Advantages and disadvantages of getting married with an Australian citizen to obtain the permanent residency :
Visas for couples or Partner Migration are part of the Australian Migration Program and it allows spouses and future marriages to be sponsored by Australian citizens or legal residents, including couples of the same sex.
The Australian Migration Program, was created to take care not only of the need for skilled and non skilled work force required by the Australian work market, but also to cover the family need of the Australian citizens and of the foreign people who have the condition of permanent residents in Australia.
The way of taking care of these family needs is through the action of giving the visas known as couple visas or Partner Migration Visas to citizens of other countries who have a spouse or couple relationship, whichever the sex might be, with Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia, who, in order to begin the visa application solicitude, must sponsor them.
These couple visas or Partner Migration visas, are from temporal character and are subdivided into three categories:
The visas for spouse are known as the Partner Migration Spouse.
The visas for couples in the category of interdependent couples are known as the Interdependent Partner Migration Visa.
The visas in the category of future spouse are known as the Prospective Spouse Migration Visa.
The visas for spouses or Partner Migration Spouse are directed to all of those immigrants who have got married in their countries of origin with an Australian citizen or with a foreign person who has the condition of a permanent resident in Australia, and who wishes to reside in the Australian continent with his husband or wife.
The advantage of the visas for spouses or Partner Migration Spouse is that if the relationship sustains during the following two years, the visa automatically converts into a permanent residency visa. Another advantage is that couples, who have been living together or keeping a stable couple’s relationship in the same house for at least a year, are also accepted in the sponsored immigrant’s country of origin. This visa demands that the marriage has a valid character under the laws of the immigrant’s country of origin, which allows it acknowledgement by the Australian laws.
The couple visas in the category of future spouse or Prospective Spouse Migration, are intended to all of those immigrant who maintain a demonstrable love relationship with an Australian citizen or with a foreign who has the condition of permanent resident in Australia and who wishes to consolidate his or her relationship getting married in Australia.
Like the previous visa, the advantage of the couples visa in the category of future spouse or Prospective Spouse Migration, is that, once two years have passed, and the marriage is still on, the permanent residency visa can be processed.
The visas for couples in the category of interdependent couple or Interdependent Partner Migration, is that it is the only visa in its category in the whole world, because it allows immigrants of the same sex, who live together or have a stable couple’s relationship with an Australian citizen or with a foreign who has the condition of a permanent resident in Australia, to be able to come to Australia and reside together. We are referring to homosexual people, including gays, lesbians and transsexuals.
It is also an advantage of the couple visas in the category or interdependent couples or Interdependent Partner Migration that, if the relationship settles during the following two years, it becomes a permanent residency visa.
The visas for couples or Partner Migration Visas in the three categories, allow other advantages for the immigrant; among them, been able to work and study in Australia, as well as having access to the public health services, including the Medicare. In some cases, it even allows access to the Australian social security benefits.
The disadvantage of visas for couples or Partner Migration Visas in the three categories are that it does not allow the immigrant accessing to university studies with the subsidy of the Australian government.
In all the cases, the couple must prove, through a sworn declaration how the love, marriage or living together relationship started and developed.
The disadvantage of the visas for the future spouse category or Prospective Spouse Migration Visa, is that after a period of residing in Australia for 9 months, they must have had gotten married. For this type of visa, only those immigrant who are on legal age and if they are under aged, they must have the corresponding authorization.
Another advantage in the case for visas for spouses or Partner Migration Spouse Visa and in the case of the visas for couples in the category of interdependent couple or Interdependent Partner Migration, is that if the couple’s relationship has lasted for more than 5 years or if there are children in common involved, the processing of the permanent residency visa can be done from the beginning.
The process of the visas for couples or Partner Migration visas in the three categories, outside Australia, is performed in the offices of the embassies and consular offices. In the case of performing them inside Australia, it is necessary to direct yourself into the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. In all the cases, the deadline of the process fluctuates between 6 and 12 months.
Summing up, the visas for couples or Partner Migration Visas, allow Australian citizens and foreign people who have the condition of a permanent resident in Australia, to be able to sponsor an immigrant for his or her condition of spouse of prospective spouse, which ever their sex might be.