Australian visaAustralian Spouse Visa is classified into two: the Temporary Spouse Visa which is only good for two years and is bound for adjustment if the couple remains married after such time and all the legal requirements are met. The second s the Permanent Spouse Visa which allows you to stay in Australia for an indefinite period of time, at this stage Permanent Residence is granted. Always take advice from a law firm in Thailand for proper legal advice.

Australian Spouse Visa

It is usually granted on or before the temporary spouse visa expires provided that all legal requirements are met.

Eligibility requirements of the Australian sponsor:

  • –          Should be an Australian national or a permanent resident of Australia
  • –          Should have intent to sponsor Thai partner to Australia
  • –          Should be married or in an actual spouse relationship with the visa applicant
  • –          Should be 18 years or older
  • –          Should be prepared to sponsor the applicant and her dependent family

Eligibility requirements of the Thai applicant:

  • –          Should be married to the Australian citizen
  • –          Should be able to pass the medical examination or health requirements
  • –          Should be free of any criminal records

Benefits of having a Temporary Spouse Visa from Thailand:

  • –          Spouse can stay in Australia with her Australian spouse until validity of visa or decision regarding the visa is made
  • –          Spouse can be employed in Australia
  • –          Spouse can pursue education in Australia, but limited to government funding
  • –          Spouse can avail of the medical benefits and hospital care scheme of Australia

Benefits of a Permanent Spouse Visa from Thailand:

  • –          Spouse may stay permanently in Australia with her Australian spouse
  • –          Spouse can get employed and study in Australia
  • –          Spouse can avail of the medical benefits and hospital care scheme of Australia
  • –          Spouse will be eligible to receive social security benefits and payments
  • –          Spouse can apply for citizenship

You will note that there are two options to this visa. If you are not married then you should apply for the Australian Fiancee visa. Note that taking your Thai wife or girlfriend back to Australia on an Australian visitors visa might be viewed as immigration fraud by the authorities.

 

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