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Hi there,

I am an Australian citizen. I have a few questions.

1. Is marrying online (over the internet with lawyer presence) possible?
My girlfriend who is a romanian citizen and lives in UK. we are trying to get married.
If it is possible, how will it be recognised or what should we make it to be legal ? (sorry, that is odd question, I am just curious).

2. In previous months I took centerlink payments while I am in between jobs.
Is this going to affect me sponsoring my girlfriend after marraige (as I am doing a job now) in any way?

3. How much time does a prospective marraige visa takes ? (An average time).

4. Does anybody know a country in europe that is easy to get married and get the marriage certificate (Just in case, if my first question of marrying online , is an invalid question)

Thanks in advance for answering my questions. Let me know if I need to provide any more information.

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No, an online marriage is not legal at all! You need witnesses who see and hear you take your vows and make your legal committment to one another. I don't know what you mean by "lawyer presence" but you get married by a celebrant or some other person legally vested with the power to marry you (priest in some cases etc). There are very important words that must be said by the celebrant in order for the marriage to be legal under Australian law. You must also sign legally binding documents in the presence of witnesses and they must also sign the documents.

Secondly, being on centrelink benefits in the past won't affect your application, in fact we have people who sponsor their partners who are currently on benefits.

Thirdly, how long is a piece of string? PMV processing times vary depending on country, how straight forward your application is etc. Expect to wait anywhere around 12 months or so - sometimes less, and sometimes much much longer.

Fourthly, no, i have no idea regarding any European marriage, but keep in mind that any marriage must be legal under Australian law, therefore it's likely that to be legally accepted by Australia, any marriage must have certain aspects it must contain and criteria that it must fulfil - ie the need for witnesses and a legal marriage celebrant etc. You are making a legally binding commitment to one another, there are no shortcuts, nor should there be.

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Thanks star Hunter. Your quick reply is much appreciated.


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You do realize you can't be married before the Prospective Marriage Visa is granted and your fiancee enters Australia, if that's the visa you're applying for, right? Just making sure.

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Visa #1: PMV (300) through Washington, D.C
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Visa #2: Subclass 820 (From PMV).
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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
PR Granted: Early April 2017.

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