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partner 309 - is it a requirement to have met with your partner a few times overseas

So my husband and I married in April. It was an arranged marriage therefore i have flown only once to see him so far.

My circumstances in Australia doesn't allow me to fly overseas to meet with my husband. Will this be an issue when applying for the partner 309? I remember reading somewhere on the forum that it was a general requirement to have met with your spouse at least a few times. Can anyone shed some light on this?


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They seem to insist on lots of proof that you are a real couple, so I guess those that have met many times will stand a better chance of getting a visa approved, than those that haven't.

From a personal point of view, if a couple that had only met once, got a 309 faster than a couple who had lived together for 12 months, then it would seem weird.

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So my husband and I married in April. It was an arranged marriage therefore i have flown only once to see him so far.

My circumstances in Australia doesn't allow me to fly overseas to meet with my husband. Will this be an issue when applying for the partner 309? I remember reading somewhere on the forum that it was a general requirement to have met with your spouse at least a few times. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I would imagine that you would have had to meet more than once to meet the criteria the visa is assessed on. Eg: social, household, financial etc. Not sure how you prove that if you have only met once?

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It depends largely on the embassy/VFS you'd be applying through. Where would you be applying? For the most part the Department does recognise arranged marriages and doesn't stand in the way of granting visas to those, but different embassies can have different requirements. In general the more time you've spent together, the more evidence you have of combining your lives and your finances, the better.

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It depends where you lodge. If your partner is very high risk or even high risk there may be questions around it.

Nigeria is one country where they reject because they haven't spent enough time in person.

We applied at a high risk country (not very high risk) and my husband (then fiancÚ) was asked why I don't come more often - I had been 7.5 weeks in 10 months!! Never once did the case officer ask how I can come longer than 4 weeks (we only get 4 weeks annual leave).

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It depends largely on the embassy/VFS you'd be applying through. Where would you be applying? For the most part the Department does recognise arranged marriages and doesn't stand in the way of granting visas to those, but different embassies can have different requirements. In general the more time you've spent together, the more evidence you have of combining your lives and your finances, the better.
We are applying through the dubai embassy. My husband is from Afghanistan. The reason it is difficult to visit him often is because i have a 2 year old daughter who i just cant leave behind whenever i please and also its not very safe to travel to afghanistan at the moment.

Any advice? I guess i could take a week and meet him in dubai but it would only be the only time i could do this.


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Any advice? I guess i could take a week and meet him in dubai but it would only be the only time i could do this.
I would meet him atleast another one or two times while waiting.

You can meet him in another country apart from Afghanistan ie. Dubai, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Are you or do you have family from Afghanistan? If you are from the same culture that helps with arranged marriages.

Also where did you get married? Dubai? It helps if you didn't get married in Afghanistan when you are saying why you haven't visited again.

Do either of you send each other money? That helps too.

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I would meet him atleast another one or two times while waiting.

You can meet him in another country apart from Afghanistan ie. Dubai, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Are you or do you have family from Afghanistan? If you are from the same culture that helps with arranged marriages.

Also where did you get married? Dubai? It helps if you didn't get married in Afghanistan when you are saying why you haven't visited again.

Do either of you send each other money? That helps too.
yes we are both from the same culture. We married in kabul however i only visited afghanistan for a week as getting married anywhere else wasn't an option because dubai dont recognise marriage for foreigners.

I send him money as often as i can but my husband does not because he doesnt earn enough and afghan currency isnt much compared to our dollar. I have however included him in my will and added him as beneficiary of my super account.

Do you think visiting him again another two times for just a week is enough?


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Any time that you can spend together is of benefit.

Also look at Malaysia. I know someone who went there alot when their visa was processing and they said that it was cheaper. Just an option to save money of he can get a visa to Malaysia.

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