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Hello, I'm Melissa, from Charleston, SC. I am planning to marry an Australian citizen, and am beginning the wonderful Visa process...Long, scary and intimidating!!!

He resides in Sydney, and I don't know if it would be better for us to marry in the United States or wait til I come over there...

I've done a lot of reading, but honestly, it's very confusing, as I've never been out of the country..

I am looking forward to the journey, the new life "Down Under". Everything I read about Australia, reminds me of Charleston, especially the accepting and laid back atmosphere....

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have printed the Partner Migration manual, and I think marrying in the States is the better option for us..even if we have to be apart a while longer..it seems to be faster...

my journey begins......
 

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Hi Charleson welcome to the forum,

There are many knowledgeable persons here which I am sure will offer good advice. I live in Sydney too and like all worldwide places there is good and bad.

Where you marry i.e. America / Australia will just determine the type of visa you apply for. I am in the same situation to marry my fiancee in Australia or Philippines, obviously you want both families / friends involved in your special day, but then realistically how many can or will afford to travel internationally for a wedding :(. So we are planning a double celebration one in Australia and one in Philippines so neither family or friends feel left out.

Good luck with your application.
 
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Love Charleston SC!

Spent a few weeks there and I think one of the main reasons I loved it so much was because it did remind me a lot of Oz, especially the muggy days. (I have live in QLD a lot)

Whatever you do, don't worry - just enjoy the journey!

You will find Sydney pretty big and cosmopolitan by comparison but all good and no where near as much humidity (unless you live in the West, but thats another story)

PS Forgot to mention bring some grits - none in Sydney only polenta
 

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can I bring grits in? when my parents went to Alaska, everyone they met wanted grits, when they returned, they brought grits!! LOL...
PS...I hate grits...but I am a Girls Raised In the South.....LOL
 

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Hello, I'm Melissa, from Charleston, SC. I am planning to marry an Australian citizen, and am beginning the wonderful Visa process...Long, scary and intimidating!!!

He resides in Sydney, and I don't know if it would be better for us to marry in the United States or wait til I come over there...

I've done a lot of reading, but honestly, it's very confusing, as I've never been out of the country..

I am looking forward to the journey, the new life "Down Under". Everything I read about Australia, reminds me of Charleston, especially the accepting and laid back atmosphere....

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have printed the Partner Migration manual, and I think marrying in the States is the better option for us..even if we have to be apart a while longer..it seems to be faster...

my journey begins......
Hello Melissa, welcome to the forum. I had huge help from people in this forum myself so you are in the right place.

Btw I have no background of your relationship because you have not stated in your post. Anyhow I think it is best you marry here. It is much easier to get the rest of the processing done afterwards. You can file for PMV and get 9 months stay. Within the 9 month period of your stay that is when you have to marry. After that, you don't even have to leave Australia any more because you will be given a bridging visa while waiting for the next stage of visa.

That is just my two cents though in the end it is still your decision to make. I just think it is best to wait a few months to get the PMV and be together once approved rather than marry there and be apart after the wedding once again to wait for the visa.

Anyhow whatever you decide to be together is good enough I reckon. Best of luck.
 
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