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This letter, signed by a celebrant, is what you'll need to include with your visa application to meet the "intend to marry" requirement which is a time of application requirement - it must be included with the application for the PMV. As for the date you intend to get married, we usually suggest estimating it 7 months or so from the application lodgement date. You can always change the date later once you have a better idea when the visa is/will be issued.
Ok, This should be the last thing I should get then, prior to us lodging our application, as I am not quite sure when our docs will be ready for lodging. Would this be right?


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Not sure, I haven't seen all your docs...

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Also, if you don't engage a Registered Migration Agent to assist you, make sure you go over the checklists from DIAC for the PMV visa, and the additional info checklist from the Australian Embassy in Manila (see their website in the Partner Visa section for the additional items checklist). Also don't forget that the Philippines requires people traveling to another country to marry someone (on a 300 or partner visa, etc) to complete the "CFO" process which is an "education" process designed to help folks there know what they'll be dealing with re: married life in a foreign country. Link here:

Fiancee, Spouses and Other Partners of Foreign Nationals | Commission on Filipinos Overseas

FInally consider that there will be a 6-9 month wait while the PMV is being processed - plan for that. Sometimes it's shorter, but you can't count on that. Also, consider that there is a high degree of fraud marriages coming from countries including the Philippines - people doing marriages just to get a visa, then they split up. Since your relationship will likely be rather short before you lodge your PMV application, do your best to accumulate relationship evidence of how well you (get to) know your fiance, including lots of photos of the two of you with other people, and statements from friends/family/acquaintances about the relationship and how you got to know each other. This will help to overcome any doubts about the genuineness of your relationship.

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So, even if we are getting married in Australia, the CFO is still required?

If it is, then from the link you provided, should I be present, meaning requiring me to travel back to the Philippines?

I would have thought that this only applies to those who are getting offshore (Philippines).

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Hi -

Yes. If your fiance is from the Philippines and is departing the Philippines on a 300 visa to marry you in Australia, she will need to get the CFO approval prior to departing. You do not need to travel back for this, only your Philippines fiance needs to go through the process there.

Please advise if there is any confusion - the Philippines have a lot of unique requirements in this area.

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Thank you, Mark. Now I understand.

Your input is much appreciated. Have bookmarked your website incase


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Good luck with all!

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Thanks again for your help, Mark. Very much appreciated indeed.


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The immigration regulations require evidence that you and your fiance intend to marry during the expected term of the PMV visa. It is assumed that you will marry in Australia, although you aren't required to, however you are as a condition of the PMV visa required to marry before the visa expires. Assuming you'll be marrying in Australia, you may want to consider finding a marriage celebrant (there are lots of them, just google for a directory, etc) once you are engaged, and booking their services. As they haven't met both of you yet, they may not complete the Notice of Intent to Marry (NOIM), a document in Australia that officially registers a couple's intent to marry, however the celebrant will usually write a letter once you've booked him/her (and perhaps paid a deposit towards their services) that states that you have booked them and they will marry you assuming you meet all the requirements for the NOIM, etc. This letter, signed by a celebrant, is what you'll need to include with your visa application to meet the "intend to marry" requirement which is a time of application requirement - it must be included with the application for the PMV. As for the date you intend to get married, we usually suggest estimating it 7 months or so from the application lodgement date. You can always change the date later once you have a better idea when the visa is/will be issued.

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Hi Mark Northam,

May i wish to discuss about my fiance's case... I am a Filipina, engaged to be married to my Australian fiance. We're about lodge our PMV application this coming August 2014. We've been engaged since Nov. 2013. The problem is, he's been married to a Filipina but they're already divorced in Australia but their marriage here in Philippines is not annulled as yet.
And because of that case, we agreed to get married in Australia. But i heard from some people that we are NOT allowed to marry even if he's not annulled in Philippines but divorced in Australia?

Am so confused and disappointed now...

this is the evidence need as stated on the Partner Visa booklet:

"evidence that there is no impediment to you marrying your fiancÚ(e) (for example and as appropriate,
if either you and/or your fiancÚ(e) have been previously married or a previous spouse has died, a
certified copy of the divorce decree absolute or the death certificate of the deceased spouse)"

so we both understood that the "divorce decree absolute" is enough for our application?

Hope you could enlighten me about this matter.

Thank you so much.


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Hi iamruby -

The Philippines is a tough place for PMV visas and they are very strict re: previous marriages, especially Philippines marriages. Bottom line: you need to get the marriage annulled in the Philippines before applying for the PMV, as the PMV will be processed in the Philippines and won't be approved with an existing Philippines marriage on the books there. Sorry, wish I had better news!

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