ARE YOU FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY AND WANT TO GET MARRIED IN AUSTRALIA?
There can be challenges if you want to stay in this country but I can make the getting married part easy!
You may be getting caught up in visa issues and legal requirements that are different for each country. However, it may surprise you to learn that these issues have no bearing on actually getting married in Australia! Yes, the process for getting married is easy!
To get married you will need:
- To sign a Notice of Intended Marriage (NIM) which I will witness (or other approved authority). The NIM needs to give at least 1 month’s notice of the intended date of marriage and is valid for 18 months. This legally gets you started. Only one of you needs to sign to start the process, however the 2nd party’s signature is needed before the marriage can take place.
- Depending on the type of visa under which you’re travelling the date you’re applying for could be an issue. It’s happened before that we’ve needed to change the date for the ceremony – but we’ve got to start somewhere.
- You may be applying for a fiancée visa and I’ll write a letter to the Australia Consular Office/High Commission in your country, which may help to get your visa in a timely way.
- I can refer you to trusted local migration agents who can very helpful in helping to manage your preferences.
- The type of visa under which you are travelling has no bearing on whether you can get married in Australia.
- If you’ve been previously married I need to see proof of divorce/death of spouse.
- An Apostille/Authentication stamp, issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading (DFAT) dfat.gov.au may be required by your country to accept the Marriage Certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au . I can arrange to have the Apostille done if it makes life easier for you. On the day of the marriage I will be issuing you with an attractive presentation Certificate of Marriage – not to be confused with the Certificate issued by BDM.
There’s more, but if you’re planning on getting married in Australia, do contact me and we’ll have a good time setting up your very important rite of passage. AB