Australian Visa for Thai Fiancee

The Australian visa for Thai Fiancee allows you to stay in Australia for a duration ranging from 9 to 15 months from the date of the visa grant. This allows you to take your Thai fiancée back to Australia to get married. There is the government cost as well as other costs to complete the process. See also the requirements for the Australian fiancée visa.

Australian Visa for Thai Fiancee

Australian visa for Thai Fiancee

Australian Visa Application

Visa Processing Times

Note that the following processing times provide an average indication of the current duration it takes to finalize a fiancée visa application. You will note that during the first 6 months, 25% of visa applications are approved. While on average 50% of applications are approved in the first 11 months. Then 75% are approved in the first 17 months. Likewise, 90% of Australian fiancée visa applications are complete in 36 months. The processing times differ however it is important to note that many delays are caused by incorrect or incomplete documents. Likewise also see the Australian Partner Visa on here. 

Your fiancé visa application for Australia may take longer to process if:

  • Note that you have failed to fill in the application form correctly;
  • You do not include all the required documents, or if we require additional information from you.
  • Verification of your information takes time.


Fiancé Visa Cost

There is the cost for the main applicant being your Thai fiancée. Additionally, there is a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with her. This tends to be children who are related to your Thai fiancée. These can be unmarried and under the age of 18. There is an exception for those over the age of 18 who are disabled. Your application cannot be processed if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. Please note that there might be other costs for health checks as well as for police certificates as well as biometrics. Likewise see the main page on Australian visas from Thailand.

Australian Visa Requirements

The Fiancé visa allows: 

The Australian fiancée visa issued in Bangkok allows for the following.

  • You can stay in Australia for between 9 to 15 months (since the visa was issued)
  • You may also study or work in Australia
  • Also travel between Australia and other countries for a period of 9 to 15 months from the visa date.
  • Likewise find employment in Australia.
  • Additionally study while in Australia.
  • Travel between Australia and Thailand at your free will while the visa is valid.


Basic Requirements of the fiancee visa

  • Your Thai fiancée must be 18 or older
  • You the sponsor must be an Australian national or Australian permanent resident, alternatively an eligible New Zealand national.
  • You are also going to marry your Thai fiancée before her visa period ends.
  • She is outside of Australia when you apply for this visa.
  • Likewise she meets the health requirements
  • Additionally she meets the character requirements (criminal record check)
  • Not had an Australian visa canceled or a prior application refused.

Finally, if you and your spouse wish to settle in Australia. Additionally, you can apply for a Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801) after you are married and before your Prospective Marriage visa ends. Note also that you and your Thai family members must meet all visa conditions. In addition, there may also be very specific conditions that may be attached to this visa. Additionally, refer to the visa conditions page. Likewise see also Australian fiancee visa on the website. Likewise see also the Tourist Visa for Australia on here.

Note also that her immigration history will also be reviewed. Likewise, if your Thai fiancee has previously had an Australian visa refused or otherwise cancelled. Then she might not be eligible for using this visa. However, under certain circumstances. She can still apply for an Australian permanent visa, even if she has had a visa canceled or a visa application denied.

Typically, you must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa. Most people wait in Thailand. This is when they decide on your temporary visa application. Family members who apply with you must also be outside of Australia.

Both you and any individuals applying for the visa with you must have a sponsor at the time of lodging your application and throughout the validity of this visa. Your sponsor will be your prospective spouse, and their approval is required.

You as well as members of your family or dependent children who are applying for the visa with you must meet the health requirement. Likewise, family members who do not accompany you to Australia immediately may also need to meet the health requirement. Additionally, you must meet the character requirement (criminal record check). Family members who do not accompany you immediately to Australia may also need to get a criminal record check if they are 16 and over.

Additional Family (Children)

  • They must meet the health requirement.
  • Likewise, they must meet the character requirement.
  • Be outside Australia.
  • Family not coming to Australia may also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Timeline and Health Insurance

The Marriage Timeline

Note that you must enter Australia on a Prospective Marriage visa. Likewise, this needs to be before the date specified in your grant letter. Additionally, you must have married your prospective spouse before your Australian Prospective Marriage visa expires. In addition, your marriage must be valid under Australian law. Note again that this can take place in Australia or any other country.

