Who this visa is for
To be eligible to apply for a Prospective Marriage visa, you must
be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.
To be granted a Prospective Marriage visa, you and your intended
spouse must have physically met and be personally known to each
other. Your intended spouse must be an Australian citizen, Australian
permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
If you are planning to marry your sponsor before entering Australia
or if you have been in a de facto relationship with your sponsor
for over 12 months, you should apply for a Spouse visa.
A Prospective Marriage visa is a temporary visa that remains valid
for 9 months from the date it is granted. If you are granted a Prospective
Marriage visa, you must enter Australia and then marry your sponsor
within the validity period of the visa. You can then apply for a
Spouse visa in Australia. For further details about the second and
third stages of this process, see the information about Spouse visas.
The following table provides information on the stages involved
in migration to Australia as a prospective spouse.
- Subclass 300 - Prospective Marriage (temporary) You plan
to marry your partner after entering Australia.
- Subclass 820 - Spouse (temporary) You have travelled to
Australia and have married your partner. You now make an application
to remain in Australia.
- Subclass 801 - Spouse (residence) You are still in the
spousal relationship with your partner 2 years after first applying
for the subclass 820 visa.
At each stage of the process, your relationship with your sponsor
will be assessed.
Prospective Marriage visa requirements
To be eligible for a Prospective Marriage visa, you must:
- be sponsored by an eligible sponsor (see sponsor requirements
- be 18 years or over (or aged 16 years or over if you have an
Australian court order allowing you to marry your intended spouse)
- be of the opposite sex to your intended spouse
- have met (as adults) your intended spouse in person and know
him or her
- be both free to marry and both of marriageable age. Your intended
marriage must also be able to be recognised under Australian law.
- genuinely intend to marry your intended spouse
- genuinely intend to live with your intended spouse as husband
- meet health and character requirements.
Note: While your Australian fiance(e) can be under 18 years
if they have an Australian court order allowing them to marry you,
their parent or guardian, who also must be an Australian citizen,
permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, must be your
Prospective Marriage visa conditions
If you are granted a Prospective Marriage visa, to then be eligible
for a Spouse visa you:
• must enter Australia and marry your intended spouse within 9 months
of visa grant (the date the visa is approved). The marriage can
take place either in or outside Australia provided you have entered
Australia on your Prospective Marriage visa at least once before
the marriage takes place.
Important: If you are granted the Prospective Marriage visa and
then marry your partner before having entered Australia on that
visa, your visa will be liable for cancellation.
• may lodge an application for a Spouse visa in Australia after
you marry your intended spouse. You must supply the extract from
the marriage register showing your marriage and a copy of the notification
of the grant of a Prospective Marriage visa letter from the department.
(The 9-month Prospective Marriage visa validity period does not
count towards the 2-year requirement in relation to Spouse visa
Note: You must be living with your partner in a spousal relationship
at the time you apply for a Spouse visa.
Important: If you move or your circumstances change, you must notify
the office handling your application
If your relationship ends
If your relationship with your partner ends after you enter Australia
on a Prospective Marriage visa and marry your partner, you may still
be eligible to apply for a Spouse visa in Australia.
General requirements for partner migration
There are a number of general requirements that you and your sponsor
must meet so that you can be granted a visa for partner migration
to Australia. These include health and character requirements. You
must have a sponsor, who must also meet certain requirements. An
Assurance of Support may also be requested in respect of you. If
you have dependent children or other dependent family members, they
may make combined applications with your application for partner
migration provided that they meet certain requirements. Proceed
to Part 2, General Requirements for Partner Migration, for further
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