At Freedom Migration, we understand that arranged marriages are the way to go in some cultures and we have the expertise to fully support couples who choose this option. In this article, I’m going to outline the differences between ‘arranged’ and ‘forced’ unions.
An ‘arranged’ marriage is one where a third party, most often a respected family member, has introduced the prospective partners to each other and together they’ve agreed to the marriage. Although not a standard union in Australia, an arranged marriage is perfectly lawful here and there are options under the Partner Visa categories for people to apply to be together in Australia under the Partner Visa Programme if their marriage has been an arranged one.
A ‘forced marriage’ should not be confused with an arranged marriage. A forced marriage is a separate issue and is unlawful in Australia. It is the union of two people where one or both parties have been coerced, threatened or bullied into a marriage relationship they are not in agreement on. Under the Australian Migration Act, a forced marriage does not technically meet the necessary requirements for either a Partner Visa or a Prospective Marriage Visa to be granted.
Yes, you will have to consider different ways to evidence the arranged marriage relationship than the standard requirements needed for a couple who are in a typical marriage union. If yours is an arranged marriage situation, a Visa Planning session with a Registered Migration Agent would be super helpful and is strongly advised.
Here at Freedom Migration, we have helped with many arranged marriage cases and are able to give you a detailed plan on how to move forward. If you are looking for peace of mind and professional assistance, you can book a Visa Planning Session with us for just $165 online now.
We hope you found this information useful. Please feel free to comment. We love getting your feedback and will reply to any questions you may have.
Have more questions? check out our Partner Visa FAQ Page
IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.
Emma is the founder and principal migration agent at Freedom Migration. She is extremely passionate about uniting partners and families with their loved ones overseas. It might be because she's a product of a partner visa family.
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