Don't get married just for the sake of a visa, if you think it is strong enough for a partner visa then apply as a defacto.
Also no need to start multiple threads.
When you say high risk what country?
Basic answer is yes but others take 2 years. No way to predict.
As you have a ban for whatever reason you're file will obviously be under heavy scrutiny.
Thanks! Unfortunately, we believe we'd have a much stronger case if we sped up things and got married here in the states before filing - our barrister agrees with this. It also opens a possibility for my partner to remain in the states with me while the visa application is being reviewed - so we wouldn't have to be apart for months. We're both too old and too in love for that!
In looking on the timing on the website, because im from the states, it's considerded "low risk", as opposed to countries who arent on the visa waiver. I suppose non-english speaking countries may have a harder time?
I just want to make whichever application is placed completely iron clad. I am in a real deal, loving relationship with my partner, and I have a high-paying job offer waiting for me as soon as I can get back to Australia. Thank you for your insight! I think, ultimately, i'm just still in shock of everything that happened that led to my ban!