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  1. We applied late August 2015 for a PM 300 visa through the IMMI website Manila office. Apart from the acknowledgement email, we've heard nothing. Is anyone else in a similar position? I am a Aussie citizen living here permanently.
  2. markaplacador

    Offshore to Onshore POSSIBLE???

    Hi Good day to all. I have checked through the topics but there is no relation to ours. We have submitted our prospective visa application last May 2018. We are getting married in September 2018, I currently have tourist visa until 2020. Is it possible to change the application from offshore to onshore? My Fiance' wants me to stay after the wedding. How can we pull this off? I wanted to stay after the wedding and apply bridging visa but we have submitted the application as offshore. Is there a way without making a new application as onshore? Thank you so much!
  3. Hi! I would like some help with a few questions i have. My fiance has been out here on a visitor visa for the past 7 months, and she will be returning home to the Philippines at the end of April and will of been here for almost 9 months by then. We are looking at what options we have for a more permanent future together here in Australia, the 2 choices we have is for her to apply for an offshore prospective marriage visa once she returns to the Philippines, then wait it out until the application is processed in which i have read can take up to 12 months before she could return to Australia if it's approved. Or we have considered her returning someday on another visitor visa, then marrying while she is here then applying for an onshore partner visa, allowing her to stay on in Australia once a bridging visa is granted while they process the partner visa. I realize the 2nd option is more risky, but again it would allow her to remain here while the visa is being processed which would suit us better. I would to know what you guys think is the best option, plus some advice on the risks involved with it all and some general information to help us. I would also like to know more about the process for her when putting in an offshore prospective marriage visa, i have read that we can either do it online through immiaccount, or could my fiance take the application directly into the Australian embassy in Manila? Which is the best way of doing this, also would her taking it personally into the embassy in manila make the processing times faster compared to applying online through immiaccount? It will be much appreciated if we can get some guidance through this as it can be a bit confusing at times trying to work it all out on our own! Thanks.
  4. Hi All, My partner and I want to get married but he is from Brazil and we can't decide whether to do a Prospective Marriage Visa or find a way to get married and just do a Partner Visa. I'm worried that if we do the prospective marriage visa, which costs nearly $7000, that after we get married we will then have to pay for the partner visa, another $7000. Is this correct? I would like to do the prospective marriage visa because I would like my family to be there but we don't have the money to pay this fee twice. So this would mean that I fly to Brazil to get married. Also is it true that the Partner Visa has a longer waiting period? And will he be allowed to come and visit me while we are waiting for the either of these visas to be approved? Thanks for any help you can give me, Persephone
  5. How long is Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300 Processing time after medical request?
  6. Hi There, Was just after some advice regarding the prospective marriage visa (300), as my partner & I are looking to move forward with things next year... We've been in a long distance relationship for 4 1/2 years, going back & forth as much as we can. I live in Australia, he lives in the Solomon Islands. We have been looking into how we go about visas etc. so he can move here next year and we hope to marry in the near future. I'm not sure about anyone else that has gone through this, but the thought of costs involved with the visas is scaring us, so much money! We were wondering if there is any options to pay the visa off, or do we need to pay in one lump sum? These visas are stressing me out, you really can't help you fall in love with & because he is a Solomon Islander, we have to pay nearly $7K Aussie dollars just so we can live together & start building a life. Sorry to ramble... Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much Nina
  7. Hello people, My fiancee and I just submitted the subclass 300 , prospective marriage visa online and we have some questions for you wonderful people out there. A few details about our application. My fiancee (the applicant) is Peruvian, with a Peruvian visa. I am born in Australia. Neither of us has ever had another partner. No other applicants are involved in the visa. 1. 40SP and 47SP forms are exactly the same as the information submitted on the online 700 visa. Do we need to do these forms (even though they are EXACTLY the same (word to word), as per the checklist on this website: https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/checklists/300.aspx 3. How long do we have to submit all our documents? 4. Can someone describe to us exactly which documents we need to submit? Many thanks to you all! Kind regards,
  8. hi all, my fiancé and are at the beginning of applying for a pmv 300 visa and we are looking for all the information we need to have a easy and hopefully stress free time applying for this visa. we have a couple questions we cant find online and we would be very thankful if someone can help. 1) I was told but I don't believe it, that the cost for the visa can be split, something like you pay $4000 at the time of applying and then the rest when you have an answer. is this correct? 2) does my partner need to provide evidence of money, or that she has been working and needs to provide pay slips? or is it not necessary as I will be sponsoring her for everything? she is unemployed at the moment
  9. My partner (in Europe) is about to submit the prospective marriage visa, which I am paying for. One of the stipulations is that I have to be able to support her for two years from the time she moves here, which includes providing accommodation. I have a steady full time job, but I live in a rented apartment with a one year lease. To what extent will the government test my assets for this visa? Thanks
  10. Hi. Please help me. I am from Philippines. *Visa: PMV Subclass 300 *Application was lodged on August 1, 2013 *Medical exam done on August 22, 2013 *Case officer was allocated on October 2013 I made a phone call to Visa Office and they told me that my application is now on the final stage. What does this mean? It's been 4 months now since I lodged my visa application. Awaiting for your response. Thank you so much.
  11. As a sponsor can I apply online for a prospective marriage visa on behalf of my fiancée who is outside Australia ? If so do I sign up with her name and detail's as the applicant or do I sign up as myself the sponsor where I will have an option to lodge and pay for the visa for the applicant ? It would be a lot easier for me to get the documents from my fiancée then do the application online here when ready as she lives in rural area with slow inconsistent internet. Thank you for your time.
  12. MY fiance and I are wanting to put in PMV application around November 2016, we are also wanting to put in an application for a visitor visa around the same time for a to 10 day visit at the end of December. Will this be a problem? Will the two visas clash? We don't want to apply late for visitor visa as I know it will be busy around that time.
  13. Hi, Me and my fiance are planning on submitting my application for a 300 prospective marriage visa soon. I want to make sure I'm being thorough though and would appreciate insight from anyone who has been through the process. Here is what I have together so far: -about 300 screenshots (mostly from whatsapp, but also kik messenger and snapchat) all time stamped with a lot of love-y type messages talking about our future, etc.. and also just some other random ones that I thought would be nice to include -Skype logs of calls made -Paypal transaction dated from last year from her to me -2 Plane tickets I bought to Australia -Receipt from hotel showing we checked in together for 2 weeks -A dozen or so pictures of us together -A few other receipts from things we did when I visited (movies, dinner, etc..) We are also going to get two statements from friends or family of hers. Is two enough? How long should these be and what is the most important things to include? I read something about form 888's. How exactly do these work? In terms of booking a marriage celebrant, what evidence needs to be shown in this regard? Examples from other people would be helpful. We plan on just getting married officially and holding off on the ceremony till later so what do we need to do exactly to prove we are going to get married? For our written statements, do these need to be statutory declarations or can they just be written on ordinary paper and that will suffice? If the former, how do we go about getting statutory declarations done properly (I am in American and she is in Australia). Sorry if these questions are a bit stupid, I just have never done this before and want to make sure I don't mess it up. Also it asks for recent passport photos. These have to be submitted in addition to our passports and other forms of identification? Also what does it mean by a "certified copy"? How do I get a certified copies of all these forms? And lastly is this all able to be submitted online? I am able to just scan and attach all the aforementioned documents? Anything else I'm forgetting or does this seem sufficient. I am going to see my fiance one more time in a couple weeks and after this we are submitting our application. I apologize again for the dumb questions, but if someone could provide some clarification on my questions and how they did theirs it would help me so much. This whole process is stressing me out haha.
  14. Does anyone have experience with Prospective Marriage Visa processing times? Myself and my fiance from the Czech Republic applied in November last year, and have been informed that our application is processing and does not need any further documentation so far. We just wonder how long it has taken for others (we're not sure we entirely trust the 10-14 months according to immigration)
  15. I just wanted to see what other people have experienced with processing time for prospective visa application visa...was submitted October 2015. Provided supporting evidence via agent feel nervous do people continually upload documents, I am assuming 12 month processing time.
  16. Hi, My fiancé is an American Citizen and I'm Australian. He has lodged the PMV online in March 2016 with all supporting documents. When we applied I had read online and immi confirmed processing time is 5 to 12 months. 5 months for low risk countries such as the USA. He has contacted the Australian Embassy/Immigration in Washington where our application will be reviewed for processing and they have advised it will take 12 to 15 months due to their current load. Has anyone else being given this information as well? If so, how accurate is this? What is the average processing time for US citizens? We plan to get married end of this year. Any help or comments will be appreciated. Thanks
  17. WARNING TO ALL APPLYING FOR A PARTNER VISA ONLINE I am not sure if this is a recent occurrence (there was some site maintenance on the application portal conducted a few days ago) or not but this is an issue that has just caught me out. I am currently helping my partner apply for a prospective marriage visa. It is stated you can upload as much evidence as you like for this application. This is untrue. There is a 60 document upload limit per person (including the sponsor) for any application (we needed to compile much of our evidence together) and each file has to be smaller than 5mb. This equates to a maximum of 600mb of information (assuming there are just the applicant and sponsor) you can upload. THEY WILL NOT INFORM YOU OF THIS AT ANY POINT. If you need, compress your files to less than 5mb and compile as much together as possible. Pdf files are ideal for this and there is a free 30 day trial for an Adobe program which will do this. Please do not get caught out.
  18. rileyharris