Health Insurance

It is highly recommended that you and your dependents obtain health insurance before leaving Thailand for Australia. This will  cover all your medical costs should you require medical assistance while in Australia. Likewise you will note that while you and your family are in Australia. You will be held responsible for all your healthcare costs. For more information on what we consider adequate health insurance and health insurance options for overseas visitors then please ask.

Step 1 (Identity documents)

The process starts with collecting all the identity documents. This is from the applicant as well as the sponsor. Also the ID documents of minor children. Likewise, it starts with the birth certificate which also show the names of both the parents. In Thailand, you will need to find this at the Amphur office. However, if you are unable to provide a birth certificate, you have other alternative options. Likewise, these include but are not limited to submitting identification pages of the family book also showing the names of both the parents and identification pages (showing them) of an identification document which was issued by the government.

In addition, you can also show a court-issued document which also proves your identity. Likewise the identification pages you have of a family census register. You can also provide the needed pages of your current Thai passport which display your photo as well as personal details, and passport issued as well as the passport expiry dates. If you have a Thai national identity card then you can also add this. Note for those Thai women who made changes to their surname. You will need to show a copy of your name change certificate as well as your divorce certificate or death certificate of your last spouse.

Step 2 (Character documents)

The character documents in Thailand mean that you will need a police clearance certificate. This takes about 30 days in Thailand and it is done in Bangkok. If your Thai fiancée has lived around Asia, then this becomes more complicated. Likewise, this will include obtaining an overseas police certificate from every country. This includes Thailand, where she has spent a total of 12 months. This or more in the last 10 years since she turned 16.

If she was in the Thai military then she also has to submit her military service records or discharge papers. Please note that police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. You are also required to complete and attach Form 80 Personal particulars, which includes character assessment. Note that if she had spent a total of 12 months or more. This in Australia in the last 10 years since she turned 16, she must provide an Australian police certificate. Some women have worked in Australia as an exchange students on an Australian work visa.

Step 3 (Health Requirements)

In addition and permanent or provisional visa applicants will need:

Generally speaking, the permanent visa as well as the provisional visa applicants need to have these health examinations completed for the visa process.

  • 2 years or younger – medical examination
  • 2 years but under 11 years – medical examination + TB Screening
  • 11 years but under 15 – medical examination + chest x-ray
  • 15 years or older – medical examination + chest x-ray + HIV test

Step 4 (Evidence of Relationship)

Most of the evidence tends to be to prove the relationship between you and your Thai fiancée. These include but are not limited to photos, letters, and other evidence of where you are together. Text messages or online chats. Likewise, when submitting your visa application, it is important to provide evidence of your relationship. There are several ways to complete this. This can be done by providing two statements from witnesses who are at least 18 years or older and who know both you as well as your Thai fiancee and are aware of your relationship.

Note that these statements can be obtained by completing Form 888 – Statutory declaration by a supporting witness. Note that should the witness be an Australian national, then evidence of their citizenship or residency, such as say their passport or the birth certificate, should be provided.

Likewise, you will also need to include evidence of your relationship as explained above. This includes proof that you have met in person as adults since turning 18. Likewise documented evidence of your intent to get married within 9 months from the time of the granting the Australian visa. Likewise, as stated written statements detailing the history of your relationship, including significant events as well as your plans as a couple.

Former Relationships

Likewise, if you are divorced or widowed. Then you are required to provide relevant documents. These may include a copy of the divorce decree. If your former spouse died then a death certificate will be needed. This becomes important when it comes to children as you can see below.

Step 5 (Children)

Dependents under 18

Those under the age of 18 mostly the child or children would apply together with their mother. They would also need to provide their identity documents. Those who are 16 and older will also need to complete the character documents as their mother. There should also be adoption papers if the child was adopted. Likewise, if there was a divorce then the divorce decree as well as the parental court orders needs to be provided. This becomes complicated. Their school enrollment also needs to be provided in the form of a school letter. See also the dependent visa under the article Australian Dependent Visa in Thailand.

Parental responsibility document

Note that if you are considering taking children back to Australia then it is best to use an immigration lawyer in Thailand for this. Most delays with visa applications tend to be incorrect documents or missing documents. Now, if any applicant under 18 years of age is migrating to Australia without an accompanying parent. Additionally, consent must be obtained from the parent who has the legal right to decide where the child lives.

This consent can be given through Form 1229 Consent form or a statutory declaration. In either case, an identity document with a signature and photo, such as a passport should be provided. Note also that adoption papers. Likewise, other court documents may also be necessary.

