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Boyfriend in Ghana. Is it even worth trying for a visa?

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:06 PM
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Boyfriend in Ghana. Is it even worth trying for a visa?

My boyfriend is in Ghana. We met over the internet, and we were facebooking almost daily, until I visited Ghana in March this year. We met and had 9 wonderful days together and fell even more deeply in love. I met his family and friends. Despite my family and friends telling me that I am being scammed, we met, fell in love, and I know he is genuine and everything he told me about himself is true.

We are not quite engaged yet, and I know it will be a long road. I also know it will be virtually impossible for him to visit Australia on a tourist visa, so the plan is for us to meet again somewhere half way, probably Hong Kong, and this time I will take my 2 boys with me to meet him, just to ensure that they get along, as my children are my priority.

However, from talking to other people in similar situations, and reading posts on this forum, I am starting to wonder if we would have any chance at all. Are we simply not allowed to be together because of the discrimination of the Immigration Department aganist Africans? There is a list of issues that the Immigration Department might question. They are:

* I am 47 and he is 40. (To us age is just a number and I am very young for my age, but I don't think IMMI will see it that way).

* I've been married twice before and brought 2 other husband to Australia, one from Mexico and the other from England. Both marriages ended because of abuse. Apparently you are only allowed 2 marriages from overseas spouses, however apparently there is an allowance in the case of abuse and abandoment. When I left my 2nd marriage, I had to go to a shelter with my children because of the abuse, and I'm not sure if they would consider this valid. (Please don't judge me. I just don't click with Aussie men. I've had Aussie boyfriends, but it never works out.)

* We met over the internet, and apparently IMMI hate internet relationships.

* I'm a sole parent on the parenting payment. Will they think I'm too poor?

My other 2 marriages were pretty much straight forward, especially my English ex, we just paid the money, got all the required documents, medicals done and visas granted. My English ex came here on a visitors visa (after 2 previous visits), married me, then got a bridging visa, and I supported him while the spouse visa was being processed, but that was back in 2002. They must have really tightened things up since.

Maybe I was very naive, and thought that if an Australian gets married to somebody from overseas, if he hasn't got a criminal record, and if they can prove the marriage is genuine, then there shouldn't be a problem. It seems nowadays that IMMI will do anything to refuse applications from anyone from Africa, unless they are very rich.

Do we even have a chance? Should I brace myself for heartache, and accept that this can never be?

Another option we are thinking of is probably a skilled visa, or a 457 visa, as he is a qualified panel beater, which apparently is on the skilled immigration list. Would we have more chance of going down this road, or would they automatically refuse him because he's African?

Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:15 PM
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I think from what you have written you would be fighting an uphill battle. Having sponsored two other partners does make it really difficult. You would probably have to have been married to your new partner for over 2 years to even have a chance IMHO. That said perhaps you should talk to a migration agent about your case. It does sound like you would need professional help to even have a chance. I would suggest you try and talk to Mark Northam who is a mod on this forum or a good agent in your area.



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I agree with Kitty Kat, you would need professional help. The fact that you have sponsored twice before and your reduced ability to financially support him will be a problem. There are a couple of threads started by gerrywins which are dedicated to people applying from Africia, try searching "applications from Africans" I have seen here that some people from Africia waiting 2 years and still no response
Ask the question "what are my chances" from a professional and then make a decision remembering it will be easier to walk away sooner than later. The work visas are getting harder to get. Sorry probably not what you were hoping to hear, though I am just being honest with you


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Both kitty and Aussie a right. I would like to warn you on labeling DIAC discriminatory. All high risk countries are tested the same and there are European and Asian counties in that category.

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