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Potential Spouse Visa or Spouse Visa?

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Old 03-29-2012, 12:45 AM
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Talking Potential Spouse Visa or Spouse Visa?

My girlfriend is graduating this month from her masters and planning to go back to korea in april. She plans to come back to australia in september and we plan on getting married in may next year (in Korea). I am reasonably confused about the best way to go about things.

Should we apply for the offshore perspective visa from korea now or even wait to apply? How can you plan a wedding when you dont know how long a visa will take? Assuming the visa is offered before she comes back to aus and we can get married before the 9months ends then we could get the bridging visa on the temporary spouse visa?

OR should she come back on a tourist visa just for the 3 months then head back to korea in december and wait until i come in may for the marriage ceremony. Then we would have to apply for the spouse visa offshore. Other then that could be sign the marriage certs in aus during sep-dec and either apply onshore (unlikely with tourist visa?) or offshore.

Pretty confusing but would appreciate some advice or experiences!


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Old 03-29-2012, 03:13 AM
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Option 1 - apply for PMV in April from Korea. If the PMV hasn't been granted by the time Oi wanna get married, you get married anyway, inform Korean office and change to spouse visa. It would most probably be granted before May 13 anyway. If the PMV hasn't been granted before your partner wants to return to oz, September, then she can apply for a tourist visa to come to Australia until its ready to be granted. She would then have to leave Australia in order for it to be granted. once you are married, you apply for spouse visa and PMV expires your partner will have a bridging visa with same full work conditions as PMV.

Option 2 - wait until your married and then apply for spouse visa offshore. Bear in mind this could take up to 9 months. In that time your partner could get a tourist visa to be in oz during processing but it's a long time without work and again she will have to leave the country in order to have visa granted.

I think your best option is to apply for PMV as soon as possible and hope its granted before September. I can't see it taking more than 6 months but prob a good idea to contact Korea office and ask what their average processing time is for PMV. At least this way Most of the waiting time is spent during a time she was already planning to be away. If its approved before September she can arrive and have work rights.

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:43 AM
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Yeah i agree option 1 sounds like the best idea.

Will start getting onto the application ASAP. I'm sure this has been covered but what are the details of proof of fiancial support? Do i need to provide a set bank balance or is proof of full time work ok?

Seoul embassy said 9 months for partner visa, waiting on confirmation for PMV.

Thanks for the advice!

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