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Hello! I'm new here and I have two questions. My boyfriend Paul is coming from Australia to the United States on a work visa in Sept. We plan to marry in December. However! We want to move to Australia. Does he have to return to Australia in order to sponsor me? Will I have to stay in the U.S. until the visa is done being processed? My biggest worry is being separated from Paul.
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From:purpletigress
Date:July 6th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
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Don't quote me on this, but I don't think he does need to return to Australia to sponsor you. I believe you will have to stay in the US until the visa is processed, because you need that visa to enter the country, but I can't see any reason why he needs to be in Australia. The requirements just ask that you be making a certain amount of money, and that you be an Australian resident to sponsor. Also now that I think about, and again don't quote me, I think they MAY grant a bridging visa to allow you to move here while it's all being processed.

You're taking the road a little differently to my husband and I. I was living in Australia, he moved here from the US under a fiance visa, then a bridging visa was granted while the spouse visa was processed. So I'm not sure whether you need that initial visa for a bridging visa to be granted, or whether simple being married is enough.

I advise your fiance to contact Australian immigration - it's got a free information line and the people are incredibly friendly and helpful. I also recommend working out how you do this ASAP because it can take some time to gather up the paperwork you need to apply (there are police checks and medicals which take time to process, not to mention collecting evidence of your relationship). But Australia and the US have a really good relationship, and most visas go through just fine. Ours did in three months, which is really quite quick when you've been separated! Good luck, and if you need anything - even if just to talk to someone who's done the US-Australia thing - look me up!
From:flickdreams
Date:July 6th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for the helpful information! I haven't heard of the bridging visa before. I will send Paul to the Australian immigration as soon as he has an available day off.
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From:purpletigress
Date:July 6th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
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We hadn't actually heard of the bridging visa either until they gave us one :-) Australian Immigration also has a free advice line, which might save him a trip into the office. And apparently there are also international numbers you can call to get the same sort of information, although since I haven't used them I don't know how helpful they are. All the details are on this website anyway: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/visa-enquiries/partner.htm. For me this advice line was a godsend - whenever I had a question they were always there to answer it.
From:flickdreams
Date:July 7th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
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How long did it take for the bridging visa to be processed? :)
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From:purpletigress
Date:July 7th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
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They just gave it to us on the spot when we handed in the paperwork for the spouse visa. We went to Sydney to do it because it was such a lot to post, and they granted it on the spot. As I say, I'm not sure whether that was because they'd already approved the fiance visa before that, or simply because we were married, but it bridged the gap until the other formal spouse visa was approved. Which was great - the fiance visa gives you nine months to marry, and we wanted to take every one of those nine months to adjust to being short distance. :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 6th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)

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You should really check out a reputable visa immigration company. There are ones such as Globalvisas.com where you can sort out any queries either online or by telephone. I know they definitely deal with US visas.
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From:purpletigress
Date:July 6th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
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I reckon the above post was probably written by someone working for one of those global visa companies. Honestly, unless you've got a really difficult case, you probably don't need one. Save your money and use it on the wedding I say!
From:flickdreams
Date:July 6th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the info!
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