What is a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)?

Prospective Marriage Visa

What is a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)?

Nov 3, 2021, 10:30:14 AM Life and Styles

The Australian Government offers different visas to foreigners to visit Australia. Many people move to Australia for studies, jobs, business purposes, or marrying their partners in Australia. The Government of Australia offers a Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300). This visa is a great opportunity for people planning to marry their prospective spouses in Australia.


Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) allows you to marry your partner in Australia. It’s a temporary visa. You can stay for 9 to 15 months on subclass 300 in Australia. You must marry your partner within the validity period of your Prospective Marriage Visa. After marrying your partner, you may apply for the onshore Partner Visa to live permanently with your partner in Australia.

 

Prospective Marriage Visa cost starts from AUD 7,850. It’s a pathway to obtaining permanent residency in Australia. All you have to do is, apply for the onshore Partner Visa subclass 820/801. You can apply for the onshore Partner Visa before the expiration of your Prospective Marriage Visa.

 

Further, you can lodge a combined application for the Onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820/801). If the Department of Home Affairs approves your visa application, you can live with your partner permanently in Australia.

 

Prospective Marriage Visa Requirements 

The Department of Home Affairs has set some requirements to obtain a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300). If you’re applying for this visa so you must;

  • Be sponsored by your prospective spouse in Australia.
  • Be 18 years old or above.
  • Meet the health and character requirements. If your family members are applying with you so, they’ll also have to fulfill the application requirements.
  • Have paid all your debts to the Australian Government.
  • Intend to marry your partner before your Prospective Marriage Visa gets expired.
  • Be living outside Australia while lodging your application.
  • Your partner/spouse must be an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.

Your family members must also fulfill the visa requirements if they’re applying with you. As the visa requirements apply to all applicants for Prospective Marriage Visa. Moreover, the Department of Home Affairs often refuses visa applications that doesn’t meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Documents Checklist for Subclass 300

You must complete the documentation in order to get your Prospective marriage Visa successfully. The documents include;

  • Your birth certificate showing names of both of your parents
  • Your current passport along with your photograph
  • Issue and expiry dates of your passport
  • National identity card
  • Evidence that you and your prospective spouse have personally met with each other
  • Evidence that you and your spouse intend to live together as a family
  • Proof that you’ll be married to your prospective spouse within 9 to 15 months
  • In case if you're divorced, widowed, widowed, or permanently separated, you must provide divorce papers, death certificates, or separation documents.
  • For those who are over 16 and spent 12 months or more in Australia in the last decade since turning 16 have to provide the Australian Police Certificate.

 

Make sure to translate your non-English documents into English before submission. Moreover, translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Submit all your documents after reviewing them thoroughly. Applicants are required to wait for the Department of Home Affairs to process their visa applications.


How long does it take to get a prospective marriage visa for Australia? 

The Department of Home Affairs processes applications for the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300). It usually prefers visa applications with complete documentation. Here’s the general processing time for Prospective Marriage Visa.

 

  • 75% of applications take 23 months to be processed.
  • 90% of applications are processed within 30 months.

 

Applications might take longer if they don’t contain the required documents. Applicants are advised to fill the visa application correctly. Moreover, they must pay the application charges to avoid delays in the processing time for subclass visa 300.


Benefits of Having Prospective Marriage Visa 

You can avail many benefits while holding the Prospective Marriage Visa. You can get a multiple travel facility on a subclass 300 visa. As this visa allows you to travel from and to Australia as many times as you want. You’re allowed to work in Australia during your stay period on subclass 300. You can also enroll in a study course at your own expense.


Conclusion 

Prospective Marriage Visa for people who intend to marry their prospective spouse in Australia. However, your partner/spouse must be a permanent resident of Australia, an Australian citizen or an eligible citizen of New Zealand.

 

Make sure you’re sponsored by your Australian partner to apply for subclass 300. Further, a Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) provides a pathway to Australian PR. As applicants may apply for the Onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820/801) after marrying their prospective spouse on subclass 300.

Published by Michael Hussey

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