Irrespective of whether you lodge the application in Australia or overseas, it will cost you AUD 7,715 to get your partner to Australia on the Partner Visa. This high fee, unfortunately, is affecting how a lot of Indians in Australia are taking their marriage decisions.
Harmanjit Singh from Melbourne runs a matrimonial page on Facebook. He says deterred by the high expenses involved in the Partner Visa, most Indians in Australia now want to marry “locals only”. If you marry someone who is based in India, you will need to spend an extra AUD 10,000 just to get your partner to Australia. That is a huge sum of money which can be used for other things like making a down payment had you married a local.
Mr Singh further says that someone who is an Australia “local” is already used to the lifestyle in the country. Hence, you need lesser adjustment.
The ideal situation is when both the partners are Permanent Residents of Australia. For all others, you must apply for the expensive Partner Visa.
Despite the expenses, many Indians still prefer Australia when looking for overseas partners. Sheeba, based in Ludhiana, India, is looking for an “Indian man settled in Australia” as an ideal match. She says that as long as her partner is settled in Australia, she has no problems shelling out the immigration fee.
Sheeba is also aware that there are long queues for the Partner Visa of Australia as the wait times have increased. In spite of that, she says that making it to Australia is well worth the wait.
Mamata Singh is an Australian citizen and is looking for a suitable Indian-origin groom for her daughter. However, she is often left disappointed as prospective grooms from India only want to get married as a shortcut to getting into Australia.
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