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Old 11-12-2020, 12:05 AM
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I met the love of my life 3 years ago online and we've been talking every day since. Been a couple for a good 2.5 years too~ and we've visited once in Australia (she's native, I'm a yank) and I was curious as to any advice for people like me in long distance relationships that are mostly online? I heard that the immigration office is a bit iffy unless we've lived together for a year so I'm not sure if our request will even go through. But we want this more than anything in the world.

We've looked into visas and we think we know what to do. We'd start with a 300 visa to get married, I'd move in with her and we'd then change over to a 820 visa, and eventually a 801 if all goes well. I know police checks are required for me as well, which shouldn't be hard, assuming I can just go to that country's embassy to get the check done? I'm particularly scared of that since I had lived in the Middle East due to my dad being a military contractor. And considering how visibly queer I am, I'd rather avoid the risk of needing to visit again just for a clearance.

Now my question is, how would we up our chances at getting approved? We do have pictures of us together, and basically every text we've sent each other (there's a loooot) but that might not be enough from what I'm reading, a big obstacle it being an online relationship for the most part. Would we be fine if we just went for it and applied and went along with it, sort of? My gf has talked about how some use immigration lawyers because of how complicated the process can be, and although I agree it's overwhelming, it doesn't seem too hard after looking into it all unless I'm missing something.


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May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts on this forum. If you want me to assess your case, go to my website pinoyau.com and use the contact form.

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Hello everyone!

I met the love of my life 3 years ago online and we've been talking every day since. Been a couple for a good 2.5 years too~ and we've visited once in Australia (she's native, I'm a yank) and I was curious as to any advice for people like me in long distance relationships that are mostly online? I heard that the immigration office is a bit iffy unless we've lived together for a year so I'm not sure if our request will even go through. But we want this more than anything in the world.

We've looked into visas and we think we know what to do. We'd start with a 300 visa to get married, I'd move in with her and we'd then change over to a 820 visa, and eventually a 801 if all goes well. I know police checks are required for me as well, which shouldn't be hard, assuming I can just go to that country's embassy to get the check done? I'm particularly scared of that since I had lived in the Middle East due to my dad being a military contractor. And considering how visibly queer I am, I'd rather avoid the risk of needing to visit again just for a clearance.

Now my question is, how would we up our chances at getting approved? We do have pictures of us together, and basically every text we've sent each other (there's a loooot) but that might not be enough from what I'm reading, a big obstacle it being an online relationship for the most part. Would we be fine if we just went for it and applied and went along with it, sort of? My gf has talked about how some use immigration lawyers because of how complicated the process can be, and although I agree it's overwhelming, it doesn't seem too hard after looking into it all unless I'm missing something.
Welcome to the forum lalalocust!

My husband (Italian) and I (Aussie) were mostly online LDR before we moved to Australia. We didn't use a migrant agent and applied for PMV 300, followed by 820, 801, and now citizenship. We uploaded a lot of "evidence" of our relationship. Us in photos together and with family and friends, plane tickets to visit each other, museum entrance tickets and movie tickets we went together, logs of phone calls, evidence of financial support (bank transfers), statutory declarations from parents and friends about our relationship, etc.

If you're in a genuine relationship, don't lie on your application, and provide required evidence, you have a good chance of getting approved.

One thing to note is that immigration will only consider the time after you met in person. For example, if you were in a relationship online for 2.5 years, but only first met face to face 1 year ago, immigration will say your relationship is only for 1 year. You are required to at least submit evidence of your first face to face meeting.

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Welcome to the forum lalalocust!

My husband (Italian) and I (Aussie) were mostly online LDR before we moved to Australia. We didn't use a migrant agent and applied for PMV 300, followed by 820, 801, and now citizenship. We uploaded a lot of "evidence" of our relationship. Us in photos together and with family and friends, plane tickets to visit each other, museum entrance tickets and movie tickets we went together, logs of phone calls, evidence of financial support (bank transfers), statutory declarations from parents and friends about our relationship, etc.

