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Leon, Solicitor
Category: Australia Law
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I am an international student in Sydney studying postgraduate.My

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hi, i am an international student in Sydney studying postgraduate.My boyfriend who is also a student in Brisbane are palnning to get married in July this year.
Just want to know as we both are on student visas and if get married by July, by how much time can he apply as a spouse visa?I mean change his student visa to spouse visa and then continue his studies later after getting permanent residency??
Kindly suggest.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Leon replied 2 years ago.
Good Morning
My name is ***** ***** I am a NSW Solicitor. Thank you for your question, and will do my best to assist you with your question.
Because you are both non permanent residents you cannot apply for a partner visa.
One of you have to be a permanent resident.
One of you need to get permanent residency before the other can apply for permanent residency. You can marry but at the expiration of your student visas you both have to leave.
Here are the requirements for the Partner visa
To get this visa, you must be married to or in a de facto relationship with an:
Australian citizen
Australian permanent resident
eligible New Zealand citizen.
You must be in Australia when you apply.​
So in short you cannot apply for this visa as neither of you are permanent residents.
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