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Hello,

I've been reading a lot of Prospective Marriage Visa related posts in this forum for a while now and my partner and I are getting quite close to applying our application for the visa itself. But before we go ahead and apply we have a few questions.

Firstly some background info. I'm an Australian Citizen and my fiance is a citizen of USA. I've read a lot of good things about USA citizens applying so I'm hoping that will give us a one up of sorts. Another thing that I think will raise some eyebrows is our significant age gap. He is 45 and I'm 21. My first question actually, I was wondering whether the Australian Immigration has issues about a significant age gap? I read earlier and most people said there wasn't an issue for age gap relationships but those kinds of age gaps were mostly around the 10-15 year difference.

Secondly, the next issue of our application is regarding my ability to financially support him. I will be starting work relatively soon (in a weeks time) with the Department of Education & Training and once I do start working I'll be able to support him and myself. My partner and I decided that it would probably be best to apply for the visa roughly two months into my new job (approximately April 2011). Therefore then I can at least add it my history of employment because I've only just graduated from University last year (2010 December) and haven't worked much other than the occasional part time work here and there while I was in University. My question is, will this have any impact on the visa application as well?

Thirdly, we've been together approximately two years but I'm afraid the Australian Immigration won't recognize 1 year of it because that was before we actually physically met. We met online. He visited last year (March 2010) and stayed with me and my parents for about 6 months, he left at the end of September last year due to the fact that he couldn't stay any longer on his Tourist Visa. We were told that if he extended it anymore he would be issued with a No further Stay. Anyway, I've got a lot of people who will vouch for us. My parents for one and a family friend as well. My question is, is this enough people to justify that our relationship is genuine?

Fourthly and also lastly, just a few questions regarding the Medical and Character checks that he will have to do.
(1) Is it true that the FBI check will take approximately 4 weeks to process?
(2) How long roughly does a Medical check take? I read around and most people said approximately 2 weeks.

Thanks in advance!!
 

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You do have a far greater age gap than what most couples would have but if it works for you both, so be it and he having visited Australia and stayed with you and your parents, statements from them and friends should be a good testimony to that.
I'd not say that it will not raise eyebrows but it is no reason alone to refuse the visa.
Meeting online is no crime, there being nothing wrong with referencing that and you have since met physically.

As for you being able to support him, having a good education and now employment should see that as being OK and if not, they may seek that you get an Assurer of Support and that can be parents, other family or friends, details linked from the Sponsor Application site reference - Form 40SP.

FBI checks have been known to take 10-12 weeks and there's a thread on that probably a dozen or so pages back you could find with a search on " FBI "
He ought to consider getting that underway earlier rather than later though PMVs/partner visas can take a few months before someone gets a CO so probably reasonable timing to initiate the check about same time he puts the visa application in.
He will also need a state police check too I think he'll find for the states but just make sure he reads all the Immi visa section info thoroughly including all the links and particularly the eligibility section and use/attach to application the Checklist of the applying section.

Medicals ought to be quicker but it'll just depend on how busy the local approved medicos are and subsequent wait time re a booking so he could check that and if it'll not be too much he may want to wait until asked to do it and then it may also still be acceptable for the partner visa application.
 

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You do have a far greater age gap than what most couples would have but if it works for you both, so be it and he having visited Australia and stayed with you and your parents, statements from them and friends should be a good testimony to that.
I'd not say that it will not raise eyebrows but it is no reason alone to refuse the visa.
Meeting online is no crime, there being nothing wrong with referencing that and you have since met physically.

As for you being able to support him, having a good education and now employment should see that as being OK and if not, they may seek that you get an Assurer of Support and that can be parents, other family or friends, details linked from the Sponsor Application site reference - Form 40SP.

