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What is the Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)?

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The Prospective Marriage Visa allows individuals to come to Australia to marry their fiancé. If granted, you should marry your fiancé before this visa expires and apply for a Partner (Subclasses 820 and 801) visa.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for this visa, you must:

•    Intend to marry your prospective spouse

•    Have met and know your prospective spouse

•    Meet health and character requirements

•    Be at least 18 years old

Prospective Marriage Visa Requirements

For the relationship:

•    Both partners must be at least 18 years old and not closely related

•    Be free to marry each other and genuinely intend to get married within nine to 15 months of the visa grant date

•    Physically met, and are personally known to each other

•    Intend to live together as a married couple

For the sponsor:

•    Must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen

•    Not have previously sponsored more than one other fiancé, partner, or spouse for migration to Australia within the last 5 years unless there are compelling circumstances

•    Consent to relevant conviction disclosure and provide police checks when requested

Application Process

This visa application is lodged with the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) based on meeting relationship and sponsor requirements. You must be outside Australia when you apply, but you can be in or outside Australia when the visa is granted. The marriage must occur within nine to 15 months of the visa grant date, either in Australia or overseas.

Next Steps: Partner Visa

Upon entry and marriage in Australia, you become eligible for a Partner visa (Subclass 820 and 801). The main requirements include a genuine relationship and living together as a couple. This leads to a temporary Partner visa for approximately two years before eligibility for a permanent Partner visa.

Length of Stay, Cost, and Processing Time

The visa duration is between nine and 15 months from the grant date. The application fee is $8,850 for the main applicant, with additional fees for dependents. Processing times range from 6 to 35 months for different percentages of applications.

Additional Details

•    Allows travel to and stay in Australia for up to nine months

•    Permits work and study in Australia, along with multiple exits and entries

•    Other costs may include health checks, police certificates, and biometrics

•    Sponsor must be the fiancé of the visa applicant

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