Reethi Kumar, aged 22, a citizen of India, arrived in Australia 2½ years ago on a Class FA subclass 600 Visitor visa valid for 3 months.
Reethi’s Visitor visa did not have an 8503 condition.
On arrival in Australia, she lodged a Protection visa application Class XA subclass 866, which was refused 8 months ago by the Department of Home Affairs. She lodged a review application with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal within the prescribed time limits.
The reason for the lodgement of her Protection visa application was that her parents in India wanted her to get married to a specific person. It was an arranged marriage. She detested the person and did not want to get married to him. She did not want to return to India as her parents would force her to get married to this person.
Further, nine months ago she got married to an Australian citizen, Roman Fitzgerald. They have been living together for the past 11 months. She is now 7 months pregnant and her gynaecologist has provided a report stating that she has the condition “placenta previa” which is life threathening and the doctor has suggested that she have complete bed rest and is to be constantly monitored by the doctor. After the birth the baby will also have to be closely monitored for several months.
Roman contacts you on the basis of a recommendation from a friend. You are a registered migration agent.
You have been asked to prepare a letter of advice to Reethi and Roman regarding Reethi’s visa options, both onshore and offshore including the bridging visa implications.
Roman also wants to know what are the prospects of success in relation to your proposed visa options and what are the processing times?
What additional information, if any, would you require?