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Q: How difficult was it for you to get your Chinese partner residency in your home country?

I'm working on Australian residency for my own partner, and the amount of hassle, detail and documentation required is unbelievable.

 

Questions include but not limited to "does your partner have a sibling of Arabic ancestry? If so, include their grandfather's name?"; "tell us all details, of all previous relationships" (ever); "tell us every country you've ever been to, ever"; "how did you fill your days during any periods of unemployment"; and my absolute personal favourite: "have you ever had another birth date?"

 

It will take us up to two years to get the first stage visa.

 

It got me thinking - if the hassles are so huge for my native English speaking partner, how much worse would it be with the added problems of Chinese bureaucracy, paperwork translation, mistrust of motives and the language barriers? Are other countries as, erm, enthusiastic with their red  tape?

 

TLDR - those of you with Chinese partners living in your country, how did you get them there without going insane?

5 years 45 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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married april 2009 .still working on getting her to Canada

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It's not that bad for the US. First we needed to file a petition in Beijing or Chicago, then we needed to wait three months. After that we had to go back to Beijing so she could get a physical and a couple of immunizations. Once that was taken care of we waited another month or so before going down to Guangzhou for her interview. For that you needed to give  three years of tax returns, bank statements, a form called an affidavit of support that proves we wont end up on public assistance, and prove that we intended to move to the US. Unfortunately, neither my mother, who is my cosponsor, or I make enough money. We're trying to get my dad to sign on, but he's being kind of a butt (although to be fair he is balls deep in dependents). All in all, the thing can take anywhere between 8 months and a year and a half. Once we arrive, we can get here green card because we've been married for two years. Two years after that, citizenship.

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I'm not doing it, but anyone I've talked to at home that brought over a Chinese wife said it too over 3 years. They felt the visa process was there just to make you give up. If you read the info from the Canadian site, they imply that it takes 6 to 8 months. I applied for a visitor visa for my girl friend knowing they routinely turn down single Chinese women. I thought she had a shot, I put money in her account, I make enough. I offered my house (mortgage free), provided all the documentation and my savings as collateral that she wold return in 2 months. She was denied as we couldn't prove she would return.

 It pisses me off that my government acts this way. If I married her they scrutinize if they think the marriage is real (not just to get in) and if it will last. Who bothers if I marry a Canadian whether the marriage will last? Is it really our governments concern? This is our ''free'' society? I could marry but not bring my wife home? WTF

 I think part of the reason they turn down single Chinese women is we would be overrun with ''working'' girls. Girls from countries like Japan and Korea, which are easier to get visas from, send hordes of them.

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for us it was easy

My wife first came to Australia on a visitor visa after I had spent time in China

we applied for a potential spouse visa then after we got that visa to get her to Australia the second time we got married and applied for the partner migration visa

this was in late 2006 and I believe the paper work is more in depth so you need to pay a translator / lawyer  to get it done (just what we need more Lawyers)

I also enlisted the help of our Federal MP to keep a eye on Proceedings

the key to it all is providing supporting evidence like joint bills and bank accounts and everything in between to prove you are in a Fair Dinkum  relationship.

 

Failing that hire a boat and call the Navy when you are just off the NT coast line indecision

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My wife (when I married her) was already in the US on a student visa.  Once we were married, it took 6 weeks to get her a green card.  We used an immigration attorney, which I am sure speeded along the process.

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My home, in the past, was kind of like the United Nations.............  I had  my wife(deceased) and my  son (status Indian), 2 Native Indian (status) step-sons, a Vietnamese boy, (Got his Dad a job at a Chinese restaurant after he arrived as a 'BOAT PERSON"  off the coast of Vancouver Island--  (his wife was shot in the back getting on the boat).  a Filippino kid that showed up out of nowhere,(1995) by boat, and is now a pretty good photographer out of that hell hole Toronto. .... rambling and out of smokes and baijui now

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Going through it in Canada now. It all looks pretty daunting. Then I went to a Lawyer who charged $200 to check it over before we sent it in. He said, according to how Canada's immigration laws are written I could ignore a crapload of the questions, including my income, and it wouldn't make a difference cause basically if our relationship has been deemed legit they have to let her in. All the questions are there as a sort of honest man's deterrent. 

 

What get's me is the redundancy of some of the questions. I answered "what is your address" three times. Like seriously? Just look at page one, you idiots!

