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Hello everyone,

I'm Katherine and I have a one year old daughter with my fiance Andrew, and we need your advise, we are planning on applying for a skills based visa as My fiance Andrew is an electrician, we hope to apply around the end october this year. We have done an online skills point test and andrew has the right amount of points needed.

Our question is do we need to get married before we apply for the skills based visa, or can we get married after we have applied for the visa?

We had planned on getting married on 3rd July 2011 as we want to have a nice hotel wedding before we left so our family can enjoy it and they can all be there, but moving to australia soon is very important to us and we want to move now so that our daughter is still young enough not to find the move to australia as hard.
so can anyone help us do we have to be married before we apply?
any help will be appreciated.
 

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Welcome to the forum Katherine and No, you do not need to be married but you and your daughter will still go on the visa application as secondary applicants, your fiance as the primary of course.

If you get married while the visa is still being progressed or even after it has been approved, you'd just notify the department of the change, supply a certified copy of the marriage certificate and then there would be the issue of whether you retained your maiden name in use or if changing you would need to look at the passport change and if you do not have one yet for your daughter you need to also do that , I suppose with whatever name you have on the birth certificate or again if a change is to occur with marriage, you need to do that and also advise immigration with relevant documentation.

Even though your fiance as an electrician may meet the points requirement, it'll pay to have a look at our sticky thread #4 in this section re processing priorities for depending on what you do it could be a bit of a wait, ie.

If an application is not in the top three priority allocations, an application will not be considered.
It may be best if you consider where in Australia you may want to settle and then have a look at Visa class 176 for state nomination instead of the independant 175.

That'll at least get the application considered in hopefully about a year from date of application - first thing to be done though is get his qualifications assessed for approval with Australian authorities.
 
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