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Old 06-30-2010, 01:09 AM
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Question Please advise on spouse visa from NZ.

Hi guys, this is a bit of an interesting case. Please help out with any advice you can.

I am 22 years old, born in Fiji, a European,with both Britsh and American passports. I am now a permanent residency holder of NZ, but am unable to apply for citizenship in NZfor at least 3 years, as i went and lived in Melbourne for two years.

While I was there I met Graeme, (who is 37) we moved in together shortly after meeting, and stayed together for a year and a half, until my second working holiday visa expired and I returned to NZ. Graeme came over to NZ shortly after, and we got married there.

We then applied for spouse visa, and posted complete application about 3 weeks ago( except AUS police checks , which are on their way, already applied for, and my NZ medical check.) I provided certified copies of my NZ residency permit and stated i lived here, not in Britain or the US.Neither Graeme or myself have been married before, had children or any convictions. We are healthy and both earn above average wages.

Graeme had to return to Melbourne over a month ago for work and we are going crazy without each other.

My questions are these:
1# does anyone have any idea how long processing in NZ usually takes?I cant imagine many people would apply from here, as most NZ'ers are citizens and therefore can travel to AUS without a visa.
2# does the 14 year age difference matter to visa processing? It might sound strange on paper but we feel the same age, it's never been an issue.
3# can I get a tourist visa and go visit Graeme in melboune, even just for a week or two?Or will this cause problems and ultimately slow down the process.

Thanks a lot everyone.


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Hi guys, this is a bit of an interesting case. Please help out with any advice you can.

I am 22 years old, born in Fiji, a European,with both Britsh and American passports. I am now a permanent residency holder of NZ, but am unable to apply for citizenship in NZfor at least 3 years, as i went and lived in Melbourne for two years.

While I was there I met Graeme, (who is 37) we moved in together shortly after meeting, and stayed together for a year and a half, until my second working holiday visa expired and I returned to NZ. Graeme came over to NZ shortly after, and we got married there.

We then applied for spouse visa, and posted complete application about 3 weeks ago( except AUS police checks , which are on their way, already applied for, and my NZ medical check.) I provided certified copies of my NZ residency permit and stated i lived here, not in Britain or the US.Neither Graeme or myself have been married before, had children or any convictions. We are healthy and both earn above average wages.

Graeme had to return to Melbourne over a month ago for work and we are going crazy without each other.

My questions are these:
1# does anyone have any idea how long processing in NZ usually takes?I cant imagine many people would apply from here, as most NZ'ers are citizens and therefore can travel to AUS without a visa.
2# does the 14 year age difference matter to visa processing? It might sound strange on paper but we feel the same age, it's never been an issue.
3# can I get a tourist visa and go visit Graeme in melboune, even just for a week or two?Or will this cause problems and ultimately slow down the process.

Thanks a lot everyone.
Certainly a mixed heritage you have there Sara, my own father having spent his later years on Fiji and is buried there out in the countryside.
Anyways, I've known of people to get partner visas very quickly in NZ [ same day in one case where a couple flew over from Australia with all documents ] but not to say it's always the same.
For offshore applications they say not to do your medical until requested but there is nothing to stop you doing so and if you can get that done reasonably quick and then your police check, I'd give them a ring and see if you can arrange to take them in.
[ I imagine you know that if you have been anywhere else for over 12 months since you were 16, you'll need a police check from there too.]
You may even be contacted earlier.
The age difference should not be a problem even if someone looking at it raises an eyebrow about Graeme being a cradle snatcher! [ just joking ].

You could get an ETA [ use the US passport ] but get in to see them with your documents and you might even find it's not necessary.
If you do come over on an ETA, just make sure the people in NZ know so they'll not attempt to grant the visa whilst in Australia for it'd be rejected.





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