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Old 09-28-2016, 08:39 AM
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Paranoid ? French...

Sadly, I can hear a lot of rumors about how badly French people are now behaving in Australia (I am French myself, have lived in Australia for 31 years and have unfortunately witnessed first hand some very objectionable activities).
My French partner of 4 years has now decided to move to Australia but is very worried about the possibility of having our partner visa application rejected on the basis of his origin (French).
Are we being totally paranoid or does anyone think that Immigration officials are able to discriminate on the basis of country of origin when making decision on visas ?
Any informed insight into the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:12 AM
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France is classified as a low-risk country so the process is actually a bit easier for you than for people coming from a high-risk country. The classification is based on previous behaviour from citizens of each country (overstay risk etc). Individuals still aren't shut out based on the general behaviour of their countrymen, but they may have to provide more documentation demonstrating their good character and intention to adhere to the conditions of their visa and so on.

Nationals of some countries are disadvantaged in that they aren't able to get a visitor visa to spend the time together in Australia while they wait for their (offshore) partner visa to be processed. Applications from some countries (eg. Pakistan, Afghanistan) frequently take longer than usual to be processed because it takes longer to get the required security clearances. So there are differences but coming from a western European country stands you in pretty good stead.

For a partner visa, everyone has to undergo police and health checks and provide the necessary evidence showing their relationship is genuine and ongoing, which is an arduous, time-consuming and expensive process, but it's a question of evidence, not where you're from.

If you're worried about your chances and want some reassurance, book a consultation with a registered MARA agent - there are a few experienced agents who post on here who can help you get on the right track.

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Sadly, I can hear a lot of rumors about how badly French people are now behaving in Australia (I am French myself, have lived in Australia for 31 years and have unfortunately witnessed first hand some very objectionable activities).
My French partner of 4 years has now decided to move to Australia but is very worried about the possibility of having our partner visa application rejected on the basis of his origin (French).
Are we being totally paranoid or does anyone think that Immigration officials are able to discriminate on the basis of country of origin when making decision on visas ?
Any informed insight into the matter would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
May I ask what exactly you're talking about? My wife is French and we're looking to submit her application shortly so your post is of interest


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Old 09-28-2016, 11:08 AM
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May I ask what exactly you're talking about? My wife is French and we're looking to submit her application shortly so your post is of interest

An article was posted a few months back from France's Consul Général explaining the new expression : "French shopping" which i have witnessed myself in a Bondi Junction Supermarket = actually having a meal whilst walking through the isles of a supermarket or "forgetting to pay" for shopping.

It saddens me to see that some poorly behaved individuals can spoil the show for the vast majority.


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Thanks for that. Had not seen any of these articles before. Looks like there'a a handful from a few years ago as well.


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This is nothing new. In the 70's and 80's French travellers used to have a terrible reputation, as many were supporting themselves by robbing their fellow travellers, including their own country men. It was well known then that a Frenchman would steal your shoes while you were asleep.This did not stop me from developing a great love for France, the French people and French culture. I certainly never held it against my many French friends, acquaintances and clients. You have nothing to worry about in this respect. P.S. I never got robbed by any Frenchman ,or anyone else for that matter. But I always used to tie my shoes to my bed!

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Much appreciated ! thanks


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