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Old 02-08-2011, 04:45 PM
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Greetings everyone, I am new to this forum and have found it very informative.

I am from the US have had an online relationship with a gentleman from VIC Australia for 7 months and planning to fly there in May. We do love one another very much and this visit will determine our future and have already talked about marriage should things go they way we are sure they will, and plan to live in Australia in that scenario.

Although I am employed here, it makes more sense to live in Australia there since the job prospects here are not wonderful should he come here due to the economy.

Does anyone have any advice for this situation or can give us an idea of what will happen should we go ahead and get married while I am there? Thanks for reading

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:03 AM
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If the visa you are entering on has no No Further Stay condition on it, that will allow you to consider a partner application onshore though even in being married, Immi may require you to have been residing together for a longer period, six months a nominal period even for married people.
If you will still have ends to tie up back in the US it may be more straightforward to consider applying for a PMV when you return there and so have plenty of time to arrange things but have a look at the relevant info under visas/migrants and family on Department of Immigration & Citizenship and a good read of Booklet #1

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I think travelling back and applying for a PMV is the safest option, as for an onshore partner visa, you'd still need plenty of evidence and believe me, time will go fast. (I chose the PMV option and we became nervous wrecks by the time we had everything ready for a veeery small wedding).
Our relationship developed from an online one, too, although we had 2 holidays before I applied for the PMV, showing spending 5 weeks together in physical reality ALTOGETHER. But during the second holiday, when we already decided to get married, we also collected evidence for the PMV and introduced each other to our families and friends (they being aware of your relationship is quite important for DIAC). Collating the evidence takes some time too, also, to organize police checks and medicals, and apparently FBI checks don't really arrive fast.

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Another option to consider, if you haven't spent much time together in person and want some time to live there and see what it's like (while working) is to look into the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). As long as you meet the age requirement of being between 18-30, and can show proof of funds to the tune of $5k AUD in your bank account, you can stay for a year, taking casual employment and living life together to see how things work.

If that doesn't appeal to you, I would suggest the prospective marriage (fiancee) visa instead of getting married and applying for the spouse visa. You still have to prove in a spouse visa that you support each other and have supported each other through things like joint bills/accounts, living together, etc.

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Thank you everyone for the great advice .. I would love to have the opportunity to stay and work there but I am past the age limit of doing so (47) .. And I must continue working so Fiance Visa is most likely the best optiin although maintaining separate households will make it extremely difficult to save up the funds ... Thank you all very much for your replies.

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You're probably right in your case then. Well, I wish you the best of luck and have a GREAT trip. Oz is awesome.

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