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July 15, 2009

Punjabi marriage proposal: “I love your English!”

Filed under: Indian students,migration,Permanency — Nayano @ 7:50 am
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Ads in India, and ‘all over’ the Punjab, are offering IELTS or asking for IELTS qualified marriage partners to get Permanent Residency in Australia.

Here is an interesting item from the Punjabi Tribune

Australian Dream III: Contract marriage a tool for going abroad
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, Punjab, July 9.

The brides and grooms all over the state are endeavouring in finding a right match for their Australian dreams.

In case a candidate has cleared his IELTS and is going abroad, the candidate can take along his bride or groom.

Interestingly, travel agents are carrying out extensive research in getting data for their prospective market of the successful IELTS candidates. The agents are getting a fat share in finding “new and legal techniques” for travel to the foreign lands.

IELTS-pass girl or boy is in demand. A majority of these alliances give an upper hand to the girl’s family with the prospective groom promising to bear the entire expenditure.

The marriage is more often a mere contract. The bride and groom part their ways after getting a permanent residency (PR) in Australia.

Darshan Singh, father of an aspirant, wishing to travel to Australia, said “Punjabis are very resourceful. They always find innovative ways to travel abroad. For ages, hundreds of youth have attempted and a large number succeeded in settling abroad. Using IELTS, merely as tool, was not illegal at all. Such brazen desire of moving to foreign shores may seem strange, but, in reality, it is the new-found Punjabi ingenuity that has found newer and legal ways of emigrating to Australia.”

Marriages in this special category are solemnised in a planned manner. “Even the marriage ‘baraatis’ are hired on Rs 500 per person for each marriage. They are hired to prepare a fake marriage album”, he added. “We are five sisters and my three elder sisters got married on contract, the only condition was IELTS certificate. As all of us are not good in English, we hired an agent who arranged girls who appeared on behalf of my sisters in the IELTS examination. Now, my sisters are settled in Australia and are happily working at a food joint and a grocery store, owned by a Punjabi family in Sydney,” said a 22-year-old girl from Noormahal, who is also planning to appear for IELTS.



  1. Most of these guys don’t know that just clearing IELTS is not a passport to get PR in Australia. Most of the so called spouses will not be able to get 6 in each in IELTS for sure (I ahve seen their level) and hence no PR. Many part ways in few months of getting to Australia on basis of Auctions for their IELTS score as single students are already settled in away looking for match and IELTS cleared person then leaves forst husband and gets on to second one as he/she will be in better position to pay fees and living. ands uch people suck big time when they talk about sada virsa, sada culture.

    Comment by Shelly — July 24, 2009 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

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