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Name (or LJ Username): Maya
Partner's name: Michael
Age: I'm 24, he is 30
What country are you from: US
What country is your partner from: Australia
Who's going where (immigration wise): Atlanta, GA, USA to Narooma, NSW, Australia
Anticipated Wedding Date: 01.02.2010 or 20.10.2010 (we're a little OCD!)
Anything you want to tell us about your visa status or type: Haven't applied yet.
What's your story?

We met online just over five years ago and have been in love ever since. I visited him in 2005, and he was here the end of 2007/beginning of 2008. We are 9,399 miles apart and are ready to start taking steps towards immigration. I hope to go back over sometime between July and December of this year, preferably to stay.

We are both short on money, so we haven't begun the application yet. I want as much help as possible, but I obviously need free or cheap advice. Any good resources or personal stories of US ---> OZ? How long did it take you to get approved? Were there any problems? I worry my previous medical conditions will count against me...

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Date:February 14th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
you can do a fiancee visa you'd have to be married within 9 months of arriving to Australia tho...

if your planning on coming here on a visitor visa and then getting married and then try to stay they will make you go home and apply and wait for your answer from immigration then you can come back.

check out www.immi.gov.au its a pretty helpful site.
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Date:February 14th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Hey there! My husband travelled from America to be with me in Australia about three and a half years ago. So times and info might be a little off, but I can share my experiences.

It took us about three months for us to be approved with the fiance visa - no problems at all. It really depends on exactly what your medical history is, but as a rule the Aussie government just wants to know you won't be a drain on society. When we had to apply for the spouse visa, after we were married, we had a harder time with medicals. My husband has a history of depression, and while they didn't care about checking it out before he arrived, they made him get a psychiatric evaluation before they'd grant the next visa. No biggie, although it was a bit pricey as he couldn't get the universal health care at that point.

As far as advice goes I'd say just to follow the instructions on the visa forms and send us much information as you can ... at that point there's no such thing as too much info. Also the people on the immigration helpline are awesome, so your partner shouldn't hesitate to contact them if you have any questions!

Good luck! It's a really big move but a few years on my husband says he'd never want to live anywhere else!

Edited at 2009-02-15 10:13 am (UTC)
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