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My case was over 8 years ago now and the regulations have changed, but even then I was considered unusual in that our application for a spouse visa for the UK was approved at the first time of asking. The trick was to bring every bit of paper I'd ever recieved that could in any way add to the proof that we had been together for some time (over 500 printed emails) and that I had the ability to support her, (mortgage paperwork, payslips dating back over 10 years, council tax receipts to prove I  was living alone in a 3 bedroom house).

 

The interview lasted about 15 minutes and 10 minutes of that was the clerk (English speaking Chinese lady), looking through the paperwork, then perhaps 2 or 3 very routine questions which iirc I answered not my wife, and that was it. We were told there and then it would be approved, and we waited (I think) about a month for the passport to be returned by post.

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I am very much involved in the immigration shit                 but I think my stuff is way more important than yours  ........US, UK, AU and .............Canada ..........   I just got a note from my very expensive lawyer she says...

Brian, I was just left a message that your decision has been sent to me. I expect it to be in the mail and will arrive in the next two days. Mona chan Sent from my iPhone

3.5 years of BS and she teases me with a note that says the decision has been made but you can't have it for a couple days   

 

It's time to reflect on what a truly Canadian winter is all about
 

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It's winter in Canada !

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At thirty-five below. 
Oh, how I love Canada 
When the snow's up to your butt 
You take a breath of winter 
And your nose gets frozen shut. 
Yes, the weather here is wonderful 
So I guess I'll hang around 
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It was a long drawn out process.  When I came into the US in 1960 I picked up my green card at the boarder, it was free. After being there for five years I went to my citizenship interview. I was the only one there. I can't remember exactly how much it cost, maybe $15.

I met a Chinese girl in China who had a small daughter and she emigrated to the US. At my request What a hassle. The cost is now around $3500. Lots of double talk.I took her to her citizenship swearing in, wow at least 3000 people were there. We have now been married for ten years. Biggest problem we have is cultural. If there is no myth about a subject the Chinese will invent one. They are all hopeless hypochondriacs. Keeping this in mind I love this lady, go with the flow. Franck3

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MissA, I have a sneaking suspicion that the problem may be with 'partner', rather than 'spouse'. If you're married, it may be somewhat easier to get that RP.

 

(I can't say for sure, as I'm not married, but I did look briefly at the legalities only a couple of months ago).

 

And why all the hassle? I think it's pretty obvious why... in some countries, 'visa marriages' can earn a nicely bit of moolah!

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I am Canadian.  My wife was refused a tourist visa to visit Canada. We applied for the tourist visa 6 months after we were married. The Canadian gov't said no but told us to apply under the family plan. we did that. took 2 years. now she has a maple card. The easy part was with the Chinese government much to my surprise.

 

I thought my country had rough immigration rules.  I am quickly learning there are a few other countries that make it more difficult. But I think all cases are handled individually.

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I'm American. 12 days not counting mail delays.

 

Yeah, that quick. Sorry to everyone else who had trouble. You need irrefutable evidence that your shit's real, and that you have the money to support your spouse.

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Including the time it took us to prepare everything, like birth certificates, police clearances, translations and medicals my partner got a 2 year open partnership based work visa in about 3 months. Would have been much quicker but she had an iron deficiency which we chose to take care of rather than have any problems on the medical, also would have been faster if she didn't have to get all of the Chinese documents from her home town. 

 

Once we applied we got a phone call about a week later asking for any more evidence we had to say she had lived in the apartments we shared, the rent contracts weren't enough, three days of running around to where we used to live to get invoiced re-printed from deliveries such as our washing machine and our refrigerator, scanned and sent to the immigration office, about a week later another phone call asking when we planned to go to NZ so she could put an enter before date on the visa, 3 days later passport and original documents returned to us visa in tact. 

 

New Zealand really seems to be easier compared to what everybody else seems to have gone through. No need for me to provide any financial information whatsoever. Interview was done over the phone when the immigration officer called the first time looking for a little more evidence. Basically proving we are in a stable relationship and have lived together for over 12 months was all that was required, and the medical to ensure she won't be a drain on the country's health system, although with the two year visa she is entitled to health care. 

 

We will apply for residence a little later, as long as it's within two years no need for another medical or new police certificates. 

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All depends on money and Taxes for U.S guys

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Just come to Italy. You don't even need the passport.

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Mine were pretty easy ,It only took  me 2 months to get My partner residency in Australia,to be honest ,I was pretty shocked and I did not expect that I would get the visa that fast ,

The main reason why I got My visa so fast,I guess It's  just because My husband and I have been living together for over 2 years and were married for 1 year before I applied for the visa.we proved all the evidences to Australian Consulate,It really helped a lot.

