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Old 01-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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Ok, thanks for clarifying. Sorry! I was getting confused with the bridging visa as everything will be done offshore and fiance won't be coming to Aus until he gets his visa approved, so I momentarily thought it was something else I hadn't factored in.

Unrelated to my most recent question, is it possible for us to get married here in Aus if he comes here on a tourist/sponsored family visa?


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My fault for going off on a chat about bridging visas and the general aspects of visa refusal - not enough sleep for me last 3 days dealing with client emergencies. But to confirm re: last post, yes you can marry while your PMV is processing, but you've got to keep in very close touch with DIAC if/when that happens to get the PMV automatically reclassified as a spouse visa application prior to grant.

Re: get married in Australia on a visitor visa, yes it's possible, however the key is will you be allowed to lodge a further visa application once that tourist visa expires while you're still onshore? If you have a No Further Stay condition on your visitor visa, the answer is no (without a hard-to-get waiver). If you don't have this condition, then you can apply for the onshore partner visa. An additional consideration is what you tell DIAC in order to get the visitor visa. This becomes more of an issue if a visitor has to apply for a subclass 676 visitor visa as more info/forms are involved. For those from ETA counties it's much less of an issue, as less paperwork is involved. But still, it can create a problem if you tell DIAC you plan to be here temporarily as a visitor, then they stop you at the airport with your wedding gown in your luggage :-) Same issue with people on visitor visas who come with their educational quals/certificates, resumes and multiple suits - the evidence tends to indicate they're job seeking not, visiting temporarily...

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