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  1. Hi Guys, I am a newbie here, thanks for having me on board. I was reading this forum last night. I see that men can bring a Thai girl back to Australia permanently if they marry them in Thailand. Is it also possible for a Thai girl to bring her Thai son to live permanently in Australia when married to an Australian man? Thank you, I look forward to any replies.
  2. Forced marriage 'grey area' for Immigration By Natasha Bita - The Australian April 30, 2012 TEENAGE girls have been granted visas to marry Australian men in their 50s and 60s, but the Immigration Department insists that forced marriage is a "grey area" that is difficult to police. A 17-year-old from Thailand was granted a prospective marriage visa in 2007-08 to marry an Australian at least 40 years older, new departmental data reveals. Two other 17-year-olds from Iraq and Vietnam have been granted visas to marry Australians aged between 45 and 54 at some time in the past six years. In total, 227 prospective marriage visas were granted to migrants aged 17 - most of them girls - between 2006 and last year. Another 515 migrants were aged 18 at the time they were granted a visa. The statistics - furnished to the Senate inquiry into marriage visas - reveal that 2.2 per cent of the 34,025 migrants granted visas in the past six years to marry an Australian were 17 or 18 at the time. They include 28 teenagers who married an Australian twice their age. The Immigration Department has told the Senate inquiry it rejects 9 per cent of prospective marriage visa applications, usually on the grounds the relationship is "not genuine". "A common concern . . . is couples who have met over the internet or while the Australian sponsor was on holiday and become engaged very quickly after first meeting in person," the submission says. "In other cases, there is concern that while the sponsor may be committed to the relationship the applicant may be more interested in a better life in Australia." The department says arranged marriages that have the consent of both parties "are generally accepted as culturally appropriate", and are "the norm" in India. But it highlights problems with identifying forced marriages, due to victims' fear of retribution and unwillingness to speak out. "It is very difficult for the department to refuse a visa application without specifying the reason," it says. "Our offices overseas also note that this can be a grey area given that it can be difficult to determine the point at which family or cultural expectations become coercive rather than influencing factors in a person's decision to marry." Prospective marriage visas let foreigners migrate to Australia on the proviso they marry their fiance within nine months. Applicants have to prove they will be 18 at the date of the marriage. Immigration Department statistics reveal that migrant couples are three times more likely than Australian-born couples to have a husband more than 10 years older than his wife. Most prospective marriage visas in the past six years have been granted to applicants from The Philippines (4505), Vietnam (3320) and China (3174), with 2152 from Lebanon and 2052 from Thailand. The next highest number of visa grants were to applicants from Britain (2036), the US (1028) and India (1022). Data from the top 10 overseas posts for visa applications reveals that two of the Australian sponsors were older than 85 - both of whom married migrants in their 60s. Another 99 Australian sponsors were aged between 75 and 84. Source: The Australian