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Old 01-02-2013, 01:12 AM
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Prospective Marriage Visa - Pakistan

Hi Guys,

My fiancee is in Karachi, Pakistan. We have lodged our Prospective Marriage Visa Applications and it has been received at Islamabad Pakistan. It was lodged May 29th 2012.

We received confirmation letter from the Australian Immigration High Commission people confirming that they received Payment for the visa fee and all the applications. They also said they assigned a case office to our application. The letter also states that the case officer will contact my fiancee withink 8 weeks of receiving the application if further documents are required.

Now a bit of a background here

I have already sponsored a lady from Pakistan before the prospective marriage visa was granted in 2007 and we were married in Melbourne, however my fiancee was being unfaithful to me and had a boyfriend back in pakistan and eventually she left me and returned back to Pakistan...we are divorced and her visa was cancelled.

Anyways I was aware of the 5 year wait to sponsor a second person.

My other issue is that in the current visa application when it was filled out I was employed and on a decent salary as an IT Manager. However during the new year I had been made redundant and its been pretty difficult to find work as it is for many people....I had submitted evidence of payslips in the application but now im worried that the visa may be denied due to me being made redundant. I live with my Parents and they can support me and my fiancee once she is here. We are living comfortably for the time being and I am busy looking for work and even upskilling myself...so this is the main concern for me i am scared about this unemployment factor coming up.

I had booked a marriage at the Old Treseary Building for last year and have since extended the booking twice because I have not heard anything from the immigration people. So now the booking is for Feb/March 2013.

I contacted the immigration people around october 2012 enquiring about the progress of my fiancees application and they replied that it is being processed and if they need anything they will contact us.

Now I am getting a bit worried, should I continue to contact the immigration to enquire about the update...im scared that if I become a pest that they might just take the application out and put it at the bottom of the pile again.

Any advice would be appreciated on the unemployment issue and/or enquiring with the department.

Thanks guys for an informative site forum.

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Hi Daddymac -

While DIAC asks for employment/income info for the sponsor, that is considered in conjunction with the entire support picture, including for example support from the sponsor's parents if they will provide a home for the sponsor & applicant to live in once married, etc.

Offshore fiance visas for high risk countries (no offense - DIAC's terminology, not mine!) are quoted at 12 months for processing, so as you're now at 7 months, I'm not sure any further communication at this moment would be productive. My thought would be to wait for another 3 months or so, and if you haven't heard anything by then, check in with them to ask if they want any updated info from you or your fiance. Depending on the case officer and/or staff who answer your call, sometimes a call about an aspect of the application and updating that may be seen as more helpful than a call just to ask if/when it will be processed.

Hope this helps, good luck with your case!

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Hi MarkNortham,

Thankyou for your reply much appreciated.

Just in plain english as I am from St Albans lol

So If for example immigration say that im unemployed now I can still tell them that my family is going to support us untill I find a job?

I will contact them in March and see what is up. Yes Pakistan is very high risk and it is entirely justified that is should be considered a high risk country.

Thankyou for your time.

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Hi Daddymac -

While DIAC asks for employment/income info for the sponsor, that is considered in conjunction with the entire support picture, including for example support from the sponsor's parents if they will provide a home for the sponsor & applicant to live in once married, etc.

Offshore fiance visas for high risk countries (no offense - DIAC's terminology, not mine!) are quoted at 12 months for processing, so as you're now at 7 months, I'm not sure any further communication at this moment would be productive. My thought would be to wait for another 3 months or so, and if you haven't heard anything by then, check in with them to ask if they want any updated info from you or your fiance. Depending on the case officer and/or staff who answer your call, sometimes a call about an aspect of the application and updating that may be seen as more helpful than a call just to ask if/when it will be processed.

Hope this helps, good luck with your case!


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Yes, that would be a good course of action. Perhaps say you're "between jobs and looking for a new job" (sounds better than "unemployed", at least when said in English!). Provide details on how your parents will support you, etc and that you'll keep them up to date as you seek further employment.

