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Old 06-03-2011, 08:01 PM
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Prospective Marriage subclass 300

I am American female my fiancé is Australian male. Both of us over 35, so we're not young and stupid.
I am in the process of gathering mine and my fiancée's documentation for the Prospective Marriage subclass 300 visa. I have heard nightmare stories of this process and it is difficult to not get discouraged (not to mention preventing it from ruining what should be a joyous occasion). I want to get this right from the start so I am opening this thread.

I have some questions:
1. Our closest Aussie friends are on extended holiday here in the US. They will write a stat. decl. for us, but I want to apply now (we've decided on a wedding date for April in Australia). Is there any way an Australian citizen can submit a stat. decl. while NOT in Australia?
2. Those friends are a married couple. Do they count only as 1 stat. decl. Or can they each write one?
3. If we have to wait for their return to Australia, can I submit the application and add their stat. decl. later?
4. I've been searching this forum but can't find a match to my situation. What is the typical processing timeline for a US-Aussie PMV? Do I need to set my wedding day further out than 10 months? (Assume I have all my health and char docs upon application and will have my stat. Decl. In the file by end of August).
5. My fiancé is coming to the US for a visit soon -- should I use this visit to increase the documentation of our ongoing relationship (in other words submit more photos and travel receipts once the application is submitted)?

This will get me started, most of the process seems clear to me.

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Old 06-03-2011, 11:18 PM
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Hi audleigh

The nature of the PMV is that you have to apply offshore -- and thus many of who apply include stat decs from Aussie expats who live in the same country/city as the applicant. It won't matter that your friends aren't in Australia at the time, its just important that they are Australian citizens. They can do the stat decs for you when they are visiting you in US using whatever process US uses to do stat decs & certify copy of their passport photo page.

You can regard them as 2 seperate stat decs, regardless if they are married.

10 months should be enough time to process the visa (especially since US is a low-risk country). If you have the proposed date too far in advance Immi may put your app on a non-urgent pile.... At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what wedding date you stick on your application, as it is just a PROPOSED date, and in a lot of cases this may change anyway. We applied in Oct 10, and put April 11 as the proposed date (our app was approved in Feb 11, and we are actually having the wedding in Oct 11). You just have to make sure the letter from the celebrant has your proposed date on the letter (you can always change the date with the celebrant later).

Don't submit more photos/documentation regarding your partners future trip unless your CO asks for it. BUT do write in your stat dec that your partner "intends to visit you on these dates xxxx". Your partner should also write his intention in his stat dec. They may or may need further evidence. (In our case, I had mentioned that I intended to travel to Brazil for Christmas. They asked for evidence of this in Feb, and I only needed to email them scanned copies of the evidence, ie flight tickets, photos, cash machine receipts from his city, etc, it wasn't necessary to physically mail the docs).

Best wishes for your application!

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Old 06-21-2011, 05:36 PM
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Prior Visa to Australia

Form 47SP, Part B, Question 9 Part 2. asks for prior visas to Australia. I visited Australia in April 2010 on an Electronic (ETA) visa -- the visa was applied for and approved AT the airport. I have a receipt for it from United Airlines but there are heaps of numbers and I can't tell which one, if any, is the "Label " number the form requests.

I have a 14 digit TKT NBR and a 13 digit Document Number. None of the other numbers seem applicable. Both start with 016. The last character of the 14 digit number is an alpha character.

Can anybody out there help me decipher this?

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:25 AM
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I wouldn't worry too much about this. Obviously, you had a visa and it was recorded in the immigration system, so DIAC will surely be able to access the information.

As long as you put the dates you travelled, you should be fine.


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