If you're in a relationship with someone who is not a citizen of Australia, and you plan to get married, it's time to apply for a partner marriage visa. The application process for a partner visa can be quite lengthy. Unfortunately, you can't bring your partner into the country permanently without the partner visa, which is why you don't want to wait too long to begin the paperwork. But, there are some steps you can take to streamline the process and to avoid any mistakes that could delay the process. Here are four steps to help you through the process.
Be in a Committed Relationship
Now that you're ready to take the next step in your relationship, you'll need to apply for a marriage visa. As part of that application process, you'll need to show that you and your partner are in a committed relationship. One way to do that is to provide evidence that the relationship is long-term. Another way is to provide proof that you and your partner plan to get married once they're granted legal status.
Provide Police Clearance
If your partner is ready to file for a marriage visa, they'll need to provide documentation for police clearance. Police clearance is used to provide proof that there's no evidence of criminal activity in the applicant's past. Your partner will need to obtain police clearance from every country they've lived in. Police clearances can take some time to process, which means your partner should apply for them as soon as they begin the application process.
Show Proof of Finances
If you and your partner plan to apply for a marriage visa, you'll need to provide financial documentation. Financial documentation provides evidence of an existing, long-term relationship. Some forms of documentation include joint bank accounts, shared car loans, or joint residential leases. Before you submit the marriage visa application, make sure you have documentation for shared financial obligations.
Document Future Plans
Finally, when you apply for a marriage visa, you'll need to show that you and your partner are making plans for the future. Documentation for these plans should be included with the application. For instance, saving for the down payment on a home is evidence of upcoming plans. This type of documentation will help to ensure an approval for your partner's marriage visa.
Don't take chances with your marriage visa. Use the tips provided here to help avoid mistakes with the visa application.