Dependents over 18

Children over the age of 18 must be those who meet very specific criteria. Here they must be over 18 but not yet 23 years old. They must however still be dependent on yourself or your spouse. Those who are over 23 are those children who are dependent on you and your spouse. Likewise they will then also need to have physical or cognitive limitations preventing them from earning a living to support themselves.

You are going to need the relevant identity documents, and documents about their other former relationships if applicable. Likewise, character documents (police record when 16 or older) should be provided. Additionally, evidence of their dependence on you must be submitted. Additionally including evidence of the relationship and financial dependence. Their dependence on you or your partner due to bodily or mental limitations must also be provided.

Step 6 (Prepare your documents)

You will need to ensure that all the non-English documents are translated to English. The translators in Bangkok will need to include also their full name, telephone number as well as address. Likewise their qualifications, and/or  experience in English on each translation.

Note that all documents, whether in English or non-English, should be scanned or photographed in color. Likewise, all the scans you provide and photos must be clear and readable. Finally note that if a document consists of multiple pages, save them as a single file. Certification of documents is not necessary.

Step 7 (Interview)

Note the Australian visa will come with an interview to ensure that the relationship is genuine. The Australian government will need to ensure that you will get married once in Australia. The typical questions will be different for each visa application. The questions for the Australian fiancée visa will be different from the questions for the Australian spouse visa. They will check the background of the relationship such as the following:

  • What is your full name and date of birth?
  • What is your nationality and current residential address?
  • How and when did you and your fiancé(e) meet?
  • What activities have you done together as a couple?
  • How do you and your fiancée communicate when you are apart?
  • Have you made any wedding preparations? If yes, provide details.

These would be the typical question that you can expect for the Australian visa interview.

Step 8 (Australian Visa Denial)

There are several common reasons why a fiancé visa application for Australia may be denied. Some of the most common issues that can lead to visa denial include:

Insufficient evidence of a real relationship: If the immigration authorities are not convinced that your relationship is real or that you have no intention to marry and establish a life together.

Failure to meet the eligibility criteria: Note that each visa category has eligibility criteria that must be met.

Inadequate finances: The Australian visa has financial requirements and you will need to show that you have an income and other resources to support yourself and your Thai fiancee. You will need to meet these requirements.

Incomplete or inaccurate Information: you might have failed to provide the supporting documents they wanted or provided incomplete or inaccurate information. The documentation gets complicated and most times it’s people who attempted this on their own.

Problematic immigration history: If you or your fiancée have a history of visa violations or offenses. Then will present a problem. If she has been deported before then this could also be a reason. Concerns over health or character: Australian visa applications typically require applicants to meet certain health and character requirements.

It’s important to note that visa decisions are made by immigration authorities based on the information provided and the assessment of your circumstances.

If your visa application has been denied then you may have the option to appeal the decision or reapply after addressing the reasons for refusal. Consulting with our Thai immigration lawyer or registered migration agent can guide how to address these issues effectively. Finally also see the UK Visas as well as the UK Fiancee Visa on here.

Form 80 Personal particulars

Form 80 is like a special document for people who want to go to Australia and are 16 or older. The important people in charge of immigration made this paper, and they really want everyone to be honest when filling it out. They say that if you try to trick them with fake papers, your application might take a long time or, worse, they might say no.

Now, let’s talk about why you have to write in this document. It’s all about deciding if you can get a visa to go to, enter, and stay in Australia. Plus, they might use the info for other things like helping newcomers settle in Australia and making sure everyone follows the rules.

Oh, and guess what? The details you put on the paper might be shared with other official groups. These groups handle issues like adoption, keeping track of who comes in and out of the country, job skills, citizenship, school, health checks, and a bunch of other things.

Now, about the types of visas you can apply for – there are quite a few! You can try for a student visa, a refugee/humanitarian one, or just visit. If you’re already in Australia and want to stay longer or become a permanent resident, there are options for that too.

When you fill out the form, they want to know basic information like your name, where you’re from, and when you were born. If your passport only has one name, make sure to put it in the right box. They also ask about your family, if you have a Chinese Commercial Code Number, or if you’re from an Arabic background. They’re curious if your passport has the right info, if you ever used a different name, and if you used your passport to enter Australia. There’s also a part about your grandpa and how you became a citizen.