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Get hitched here or there? (fiance/spouse visa)

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:18 PM
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Get hitched here or there? (fiance/spouse visa)

My partner is Haitian, and we live in Haiti. We're planning to stay here for another year or so and then move to Australia.

We're trying to decide whether to get married here or wait until we're back in Oz -- I thought that you knowledgeable people might have some advice.

I'd rather wait until we're at home, and get a fiance visa. But does this cost more than a spouse visa? It would be very easy for us to get married here (the organisation we work for is headed by a pastor who'd love to do the honours!). I would rather wait until we are home though, as I'm not really a big fan of weddings and don't want to do the whole thing twice.

But what is the difference in cost? Does one visa cost a lot more than the other?


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Old 05-31-2011, 01:30 AM
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whether you are married or not, the cost is exactly the same.

however, if you apply offshore (i.e. apply from haiti, and you both wait in haiti for it to be approved) then the cost is about $1800.

if you apply onshore (i.e. after you return to australia, you apply from australia, and you both wait in australia for it to be approved) then the cost is $2600.

if i were you, i would apply now as a finance from haiti. your visa should get approved within the 12mo you want to stay. then you can get married in australia when you return home. it will save you money and save you time.

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:36 PM
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Hi Hungry,

The partner visa is comprised of 3 subclasses: fiance visa, de facto visa and married spouse visa.

If you want to marry in Australia, your partner could apply for the fiance visa (prospective marriage visa) while in Haiti. Once it is approved, you have 9 months within which to get married. Then, once married, you partner applies for the married spouse visa onshore. The partner visa gives your spouse a temporary visa which is due for revue for PR grant 2 years after application. You can't get a fiance visa in Australia.

You could also get married at a registry in Haiti without a cermony and apply as a married couple and come to Australia once granted to have a ceremony. If you chose to come over to Australia on a tourist visa and get married before applying onshore, this entails a higher amount of logistics, and is a riskier option.

I suggest you read the information on the Australian embassy site nearest you to get more information about the difference between visas and any country specific info. for Haiti.


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