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What is a Civil Celebrant and why do I need one
A Civil Celebrant is authorised by the Attorney General to perform legal marriages within Australia. You cannot get married without the assistance of a Civil Celebrant .

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Can I get married if I am not an Australian Citizen
Yes, it is perfectly legal for you to marry if you are not an Australian Citizen, it is also legal for your partner not to be an Australian Citizen (assuming there is no Visa in place). However, if you are entering Australia on a Prospective Marriage Visa, then at least one of you must be an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Australia .

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Are you able to assist with a letter for the Department of Immigration for a Prospective Marriage VISA
Yes, our Celebrants are able to assist with a letter for Department of Immigration. The letter we provide will include your legal names, the intended date of your ceremony, the location, the celebrant, and acknowledgement that your Notice of Intended Marriage has been received and authorised .

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Can I apply to be married if my partner is overseas
Yes, you can apply to be married if your partner is outside Australia. You need to complete, sign, and have witnessed a Notice of Intended Marriage. If your partner is coming to Australia for the purposes of marriage, they may wish to consider applyng for a Prospective Marriage Visa .

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Does my partner need to sign the Notice of Intended Marriage if they are outside Australia
No, in order to submit your Notice of Intended Marriage, you only need one signatory, either the bride or bridegroom. The other partner can sign anytime prior to the ceremony .

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Are you associated with Births Deaths and Marriages
No, we are in no way associated with Births, Deaths and Marriages .

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What experience do you require in order to qualify for your team
We prefer our Celebrants to have performed a wide range of wedding ceremonies, whilst we specifically look for celebrants with an excellent working knowledge of the Australian Marriage Act 1961, and the legal processes regarding local and international marriages .

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How long can I stay in Australia if I am granted a Prospective Marriage Visa
If your visa is granted, you can stay in Australia for 9 months .

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Will my legal marriage in Australia be recognised in my home country
In most cases yes, however you need to check that your home country, recognises the same marriage laws as Australia. For example, your country may not recoognise Interfaith marriages, however Australia does. The same may apply to gay marriage (although this isn't currently legal in Australia) .

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If we travel to Australia to get married do we need a prospective marriage visa
No, you do not need a Proespective Marriage Visa, if you and your partner are not Australian citizens or permanent residents. You can simply fly into Australia, get married, and fly home .

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Are overseas marriages recognised in Australia
Yes, but only where marriages are conducted in accordance with Australian Laws. For example, Australian Law requires that a person be over the age of 18 prior to marriage, so hence will not recognise marriages where this wasn't the case .

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Can I travel to Australia and be married whilst on a holiday visa
Yes, your holiday visa will be granted for 3 months, giving you plenty of time to be legally married while you are in Australia .

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Which visa is best for me if I wish to get married in Australia
There are really only 2 visas you would consider. One is a Holiday Visa and the other is a Prospective Marriage visa .

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How does the visa I apply for effect my tenure in Australia
The Prospective Marriage Visa is a 9 month Visa, and enables you to work while you are in Australia. The Holiday Visa is for 3 months and does not allow you to work whilst in Australia .

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What is the difference in cost between a Prospective Marriage Visa and a Holiday Visa
A Prospective Marriage Visa is currently $7,000 AUD, whereas a Holiday Visa is $30 AUD .

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Why would I spend thousands of dollars on a Prospective Marriage Visa if all I need is a Holiday Visa
The type of visa you select is based on your time constraints. In other words, do you require 3 months or 9 months. In reality, it would make much more financial sense to apply for a Holiday Visa, since both Visas achieve the same result, as far as marriage is concerned .

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Are there any circumstances where a Prospective Marriage Visa is more advantageous than a Holiday Visa
No, since the Prospective Marriage Visa and the Holiday Visa achieve exactly the same result, as far as being able to be legally married in Australia is concerned .

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What are the eligibility requirements of the Prospective Marriage Visa
To successfully apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa, at least one of you must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia. The other partner must be out of the country when applying, and must step foot on Australian soil at least once, during the 9 month period for which the visa is granted .

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Do I have to be married in Australia if I am travelling on a Prospective Marriage Visa
No, you may be married in any country of your choice .

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If my partner and I are both non residents or citizens of Australia can we apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa
No, you cannot apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa in this instance. You would most likely apply for a Holiday Visa .

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Peter Horden Civil Celebrant 5 Star
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Lee Jolley Civil Celebrant 5 Star
Lee Jolley is a Civil Marriage Celebrant authorised and registered with the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department to perform ceremonies throughout Australia. Her knowledge,
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