    Electronic Or Paper Submission?

    Myself and my partner will soon be submitting our prospective marriage visa. We are debating whether we want to submit it electronically or physically (in paper). Does anyone have experience with the electronic portal, is it any good? Government run webpages tend to be dysfunctional and disorganized at the best of times (mygov etc,), are we better off submitting in paper? Any information would be much appreciated
  19. Hello everyone. My czech fiance and I are both in czech republic currently (I am australian, and go home in september) and wish to apply for either a partner visa or prospective marriage visa as soon as possible. The one year waiting period is a bit daunting, and we are considering the possibility of her coming to visit me on a tourist visa early next year, waiting till the end of the tourist visa, getting married and then straight away applying for the partner visa (hearby getting a bridging visa, allowing us to be together and she potentially being allowed to work). Seeing as on a tourist visa, the conditions are not intended she stay in the country, is this a wise choice? Or should we get married in czech before I go home, then do the same thing applying for the partner visa onshore on the tourist visa?
  20. What is a prospective marriage visa (subclass 300) A prospective marriage visa, once granted, allows the visa holder to enter and remain in Australia during which time they must marry their intended fiance (sponsor) within the visa validity period of 9 months from date of visa grant. A prospective marriage visa is sometimes referred to as a 'fiance visa', but correctly it is a prospective marriage visa (subclass 300). It is very important to note that the prospective marriage visa holder must marry their fiance sponsor within the 9 month visa validity period as it is a condition of the grant of that visa (Condition 8519). If the visa holder does not marry their fiance sponsor within this period they would have breached a condition of their visa. There is also no provision to extend the 9 month visa validity period. After the visa holder has married their fiancee sponsor, they must then apply for an onshore partner visa (subclass 820 & 801) prior to their prospective marriage visa expiring.
  21. 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