Many people find themselves in the position of wishing to marry their partner who is an Australian citizen, but they are not. This can include marriages that have been arranged, or marriage ceremonies that have taken place outside of Australia, but the couple intends to live in Australia. For this, the non-Australian citizen must apply for a marriage visa.
As with all visas, there are some conditions that must be met in order to be granted this type of visa. This article examines these conditions, to allow a person to gain a better understanding of the process involved.
The Visa Itself
The visa is for people who desire to come to Australia for the purpose of marrying their partner. The visa lasts only for nine months; the marriage must take place during this time. For people who are of the same sex, a different visa (known as a Partner Visa) is required. The Prospective Marriage Visa is only valid for people of the opposite sex who are marrying.
There are several conditions attached to the Prospective Marriage visa. These conditions are the responsibility of the person who is applying for the visa; the only involvement required from the partner (the future wife or husband) is to sponsor the person applying for the visa. When filling out the visa application, the burden of proof is upon the applicant. Do the following to make the process a success:
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