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Old 09-01-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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Subclass 300 from Viet Nam

Hello.

(I'm posting what I have posted on another board here as the posters here seem very knowledgeable)

I am currently investigating bringing my Vietnamese partner in Australia with the intent to marry.

Before asking these questions I've done plenty of searching so hopefully I'm not asking the same old questions.

Background:

I lived in Saigon for just under 3 years and dated her for 20 months.
We never lived together due to cultural reasons and the fact that I would be returning to Australia to start a career.

She runs her own business and speaks 2 languages other than her own. English obviously is one.

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The paperwork looks easy enough to get done.

I can get stat decs from 2 US citizens currently in Vietnam, 1 from a Vietnamese citizen, and another stat dec from a US citizen currently living in the States who will vouch that we knew each other.

Photos obviously proving that we have met.

Emails as well.

I make enough $ to support us. Not in the lap of luxury but comfortably enough until she starts up her biz here and she can run her biz in Vietnam in the meantime as it is Internet based.

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Does anyone foresee any complications provided that we are careful with the paperwork?

The time frame for her getting the visa would be 6 months? Is there anyone here who has successfully applied for a subclass 300 from Vietnam?

I have booked a registry wedding (which can be changed once she arrives)

Will it speed things up if I have a picture of me, her, her aunt, and her uncle from 3 years ago (we look younger) and a recent (2 months) picture of us with her dad?

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Old 09-02-2009, 05:07 AM
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Certainly sounds like you're on top of the paperwork and need for good evidence and have the application forms filled in correctly Gendron.

And is all sorted on the Vietnames front for it may have changed from about 16 years ago but a friend I actually met in Hue had about four trips backwards and forwards getting himself approved by the Vietnamese for his bride to get permission to marry.

Photographs are only so good and some people do not change a lot in 3 years though if you have, they'll certainly do no harm to your application.
And as you say, be careful with the PW, all info in the eligibility and 'appling for visa' sections, read the links and the booklet.

Have the translations and certified copies and make sure you use the checklist thoroughly and you should be right, more time often in the preparation than in the actual processing and that's not bad sense either for plan well and things usually go smoothly.





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Thanks for that Wanderer.

I forgot to mention that I'll be submitting my old Vietnamese Visas as evidence.

I have 5 of the visa stickers for the (just under) 3 years I lived there + a visa from my recent trip.

Think that might shave off a little application time? (remembering I'm including stat decs + photos -- it's pretty obvious to a casual observer that I lived there and we dated)

As for your friend in Hue, the marriage process in Vietnam can be a mess, from what I remember what my friends who married over there said. One of the reasons we are doing it here.


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I don't think we have an application from Vietnam here on the forum. One from Thailand if my memory serves correct.

It sounds like you have the application under control. Can you get a stat dec from one of your family members? I don't know if it really matters, but it might help.


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I'll get one from my mother and one from my brother.

I'll add that we are thinking of applying for the 300 visa, waiting a month or so until the C.O is assigned, then applying for a tourist visa so she can visit Oz for 6 weeks to 2 months.

We have no intention of getting married on the tourist visa, I just want her here (obviously) and so she can meet the family, investigate her biz, and just have a look in general.

We are serious about not getting married on the tourist visa, I'll sign a stat dec stating that, the idea is to relax while waiting for the 300 visa


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Old 09-02-2009, 04:21 PM
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Can't really comment about shaving time off etc. and some partner visas [not the 300s from any feedback we've had] can go through pretty quick.

Where it could get messy for you though is that your fiance has to be outside of Australia when the visa is granted.
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Nothing in theory to stop her coming in foravisit on a tourist visa but if her application gets up for assessment/recommendation/granting etc. while she is here, you had better hope that immi contact you beforehand so she can make a quick exit.

Otherwise in theory it could work like, well we're ready to approve this visa but hang on she's already here and so is ineligible and visa is refused!
That would mean you have to start all over again and lose the application fee as well.

There has been a similar case with a skilled visa [never got feedback on full outcome] but immi did advise people that they needed to leave and so a timeframe of action was established, but it is not an obligation that immi have.

I'dreckon if you raise it with immi, about all you can hope on getting is a confirmation of what theregulations are.

So you might be just best to get the application i and sit tight awaiting for the approval.





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We will ask the C.O about her visiting when we get one. I wouldn't have thought it was an unusual situation.

I'm seeking clarification on the email/chat log side of things.

Do they want a listing of emails so can see the dates?

Or do they want to read through all the emails and chat logs that we have?

Line by line?


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I do not think it'll be an all that common situation for someone to be visiting while a visa for which one has to be outside of Australia for it to be awarded is being processed.
A CO may well say OK, can't promise you but I'll make a note that we need to check where your fiance is before putting the application into the final step - sounds all good and well, and may not be a problem.

What happens in meantime, CO gets immediately distracted and no note gets made, or a note is put with the file and then CO is transferred or off on leave or whatever and someone else gets the file, doesn't notice the note and up goes the file for final consideration - computer check says applicant is here and application is refused.
Your ptoblem!

Emails are just really a modern day letter and represent a date from when you started corresponding and so just a couple of initial ones printed out does that.

And No they'll not likely be interested in content unless there was something to raise suspicions of sly practice being attempted.





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I should have explained it better.

The stated application time is 6 months.

So after 1 month, she visits for 2 months, so she's back in Vietnam for the last 3 months.

I figured that the C.O would be more interested in seeing the time stamps on the emails. I can't imagine them wasting time sifting through months of skype chat logs


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