FBI checks have been known to take 10-12 weeks and there's a thread on that probably a dozen or so pages back you could find with a search on " FBI "
He ought to consider getting that underway earlier rather than later though PMVs/partner visas can take a few months before someone gets a CO so probably reasonable timing to initiate the check about same time he puts the visa application in.
He will also need a state police check too I think he'll find for the states but just make sure he reads all the Immi visa section info thoroughly including all the links and particularly the eligibility section and use/attach to application the Checklist of the applying section.

Medicals ought to be quicker but it'll just depend on how busy the local approved medicos are and subsequent wait time re a booking so he could check that and if it'll not be too much he may want to wait until asked to do it and then it may also still be acceptable for the partner visa application.
Thank you for your quick reply.

That's what I figured for the age gap. I'm sure they will raise their eye brows but it shouldn't really be a reason to refuse the visa.

As for being able to support him, should they ask for a Assurer of Support I'll be able to use my parents and a family friend as well so that won't be a problem.

I didn't realize the FBI check took so long. I think its probably best if he went ahead and got that submitted now so that it's just in time when we want to put in the application in.

Thank you for the information, Wanderer. I will probably write up in the forum again when my partner and I submit the application. Thanks again :)
 

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Hi, I wanted to both update and thank you Wanderer for the information you provided to my fiancee, i am the other half in the above mentioned partnership. We got all the paperwork, police checks and medicals done and submitted the paperwork on March 22 2011. They assigned us our case officer and have heard nothing from them until today June 8 2011. Today, i received this email and i just would like to double check on the exact, literal meaning of it, it reads: "Dear applicant
I have now had the opportunity to conduct an initial assessment of your application to migrate to Australia, and can confirm that you have provided sufficient documents for this visa to be granted.
I will be able to finalize your application early next week, and notify you accordingly by email."
Does this mean it's going to be granted since it states "for this visa to be granted as opposed to meet requirements, etc? I can view it several ways and as i stated earlier, we haven't had an interview or any contact since we submitted the application. Would love to hear your thoughts and advice if possible Wanderer and thank you again for the information and supportive nature. Best Wishes.
 

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Sent ours April 24 2011

Hi, I wanted to both update and thank you Wanderer for the information you provided to my fiancee, i am the other half in the above mentioned partnership. We got all the paperwork, police checks and medicals done and submitted the paperwork on March 22 2011. They assigned us our case officer and have heard nothing from them until today June 8 2011. Today, i received this email and i just would like to double check on the exact, literal meaning of it, it reads: "Dear applicant
I have now had the opportunity to conduct an initial assessment of your application to migrate to Australia, and can confirm that you have provided sufficient documents for this visa to be granted.
I will be able to finalize your application early next week, and notify you accordingly by email."
Does this mean it's going to be granted since it states "for this visa to be granted as opposed to meet requirements, etc? I can view it several ways and as i stated earlier, we haven't had an interview or any contact since we submitted the application. Would love to hear your thoughts and advice if possible Wanderer and thank you again for the information and supportive nature. Best Wishes.
We sent our April 24h 2011 Complete. The only thing I have received so far was an email confirming receipt but nothing else so far. I hope it wont be too much longer. :)
 

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We sent our April 24h 2011 Complete. The only thing I have received so far was an email confirming receipt but nothing else so far. I hope it wont be too much longer. :)
Best of luck to both you and your partner dsmithtx, I hope everything goes well for you and i truly understand what you are going through, waiting is no fun and being separated from your partner is the worse part of it all. Best wishes to you both.
 

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Hi M25,

It means that you meet all the requirements for the visa and they will do the finishing stages in the coming week. So, it sounds like they're goint to grant the PMV and you will get an official confirmation letter within the next couple of weeks. Good for you :)
 

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Best of luck to both you and your partner dsmithtx, I hope everything goes well for you and i truly understand what you are going through, waiting is no fun and being separated from your partner is the worse part of it all. Best wishes to you both.
So true, It's kinda sad when ones idea of quality time is a few minuets to an hour via webcam and a couple of weeks together every 4 to six months. Oh, and a slight correction We filed March 24. not April so maybe good news soon. (One can hope) :)
 
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