When applying from Sierra Leone it can take from 3 months to 18 months depending on your specific circumstances and if extra documents are requested from the Australian Government while processing your application
Yes, they do. Your partner will be integral to your application and you can not make the application without them.
Both you and your partner will be required to fill in forms for your visa as well as both of you provide extensive documentation to support the application and prove you meet the criteria for issuing the visa.
Here is a list of some of the documents you will require with your application. This list is a guide only and the Australian Government can request further documents from you to support your case.
Yes, you can include your dependent children on your visa application and they can come to Australia with you if they qualify.
If the children are not your and your current partner’s biological children (ie children from a previous relationship), you will need to obtain permission from the child’s other parent to allow them to move to Australia. Sometimes this will need to be certified or confirmed by the Government of Sierra Leone as well.
Some of the additional Documents for Dependent Children
- Parental responsibility documents permitting children under 18 years of age to migrate to Australia (if required)
- Adoption papers for children (if applicable)
- Where your child is aged 18 years or over special rules apply. Check the requirement before you make your application to ensure your child is eligible.
- Form 80 for dependent children aged 16 years and over.
- Australian Federal Police Clearance for dependent children aged 16 years and over
- Offshore Police Clearances for dependent children aged 16 years and over
If you break up after your visa has been issued, you need to inform the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible.
If you were granted a fiance visa and you do not marry your fiance within the nine-month validity period, your visa will expire and you will be required to leave Australia. You don’t necessarily need to return to Sierra Leone, but you must leave Australia.
If you were granted a spouse visa and your relationship with your spouse ends, your visa may be cancelled. This depends on a number of factors including the length of time you have been married and the length of time you have been living in Australia.
Yes, you can apply for a spouse visa to Australia as a member of a same-sex couple. The process for applying for a spouse visa as a member of a same-sex couple is the same as for an opposite-sex couple.
You will need to provide evidence of your genuine and continuing relationship, meet the health and character requirements, and pay the relevant visa application fees.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Australia since 2017, so you and your partner will need to be married in order to be eligible for a spouse visa. If you are not yet married, you may be eligible for a fiance visa instead.
In Australia, some couples may choose to register their relationship with the government in order to have their relationship recognized under state or territory law. This is known as a registered relationship.
Each state and territory in Australia has its own laws and regulations governing the registration of relationships. In general, couples who are eligible to register their relationship are those who are in a committed personal relationship and are not married to each other or in a relationship with anyone else. This includes couples who are in a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship.
You can register your relationship with your Australian partner and this can be one point of evidence to submit with your visa application from Sierra Leone to support your relationship.
Registering your relationship does not have the same legal effect as marriage, but it may provide some of the same legal protections and entitlements as marriage. For example, registered couples may be entitled to certain employment benefits, tax concessions, and recognition under state and territory laws.
To register your relationship, you will need to complete an application form and provide evidence of your relationship, such as photographs and statutory declarations from friends and family. You may also be required to pay a fee.
The process for registering a relationship varies depending on the state or territory in which you live, so it is best to check with the relevant authorities for specific requirements.
In general, registering your relationship with the government will not directly affect the process for applying for a spouse or fiance visa in Australia. However, it may be helpful to provide evidence of your registered relationship as part of your visa application to demonstrate the genuineness and commitment of your relationship.
To be eligible for a spouse or fiance visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you and your partner have a genuine and continuing relationship. This may include providing evidence of your shared financial and social commitments, such as joint bank accounts and shared living arrangements.
If you are in a registered relationship, this may be useful evidence to include in your visa application.