Australia’s immigration laws offer visas to foreigners who are in relationships with Australians. However, the rules are very complex.
You must seek legal advice about your personal circumstances. Only an experienced immigration lawyer or agent is qualified to give you the correct advice about whether marriage will help your application or not.
Australian residents can bring a partner to Australia on a Fiancé or Prospective Spouse Visa. You are required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) with an Authorised Marriage Celebrant within the minimum one month of your nominated date of marriage. The date nominated for your wedding can be changed if the visa is not granted in time – your NIM is valid for 18 months. The Celebrant will issue you with a letter addressed to the appropriate Australian Embassy handling the applicant’s case, confirming that s/he has received that Notice, the date and location of the wedding and that you have paid a non-refundable deposit. You or your partner lodges this letter with their visa application at the embassy in the country from where they are applying.