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Old 08-05-2012, 07:36 AM
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Question Overwhelmed with Marriage-Related Visa

Hi,

Im new here. I read through some of the eligibility information but I don't think I found one that really fits my situation.
My boyfriend is a citizen of Mauritius and he is currently working in Australia but he doesn't hold a Permanent Residency. I am a citizen of The Republic of The Philippines. We met online and made the decision to commit to each other and hopefully be together as a married couple in the near future. We reviewed some information about marriage but the processes seem to be too complicated for us. We decided that I'll visit him this December and spend some time together.

In terms of marriage application, where should we start and what should we do? Is it even possible for us to get married in Australia? Or Should we do it in tTe Philippines?

Please, give us some advise. Really confused on what steps to take after I visit him in Australia late this year (2012).


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There's a lot of information about getting married in Australia.
Try this one: http://www.nswcelebrant.net.au/Marri...Aus%20faqs.pdf

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Hi,

Im new here. I read through some of the eligibility information but I don't think I found one that really fits my situation.
My boyfriend is a citizen of Mauritius and he is currently working in Australia but he doesn't hold a Permanent Residency. I am a citizen of The Republic of The Philippines. We met online and made the decision to commit to each other and hopefully be together as a married couple in the near future. We reviewed some information about marriage but the processes seem to be too complicated for us. We decided that I'll visit him this December and spend some time together.

In terms of marriage application, where should we start and what should we do? Is it even possible for us to get married in Australia? Or Should we do it in tTe Philippines?

Please, give us some advise. Really confused on what steps to take after I visit him in Australia late this year (2012).
Hi Lynn,

Couple of questions...
1) What visa is your boyfriend on?
2) How long has this relationship been going on?

Yes the information required to book a marriage date in Aus can be very overwhelming. Took me a while to sort out everything! According to Google, 'Australia has no residency requirements for marriage. Foreigners can marry as soon as they arrive providing they are free to do so.' So it seems that both of you can register your marriage in Oz!

It really depends on the both of you where you want to do it. I am from Singapore and my partner is in Oz. We chose to do it in Oz because my partner's mum isn't well and he needs to be around to care for her. If it's more convenient or easier to marry in Philippines, then why not? Oz recognises overseas marriages too as long as the copy of the official marriage cert is properly certified/notarised.

Now if you decide to get married in Oz, first thing to do is to decide on the wedding date and fill up the Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) form. You're now in a similar situation as I was - living in a separate country from our partner. What I did was fill up the form under the bride's details, went to a Notary Public to get my signature witnessed and at the same time, notarise my birth certificate and passport. Then I sent the form and supporting documents off to my partner in Oz, he filled in his details on the groom's end, and went to the marriage registry to register.

The earliest date you can register your marriage date is one month before. For example, if you want to marry on 25 Dec, you have to submit the form by 25 Nov. That's why it's very important to settle on the marriage date first, because you work backwards from there. Keep in mind to give extra time for posting the mail over and for your partner to submit the form. I made sure my documents reached my partner 6 weeks before our wedding date

So to summarise everything, and assuming you are getting married in Oz, and you're in Philippines while your partner is in Oz:
1. Decide on marriage date
2. Print out and fill NOIM form (but don't sign it yet!!)
3. Get a copy of your passport and birth certificate
4. Go to a notary public and let him witness your signature on the form + get your passport & birth cert copies notarised by him
5. Post all documents to your partner
6. Your partner has to go to the marriage registry, take along his original passport AND birth certificate for the officer to sight them, and prepare to pay the fees
7. Marriage date is registered!

The entire marriage registration fee cost us AUD400++ so prepare that amount.

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Smile Thank you Miss Swan

I really appreciate the detailed information you provided for me. Now, i have a foreknowledge on what steps i'll take. We are relieved that we are not on a dead end here

Our relationship is pretty new. It's less than a year. But sometimes, I guess things like this happens quickly. My boyfriend is in a bridging Visa which I think makes it quite difficult for us


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Old 08-11-2012, 05:41 AM
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Hmm why would a bridging visa make it difficult? The marriage registry doesn't check what visa the applicant is on. I did not have to state any information about my visa type.


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