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Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300
Allows people (18 years and above) to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse within nine (9) months of admission in this category and subsequently apply for a Partner visa (Subclass 820 and 801) before the Prospective Marriage visa expires.
The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted first and lets the applicant to stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.
Visa processing takes anywhere from 12 to 15 months. The visa costs from AUD $7,000
Last updated 15 May 2018 (for month ending 30 April 2018)
The visa allows you to
You should marry your prospective spouse and apply for a Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801) before the Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) expires. You and your children must comply with Australian laws and your visa conditions.
Marriage between persons of opposite or same sex
Notice of Intent to Marry (NOIM) Before a marriage ceremony can be solemnised, the couple must decide where the marriage will take place and whether the ceremony will be a religious or civil event. Both forms of ceremony performed by an authorised marriage celebrant are recognised as legal marriages under Australian law.
A Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be completed and lodged with the celebrant who is performing the ceremony at least one calendar month, but no more than 18 months, before the preferred date of marriage. The Notice of Intended Marriage form is available from the proposed celebrant.
The marriageable age in Australia is 18 years as evidenced by the person’s birth certificate or passport, driver’s license or other officially issued identification.
Previous marriages. If either person has been married before, that person must show the celebrant proof that they are free to remarry. That proof is usually a Certificate of Divorce or a death certificate. In certain cases, a Court Order Declaring the Other Spouse Legally Dead (in the Philippines) may be considered.
On 9 December 2017 legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in Australia was passed into law. The Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 redefines the definition of marriage in Australia as:
‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’
Other requirements for getting married in Australia have not changed. Couples are still required to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage with their preferred Authorised Marriage Celebrant at least one calendar month before their desired marriage date.
Sponsors- an Australia citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen 18 years old and above must be the prospective spouse of the visa applicant.
Sponsor obligations. The sponsor must accept responsibility for the money that the prospective spouse owes the Australian government; the prospective spouse obligations to their employment in Australia and the prospective spouse compliance with the conditions of their visa.
Four Steps to Apply for the Prospective Marriage Visa
1. Before you apply
Health checks may be complied with before applying for the visa, or until after the application is submitted. Health check is valid only for a year. Check the processing times for this visa. If processing takes more than a year, yiu may have to have a new health check .
2. Gather documents
2. Prepare your documents
If applying online –
You must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa and have a valid passport. The Australian Embassy in Manila strongly recommends using the online application for better monitoring and tracking, payment and submission of documents.
Start your application by creating an ImmiAccountl or use your partner’s ImmiAccount. If you already have one, log in to start your application then lodge application after completing process and payment.
4. After you apply
Authors & Contributors
Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.
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