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Hello everyone! or "Grüezi Mitenand" in swiss german

My name's Lea, i'm 23 and (you probably guessed) from Switzerland.

I'm new to this forum (most probably you guessed that too ;) ),

It's been about 1 year ago when i met my fiancé who happens to be Australian when we were both travelling in Brazil.
Love on first sight and now oh-so-much pain as we cant be together due to work, studies and of course the small distance between our two countries..:(

Now we are working on all these visa stuff and are trying to survive the separation.. Complicated and heart breaking experience as probably many of you people know. Applying / arranging all the stuff for the prospective marriage visa is my main hobby at the moment :)

We are still not sure where we are going to life but we have set the date for the marriage for next summer in Switzerland.. I guess after that it will be Australia for a start as he is finishing his Masters Degree and has a well paid job as an electronic engineer there.

I'm currently working as an assistant for a big human resources company in Switzerland, but have also worked in hotels back and front office so i'm hoping that I will easily find a job when i get granted the visa (fingers crossed).

I'm hoping to find good information and moral support here and of course i also hope to provide the same to you guys :)
 

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Hello everyone! or "Grüezi Mitenand" in swiss german

My name's Lea, i'm 23 and (you probably guessed) from Switzerland.

I'm new to this forum (most probably you guessed that too ;) ),

It's been about 1 year ago when i met my fiancé who happens to be Australian when we were both travelling in Brazil.
Love on first sight and now oh-so-much pain as we cant be together due to work, studies and of course the small distance between our two countries..:(

Now we are working on all these visa stuff and are trying to survive the separation.. Complicated and heart breaking experience as probably many of you people know. Applying / arranging all the stuff for the prospective marriage visa is my main hobby at the moment :)

We are still not sure where we are going to life but we have set the date for the marriage for next summer in Switzerland.. I guess after that it will be Australia for a start as he is finishing his Masters Degree and has a well paid job as an electronic engineer there.

I'm currently working as an assistant for a big human resources company in Switzerland, but have also worked in hotels back and front office so i'm hoping that I will easily find a job when i get granted the visa (fingers crossed).

I'm hoping to find good information and moral support here and of course i also hope to provide the same to you guys :)
Hey Lea,

You must not marry before entering Australia. If you decide to get married offshore, you will need to fly to Australia first to activate the visa. If you do not activate your visa before you marry, you will be in breach of a visa condition and your visa may be liable for cancellation.

Even making the 300 application they want to know where and when in Australia you plan to get married, in our case we got married offshore, in the USA (most of my family are here and my husband only had a few people) so we applied for the 309 after getting married here rather than the 300 PMV.

Kttykat

 

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Hey Lea,

You must not marry before entering Australia. If you decide to get married offshore, you will need to fly to Australia first to activate the visa. If you do not activate your visa before you marry, you will be in breach of a visa condition and your visa may be liable for cancellation.

Even making the 300 application they want to know where and when in Australia you plan to get married, in our case we got married offshore, in the USA (most of my family are here and my husband only had a few people) so we applied for the 309 after getting married here rather than the 300 PMV.

Kttykat

Hi Kttykat!

Thanks for your advice!

The thing is that we want to be together as soon as possible. As we, or rather I ;), want to get married in Switzerland in summertime, that would leave us with another 6 months of seperation, not nice.

Do you know if we get in trouble if we apply for the PMV 300 and for example cancel the application before getting married in Switzerland if the process would take longer than the 6 months?

Lea
 

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Hey Lea,

You must not marry before entering Australia. If you decide to get married offshore, you will need to fly to Australia first to activate the visa. If you do not activate your visa before you marry, you will be in breach of a visa condition and your visa may be liable for cancellation.

Even making the 300 application they want to know where and when in Australia you plan to get married, in our case we got married offshore, in the USA (most of my family are here and my husband only had a few people) so we applied for the 309 after getting married here rather than the 300 PMV.

Kttykat

Hi Kttykat!

Thanks for your advice!

The thing is that we want to be together as soon as possible. As we, or rather I ;), want to get married in Switzerland in summertime, that would leave us with another 6 months of seperation, not nice.

Do you know if we get in trouble if we apply for the PMV 300 and for example cancel the application before getting married in Switzerland if the process would take longer than the 6 months?

Lea
Hey Lea,

Because of a flood of applications, most processing times appear to have risen, hard to say by how much yet. The fee for the 300 PMV or the 309/100 partner visa will rise from $2060 AUD to $2700 AUD on the first of Jan 2013. If you withdraw your application there is no penalty but and I am not sure on this but as I understand it no refund either. Someone else may know more about what happens if you withdraw an application. I know there is no refund for a refusal though. If you do get the 300 you can go to Australia first to activate and then as long as you marry within your 9 month window, you can do it anywhere. While waiting for the grant of the 300 PMV you are supposed to be offshore when they grant it.

Kttykat

 
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