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Old 06-11-2013, 03:56 PM
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Partner from Tanzania

Hi All

I just joined the forum a month ago and spending alot of time looking through posts in order to inform and guide me. I am an Aussie and my partner is Tanzanian. We have been together since 2005 but really got serious in 2009. I met, and have been friends with my partner since 1997 when I first travelled around East Africa.
Like most relationships we have had our ups and downs and as you all know there is often added strain due to cultural differences (which really emerge during stressful times) and the distance between our home countries. I have now lived in Tanzania for 2 full (but separate years) - the first in which we lived and worked together in a very remote location. At this stage we are planning to apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa (PMV) in a few months time when we have saved up the application fee. It is one of those damed ironies that I came to live in Tanzania to be closer to my fella, but in the process have been earning verylittle making it hard to save up for the visa, and thus hard for us to apply while we are here together in Tz.
A friend of mine recently applied for both a tourist and PMV at the same time for his Thai partner. They declared their relationship and she was granted the tourist visa. I thought this was a no-no, but seems not. Is Thailand a less or more High Risk country that Tanzania I wonder.
We already applied for a tourist visa for my partner in 2010 but it was rejected on the grounds that he did not have enough money in his account. He had about $3000 but apparently they want to make sure that he has enough for the holiday and the airfare. So frustrating to learn these things after he ran around collecting everything and travelling to Kenya to lodge and wait for the response. And of course he has heard alot of horror stories about how hard it is to get in to Australia which just makes him think it is impossible.

So we are going to employ an agent to assist, because I figure if we are giving this another shot, I want to give it the best shot. But we are both nervous about being rejected - not because we aren't genuine, but because it will mean rethinking our whole life plan and possibly me making a more permanent move to Tanzania - which to say the least is complicated.

So we will keep tuning in to this forum and I will keep reading what you all have to say. Once the process has started proper then I am sure I will be on here all the time.
If anyone else is applying from Tanzania, I would love to hear of your experience and maybe share the road together.

Stay safe


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Old 06-13-2013, 12:46 PM
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Pls join the thread for those of us with African partners there is heaps of info there. As u know it is still very difficult to get a tourist visa and I don't think they classify Thai as a high risk as much as our African friends unfortunately. If u could borrow the money and lodge pmv ASAP it would be best, cause the wait is so long it gives u time to repay the money, rather than waiting to save while earning peanuts in Africa, then having to wait another 12 to 24 months for ur visa on top of the time u have wasted saving up for it.


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