Help Nico and James Stay Together

For: Nico Vitti & James Lyons
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Organizer: Nico Vitti
of $9,000 goal.
Raised by 125 donors
58% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Nico and James need your help to stay together in Australia!


  • We're two gay boys in love. Nico is from New York. James is from Melbourne where we're been living for over a year.

  • We need to come up with $8,000 in 30 days to apply for a partner visa for Nico to stay in Australia!

  • You can help!!!

UPDATE: We have been offered loans from friends to cover our fees which will ensure Nico can submit his visa application on time! We are blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives. Of course, we'd rather meet our fundraising goal than go into debt, so please continue to share and donate when possible. Thank you :)


We met by chance on the internet in 2013. Within a month, James had booked a ticket to New York to visit for a week, just to make sure we were definitely, actually falling in love. We were definitely, actually falling in love. One week became two weeks, and then James moved to the USA for three months. Nico followed him back to Australia. Since then, we have been building a family in Melbourne, Australia as dads to two cats (Arjuna & Ophelia). We're now facing separation because we can't afford an immigration visa application fee.

We need your help to stay together!

As gay marriage isn't legal in Australia, our only option is to apply for a Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801). We meet all the criteria of a genuine and verifiable relationship, we're just missing one thing – $s. On January 1st, the Department of Immigration increased the (already exorbitant) application fee for Partnership Visas by 50%, and it's now unattainable for us to reach on our own. You can help!

Nico is an artist and freelance designer. James is studying to become a holistic nutritionist who will specialise in trans health. Our only regular income is James' student allowance which is barely covering bills and food. James is in his final year of full time study which includes unpaid work experience at the college student clinic, and he's unable to fit in more work outside of this. Nico's art following and sales are growing and James will start working as soon as he graduates at the end of 2015, but we need these funds fastNico's visitor visa expires on September 1st! Time is running out.


  1. Partner Visa (Subclass 820/801) application fee: $6,865

  2. Registration of Relationship in Victoria: $234.10
    * This is for evidence that we're in a committed, ongoing relationship – it's the closest we can get to being married in Australia!

  3. Mandatory medical checks: $418

  4. FBI clearance: $55

  5. Australian Federal Police clearance: $42

  6. Fundraiser processing fee: $220.90
    (2.9% of running total ($7614))

  7. Approximate PayPal fees: $165
    (.30c per transaction)



James is the love of my life. I had a suspicion upon first meeting him over Skype that I would devote myself to him for a long time, and that has only been confirmed again and again as we have lived and grown together. I moved to Australia having never been here before because I was madly in love and ready for adventure. Having lived here for almost a year now, I love James and Melbourne even more. My life has improved dramatically and the sense of peace and inspiration I feel in our family home has become very precious to me. I want more than anything to stay here and support James through the rest of his education and continue my creative work in this wonderful place.


Please help! Nico is my soulmate and I am madly in love with him. This partnership gives me such happiness, health and inspiration. Nico is the most supportive, beautiful, and caring person I've ever met, and the idea of losing him for any amount of time is terrifying. The stress would be close to unbearable, and the cats & I would also lose our home as we'd likely need to break our lease if he leaves. Please help us to stay in Australia and continue building a life together!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 2, 2015

Posted on August 2, 2015

We've had an incredible amount of momentum over the past couple of days, raising over $1,000 more toward Nico's immigration fees, bringing the total to almost $5k. We have all of you to thank for that. THANK YOU!

Given how close we're getting to the total, we've decided to keep it going. The fundraiser will now expire in three weeks instead of today. We've also adjusted our goal to include additional fees that we unfortunately did not calculate correctly the first time around. Please do continue to share this page with your friends, family, Twitter feed, Facebook network, book club, whoever you think might lend a helping hand!

Every bit really does help, and we're closer than ever to having all of the expenses covered.

Thank you everyone, from the bottom of our hearts,
Nico & James

Posted on July 31, 2015

Posted on July 31, 2015

Hello everyone,

We have raised another $600 in the past day thanks to some very generous friends & fam & compassionate strangers. With only ONE DAY LEFT, this is the home stretch. We're more than halfway there and every bit counts!! Please give anything you can and share share share!!! Thanks a million!!! This is the last update we'll send so if you needed a reminder, this is it!

Thanks you from the bottom of our hearts!

With Love,
Nico & James

Posted on June 22, 2015

Posted on June 22, 2015

Thank you all so much for your generous support! We're off to a great start! Every day that we wake up with new donations makes us more optimistic and driven to make this visa happen!!! With your help, we're now able to start the process -- tomorrow we're getting Nico's police checks done, and will be registering our relationship soon.

Please keep sharing this page, you never know who will be moved to donate. We've had lots of donations from friends-of-friends-of-friends (if you're one of them THANK YOU SO MUCH!). Please continue to give anything you want to give!

We will be uploading a lot of cat family photos as per an anonymous request.

With love,
Nico & James

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