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Old 06-16-2012, 05:22 PM
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PMV/Spouse Questions

Hi all! I know some of these questions have been asked a thousand times in a thousand different ways (I've read most of them over the past two days) and in the end I left with a bit more confidence, but just as indecisive as ever.

First, brief history: My finance and I met online late 2008, and quickly fell in love. I'm American, she's Australian. We finally met face to face in March of last year when she came to America and spent 3 months living with me, then again for another 3 months from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day '12, becoming engaged just after Christmas. She was in an abusive relationship at the time and her now ex-husband stalled the divorce as much he possibly could, dragging it out for well over a year. However, that's now finished and we're looking to get married.

I have a few questions, and any help or advice would be much appreciated.

1,) I'm unemployed, and currently at the moment so is she. She's been a homemaker for the past 25 years. She's looking to get a job, but that's irrelevant to my question, which is- In the divorce she got settlement of $110,000, cash. She also outright owns a home, valued in the area of $235,000. Will these assets make up for the fact that she doesn't currently have a job or a current work history?

2,) We want to marry as soon as we can, and like everyone else here we desperately want to be together.

We've read the handbook, but one major thing remains unclear to me - If she were to come here and we married in America, do I still have to have lived with her for 12 months to satisfy the partner visa requirements, or is that only for non-married couples? I ask because in the handbook it seems clear, but after reading the forums I'm suddenly unsure.

The above seems like the most direct route, and the one that will get us together the fastest but I'm wary of pitfalls.

We've also considered the prospective marriage route, but like so many here find it leaves a bad taste in our mouths. The uncertainty, the months apart, etc. It's the route we'll go if we have to, but if there's another way we'd really appreciate any advice you folks might be able to provide.


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Old 06-17-2012, 12:00 AM
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Getting married overseas is not a problem....just make sure it is well documented.
The issue may be the lack of real income as you will have no government support for the first two years.
Is there a way your partner can show income to support you - other than the $110,000 cash?

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