Tourist Visa? Or Fiance (Prospective Marriage) Visa?

We at Down Under Visa get requests from men all the time wanting to get a tourist visa for their fiancee.

The men are generally thinking one of two things:

1. They’re thinking that a tourist visa is an easier way to bring their fiancee to Australia and for her to remain, thus avoiding all the red tape. Bring her on a simple tourist visa….marry her….and she stays.


2. They’re thinking that maybe she needs to see Australia to see if she likes it or not.

In answer to the first issue, there’s no dodging the “red tape”. Australia guards its borders very carefully, and there is a complex system of laws in place to prevent people “jumping the queue”. Applicants from countries where it’s perceived that many over-stayers and potential over-stayers come from, like the Philippines, will almost always have a Condition 8503 placed on tourist visas. This condition says “No Further Stay”, which means you can’t apply for another visa while the applicant is in Australia. So at the end of the trip, she goes back. Simple as that.

So basically, it won’t work. If she gets a tourist visa at all (which is no certainty), she will only end up going back anyway.

And in answer to the second question:

This is generally plain ol’ “cold feet”! Think about it, and you’ll realise I’m probably right. It’s a common condition in men. Fear of taking the plunge, so you dip your toe in the water. Getting a tourist visa is the migration version of dipping a toe in the water!

If she loves you, she will love Australia! She will love your home if she loves you! What kind of girl says “OK. You are the man of my dreams, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you…….but I prefer Manila to Melbourne!”?? Is this really likely?

Chances are if you do this, about a week before you have to put her on the plane back to Manila, you’ll be kicking yourself for not applying for a fiancee visa. It could have been well and truly being processed by this stage, and you’ll be bidding farewell to the woman you love instead. And if you want her to be with you permanently, you’ll have to start at the beginning.

So why not talk to us at Down Under Visa about a Fiancee Visa (Prospective Marriage Visa). Take our FREE ASSESSMENT of your case, and we can give you an honest assessment and tell you if your chances are good.


Filed under Australian Visa Applications, Fiance Visas, Partner Visas - Offshore, Partner Visas - Onshore, Tourist Visas

13 responses to “Tourist Visa? Or Fiance (Prospective Marriage) Visa?

  1. Warren boys

    Hi just need some help organising either a fiancé visa or prospective marriage visa, my partner & I are engaged & just had a baby girl in the Philippines & I need to organise a visa for her, our daughter, her 2 daughters & maybe her mum, we don’t know which to apply for & how to apply for it, she has been to Australia 2 times once for her work & once on a travel visa to meet my family & have a B’day party/baby shower/engagement party all in one, so any help from you guys would be much appreciated as we have been on a budget since the baby has been born. Thanks & cya

  2. (name withheld)

    I saw my first love while on holidays three months ago.we have kept in contact via email and phone since. We realised the love that was there 29 years ago is still there now even stronger. What are our chances of bringing him out here. We are both 50 i am a carer in oz he is a mariner engineer who wants to come here to marry me and work and live like other couples.

  3. Tim

    Hi Jeff. Found the one.. soul mate. She is encumbered by old marriage from another country but would still like to pursue the relationship till that issue can be sorted. Whats the best way to achieve this. Cheers

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  6. judy

    hi Jeff
    I wanna tell u that im so lucky that i see this website and found this dowunder visa, coz while reading the tourist or fiance visa on how it works , and i read the item no 2 that u said ,” might the partner wants to try his fiance to live in australia if she gonna like it ” and ohh im so rely on that coz were just talking about it. were engage yet were planning to settle down by nextyear in phils. but we talked about my vacations he wants me to visits australia which is 3months only and so ican experience how feels to live there and sametime he wants me to show the beautiful place in australia..
    I do like it too, and try it like u said , yes theres cold feet haha and i feel so relieved when after seen this site, coz it answer my prayers that if whos ,where i can find someone can help me idont even have idea what first to do
    although i have some heard but iwant to do it and searching by myself until i keep searching i found this downunder visa and ican feel that u can help me, coz yes theres fear, but i wanna do it…and im happy to tell this about ur site.. thanks and more power to ur success company..

    just JJ…

  7. elaine marcelino

    I meet my love on a dating site and we been talking for 6 months now. and he will be visiting me in manila and spend one month here this october. we are actually planning if its possible for me to go with him when he go back to australia and spend a holiday for 3 months or less, as i have work to go here in manila. can u please give us some advice if we can apply for tourist visa for me or only low chance to be granted? and what are the things we need to prepare? hoping for your kind responce..


  8. jechele de vera

    i have a question how to fiancè visa and what do we need?

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