You must provide a letter or statement from an independent person with good standing in the community, such as a professional person, which confirms you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents.
You must have had no contact with either parent for at least 12 months, although exceptions can be considered to this timeframe, to be deemed as irreconcilably estranged from your parents. Just living apart from them or their unwillingness to provide their information on your application will not be considered.
This independent person should have known you and your circumstances for a substantial amount of time, however must not be a relation or close friend of the family.
The letter or statement should be on headed paper and include the following information about the independent person;
- Their full name
- Their job title
- Their contact details
- The capacity in which they know you
- How long they have known you
- How long you have been estranged from your parents and how long they have been aware of the circumstances regarding the estrangement