My fiancé is coming from overseas for the wedding. If we both plan to remain in Australia, what do we need to do?
It is your duty to consult the Department of Immigration in Australia and the relevant Government authority in your fiancé’s country. If you are a citizen of Australia, your fiancé from overseas will need to obtain a Prospective Marriage Visa before the day of your wedding ceremony. If you both plan to remain in Australia after the wedding it is best to consult the Department of Immigration to discuss the most appropriate approach for your individual situation. In order to do this, you will need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage form with me. The Notice can be signed by your fiancé in the presence of a Notary Public or an Australian Diplomatic Officer or an Australian Consular Officer or an employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission. The Notice of Intended Marriage form should then be sent directly to me. When your fiancé arrives in Australia, the original certificates will need to be produced to support the Notice of Intended Marriage. If your fiancé cannot fill-in the Notice of Intended Marriage form and have it witnessed, then you can complete your section of the Notice of Intended Marriage form and supply your fiancé’s details. When your fiancé arrives in Australia, they can sign the Notice of Intended Marriage form in the presence of a qualified witness. Your fiancé will need an official ‘Prospective Marriage Visa Letter’ which must be lodged at the Australian Embassy/Australian High Commission in their country of residence. I provide this official letter. This letter is required before a ‘Prospective Marriage Visa’ will be issued to your fiancé. For more information, please feel free to contact me, or alternatively, contact an Australian Immigration Agent, or see the Australian Immigration Web site. A wedding does not guarantee Citizenship.