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Old 09-04-2011, 03:08 AM
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Want to apply for partner/marriage visa overseas.

Hi,

I would like to get some advice on getting a partner/marriage visa for my girlfriend. I am an Australian citizen.

I and my girlfriend will go to Korea and get married this month.
Can I apply for partner visa there? Because I remember seeing somewhere that its cheaper to apply overseas.

If yes, after applying for partner visa, what does she have to apply for in order to come back here with me straight away to have a child? She is not pregnant yet but we hope it happens soon.

Please help me decide... Some people have told me to get married there and come back here and apply here in Australia...


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Old 09-04-2011, 03:38 AM
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Hi,

Yes you can apply for the partner visa either onshore in Australia or offshore, if you apply onshore you must be onshore for the grant and vice versa.

Onshore partner visa:
Partner Visa: Onshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 820 and 801)

Offshore partner visa:
Partner Visa: Offshore Temporary and Permanent (Subclasses 309 and 100)

If you apply offshore, it will be much cheaper. If you want your wife to come to Australia while a decision is made on the partner visa, she can come over on a tourist visa - however for the visa to be granted she must leave the country.
- It will cost $1995 to lodge offshore
- If she comes on a tourist visa and applied onshore it will cost $2960

You can also apply onshore for the partner visa, but if she comes on a tourist visa she will not be able to if it comes with a "no further stay" condition.

Here is the partner migration booklet which should answer most of your questions:
Partner Migration Booklet


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Old 09-04-2011, 04:44 AM
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Thank you so much for your reply.
So this is what we will do:

1. Go overseas this month and get married in Korea.
2. Apply for partner visa in Korea with proof of documents. (via internet?)
3. Apply for tourist visa, possibly 1 year one?
4. Buy the return ticket and come back here in October with me.
5. Wait for the decision, but if she becomes pregnant while waiting will she
get the visa sooner? Does she still have to go back to Korea to get the visa?
(Flying while pregnant is not good, that is why I'm asking..)
6. If not pregnant, she has to leave Australia, go back to Korea, get the visa and then come back?

Please let me know if the steps are correct.

Thank you.


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Old 09-04-2011, 06:38 AM
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You're welcome.

1. Go overseas this month and get married in Korea.
2. Apply for partner visa in Korea with proof of documents. (via internet?)
Yes, but you can only make a paper application which you will send to the Australian consulate/embassy in Korea (unless they have other instructions)
3. Apply for tourist visa, possibly 1 year one?
That's possible yes. You must however let the consulate know that your are travelling, that way they will tell you when the visa is ready and when your wife has to leave to get it approved.
4. Buy the return ticket and come back here in October with me.
I wouldn't buy a return ticket because you don't know when a decision will be made and she will have to leave once immigration is ready to grant the visa.
5. Wait for the decision, but if she becomes pregnant while waiting will she
get the visa sooner? Does she still have to go back to Korea to get the visa?
(Flying while pregnant is not good, that is why I'm asking..)
They can't grant the visa while she is in Australia. It will be your responsibility for her to leave before the airline will not longer allow her (it depends how many months pregnant she is if she can fly or not). If you let them know that your wife is pregnant, they might consider making a decision quicker.
6. If not pregnant, she has to leave Australia, go back to Korea, get the visa and then come back?
Yes, but even if she's pregnant the same goes.

Don't forget your wife has to do a medical, including an xray. If your wife becomes pregnant, it's not always safe to do an xray during the pregnancy and they will not make a decision on the visa until the xray has been done. If your wife is pregnant but she wants to do the xray, she must take certain precautions such as using a protective lead shield and waiting until at least the second trimester.
The medical is only valid for one year.


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