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Hi All,
Here is a brief rundown on our situation. I am an Australian citizen, born and bred. I have been in a relationship with my Thai girlfriend for almost 2 years. We met online and I went to Thailand to meet her for 1 month, things went really well. 3 months later I went back to Thailand for another month to see her. Mid last year she came to Australia on a tourist visa and had a 3 month stay with me. 2 months later after that, she came back for a further 3 month stay. Each time she has had to no extra stay condition on her visa meaning we can not apply for another visa for her to stay more permanently.
I am fully employed, no kids, new car, new unit, quite well off. 52 years old
She is 34 yo, Has her own business in Thailand ( Amway ), no kids, has been married before as have I, but we both are divorced. No police record. Steady income.
We want to be married in the near future, I support her via bank transfers. Am paying off a car for her in Thailand, we have many photos together and I have records of all our online conversations.
What I am asking assistance for is to find out what the best visa would be to apply for. I have thought about the fiance visa and get married in Australia and then convert that to a Spouse visa. Other thoughts were to fly to Bangkok and try for a Defacto visa. I don't want to do another tourist visa as I think the same no stay condition will apply to it and she wants to be able to work.
If we were to get married in Thailand, and we applied for the spouse visa, does that mean she can not come to Australia until it is approved? Or can she use a bridging visa and come to Australia with me whilst the visa is being approved?
If I got her to Australia on a fiance visa and got married and met the conditions of the visa, when we convert it to a spouse visa does she get to stay on the bridging visa until its approved?
I know theres alot of questions here, I am just really confused at what the best visa is to get so we can be together. It is a genuine loving relationship.
Many Many thanks for taking the time to read.:)
 

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Hi SwiftyOz -

I'd take a good look at the subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa. About 9-12 months to process, then if approved she has 9 months to come to Australia and marry, and apply for an onshore 820/801 partner visa application which provides a bridging visa to allow her to remain onshore until a decision is made on the partner visa (typically 12-24 months). With lack of living together for any extended periods at this point, I think a partner visa would be difficult. Also, offshore lodgment of a partner visa does not provide a bridging visa so you'd be stuck with visitor visas for the period while the partner visa is processing.

Hope this helps -

Best,

Mark Northam

Hi All,
Here is a brief rundown on our situation. I am an Australian citizen, born and bred. I have been in a relationship with my Thai girlfriend for almost 2 years. We met online and I went to Thailand to meet her for 1 month, things went really well. 3 months later I went back to Thailand for another month to see her. Mid last year she came to Australia on a tourist visa and had a 3 month stay with me. 2 months later after that, she came back for a further 3 month stay. Each time she has had to no extra stay condition on her visa meaning we can not apply for another visa for her to stay more permanently.
I am fully employed, no kids, new car, new unit, quite well off. 52 years old
She is 34 yo, Has her own business in Thailand ( Amway ), no kids, has been married before as have I, but we both are divorced. No police record. Steady income.
We want to be married in the near future, I support her via bank transfers. Am paying off a car for her in Thailand, we have many photos together and I have records of all our online conversations.
What I am asking assistance for is to find out what the best visa would be to apply for. I have thought about the fiance visa and get married in Australia and then convert that to a Spouse visa. Other thoughts were to fly to Bangkok and try for a Defacto visa. I don't want to do another tourist visa as I think the same no stay condition will apply to it and she wants to be able to work.
If we were to get married in Thailand, and we applied for the spouse visa, does that mean she can not come to Australia until it is approved? Or can she use a bridging visa and come to Australia with me whilst the visa is being approved?
If I got her to Australia on a fiance visa and got married and met the conditions of the visa, when we convert it to a spouse visa does she get to stay on the bridging visa until its approved?
I know theres alot of questions here, I am just really confused at what the best visa is to get so we can be together. It is a genuine loving relationship.
Many Many thanks for taking the time to read.:)
 
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