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Getting married in Australia on 651 visa


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Old 07-01-2016, 11:09 AM
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Getting married in Australia on 651 visa

Hi everyone,

Do I need a marriage visa to get married in Australia? Just looked it up and the estimate says it would cost around 7000 aud!! Is this right? I have the money but I also need to spend it on getting my two rescue dogs over to Australia. If we pay for the marriage visa, dogs, and other things, there won't be much left.

Is it possible for a Polish citizen on a tourist visa sub class 651 to get married in Australia and then apply for partner visa when I'm abroad?


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Old 07-01-2016, 11:32 PM
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You can wed in Australia, whatever your immigration status.

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Old 07-03-2016, 06:07 AM
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If you're planning to move to Australia to live with your partner and get a visa on the basis of your relationship, you're going to have to pay the $7000 at some point, unfortunately, whether you apply from within Australia or from abroad. It may be a question of what's the best timing for you and when you can afford it.

Partner visas take a long time to be processed, anywhere from 7-15 months (or longer in complex cases) so just be aware that if you apply offshore you'll have a considerable wait before you can move to Australia. You may be able to get a visitor visa in the interim but wouldn't be able to work in Australia on it, whereas if you apply onshore you immediately get a bridging visa that gives you work rights.

If you're going to get married in Oz then live in different countries for a while and apply from offshore, make sure you have enough evidence for the partner visa (household, financial, social, commitment). If you don't think you have enough, it might be better to apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa which doesn't require the same level of evidence of living together.

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