Plus,I have been to other countries too including Australia and I came  back to China on time ,my job were nice with good income.I guess it helped too.

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I witnessed two cases for Canadian Immigration, man Canadian, woman Chinese

 

Case 1.

Legally married 4 years, lived together more than 2 years, man in late 50's, woman late 40 's, no baggage, man has decent income in Canada, 3 years tax return, 600 e mails and chat records, 30 pages of telephone bills called from and to Canada,  thousands of travels and trips pictures, woman has good job in China,  woman owns home and car, marriage party and many other relative gathering pictures, man has paid off home in Canada, Woman English proficiency reasonable , engagement ring with family party pictures, and more.

 

Interviewed:  Why you want to live in Canada if your sponsor can buy you home in China ? Why your sponsor divorced his wife 20 years ago? Why your marriage is not solemnized ? Why you did not visit your sponsors parents in other country ?  and many more.

 

Denied with objection, that relationship is not real.

 

Man spent almost 1 year to prepare documents, translations, evidences, medical, fees, hassels, all in vain.

Felt cursed by Canadian red tapers. Has not right to live with his real wife in Canada ?

 

Case 2.

Woman Chinese age 39, man Canadian Age 56. married two month, Not any pictures of marriage or any party, no engagement, no e mails, formal chat on QQ, limited to two/three exchange of messages. Woman has daughter of 17 years, no home, no support evidence from man, English level just yes/no,

 

Interview : Not needed, passport sent by mail.

Result: Immigrant visa issued to woman and her daughter in less than 3 month of application.

 

WTF

 

Visas bought and sold ? 

 

 

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I recently applied for a tourist visa for my girlfriend and i got it now (thanks god). The embassy wanted to see my Visa because I said i will return with her to china as we both have stable jobs here. So i guess my working visa helped alot

 

for getting a residence i guess i make it easy:

step 1: marry in hk, china or get a marriage visa for germany (too hard lol)

step 2: make a baby

step 3: get a visit visa for 1 month while she is in the 9th month of pregnancy

step 4: give birth to the baby in your home country

step 5: epic win because they cant kick the mother of your native kid out of your country

step 6: heuehueheuie

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Sorry, let me rephrase. Our visa was approved within two days, not counting mail delays. Wait, WHAT?

 

Our situation was special. We had tons of evidence to back up our relationship, and tons of evidence to back up the crazy story with my in-laws, where they actually tried to force my wife to have an abortion over money. We had an emergency expedite request granted to us by the U.S. Embassy and quite possibly Obama. Seriously. Thanks, Obama, and I didn't even vote for you.

 

I didn't realize they granted it so fast. We actually didn't apply until months later because we were busy running around the country non-stop. Our documents were same-day stamped, but it took a while for them to arrive. Meanwhile, we already left the province.

 

Our previous landlord had to ship us the documents to us, to another province. We then had to update some information. We had to wait for slow-ass mail delays. They just needed some extra biographical information, and we sent that too. Interview was scheduled the day the embassy received the documents. We waited another 3 weeks for the documents to actually arrive (they were... inspected by a "third" party).

 

All in all, it took 2 and a half months because of mail delays. But it was pretty much an instant approval. Her visa was approved on the day of her interview.

 

We had a several-inch thick portfolio of the required documents, including our QQ chat history (we chat on QQ a lot since I always went to buy her food while she waited inside), pictures we took together, webcam pictures with my family, etc.

 

Get all of the required documents finished before you apply. Most people will get their visas in a month, not counting mail delays, provided the interview is a success and the relationship is obviously real.

 

Like I said, ours was a special case, but the rest of the people in our Visa group pretty much had 30 day approvals. The only people getting turned down were 50-60 year olds with 20 year old Chinese girls whom they were married to for 5 years.

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Mine took about 3 weeks.8 years ago.UK visa,I was living in Jersey,Channel Islands.Just showed letter from employer saying,I was in full time employment.No other finance details asked for.Spouse Visa.Then renewed after 2 years,to right to stay Visa.

 

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We're applying for Australian Temporary Resident visas now and are using a Beijing based company to hopefully expedite things.

There's a 15 year old child involved and the upfront application price for wife and step daughter was RMB 45,000.

We live in Xinjiang and must go to Beijing for medicals, so add that cost to the app...probably another 10,000 or so.

I was hoping to back the winner of the Melbourne Cup today to cover these costs but unfortunately pulled the wrong rein (for the 25th year in a row...).

Happy to see Gai win it though.

 

 

 

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