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Hi there everyone,

Here's the background: My fiance and I have known each other since we were children, so for 12 years now. He was my first boyfriend from 12-14, and then I moved back to Australia, so we were friends for the next 8 years. Long story short, we have been together for 2 years almost, and he proposed a year ago. He lives in Boston, and I live in Canberra. We are both 24 years old.

As I am in my final year of university, I am not planning on bringing him over until I have a solid grad job, and have sufficient funds and evidence (although I gather getting the evidence is difficult in long-distance).

We can only see each other about 3 months a year, but it hasn't been an issue for us as we are used to being separated due to the long distance nature of our prior friendship. Will this be an issue with immigration?

We are getting married next year, after I have graduated- and then we will wait until I've saved up enough money to start applying for visas.

Also, I'm thinking that he may want to come over on the ETA in the future and then apply for the 820. Is this okay?

I'm slightly terrified of providing the evidence, as not being able to spend much time together leaves little room for joint activities/assets. We plan on having a joint bank account once married, and I am documenting our mountains of phone records and emails, but I don't know what else I can do? I have friends that have met the both of us as a couple in Australia who will vouch for us, and my parents are very close with his parents- does this matter?

So sorry for all the questions, just sincerely lost.
 

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May I suggest that you consult a registered migration agent for advice about developing a visa strategy?
 

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A prospective marriage visa is basically designed for people in long-distance relationships like you are. My husband and I were similar - we had known each other for many years, but had not seen one another in person often once we became long distance. We didn't want to throw thousands of dollars away, so to play it safe we went the PMV route, and I don't regret it one bit. We've been married four years this month, and I apply for Aussie citizenship next month. :)
 

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Just to clarify, this would change your process a bit from what you described - you would apply for the visa, and wait until it was granted and he came to Australia to get married.
 

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Has he looked at a Work and Holiday Visa for a year and maybe a year extension to gather evidence?

There are sometimes options like skilled migration that can be cheaper and faster, so look into all things get an understanding of them. Then it can be a good idea to consult a RMA to confirm options and give guidance.

820's take long and can be hard when in long distance relationships to have strong evidence.
 
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