For the purpose of bringing fiances over on a fiance visa, you will need to have a meeting with me where I will complete the NOIM with you and provide you with a letter stating your intention to marry which you will take with you to the Department of Immigration. Please note that non-Australians should check with authorities in their own countries before marrying in Australia as some foreign countries do not recognise a marriage in Australia as valid unless other requirements are met such as the prior granting of permission from the country’s embassy.
At this meeting, only one person needs to provide the necessary documentation. Before the wedding takes place however, I will need to see the other person's documents and get them to sign the forms if they have not already signed the forms with the relevant authorities overseas.
You will need to pay a deposit at this meeting which covers the cost of the letter as well as the cost of the completing the NOIM. Please note that the law requires that you have met your fiance as an adult prior to the wedding taking place and that the wedding takes place within nine months of the fiance's arrival in Australia.
Another important point after the wedding has happened is that the official Marriage Certificate that couples can obtain from the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages may need to be stamped by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs for your marriage to be recognised elsewhere. Therefore it is advisable that you check with your own Embassy as to its requirements.