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Old 07-05-2010, 06:13 AM
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If it were me, I would get married in Australia and put in an onshore spouse visa. As you say, it's a pain going in and out every 3 months, and they did grill you somewhat when coming back in. Get cracking now to go to apply for a NOIM (Nomination of intent to marry). You only need to do it a month in advance of the wedding date. It may not be how you imagined your perfect wedding to be, but you could also register the marriage at a registry in order to get the spouse visa ASAP, then put your energy into planning a full wedding.

Or, you could plan the wedding in OZ first, go out after this 3 months is up and apply for a PMV to get back into OZ.

Another choice could be to arrange a wedding overseas somewhere, you get married and apply for a spouse visa. I have read in the partner booklet:

To apply outside Australia on the basis of marriage, you must either be legally married to your partner at time of application or intend to legally marry your partner in the near future (before a decision is made on the temporary Partner visa).

I know it's confusing, but if you are still unsure what to do, get on the phone to DIAC and ask. You don't have to give them your full name or anything if you're worried about getting caught out. But they can tell you better what your best option would be.

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Your options are:
. get married or see if you can get a relationship registration for either waives the 12 months relationship requirement that Immi have for a partner visa and then apply for a partner visa but you should also check all the eligibility requirements.
. put it off and try another exit and re-entry on the ETA and again it's the funds and reasoning
. if you feel you have the evidence and marriage or a relationship registration you could also travel out of the country and apply but why?
Whichever you choose - you especially want evidence to have Immi accept it is not a marriage of convenience and that you have a commitment to a continued relationship.
. even if you travelled out of Australia and then got a PMV to return, you'll still need to show some evidence re commitment etc.
By travelling outside and applying for either a partner visa or the PMV you're going to need to wait for the visa grant to return or again use your ETA.
One advantage of applying for the PMV is if it is granted, you'll have longer to consider and arrange marriage.

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