Prospective Marriage Visa
Prospective Marriage Visa
Prospective Marriage Visa Australia
The Prospective Marriage Visa is also referred to by its official Australian Immigration code as the subclass 300. This visa is for people that are considering getting married, are offshore (outside of Australia) and haven’t got an opportunity to to come to Australia on any other visa. This means that as a couple they can’t be together but are looking to get married having met each other at least once in person.
Does it Matter Not Being Officially Engaged
And a lot of people do ask whether being ‘officially’ engaged in the eyes of others is a barrier to getting the Prospective Marriage Visa. For example, they may not have bought the ring or had a big elaborate party. That doesn’t matter. That’s not a requirement for the prospective marriage visa.
Who is the Prospective Marriage Visa for?
The Australian Prospective Marriage Visa subclass 300 is a visa for somebody that is intending to get married. So if you’ve got a genuine intent to get married then this visa is possibly a good option for you, especially if you don’t have an opportunity of living together in each other’s countries.
The Prospective Marriage Visa does not have the same 12 months living together requirement as the Partner Visa. You don’t have to show a requirement of sharing financials or sharing a household. You do however need to show a requirement that you are intending on getting married and you’ll get going to be getting married within nine months of the grant the visa.
Prospective Marriage Visa Processing Time
The Prospective Marriage Visa subclass 300 should not take more than 52 weeks. The visa is processed by offshore processing centers, so the processing time will depend on your location and the location of the Australian embassy in your country. As well as how many applications are in the pipeline.
Prospective Marriage Visa Timeframe
Once the subclass 300 visa is granted it’s granted nine months from the day that it is issued. You then have an obligation to enter Australia at least once before you get married. So you do need to enter Australia before you get married, even if you just come and enter for a couple of weeks and then depart again if your desire is to marry overseas and not necessarily in Australia.
Do I have to get married in Australia?
For the Prospective Marriage Visa you can marry wherever you wish either in the country of origin, or you can get married in Australia or you can get married in a totally different countries such as Bali or Fiji or an island destination, it really doesn’t matter. But as long as you enter Australia at least once you will get full work rights on this visa. You’ll also get multiple re-entry which means you can travel in and out of Australia as often as you like.
Australia Prospective Marriage Visa Rights
- you don’t get access to Medicare
- you do get access to Medicare once married
- you do get work rights
- you do get multiple re-entry rights
Do I need to attend an interview for a Subclass 300 visa?
Sometimes. For instance in Russia and India its is common for the Department of Home Affairs to interview everybody before they granted the visa just to ask about their relationship and their intention to get married and making certain that what they have in the application is is true and correct. Generally speaking they don’t necessarily have the resources to interview absolutely everyone. Sometimes they may ring the applicant or send an email.
Australia Prospective Marriage Visa Fee
|TO300 Prospective Marriage
|Additional Applicant Charge 18+
|Additional Applicant Charge U18
The cost of the prospective marriage visa is the same as the Australia partner visa.
So those fees are all exactly the same as an Australian Partner Visa but as a prospective marriage visa you have got another step. Once you do get married you do need to apply on the basis of being married and so there will be a second government fee and that’s a lot less than the initial fee that you first pay. So it won’t be the same fee and double that. It would just be a fraction of the first fee that you paid for.
Conditions Attached to the Australia Partner Visa
The following conditions could be attached to the Partner Visa
- 8502 – Not arrive before person specified in visa
- 8515 – Must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entry
- 8519 – Marry your partner while the visa is valid
- 8520 – Marry your partner while the visa is valid
What can I do with the Australia 300 Visa?
- stay in Australia for up to 9 months from date of grant of visa
- work in Australia
- study in Australia at your own expense
- travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
Australia Prospective Marriage Visa Criteria
The following criteria applies to the non-Australian partner:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Not be in Australia when the application is lodged or when the visa is granted
- Meet the criteria of relationship
- Be sponsored by your fiancé.
- Be of good character and health.
- Provide evidence of intention to marry
- Know their prospective spouse well
- Have met their prospective spouse in person.
- Be of the opposite sex from their partner (same-sex applicants should opt for a partner visa)
The following criteria applies to the Sponsor (Australian Partner)
- Be the fiancé of the applicant
- Be of good character
- Shouldn’t have been a sponsor for a spouse application in the previous five years
The Australian sponsor is responsible for:
- Money that the fiancé owes to the Government of Australia.
- Visa compliance
Jacqueline Chow is an international immigration and visa expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. With a background in law and a passion for helping people, Jacqueline has built a reputation as a trusted and reliable source of information and advice on all aspects of immigration and visas. She has worked with clients from all over the world, including high-net-worth individuals, professionals, skilled workers and families. As a sought-after speaker and commentator Jacqueline has been featured in various media outlets and has given talks on immigration and visas at conferences and events around the world.