Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

Features

This visa allows people to come to Australia to marry their fiancé.

If you are granted this visa, you should marry your fiancé and apply for a Partner (subclasses 820 and 801) visa before your Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) expires.



Note: The documents you need to provide can be found under "Follow these steps".

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Eligibility

be engaged to marry an Australian citizen Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

Length of stay

​Nine months

Cost

From AUD
6,865

Global processing times

​75 per cent of applications processed in 11 months

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The process

Processing time

75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
​11 months​16 months

Last updated 17 May 2017 (for month ending 30 April 2017)

Processing times vary.

Eligibility

Age

You must be 18 years old or older when you apply for the visa.

Your relationship

Your relationship with your fiancé (prospective spouse) must meet certain criteria.

Sponsor

Health

You must meet our health requirement.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Debts to the Australian government

You must have repaid, or have arranged to repay, any outstanding debts to the Australian government.

Cancelled or refused visas

You might not eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.

The visa

What you can do

This visa lets you:

  • travel to and stay in Australia for up to nine months
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia at your own expense
  • travel outside Australia as many times as you want. There is important information for New Zealand citizens.

Cost

From AUD 6865.

Additional family members

There is a fee for any children applying for the visa with you.

Estimate the cost of your application

The visa pricing estimator is an online tool that calculates the total cost of your visa.

Visa pricing estimator

Other costs

If you need to have them, you will have to pay other costs such as those for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801)

You will also have to pay a fee for your Partner visa (subclass 820 and 801).

If you marry your fiancé and lodge your Partner visa application before your Prospective Marriage visa expires, you will pay a reduced fee.

If you do not lodge your Partner visa application before your Prospective Marriage visa expires, you will pay a higher fee.

Location

You must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when the visa is decided.

How long the visas lasts

The visa lasts 9 months from the date it is granted. It cannot be extended.

Family

You can include your dependent children or stepchildren in your application.

If you are granted the visa, your children will have the same rights and visa conditions as you.

Your obligations

You should marry your fiancé 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.

You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Sponsors

Eligibility

Sponsors must be the fiancé of the visa applicant.

Limitations on sponsorship

You might not be able to be a sponsor if you hold or have held certain visas or certain circumstances apply to you.

Cost

AUD Nil

How long the sponsorship lasts

Your sponsorship ends when your partner’s permanent visa is decided

Sponsor obligations

Sponsors have certain obligations

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Health checks

    You can have your health checks before you apply for the visa. Or, you can wait until after you apply and we will tell you the checks you need.

    Health checks are valid for one year. If it takes longer than one year to process your visa application, you may have to undertake additional health checks at your own expense.

  2. Gather documents

  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa online

    You must:

    • Be outside Australia when you apply for the visa
    • have a valid passport.

    Before you start your application, learn:

    Start your application

    If you don’t have an ImmiAccount, you need to create one.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    If you have an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application and then select Family, then Stage 1 – Partner or Prospective Marriage Visa.

    Lodge the sponsorship form online

    You can lodge your sponsorship form online after your partner has lodged their visa application and given you their Transaction Reference Number (TRN) or application ID.

    You can lodge the form using your partner’s ImmiAccount or your own ImmiAccount.

    If you or your partner has an ImmiAccount, log in to start your application.

    Log into ImmiAccount

    Or, you can create your own ImmiAccount.

    Create an ImmiAccount

    When you are in ImmiAccount, select New application, then select Family, then Sponsorship for a Partner to Migrate to Australia.

    Attach your documents when ImmiAccount tells you to.

    Apply for the visa on paper

    You must be outside Australia when you apply for the visa.

    Complete Form 47SP - Application for migration to Australia by a partner (552KB PDF).

    Send the following to your closest immigration office:

    • your visa application form
    • your sponsor’s completed application form (Form 40SP - Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (255KB PDF))
    • your documents
    • your sponsor’s documents
    • the correct application fee. Information about how to pay.

    Lodge the sponsorship form on paper

    Complete Form 40SP - Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia (255KB PDF).

    Give the completed form and all other documents you need to provide to your partner. Your partner must send all of your documents with their visa application.

  4. After you apply

    Provide police certificates

    We might ask you to provide police certificates.

    Provide biometrics

    You might need to provide biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

    Get health checks

    If you did not have your health checks before you applied, you need to have them when we tell you to.
    More information is available about health checks.

    Send more information or documents

    If you did not include all documents when you applied, send them as soon as you can:
    • via your ImmiAccount if you applied online
    • by post or from the email address you provided in your application.

    We might also ask you to provide more information.

    Tell us of changes

    You need to update us if:
    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example, change of address or telephone number
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • you want to withdraw your application.

    More information is available in the Tell Us of Changes tab.

    Adding children

    You can add dependent children to your visa application before we make a decision on your visa. Add dependents via your ImmiAccount or complete Form 1436 Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF).

    If your child is born after you lodge your application but before the Prospective Marriage visa application is decided, tell us as soon as possible so that we can include them in your application.

    More information is available about including family members in your application.

    If you get married

    If you marry before we make a decision on your visa application, you will no longer be eligible for this visa. You will need to send the following to the office processing your application:

    • evidence that your marriage is valid (registered marriage certificate issued by the relevant legal authority)
    • a request to be considered for a Partner visa (subclass 309) and Partner visa (subclass 100).
    • a statement telling us you want to withdraw your Prospective Marriage visa application. If you do not withdraw your application, it will be refused as you no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the visa.

Tell us of changes

How to tell us of changes

To send us forms, other documents or information:

  • if you applied online, send them via your ImmiAccount
  • if you applied on a paper form:
    • by post
    • by email using the email address you provided in your application.

Changes to your circumstances

Changes in circumstances include, but are not limited to:

Complete Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances.

If your child is born outside Australia after you lodge your application but before a decision is made, complete Form 1436 Adding an additional applicant after lodgement (364 KB PDF). The child will automatically be added to your application.

Mistakes on your visa application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw your visa application at any time.

Withdrawing your sponsorship

You can withdraw your sponsor form at any time before we make a decision on the permanent visa.

End of the relationship

Tell us if your relationship changes or ends by contacting us in writing.

Estimate the cost of your visa

* Price will be displayed in Australian dollars unless changed.
The following Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.