I am a citizen of Pakistan and currently hold an Australian Student Visa subclass 500. I want to apply for a spouse or sponsorship visa for my husband. We both applied for a student visa but unfortunately his visa application was refused. Before leaving Pakistan I registered our marriage in Pakistan. I am the second wife of my husband and in Pakistan it is legal to have more than one wife for a man. I need your kind assistance regarding visa application, and let me know if I can apply or sponsor a Spouse visa for my husband?

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    This has been asked and answered already: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/105669/…
    – Dr. Snoopy
    Feb 26, 2023 at 20:25
  • That's not a duplicate. That is someone asking if having two wives will invalidate a visa they would otherwise be eligible for. This is about whether someone with a valid student visa can bring their multiply-married husband with them. Feb 28, 2023 at 16:54

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Your marriage will not be recognized in Australia.

This page on the recognition of foreign marriages in Australia says:

An overseas marriage is generally recognised in Australia if it

  • was a valid marriage in the overseas country, and

  • would have been a valid marriage here

Your marriage would not be valid in Australia because your husband was already married.

It's not out of the question that there is a loophole I am unaware of. You should consult a lawyer if you want to try to find one.

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