What is a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)?
The Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse. This visa is temporary and is valid for 9 months. The 9 months begins on the date your visa is granted.
You must be outside of Australia when you lodge your Subclass 300 Prospective Marriage Visa application.
When your Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) is granted, you can enter Australia. Once in Australia you must marry your intended spouse (your fiancee) within the time-frame of the visa. Once you are married, you must lodge your Partner Visa (Subclasses 820 and 801) application before the expiry of your Prospective Marriage Visa if you wish to remain in Australia.
The Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) is the ideal pathway to marriage and permanent residency in Australia.
Summary of what you need to know:
- You must make your initial entry to Australia on your Prospective Marriage Visa before you marry your fiancee (even if you intend leave Australia to marry overseas).
- You must marry your fiancee while your Prospective Marriage Visa is still valid.
- You must be outside of Australia when you apply for the Prospective Marriage Visa.
- You must be outside of Australia when a decision is made on your Prospective Marriage Visa application.
- You must apply for a Spouse Visa in Australia after your marriage and before the expiry of your Prospective Marriage Visa.
If you wish to be married in another country before entering Australia, or if you have been in a de facto relationship with your fiancee for over 12 months (and can provide documentary evidence to support defacto relationship) then you should apply for an Australian Partner Visa (Subclasses 309 and 100) instead of the Subclass 300.
Who would a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) be suitable for?
A Subclass 300 Visa would suit you if you wish to:
- Enter Australia before marrying your fiancee
- Travel into and out of Australia as often as you need to
- Work or study in Australia (please note you will not have access to government funding for tertiary studies)
- Apply for Partner Visas (Subclasses 820 and 801) for permanent residency after the marriage.
When can you expect your Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) to be approved?
The processing times for a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) can be found at the:
Australian Immigration and Border Protection Website
How do you apply for a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)?
Contact Aus Visa Specialists to check that this visa suits your individual needs and future plans. Aus Visa Specialists has 100% success with Partner Visas. Simply fill in the “Claim your Free Visa Assessment” form on this page and one of our friendly team members will do their best to help you secure your Subclass 300 Visa and marry your loved one.