Good luck with your case!

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HI Mark

Can I please ask a quick question? I applied for a partner visa a few years back the immigration refused this after 2 YEAR! the Immigration stated that the visa was refused because the wedding wasn't recognized according to Australian Law ! that was really disappointing and I was really stressed out and depressed because that time I was in Pakistan on holidays and was thinking about coming back to Australia with my partner
anyways now I have applied for the prospective marriage visa 300 and have set the marriage date for our marriage on 16/11/2014 so that it is according to the AUSTRAIAN LAW

I just hope he gets he's visa granted ASAP, am just scared they might refuse it again. and we want to be together ASAP....
also I called the immigration the other day and they said it will take 12-14 months! its tooooo long I have already waited 2 years! I was thinking of applying for a visit visa until the other one is under process. would you think that's an good idea?

can you please any suggestions ?

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Hi Wajiha -

No harm in applying for a visitor visa - make sure you provide plenty of evidence about your situation. Key issue will be whether DIBP considers your relationship to be genuine - if so, you have a chance at the visitor visa. Problem is, lots of visitor visas being refused from Pakistan these days, so don't be too upset if it's not granted - I would make sure they understand that you've got a PMV application lodged and you wish to come to Australia to spend time with your fiance, plan your wedding details, etc.

Hope this helps -

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HI Mark

Can I please ask a quick question? I applied for a partner visa a few years back the immigration refused this after 2 YEAR! the Immigration stated that the visa was refused because the wedding wasn't recognized according to Australian Law ! that was really disappointing and I was really stressed out and depressed because that time I was in Pakistan on holidays and was thinking about coming back to Australia with my partner
anyways now I have applied for the prospective marriage visa 300 and have set the marriage date for our marriage on 16/11/2014 so that it is according to the AUSTRAIAN LAW

I just hope he gets he's visa granted ASAP, am just scared they might refuse it again. and we want to be together ASAP....
also I called the immigration the other day and they said it will take 12-14 months! its tooooo long I have already waited 2 years! I was thinking of applying for a visit visa until the other one is under process. would you think that's an good idea?

can you please any suggestions ?

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Hi Mark

First of all many thanks for your reply, I really appreciate the time you took to help me

I stayed a year in Pakistan to spend time with my fiancÚ and we have many photos and a joint bank account and bills, would that be enough?

And just to make sure about the bit you said about planning my wedding, I have a statement/letter from a wedding celebrant that will read our wedding vows etc on 16/11/2014. is that Alright? can you please clarify that bit?


Thanks heaps
Wajiha


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Hi Wajiha -

Glad I could help. Difficult to assess relationship evidence and statements, etc online - would need to do that via a consultation (see my website below for details). It sounds like the evidence you've listed would be helpful in establishing the fact that you have met and are known to each other, however don't forget about the third part of the legal requirements for a fiance visa - that you have a genuine intent to enter into a spousal relationship. This is usually evidenced by specific plans for your marriage and details about how you plan to build your lives together as a couple in Australia. A common area this causes problems in is if there is an interview of the applicant, either in person or via phone, and if the applicant does not satisfy the case officer during the interview that he/she is very familiar with the sponsor's life, work, religion, habits, family members and their work/etc, etc etc. Often both sponsor and applicant are interviewed at the same time, so the sponsor needs to be very familiar with the applicant's life as well. There is a lot of visa fraud coming from middle eastern countries at this point, so officers are being very strict with these applicants - it's best to prepare thoroughly!

Hope this helps -

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Hi Mark

First of all many thanks for your reply, I really appreciate the time you took to help me

I stayed a year in Pakistan to spend time with my fiancÚ and we have many photos and a joint bank account and bills, would that be enough?

And just to make sure about the bit you said about planning my wedding, I have a statement/letter from a wedding celebrant that will read our wedding vows etc on 16/11/2014. is that Alright? can you please clarify that bit?


Thanks heaps
Wajiha

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oky thank you soo much, surely i will check out your website and be in contact soon

thanks
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