Hello, it's my first time posting but I've been visiting the site for some time now. We're a young Filipina-Australian couple planning to marry in the near future. I live in the Philippines while my boyfriend lives in Australia. We've been together for two years, and he's visited frequently and met my family. We're just waiting for me to finish college as per my parents' wishes before we actually get married. It will take me 1-2 years more to finish, and if so by God's grace we would be 4 years together then. 🙂
We have ample time before we intend to marry, but we would like to be prepared and know what to expect when the time comes. I'm confused as to which visa is right for me if I intend to be with my partner and live in Australia permanently.
I read there are two visas that I can apply for: Prospective Marriage or Partner visa.
I have a few questions:
What's the difference between the two visas? Is one cheaper, easier, or faster to process than the other? Which one is advisable in my case?
Does it matter where we get married? We're planning to do the wedding ceremony in the Philippines so I can be with my family, but I read that some get married while on visit visa then apply for a partner visa onshore. Is there a difference or benefit in either option?
How long prior should I apply or start preparing and processing for my visa? How long is the expected waiting time?
Lastly, can I study in Australia as soon as my visa is approved? I plan to go back to study in Australia and get a nursing degree (for better pay and career prospects - I'm studying for a business degree right now). My boyfriend is fully supportive of this and suggests I can avail of HECS or government study loans though upon checking it's only applicable to Australian citizens. I read that I will need to live on permanent residency for at least a year before I can apply for citizenship.
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you so much.
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