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Can I get a prospective spouse visa?


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Old 08-19-2011, 09:58 PM
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Can I get a prospective spouse visa?

Whoops I think I posted this to a reply rather than a new thread. Anyway...

I'll try and keep this as brief as possible.

I am a male UK citizen. I met my best friend (a female Australian now living in Sydney) 16 years ago in London. 13 years ago I moved to Sydney for 6 years on a work sponsored visa. She had moved back to Sydney as well where our friendship really deepened. I then moved back to the UK where I have been living for the last 7 years. We hadn't seen each other since I left until last month.

In July this year we decided to meet for two weeks holiday in Thailand and unexpectedly completely fell in love. Actually it turns out that we have been in love with each other for years but never admitted it to each other because we never wanted to ruin the friendship.

Basically this is the real deal. We have known each other for that long to really know. I am now going to Sydney in December for 3 months on a tourist visa so we can be with each other. If the trip is successful in terms of deepening our already very strong feelings for each other, which we both hope and pray it will, I then plan to come back to London and apply for a Prospective Spouse Visa. As I write this we are completely committed to being together.

I guess my question is whether my trip to Sydney to be with her for 3 months and the fact that we haven't lived with each other is enough for the Australian department of immigration to grant me a Prospective Spouse Visa so that we can get married within the 9 months that the visa allows? Also what kind of supporting documentation (photos, letters, family statements etc) will they want to see?

Hope this makes sense? Any advice is really welcome!


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Hi,

Basically for the Prospective marriage visa, you only have to have met your fiancee once in person. You will have no trouble proving a genuine relationship with your history

What happens once you're married, is that before the 9 months is up, you must apply for a partner visa. That's where you'll need most of the evidence of your relationship. The prospective marriage visa allows you the time to get that evidence ready.

The partner migration booklet is a great resource.
Page 9 shows the application process
Page 32 is a list of everything you need for the PMV
Page 41 will give you an idea of the evidence you'll need for the partner visa
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/booklets/1127.pdf


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SarahM,

So sorry for the delay. Wow, your partner's visa was submitted and arrived within one month! Thank you for your great advice, it was really encouraging.

Question, are you saying I could apply for a prospective partner visa now? Instead of first going over on a tourist visa for 3 months, coming back and applying then, yes?


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SarahM,

So sorry for the delay. Wow, your partner's visa was submitted and arrived within one month! Thank you for your great advice, it was really encouraging.

Question, are you saying I could apply for a prospective partner visa now? Instead of first going over on a tourist visa for 3 months, coming back and applying then, yes?
Hi, no problem

Yes, you could apply right now if you wanted to (once you've gathered everything ). You'd easily be able to prove that you've met, and you obviously have evidence that you have been communicating (whether it's by msn, Skype, telephone, ect.). It's just a matter of filling out the forms:

For you, 47SP:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/47sp.pdf
For your partner 40SP:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/40sp.pdf

Then of course you will have to follow the list on page 32 of that booklet I linked to in the other post.

What will probably take the most time is deciding when and where you want to get married. With the visa you must provide a letter from the civil celebrant or priest who has agreed to conduct your wedding (you can get married in Australia or even in the UK if you want).


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Thank you so much! Really really appreciated.
I will talk to my partner and decide how we should proceed. )


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Thank you so much! Really really appreciated.
I will talk to my partner and decide how we should proceed. )
Sounds exciting Just make sure that you don't chose a wedding date too early, you should factor in the processing time and when you expect to be able to enter Australia. But of course, say you asked the celebrant for a wedding in March 2012, and the visa was granted, you could change the date as long as you get married within the 9 months of the visa being granted

Good luck!


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Sounds exciting Just make sure that you don't chose a wedding date too early, you should factor in the processing time and when you expect to be able to enter Australia. But of course, say you asked the celebrant for a wedding in March 2012, and the visa was granted, you could change the date as long as you get married within the 9 months of the visa being granted

Good luck!
Very good advice SarahM have you ever thought of working for immigration ?

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Very good advice SarahM have you ever thought of working for immigration ?
Haha Thanks, it would be cool to work for them but I would hate enforcing the rules that I think are mean.


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