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Hi, hoping someone can help ease my anxiety on this :-

I applied with myself as the main applicant and was granted a 189 Skilled visa on 29/01/2013 and have been living in Australia since June 2013.

My now Ex-Wife was included in this application with me and was listed as a secondary applicant at the time of application/grant.

We divorced in Australia last year after being here around 4 years.

I have since met a new partner and am engaged to married, I wish to sponsor her under Prospective Marriage Visa as she is not a resident of Australia.

My confusion is around this question :-

Has this sponsor previously sponsored/nominated a spouse, de facto, prospective spouse or interdependent partner?

Under the 189 where my Ex-Wife was listed as a secondary applicant, did I technically sponsor her and should answer "Yes" to the question. Booklet 1127 defines "nominated" as a term previously referred to instead of sponsorship in 2002.

If I answer "Yes" to the above question because it's applicable, then am I correct in proceeding anyway because it has been >5 years since the application/grant with my Ex-Wife.

Is a secondary applicant who was my spouse at the time of applying/approved for the 189 classed as a sponsored spouse for the purposes of this question ?

Any help or advice appreciated. At $7k I'd hate to get it wrong and be refused.
 

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You did not sponsor your ex wife.

She was an applicant in her own right.

You have not sponsored before so no 5 year requirement for you.
 

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Is a secondary applicant who was my spouse at the time of applying/approved for the 189 classed as a sponsored spouse for the purposes of this question ?

Any help or advice appreciated. At $7k I'd hate to get it wrong and be refused.
Only an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen, can sponsor a family member.

You were not one of those when you both made a joint application originally. You were not eligible to be a sponsor, so the answer is no.

It's also been over 5 years anyway.
 

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The sponsorship limitation only applies to partner visas. You did not “sponsor” your ex-wife. She was a secondary applicant.
 
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