The Prospective Marriage Visa Subclass 300 is a temporary visa which lasts for nine months. The applicant and their fiancé must be married at this time. The applicant must be outside of Australia when they are lodging their application and they will also need to be outside Australia if the application is granted. The wedding can take place anywhere, inside or outside Australia.
What the Prospective Marriage visa allows:
- entry and exit of Australia as often as wanted
- successful applicants to study and /or work in Australia, though it does not offer access to any government funding.
- for the visa applicant to include dependent children and other dependent relatives on the application, as long as they fulfil the requirements of being a member of the family unit.
- allows the couple to apply for a Partner visa in Australia after the marriage has taken place.
When applying for Subclass 300 the applicant must:
- provide evidence they intend to marry and live as husband or wife with their Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen prospective spouse
- be sponsored by their prospective spouse
- know their prospective spouse and have met in person
- be the opposite sex from their partner (same sex must apply for partner visa)
- meet age, character and health requirements
- overseas prospective applicants must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government, or they have to arrange repayment of debts before a visa can be granted
When applying for Subclass 300 the sponsor must:
- not have been a sponsor for a successful partner or a spouse application in the past five years
- not have previously sponsored more than one successful applicant for a partner or spouse visa
- not have been a sponsored partner or spouse themselves, within the last five years.
- not sponsor someone who was your partner at the time, if you have been granted a Women at Risk visa.