I came over on a spouse visa (wife is Aussie), your correct he should get PR straight away. When applying for the visa there are a couple of things to remember, I thought it would only take a few weeks to sort out as I was married to an Aussie for 9 yrs but gathering the evidence is time consuming.
Start gathering evidence now for your application to prove your relationship. you will need proof for every year you have been together if possible.
you will probably need 2 stat decs from Australia (with copies of their passport photo page, certified again).
2 stat decs from the UK certified.
copies of marriage certificate and kids birth certificates (certified)
proof of joint financial commitment, bank statements preferably joint account ( I asked bank for letter showing how long we had heald a joint account)
proof of living together (official letters address to both of you at same address)
good thing to include are insurance policy showing partner as beneficiary
car insurance showing partner named as spouse
photographs of you together and as a family
party invites addressed to both of you and Christmas cards addressed to both of you with envelope showing date
In fact everything you can think of that will show you in a continuing and loving relationship.
My wife came over to Australia first with me to follow a few weeks later; it took me 6 months to gather enough evidence to send with the application.
If you want to ask me anything about the process please contact me and I will do my best to assist
Last edited: Jun 26, 2010