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$8000 marriage visas granted only for holders to be blocked from entering Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

Couples whose fiances are born overseas are finding themselves caught in a bind by the government.

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Declan Clarke speaks to his fiance in Russia via Facetime in his bedroom at home.Credit: Wolter Peeters
“I proposed to her at the place where we met in Moscow it was just the best day,” he said.
In what Mr Clarke describes as the “luckiest and unluckiest” turn of events, the couple were granted a Prospective Marriage visa in February this year. It cost $7715 and stipulates that couples must be married in Australia within nine months.
“We had the visa, we had the wedding planned for September,…

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