If you're in a genuine relationship, don't lie on your application, and provide required evidence, you have a good chance of getting approved.

One thing to note is that immigration will only consider the time after you met in person. For example, if you were in a relationship online for 2.5 years, but only first met face to face 1 year ago, immigration will say your relationship is only for 1 year. You are required to at least submit evidence of your first face to face meeting.
Thanks! Yeah we do have a looot of proof. Tons of phone logs since we call every day, I still have my tickets saved from when I visited, I believe my gf kept the tickets to the museums we visited together too. So it sounds like it shouldn't be much issue. I know her family can vouch for us, as I've met them all. My family however, isn't very supportive of our relationship and don't want me moving to Australia so that might be tricky. It shouldn't matter much though, right?

Also if I may ask one thing, how long did it take roughly to get your application approved? We're worried it'll be a 2+ year wait based on what's on the website and the stories we've heard. And when they ask for evidence, how did they accept it? Like pdfs of receipts and tickets, I assume? And for the logs would a .txt suffice or screenshots? Oh also (sorry for asking so much) we have mostly photos of each other hanging out (more of me in Australia doing stuff as she's a bit of a photographer) and only a handful of selfies of us together in person. I'm worried it won't be enough..

I really really appreciate your feedback though, you've been wonderful.


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Do go online and check out the Australian Dept of Immigration website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/supp...tionship.aspx#


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Do go online and check out the Australian Dept of Immigration website

Okay, seems like we can do most of these no problem. The only trouble is the fiscal bit. Since we don't live together yet it's impossible to provide proof of anything under that category. Would we be turned down for that?


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What about putting your assets into a joint account or making her a beneficiary of your superannuation, etc?


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Thanks! Yeah we do have a looot of proof. Tons of phone logs since we call every day, I still have my tickets saved from when I visited, I believe my gf kept the tickets to the museums we visited together too. So it sounds like it shouldn't be much issue. I know her family can vouch for us, as I've met them all. My family however, isn't very supportive of our relationship and don't want me moving to Australia so that might be tricky. It shouldn't matter much though, right?

Also if I may ask one thing, how long did it take roughly to get your application approved? We're worried it'll be a 2+ year wait based on what's on the website and the stories we've heard. And when they ask for evidence, how did they accept it? Like pdfs of receipts and tickets, I assume? And for the logs would a .txt suffice or screenshots? Oh also (sorry for asking so much) we have mostly photos of each other hanging out (more of me in Australia doing stuff as she's a bit of a photographer) and only a handful of selfies of us together in person. I'm worried it won't be enough..

I really really appreciate your feedback though, you've been wonderful.
Coloured scans of documents, tickets, receipts etc or pdfs are fine as evidence. Since it's difficult to get a stat dec (statutory declaration) from people outside of Australia, it's actually fine if only her family do them! As for logs, if it's all online, I think I took screenshots of our Skype call logs. Otherwise, she can do a stat dec regarding your ongoing communication - stat decs are legally binding and their signature must be witnessed.

Considering my husband and I applied for PMV300 back in 2014, I don't think our timeline would reflect the current times. We applied straight after getting engaged and first met in person 13 months before application. He got his PMV approved in less than a year - just under 3 weeks before our wedding!

Regarding joint finances - as far as I know, it's generally not expected if you are applying for PMV 300. We didn't have a joint bank account until a month before getting approval (he entered Australia on a tourist visa). I transferred him money to help pay for flights (I was working and he wasn't) and I uploaded that as evidence of financial support but I don't think it really impacted our application.

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Probably take post #2 up.

I think the initial contact and reply is free (not 100 % sure).

The could be much better options for you, but more detail is required.

Be very careful of the Australian gov web site info.

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Probably take post #2 up.

I think the initial contact and reply is free (not 100 % sure).

The could be much better options for you, but more detail is required.

Be very careful of the Australian gov web site info.

We're still considering that. However, I don't think there are better options. I have nothing that could qualify me as a skilled worker and only have a 2 year college degree. Plus I have no family in Aus so it really seems easiest to just do the partner visa with my girlfriend.


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