I am a Muslim and I have two wives in Pakistan. I want to apply for Australian immigration. I want to apply with my second wife and the children from my first wife. Is there a problem with doing that or must I include my first wife on the application? Are there any chances of being able to bring my first wife too?

  • There's a duplicate of this on Travel, travel.stackexchange.com/questions/105669/…
    – mkennedy
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 21:03
  • @mkennedy Not a dupe, since there are children involved. Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 21:04
  • Which wife are you legally married to? It might be difficult to bring a 'wife' that is not legally married to you when you are legally married to another.
    – ouflak
    Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 14:42

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When immigrating to Australia, you can bring one (1) partner and all underage children for which you are the legal guardian. So if your children with your first wife are under 18, and she consents to bringing them to Australia (this will need to be in writing and certified), you should be fine, even if your first wife does not join you.

However, Australia does not recognize multiple marriage, so you can only bring your first or second wife, not both.

See also: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/105669/can-having-a-second-wife-affect-my-australian-visa-processing-stay

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