A temporary visa for nine months, the Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) is
for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse. At the
time of application, you need to be outside Australia. However, it is not necessary
that your wedding too takes place in Australia. Wedding can happen in any country.
This visa is valid for nine months only and it cannot be extended and you cannot
be granted another Prospective Marriage visa in Australia even if you have not yet
married your sponsor but still intend to do so.
You can be granted this visa if you intend to marry:
- An Australian citizen
- An Australian permanent resident
- An eligible New Zealand citizen
In order to be granted this visa, you need to fulfill many requirements. Some of the basic are:
- You intend to marry and live as husband or wife with your prospective spouse
You need to be sponsored by your prospective spouse who is a) an Australian citizen,
b) an Australian permanent resident, c) an eligible New Zealand citizen
You know your prospective spouse and have met in person. This applies in these conditions
too: a) it is an arranged marriage, b) you and your prospective spouse met as children
and the marriage was arranged before you turned 18 years of age, c) you met on the
internet (exchanging photographs is not evidence of having met in person)
You are the opposite sex to your prospective spouse (same-sex couples can apply
for a Partner visa based on their de facto relationship)
- You need to meet age, health and character requirements
Once you are granted this visa, you can:
- Enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
- Travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
Work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary
- Study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study
- Apply for a Partner visa, in Australia, after your marriage
Once you are granted this visa, you must enter Australia on this visa at least once
before you marry your prospective spouse. The date by which you must enter the country
is communicated to you by the Australian immigration department. If you cannot make
it by that date, your visa may be cancelled.
Any family members who come with you to Australia might have conditions on their visas, including:
- They cannot enter Australia before you
- They cannot marry or be in a de facto relationship before they enter Australia
In order to be granted this visa, you need to provide accurate and authentic documents.
In some cases, if you happen to marry your partner before the granting of the visa, you must write immediately to the concerned office with
- A certified copy of proof that you have married
- A request that, due to your marriage, you want to withdraw the application for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) and be considered for a Partner visa instead
Refer document checklist before applying for this visa. Your application could take
longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to
provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
In order to be thorough in applying this visa or for that matter any other visa,
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