Australian Visa for Thai Fiancé
What is an Australian Fiancée Visa?
Fiancé or Fiancées of Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Resident and an eligible New Zealand citizen are entitled to a fiancé visa which allows them to stay, work and live with their partners in Australia. This visa provides the foreign fiancée a 9-month stay in Australia which can be adjusted accordingly after marriage.
Eligibility of the Sponsor
To be able to sponsor your Thai fiancée to Australia, you need to be:
- an Australian citizen or an permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- you need to be 18 years or older.
- you should have met your fiancée in person and should have known her personally
- you should be free to marry
Eligibility of the Applicant
The applicant, on the other hand, needs to meet the following qualifications:
- he/she must be 18 years old or older otherwise
- he/she must be free to marry
- has a good background or has no criminal records
- in good health
- should have known the sponsor personally and met you in person
Once granted the visa, your Thai fiancée can enjoy the following privileges:
- He/She can enter Australia even before he/she marries you.
- He/She can go in and out of Australia within the allowed 9-months period of her stay.
- He/She can work in Australia with this visa.
- He/She can apply for a spouse visa after your marriage.
- He/She can study though will not be entitled to government funding.
- He/She can avail Australia's medical expenses and hospital care assistance scheme.
- It's necessary to show proof of genuine and on-going relationship and to show the sincere intention of both sponsor and the applicant to get married. You are therefore advised to keep every piece of evidence you have to establish your relationship. These can be in the forms of photos together, email or correspondence exchanges, money transfer receipts, air tickets and others.
- As the sponsor, you should be able to show proof of your financial capability to support your fiancée once she gets to Australia. If you are incapable, you can have an Australian resident to act as the sponsor of your fiancée.
- Your Thai fiancée has to lodge the appropriate application forms, together with all necessary supporting documentation and application charges, in person at the VFS Bangkok who in turn will submit it to Australian embassy for the processing and evaluation. The evaluation process can take up to 3 to 4 months to complete.
What We Can Do For You
While you maybe able to do your part in the visa application just fine, your Thai fiancée may find the process difficult and frustrating due to language barrier and unfamiliarity with the procedure. In this regard, it's advised that you consult us to guide you and your fiancée through the visa application process. We offer:
- Consultation with our Australian Visa specialist in both Thai and English languages
- Comprehensive checklist of required documents for the applicant and the sponsor
- Professional and accurate preparation of your visa application
- Assistance with Police Report
- Assistance with Medical check up
- Submission of your visa application to VFS
- Interview training
Post Application Process
There are things that you and your fiancée need to be aware of once a fiancée visa is granted:
- She has to enter Australia on the fiancée visa before she marries you. Getting married before entering Australia may cancel the fiancée visa.
- She needs to enter Australia on the specific initial entry date.
- You need to marry her within the allowed 9-month period. You can marry her outside Australia provided that she has already entered Australia on a fiancée visa at least once before the marriage takes place.
- You have to adjust her fiancée visa to spouse visa before the former visa expires so that she maybe able to remain permanently in Australia.
- Inform the office handling your application if you change address, your fiancée has given birth to your child and if your relationship ends after marriage.
If visa is refused, the Australian embassy will provide you an explanation letter concerning the reasons for the refusal and the things that you can do to remedy the problem with your application.