - Names Must Match
Many people think that they can just put initials or nicknames on their visa because this is what people call them at home.
These people find out the hard way that Australian Immigration has no sense of humor and may be fined hundreds (and the law allows for thousands) of Dollars.
- Your SURNAME is your "Last Name" or "Family Name" or "Fathers Name"
- Your GIVEN NAMES are the other legal names in your passport
- Your MAIDEN name apples to women who changed their name after they got married and refers to their original "Birth SurName"
- An ALIAS is (often in Brackets) (but not always) and refers to a name you may have legally used previously
- DO NOT REPEAT your "Surname" in the GIVEN NAMES section (so many people do this)
- SINGLE NAMES :: If you only have one name, THAT NAME becomes your SURNAME and you enter a DASH - for your Given Name - - - Just one dash (minus sign or hyphen)
- Pre-TITLES, DO NOT USE pre-Titles such as MR or MRS or DR etc ... even if this is listed in your passport... (Europeans often do this)
- Post-TITLES, DO NOT USE post Titles such as JR, SNR, II, III, IV or any other combination of these ... even if this is listed in your passport... (Americans often do this)
- NO BIRTH DAY? If you do not have the DAY and MONTH of your birth listed in your passport, you may just have a dash - sign instead, please use the internationally recognized NO-DATE format of 01-JANUARY-YYYY (where YYYY is the year you were born) or for USA and Canadians, JANUARY 01 YYYY
- IF you are unsure, please call your nearest Australian embassy and ask. It is cheaper than getting fined I can assure you.
If the name or names in your visa application do not match the name or names in your passport, you may be severely fined OR EVEN deported, so please ASK if you are not sure.
Fines are possible up to 1,000 PENALTY UNITS where 1 penalty unit = $170 AUD (Up to $170,000) and/or 10 years in prison. Ref 1: section "1 a" | Ref 2