Feb 23, 2013

Immigrate To Australia With Your Spouse

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Australia is known as a land of stunning landscapes, natural wonders and sights to behold that will take your breath away. From the sunrise at Outback’s Ayers Rock to sunsets in the beautiful beaches of Gold Coast, there is so much to take in. Apart from its rich and scenic natural beauty, Australia is world’s third largest economy.

English: Three Australian Pelicans in Tasmania...
English: Three Australian Pelicans in Tasmania, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are married to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, or have been in a De-facto relationship for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for immigration by obtaining a Spouse Visa to Australia. You can apply for permanent residence if the relationship is still genuine and continuing.
If you would like to immigrate to Australia under the spouse visa category, you must first be married to an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Eligibility to apply for a Spouse Visa:
In order to be eligible for a spouse visa to Australia, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. You and your spouse should have a commitment to a shared life as husband and life, whether or not you are legally married.
  2. Your relationship should be genuine and continuing.
  3. Both the individuals should live together and should not live separately on a permanent basis.
  4. Unless you are legally married, you must have been in a spousal relationship for the last 12 months.
  5. You both need to be aged 18 or over.

partner visa:
Spouse Visa applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are either married to an Australian in a marriage valid under Australian law or in a de-facto relationship with an Australian for at least 12 months prior to making application.

There is a 2 stage(temporary and permanent) application process for the spouse visa. An applicant should apply for both visas simultaneously using a single application form and paying one application fee.

The Spouse Visa may be applied from inside or outside Australia. If you are applying while you are in Australia, you must also hold a valid substantive visa which has no condition attached preventing you from applying in Australia.

Prospective Spouse (Fiance) Visa 

A 2 stage visa application applies to prospective marriage partners of Australian citizens or

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permanent residents. Applicants can apply for the prospective marriage visa which if granted, will be valid for 9 months. The applicant must enter Australia, marry their sponsor and apply for a spouse visa during this period. If successful, a temporary visa is granted valid for two (2) years from date of application. At the end of this period the relationship is assessed and if it is found genuine and ongoing, the applicant is granted a spouse permanent residency visa.

To be eligible to apply for a Prospective Marriage (fiance) visa applicants must be able to provide evidence that they have personally met their Australian partner/sponsor and that they are engaged to be married to the Australian sponsor in Australia. Applicants must also demonstrate that after marriage they intend to live together in a genuine spousal relationship and will apply for the spouse visa in Australia within the visa period.