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Tricky Situation - Visa options for Russian Citizen


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Old 11-05-2012, 09:03 AM
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Tricky Situation - Visa options for Russian Citizen

I will start by describing my somewhat complex situation with my girlfriend from Russia.

We met 3 years ago and have been in regular contact with eachother, when we decided to enter into a long-distance relationship about 1.5yrs ago.

During this time we have holidayed in Thailand, she came to Australia to visit me for 2 months, I visited Russia for 3 months and then we subsequently traveled in Europe together for short stints.

It is my intention to bring her out to Australia for 12mths to realistically see if she can see herself prospectively living in Australia permanently in the future with me, however I'm really stuck on what visa options are available to her!?

A de-facto visa is not an option for us as we have spent no longer than 5mths together in a 12mth period. We would consider study options (cost?) however it would be preferable to get some kind of visa which enables her to work during her stay.

If i could hear from anyone who has been in a similar situation or anyone that may be able to point me in the right direction i would be most appreciative.

Currently it all seems very daunting and due to Russia being a high-risk country, it makes the task very difficult.


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Either a student visa or a prospective marriage visa. For the prospective marriage visa, After the visa is granted, she'll have one year to enter the country (it helps to do it before the medicals and police checks expire). The cost is a little over $2,000. So once she enters, you two will have nine months to get married. So you can decide if she is really the one you want to marry in the 9 months. If you're not sure about marrying her then get a student visa and after living together for 12 months and sharing bills. You two can get a partner visa.

So does she really want to study and get a part time job and live with you or get a full time job with the prospective marriage visa and marry you?

Hope this helps! I'm working on my prospective marriage visa and previously had a student visa in New Zealand.


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Tourist visa will be the cheapest option but she can't work on this visa

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Thanks for your response Tiffiny.

At this stage I'm open to considering ALL options as we're merely going to try to get her out here for approx. 12mths to see if it is likely to work longer term.

The complexities of our situation stem further from what i wrote - She's an identical twin and so am I, and we're both extremely close to our twins and families. So ultimately, if she can't be away from her family, friends and twin sister then it won't work out. So to get her here on a '12 month' trial i think is crucial,

As for the prospective marriage visa, i feel that this might be a bit premature and put unnecessary pressure at this point to make a 'quick' decision within 9mths to marry.

I think possibly the student visa might be the best option for now to enable us to get a partner visa in the future, and i think the balance between doing this and part-time work while living with me in the meantime would probably be best.

Would you happen to know any institutions in Melbourne where getting a 'cheap' student visa for studying say French, Spanish or even Public Relations might be possible?

At this point i'm clutching at straws just to get her out here on a 'trial' basis before we jump into anything. And a tourist visa would not be suitable as she's done this once before for a couple of months, however over a longer period this just wouldn't be viable.

Thanks for your help!


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International student fees are crazy expensive. It's usually close to double what an Australian would pay.


My opinion, be selfless and move to Russia for a year. Would you choose family or her? And after the year, you two can move to Australia if that is what both of you want.


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International student fees are crazy expensive. It's usually close to double what an Australian would pay.

My opinion, be selfless and move to Russia for a year. Would you choose family or her? And after the year, you two can move to Australia if that is what both of you want.
International student and local student fees are the same. The only difference is that Australian government pays half or so of fees on behalf of Australians.

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Thanks guys.

What are the requirements on companies being able to sponsor her?

I am wanting to call companies to see what my luck might be for having them sponsor her for say 12mths...At this stage i'm not really in a position where i want to relocate to Moscow for 12mths


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personally ive heard of many risk stories about women coming from Russia, and im not about to stereotype them, but just be very careful as i have heard that some take advantage of australian men, and ditch them after they get their citizenship...but i wish you well. on a positive note, if she doesnt need to work you can get a 3 month tourist visa and have it extended a few times ( some countries dont allow extensions) but its worth a thought. i think she would need $1000 per month to support herself to get an extension. good luck..i wish u well..

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I really think, the tourist visa is your best, and only realistic option at this point.

You could consider the VET 572 visa, but she would have to provide evidence that she had access to funds to meet the study costs and living costs. Being a high risk country, the living costs would exceed $25, 000 dollars alone.

The best option would be to have the tourist visa, and see how things progress.
In a couple of months time, you could later consider the PMV subclass 300 partner visa.

UNless she is a skilled worker, and have the qualifications or skills to perform a skilled job, getting sponsorship from a business for the would be close to impossible.

Sorry to say, but there are only a few options.

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Thanks for your response Chris, although quite bleak options...

If she were to come out to Australia on a tourist visa for approx. 3mths and we were to go down the path of PMV, at what point would we need to start gathering all of the paperwork and submit by to make sure we have it all sorted in order to extend her stay and meet the the 9mth marriage deadline?


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