Marriage in Cuba
by Aussie Mamita
What are my chances of getting a pre-nup if I get married in Cuba first?/Advice for getting a fiance visa for Australia
I am engaged to a Cuban man and plan to bring him to Australia, as there are a lot more opportunities for both of us here in terms of work and a future. We are both quite young, no kids yet and keen to work together to build our future and start a family together. I have read lots of stories of Cubans refusing to work once they leave Cuba, however I am confident that my fiance does not fit into this category. He is young (23 - I just turned 30), motivated to work (trained as a chef in Cuba, his parents and sister are also hardworking with decent jobs) and speaks English well - I also speak Spanish quite fluently.
After reading all the horror stories on this site, I have decided it's best to get a prenuptial agreement before getting married to protect my assets. I love and trust my fiance and his family (until now they have given me no reason not to trust them), however I know from experience that people change in relationships, especially when it involves a moving to a new country and all the stresses and challenges this can involve. I also had a negative experience with a Cuban before which opened my eyes a lot, so I am much more aware and cautious this time around.
I would really appreciate some OBJECTIVE ADVICE (not negative opinions please - I have heard enough of those) on the following questions:
1) I want to know how I can get a prenup if we get married in Cuba first, as this is what we had originally planned. I am thinking of buying my tickets asap to go over in March/April, so need to be sure of this before I buy them. The main reason I am thinking of getting married in Cuba first is that I'm aware that the whole process of getting him here could take a lot longer than we hope, so I want to get things started as soon as possible. I have had two long-distance relationships in the past (one with a Cuban) and I think the longer you spend apart, the worse it is for the relationship - so naturally I am keen to start our lives together as soon as possible.
2) If it is not possible to get a prenup in Cuba, I will look into getting a fiance visa so we can get married in Australia first. However, I'm not sure what the chances of getting this type of visa are, as I have heard many visa applications are denied, often without a valid reason...is this true for Australian fiance visas? I have some idea of how costly the process can be, so don't want to waste time and money applying for a visa that has little chance of being granted.
3) I have read on this site that in order to get a fiance visa, I may need to provide proof that I have the funds to maintain him as long as he is in Australia. Does anyone know if this is true for Australia at the moment, what the amount is, and when/where I will need to show this?
4) Is there a minimum length for this type of visa or is it up to me to decide how long he stays here (and buy his return ticket accordingly)? The reason I am asking is that if he is not legally allowed to work here during this time, it is unlikely I would have the funds to maintain him for more than a few months.
5) If I do get him here on a fiance visa and we get married in Aus first, what happens once we are married? Will he still have to go back to Cuba when the visa expires (as I suspect), or is he then free to stay in Australia, as he will then be my husband? And if he does have to return to Cuba, how long would it be before he can come back to Aus for good on a spouse visa (or whatever this visa is called)?
I would appreciate any productive answers on this matter, as it all seems a bit confusing and complicated!