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Old 05-22-2013, 01:03 AM
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Question Permanent resident marrying overseas?

Hi all. I am an Australian Permanent Resident considering marrying my partner who is overseas (she is in the Philippines. Filipino. Never been out of the Philippines. She is single, never married, no children. She is a Registered Nurse. We have been in a relationship over 2 1/2 years although in truth I have only been in the Philippines 3 times with her. Mostly it's been all long distance but we are committed to each other.
I will need to live 2 more consecutive years in Australia to receive my Australian citizenship.
I am considering going to the Philippines to marry her and of course then returning to Australia (with her eventually!)..
My questions are; Could I bring her to Australia to marry her?
Should I bring her to Australia first on a visitor/holiday visa to show her the 'lie of the land' so to speak? Can I do this and would it be best to do this first?
Any advise on the above would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance for any information people can give here.

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As a PR, as long as you've been mostly resident in Australia over the last 2 years you're eligible to sponsor. In your situation, a Prospective Marriage Visa may be something you'd want to look at. The evidence required is much less intense than what is required for a spouse visa. You'd apply for the visa, then when it's granted she'd have to come to Australia to validate her visa. Then, within nine months of your visa being granted, you'd need to marry -- either onshore or offshore. Then you'd apply for the 820 (Temporary Partner Visa). After two years on that visa, she'd be eligible to apply for PR.

You can marry and then apply, but you may find it more difficult to evidence a spouse relationship when you've not spent much time together in person. Just my opinion.

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Thank you very much for your reply and information contained therein. Much appreciated. :-)

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