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Migrating partner from russia to Australia


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Old 09-16-2012, 09:57 AM
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Hi there I am currently researching migrating my fiancÚ here to Australia from Russia on a prospective marriage visa and hear conflicting advice on using a migration agent. My thoughts are that our case is straight forward and wouldn't justify the cost...

We met on the Internet almost a year ago and instantly connected, she recently came here for 3 months and we decided we wanted to spend our life together here. We have many photos and she and my family adore each other, both in our 20s with no kids or previous marriages. I have a good job and she is finishing her last year at Uni before she comes back (hopefully in June/July 2013).

I don't have any reason to believe we could get knocked back and our love for each other is obvious to everyone. I niw know it can take 5-12 months (being from a highrisk country I'm expecting 8-10?? So we need to get a move on! In the meantime I will visit her and her family to break up the time we are separated.

She seems to be getting told conflictive advice from what I'm reading eg. We would be crazy to not use an agent.The costs are building up between the application fee, medicals, engagement, my trip to Russia ect. And I would hate to waste $2000 on an agent for no good reason!

Can any one please shed some light on their experiences and or thoughts?

We are running out of time if we want to be together in the near future!

Has anyone got further info on processing times?

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:27 PM
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My partner and I just lodged our PMV his from Bali so a high risk country as well they said the time could be upto 12months as well Im hoping it wont take that long as our situation is similar to yours both in our 20s never been married no kids etc.. the medical was easy to obtain we were asked to supply them 4 days after lodging and the police check was fairly easy to get we didnt use an agent I think who knows your relationship better then you the agent really doesnt do to much anyway save the money like u said the fees for the visa and everything else as well as planning a wedding all start to pile but if your not comfortable you could try an agent.
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Hi there I am currently researching migrating my fiancÚ here to Australia from Russia on a prospective marriage visa and hear conflicting advice on using a migration agent. My thoughts are that our case is straight forward and wouldn't justify the cost...

We met on the Internet almost a year ago and instantly connected, she recently came here for 3 months and we decided we wanted to spend our life together here. We have many photos and she and my family adore each other, both in our 20s with no kids or previous marriages. I have a good job and she is finishing her last year at Uni before she comes back (hopefully in June/July 2013).

I don't have any reason to believe we could get knocked back and our love for each other is obvious to everyone. I niw know it can take 5-12 months (being from a highrisk country I'm expecting 8-10?? So we need to get a move on! In the meantime I will visit her and her family to break up the time we are separated.

She seems to be getting told conflictive advice from what I'm reading eg. We would be crazy to not use an agent.The costs are building up between the application fee, medicals, engagement, my trip to Russia ect. And I would hate to waste $2000 on an agent for no good reason!

Can any one please shed some light on their experiences and or thoughts?

We are running out of time if we want to be together in the near future!

Has anyone got further info on processing times?

Replys greatly appreciated
I'm just a forum member and not a migration agent, but in my opinion your case is pretty straightforward and you don't need an agent. Have you read the Partner Migration booklet yet? Here it is: Partner Migration Booklet

Because you don't live together, the best option would probably be PMV - prospective marriage visa. Don't worry about processing time, you can't change it anyway; but what you can do is prepare a really good visa application with heaps of evidence and you might get your visa sooner.

Don't forget - even if your're applying for a PMV (and not for a 309 partner visa), it's still good to attach as much evidence as possible (all in booklet; social, financial evidence....).

All the best!!


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Old 09-17-2012, 10:00 AM
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Thanks for your replays, I agree with you both, two valid points I didn't previously consider. Also I think the agents are trying to "sell" us their service...

Also heard the medical check costs can exceed $500 in Russia? Does anyone know if this is true?

Worried about getting ripped of as I know they can sometimes operate diff to us over here..Hence the conflicting advice on costs ect. Also heard there is a special tax in Russia they charge ontop of application fee!!

Thanks!


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Thanks for your replays, I agree with you both, two valid points I didn't previously consider. Also I think the agents are trying to "sell" us their service...

Also heard the medical check costs can exceed $500 in Russia? Does anyone know if this is true?

Worried about getting ripped of as I know they can sometimes operate diff to us over here..Hence the conflicting advice on costs ect. Also heard there is a special tax in Russia they charge ontop of application fee!!

Thanks!
This is a list of doctors in Russia and only they are authorized to do a medical check for visa applicants: Russian Federation - Panel Doctors

Considering there's only one doctor in every city, she probably doesn't have a lot of option in choosing the cheapest one. In Australia, a medical check costs around $350, in Europe it depends on the country (in Eastern Europe the price is around 140 euros). Just call the doctor and you'll know what the price is at once. They need to tell you the price for a complete medical - X-rays included.

It's the first time I hear about a special tax on the top of visa application fee. I doubt there is one, though. A 309 visa application costs $2060. You pay separately for the medical check, oficial translations, police checks...


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Old 09-17-2012, 12:55 PM
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Hi Xtopher,

Take a look also at the Partner Migration info pages on the website of the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

They have their own special partner visa application checklist, and they state that while the official service standard is 12 months, most applications are able to be finalised within 7 months.


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