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Length of relationship - for married couples?


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Old 01-29-2011, 06:36 PM
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Length of relationship - for married couples?

Hi all,

I have a little question re the '12 month requirement'. The partner migration booklet makes explicitly clear that this applies to de facto couples, but it's silent on the issue when it comes to married couples.

Do you know if there's any expectation that married couples would have been living together for 12 months?

My wife and I will have been living together for around 10 months continuously at the time I submit my 309/100 visa application. Also we lived together for three months in 2009.

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Apparently, six months is a nominal expectation for married couples though there is still the requirement to show evidence of a relationship.





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But how can you show 6 months if your spouse had to return home soon after the marriage in order to apply for the migration visa? Is this taken into account?


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Old 01-29-2011, 11:05 PM
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There is not just one factor taken into account when considering visas and that also should be considered by applicants.
A PMV would have probably been more the appropriate visa in the situation you describe MA.
If someone has come to Australia and married while on a NFS visa they certainly will need to leave and then it will be up to the applicant to show that a relationship has existed prior to the marriage and sufficient to demonstrate ongoing commitment.

But far best to use the best suited visa in the first place rather than as some people hope that visas will be tailored to their situation.





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The problem was would she have been allowed to bring her 2 young children with her as a PMV or would she have had to go back again anyway after the marriage to get them? I couldnt get a straight answer from Immigration on this one and I tried ringing several times each time speaking to someone different.


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PMVs do allow for dependants but bringing dependants on any sort of a family visa and there'll always be other issues like the other parent, permission etc. and then a sponsor in Australia needs a police check.
You'll never be able to get an answer from Immi about too much and certainly not if you are asking them about children being included for decisions cannot be projected and will be dependent on what is put forward with an application.





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Thanks Wanderer for your advice.


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Yes, thank you as well.

So in the end I think this was my only option.


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